Yesterday I started the saga of our polar bear cookies. My tips and techniques should dissuade anyone from even trying this project.
The next step was to frost the cookies with royal icing. Royal icing, much like facial cosmetics, hides flaws on the cookies.
We made the icing following Sweetopia’s recipe which included lots of instructions for a first-timer. I tried to follow the directions exactly but I thought I didn’t have enough powdered sugar. So I reassessed the proportions then I found more sugar in the pantry and reassessed again. I added white food coloring to the icing even though it was white to start with.
Getting the icing to the right consistency was the tricky part. I added water to the mixture until it was thin enough to squeeze from a pastry bag through a #2 tip.
My friend outlined the cookies with the royal icing.
The recipe made a lot of icing and since I only needed one color (white) I removed a few small containers and stored them in the refrigerator. With the remaining icing I tried to pipe (#7 tip) smooth tops onto the cookies. Unfortunately the icing wouldn’t smooth out so I thinned it down even more.
When the icing was thin enough it flowed on evenly and easily smoothed out by shaking the cookies from side to side. I piped on the thinned icing while my friend shook the cookies.
We used premixed black icing with a #2 tip to add noses, eyes, and ears.
We let them dry out overnight and then put them in cookie tins between wax paper sheets.
We are happy with our polar bear cookies but we’re never making them again!
How’s your holiday baking coming along?