A good friend of the family just had a baby boy and I decided it was time I used my Rubber Duck cookie cutter to celebrate the joyous occasion. I’ve only made cut out iced cookies twice and they’ve never been too successful for me so I approached these cookies with extreme trepidation. Checking out some of my favourite cookie blogs before I embarked on this endeavour did not help my confidence at all. I followed a few blog recipes http://www.bakerella.com/ for my cookies and http://www.sweetopia.net/ for a royal icing recipe that used meringue powder rather than egg whites. Both recipes worked very well and I admit any errors or problems with either were down to my haste to get these cookies finished.
I made the sugar cookie dough one night, rolled and baked the cookies another night and the icing took another few hours over the weekend. Then once everything had dried solid I used small clear bags, yellow ribbon and homemade tags to bag each cookie. This was definitely a labour of love but I am very happy with the results and I’ve learnt a lot for next time.
Please ignore the bubbles, wonky outlines and general lack of quality here. There were things I should have done with my outline icing (thin it a little to smooth it out) and my flood icing wasn’t quite the right consisitency and my piping tips were a little too large. Ah well, once bagged they looked much better and I know they’ll still be appreciated despite the many flaws I can see. More lessons learned.