Easy Cookie-Decorating Techniques

Cookie baking is a cozy way to spend a cold winter's day indoors with the kids. Follow these simple tips and tricks to make batches of gift-worthy decorated cookies (13 Photos)

Sharon Bowers on Oct 31, 2011 at 9:55AM

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Easy Cookie-Decorating Techniques

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Flooding

Once you’ve piped an outline on a cookie, the next step is to “flood” it with color. The dried lines of royal icing act as a dam to catch the wetter icing as it’s piped over the surface. Add a teaspoon or two of water to the royal icing you used to pipe the design, and put this wetter icing in a piping bag with a narrow tip. You can also put the icing into a zipper sandwich bag and cut off a corner with scissors to let a thin stream flow.

Flood the cookie with icing, using a toothpick as needed to nudge the icing into any edges or corners. Keep the flood icing within the lines—pipe it on in a smooth stream but give it time to spread across the cookie before adding more so you don’t overdo it! Allow each cookie to dry thoroughly before storing.

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