Feb 10, 2011

Fancy Iced Cookies the Easy Way...

At Tuesdays Tea
I shared my cookies with you...

(click photos to enlarge)

Since So many of you
love sugar cookies as much as I do,
I thought I would share my
easy way to make fancy iced cookies....


I first saw this on Martha Stewart.
and it's so mess free
I do it at my dining room table,
leaving my tablecloth on
just using parchment paper as a work surface...


An important first step
is the cookies must be completely cooled.
I bake one day and decorate the next...


I am a complete klutz with an icing bag.
I dream of making lovely icing roses
but so far it's not going too well...

So this is the part I saw on Martha Stewart
you use these mini squeeze bottles by Wilton.
They sell them at all the craft stores
 in the cake decorating isle.

They make it clean and fun just like coloring :-)

I use Royal Icing
I make it thinner than this so it flows easily from the bottle
and I mix it for 7 minutes in the kitchen-aid mixer
on a low speed.

A batch fills four bottles.


You dam the edges first,
I work in small batches
because you want the icing to set a bit before the next step...

If you want multi colored cookies,
just divide the areas with an icing line now
then your colors won't run together...


Then you flood them,
I drag the tip of the bottle in the icing
to help spread the icing and get air bubbles out.


You want to add your sugars and sprinkles
while the icing is wet so everything sticks.

If you are using sanding sugars
you can do that right away..

If you want to use heavier sprinkles
like pearls of dragees
let it set just a minute, so they don't sink too much...


Fancy, easy and fun :-)

Tonight I am joining...

a brand new party
Sherry is Hosting at the Charm of Home!

and


Be Sweet :-)

76 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella... those are so pretty and look soo yummy... perfect for Valentines Day!... xoxo Julie Marie

Blondie's Journal said...

This is just fabulous, Bella. The cookies are gorgeous and look like they are from a fine bakery. I have the bottles from Wilton but have never used them. I will now after I get the icing recipe! Thanks so much!

XO,
Jane

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I always thought in your post they are so pretty...I bet yummy too!

Franciscus and Elizabeth said...

Just found your blog and can't wait to look around some more.

Beautiful cookies and they look delicious.

Blessings,
Robin

High Heeled Life said...

Thanks for sharing .. I'm just getting back into baking and these great tips will be a great help!! xo HHL

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Great tips Bella, thanks so much for sharing-enjoy:@)

alla logia said...

They are so pretty! Could I have just one, please?

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
Martha Stewart would be proud of your pretty cookies. I've always used a bag myself but the squeeze bottles look much easier.
Judith

House and Garden Boutique said...

What a beautiful post.......those cookies are just picture perfect....literally! Thanks for the icing tips. I might have to make some for my boys for Valentine's Day!

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella, thank you for sharing- i really want to make those!

Carolyn

NanaDiana said...

Bella- Thank you so much for sharing this here tonight. I can do a lot of things but I absolutely suck at using one of those pastry/icing bags. It looks like bad fingerpainting. I am SOOO going to get over to the store and buy these. The edges are perfect and they look beautiful. I am going to copy your recipe and pictures to my file. I think even the little girls could do this. LOVE them..and LOVE YOU for sharing that here! xxoo Diana

Beth said...

Your cookies are really pretty, Bella. Thanks for sharing these. Looks easy, feminine, and professional.
blessings, Beth

Marie Arden said...

I love the bottles I will try it that way maybe tomorrow. I have sugar cookies I can decorate. Valentines Day is the best for treats! Pink ones yeah
Marie Arden Pink Living

Sherri said...

What lovely cookies and just in time for Valentine's Day!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Bella, the cookies are divine. Thanks for the tip using the bottles. I always have a difficult time with the pastry bags! The sugars are so pretty sprinkled on top.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Fancy, Yes!!!!!! Easy, probably. Labor intensive, absolutely!!!! Ha ha! they are so pretty, though. There's lot of love in those. The love of baking! It shows. But so great to give away your secrets. I may actally try this someday! (naaw)

Lady Farmer said...

Hi Bella~
Your cookies are so pretty ~ perfect for Valentines day and my youngest daughters' favorite! I would love to make some to send to her (in New York) but I never see the dragees (or pearls) anymore. Where do you purchase yours? Sometimes I see silver dragees in Michaels but they always say that they are for decoration only ~ not to be eaten! What fun is that?
Hope you enjoyed the last couple days of sunshine ~ rain comes back tomorrow and will be here for a time.
Blessings!

Olga said...

When I saw that tea post, I was wondering too how you make such pretty cookies. Thank you for sharing your method.
Have a nice weekend!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Oh how gorgeous - and so fun for grandparents and older grandchildren. But not me, coz I'd NEVER be that good. You did AWESOME. Thanks for a lovely visit.

very merry vintage style said...

So pretty and what a great tutorial!
Mary

Lynn said...

I just love your blog. So beautiful. You make decorating those cookies seem so easy! Hmmm, should I attempt it? Would so love to have a cookie turn out like that!
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Jane said...

You have such a beautiful blog...I am so pleased that I found you...and that you shared the secret to BEAUTIFUL sugar cookies. I cannot wait to try them tomorrow.
Jane (artfully graced)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

They look almost to pretty to eat.... thanks so much for sharing them with us!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

ShabbySheep said...

Hi! I just found your blog and your cookies look wonderful! One question though. Did you color your sugar pink or is that just the pink icing showing through? They're just lovely.
Any secret sugar cookie recipe to share with us too?
Sheri

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Charming and pretting cookies! Great tutorial too! They look so delicious! Me want cookieeeee! ha!

Cheers!
Tina

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

They look DELICIOUS! My favorite are the sprinkled sugared ones. Have a great VALENTINES...........Julian

melanzana said...

Hi Bella!!
The cookies are so so pretty.

Amanda said...

Oh, thank you for the tips Bella! I just made my traditional frosted cookies and although they were tasty, they didn't look nearly as pretty as yours! I am going to try the squeeze bottles next time for sure!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

stefanie said...

super pretty!!!! and yummi!

Madelief said...

Hi Bella,

Your cookies look so pretty. I especially like the soft pastel colours you chose for the icing. I have never seen the pearl sprinkles. They look really great!

Happy weekend to you!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi Bella. who can dare to eat those lovely and beautiful cookies... so deliceta dressing which gives them life... beautiful... thanks for sharing the beautiful idea...
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Love
Farah

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

very fancy!!! I love these... please come link this to our party over here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-heart-shaped-ice.html

Have a great weekend!

Donnie said...

You really make them look doable. They are so pretty and that's a great tip about the Wilton bottles. Happy Valentine's Day.

Jacqueline said...

We just made some today! I waited years and years to try these and then my daughter in law made them in August and came and showed me how and I have shown so many people how - they really are easy aren't they! I love the dragees. The bottles are the key and so cheap too. I also use parchment paper to roll my dough on, no flour needed and no mess to clean up - fabulous.

Shirley said...

Dear Bella, These cookie's look so yummy! If only I did not have to watch what I eat I would for sure make some of these! Not fair that I just found I like cooking and baking and can't eat the rewards..
Your Sincerely,
Shirley

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
What lovely cookies! Very fancy! They look almost too good to eat. I've never thought about using royal icing for sugar cookies. I love the look of dragees but never can seem to find them.

Marianne said...

Hi Bella,

Thank you for sharing the technique. Your cookies look beautiful and yummy-licious.
I could go for some right now.

Have a great weekend,
Marianne

Tracy F. said...

Oh, what beautiful cookies! Sure wish I had some. lol! Happy Valentine's Day!

Annette said...

You are so sweet to share your "to-pretty-to-eat" cookies! I'm going to try your bottle frosting technique. Hope you don't mind that I am your newest follower.

Manni said...

Hi Bella
your cookies look amazing!!! Absolutely love them:)
Thanks for sharing:)
Manni
www.ibakecakes-manni.blogspot.com

Victorian1885 said...

Yummy! Your cookies are so pretty..thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Cookies are definitely one of my favorite food groups! These are so pretty too! Thanks for the info - I really like the idea of the squeeze bottles. Now, I think that I must go and make some!
Happy Pink Saturday!

pinkkandy said...

These cookies are so pretty...makes me think I could whip up a batch!
Happy Pink Saturday! And God Bless You...stop by Pink Sugar Castle...I'd love to hear from you.

Amy said...

Oh my oh my! These cookies are pretty and romantic! Good enough to be wedding cookies! :)

Amy
http://utry.it

robyn from whimages said...

Gorgeous cookies~! I'm such a sugar cookie lover that I'm afraid I may not have any left the second day to decorate! Yours are so very lovely! Newest follower and I'm so glad you showed this at Chic on A Shoestring!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!


Your cookies are fabulous, you should teach Martha how to make them!


~ Gabriela ~

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Too pretty to eat!
Hope you have the sweetest of Pink Saturdays!
Tammy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Bella the cookies look so delicate. They are just to pretty to eat but I would. V

Martha said...

They look LOVELY! I've always wanted to use that kind of icing on something. Might have to try it out soon. thanks for sharing.

Look in the Nook said...

This post is going to motivate me to go bake some cookies. They are beautiful.
Happy Valentine's Day!

ENJOY,
Jany
Don't forget to "Look in the Nook".

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Bella,

You made this look so simple. I used to bake and actually gourmet cook but haven't for years now due to my bad stomach. I really enjoy seeing everyone that shows their step by step on how make recipes turn out so well. Your cookies are so pretty! I wanted to wish you a Happy Pink and a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Bella, Love your cookies! I have made Martha's heart sugar cookies for years; probably from the same Valentine magazine from several years ago :). Thanks for sharing your tutorial.
Wishing you a beautiful Valentine's Day!
~ Julie

maría cecilia said...

Dear Bella, such a lovely recipe!!! As I do not cook maybe I will buy the cookies and then decorate them following your instructions!!!!
hugs my dear

Terry said...

I am so going to make some Valentine cookies and use those bottles. Your cookies turned out amazing!

Sherry said...

Bella you could go in business! They look perfect. What gorgeous cookies. I think I will have to try this because I have spread mine with a spatula and they just never get this pretty! Thanks for sharing this tip and thank you for sharing at my party!! I am so honored to have you at my place!
Sherry

Melina said...

hello beautiful, I loved your blog!
I think it's a little late but I will try cooking essa cookies are delicious, kissing, mely

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your cookies are so beautiful Bella! The look like they came right out of a cookie book! Hoepe you can post recipe as I would love to make them with my little granddaughters! Thank you for sharing.

Happy Valentine's.
XOXO
FABBY

Pamela said...

These cookies are so beautiful!! I would not want to eat them!!!
Just lovely!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Pamela :)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

These cookies are so beautiful they look like jewelry! Thank you for sharing!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family! If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!

Mary

Susie said...

Amazing Bella, we made very similar cookies for our Valentine posts. I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day. I decided to do an ensemble of soap, bath salts, birdcage tea light and some de-licious cookies for my sweeties. I love the icing bottle idea (who doesn't love Martha?). I've been creating gingerbread houses for about 30 years so I'm okay with the icing bags, but...I'm for anything that looks easier and less messy {smiling}

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

I love the idea of the bottle, I've used resealable sandwich bags with a corner snipped off, but like the bottle idea much better. Thanks for sharing!

Judi said...

Happy Spring!
Oh my goodness...that is the most wonderful way to ice cookies. I never thought of that and I too am not good with a bag...not with a sandwich bag. You have made beautiful cookies. I will have to give those a try.
Do come by and visit me some time.
Judi

Judi said...

I have had trouble showing my comments under my post the way you have. Can you give me some instructions. I'd love that.
bye again
Judi

Labuhardilladelosduendes said...

Sería agradable que tuvieras un traductor en tu hermoso Blog asi yo que soy seguidora tendría el placer de poder hacer esas deliciosas galletitas. Un abrazo desde Málaga (España)
Susana

The Blackwood Cottage said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I shared on my facebook so that I would have a record. Sugar cookies are my favorite year around and these are fantabulous!!!!

Brandi said...

Your cookies are so beautifully decorated! Thanks for sharing your icing tips!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

These are dreamy~I just shared them on twitter!

Brenda's Blog said...

Just beautiful...Love is definately in the air with those sweet cookies!
Thank you for sharing....awesome post!!! ;0) LIKE LIKE LIKE
Brenda

zoyaagray said...

Cookie is beautiful and lovely. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea. I like so much this post.

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oliwiaKociewianka said...

Lovely... beautiful... mniaammmmm...
I'm going to do this with my small princes.

Sarah said...

Bella, you make it look so easy. I haven't made decorated cookies like this in some time. Need to this Valentine's.

Kelli P. said...

Love this step by step icing post; do you also have a recipe for the cookies themselves?

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Pinned these because they are just so darn cute.

Gypsy Heart said...

These are beautiful! You are very creative. I've used the bottles to decorate cupcakes but never thought about icing cookies. I will definitely try this for Valentine's.

I found your blog via Susan at BNTP and so happy I did! I'm a new follower and look forward to getting to know you.

xo
Pat

SharonFromMichigan said...

Just found your blog from Susan's at BNOTP. I'm going to have to put you in my favs. What beautiful cookies - I'm a kitchen klutz but these look like I just might be able to handle it! I also love your faux fireplace. I have a faux fireplace in my guestroom but could never figure out how to brighten up the "firebox". What a wonderful idea!!!!

The Tablescaper said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to try this. Found you on Pinterest.

I host a weekly link party called Seasonal Sundays and I'd love to have you join.

- Alma, The Tablescaper