Last week I went to a Cookie Decorating workshop at Little Lane Workshops run by Karen of Sweet n Pretty. She does amazing cakes and cookies so I was interested to learn if she had any tips on how to decorate cookies and work with royal icing as I had never tried it before.
Plus I had just bought a whole load of cookie cutters for 20c each so I thought I had better learn how I could use them!
Karen had baked the cookies for us in various Easter shapes and taught us how to mix the icing, the different consistency needed and some tricks to ensure a smooth icing and how to use a piping bag.
She made it look easy and it was great to see someone do it in front of you first and then have a chance to have a go yourself.
Here are a few photos of the night -
While our cookies were drying it was lovely to wander through the workshop space as it also doubles as a store with various clothes, homewares and furniture to browse. Champagne was on offer and it was great to chat to the other ladies doing the workshop.
Once our cookies were ready to go we boxed them up and headed home. I was so happy with how mine turned out! The royal icing really hides shaky hands and wonky lines, I definitely need to practice making my decorating a bit smoother ;) Although the boys were very impressed when I showed them what I had made.
Karen gave us this vanilla sugar cookie recipe to use at home.
Vanilla Sugar Cookies
2 large eggs
100 grams white sugar
100 grams icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200 greams butter softened in microwave until almost melted
600 grams plain flour
pinch of salt
How to make
Preheat oven to 170 degrees
In an electric mixer beat the eggs, white sugar and icing sugar until light and fluffy. This takes approximately 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Sift the flour add half of it to the egg and sugar mixture and blend until it looks thick and pasty. Add the softened butter and mix thoroughly.
Add the remaining flour - you may need to mix by hand to help form the dough. Refrigerate for at least an hour before rolling out and cutting the cookies.
Roll out the dough to 5mm thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut our shapes and transfer to a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden - the cookies should be firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack before decorating.
*Note - make sure the dough is evenly rolled out and uniform before cutting the cookies. If there are any bumps in the cookie dough they will show through the icing.
1 egg white
320g pure icing sugar sifted
Gel colours (optional)
Piping bag with number 2 tip nozzle
Karen has some more classes coming up at Little Lane Workshops including this cool succulent cupcake one!
Have you worked with royal icing before? Any tips on how to steady a shaky hand? ;)