As a new baker and REALLY new at decorating cookies (just 3 months), I was really happy with the way everything turned out. (It’s fun to see how everyone’s favorite is different). As a newbie at all this, I have had to seek out people who really know what they are doing, since I clearly do not fall into that category. So most of these have been inspired by the amazing talent that I have recently discovered, such as Bake at 350, Sweetopia, Bakerella, Tidy Mom, I am Baker and so many more! Thank you all so much for sharing your talents with those of us who are less…gifted. *raising hand*
For no reason other than curiosity, I decided to try a new icing recipe. The one I had been using was good, but after seeing other’s cookies, I decided to try something new. I used the recipe listed on Bake at 350. I have to admit, I like hers better. I like the shine, and it was smoother to work with. And it made a nicer flood icing. So Bridget, you’ve got a convert!
I had to try the ornaments. The marbling was such fun! Thank you for the inspiration, Bridget.
The Santas were a bit of a challenge for me. Somehow I ended up with no Santa-shaped cutter. Not clue how that happened. I tried a candy corn cutter, but he ended up looking like a gnome. Didn’t have an ice cream cone, so I just went with the circle. That meant I had to freehand the Santa face. Not one of my skills to date, but I think they turned out ok. A little extra for the “puff”.
I love the reindeer. I think they are one of my favorites. With a little added bling for the nose.
Played around with some Christmas tree designs. The lights are my favorite. They were inspired by a picture I saw on Twitter. I wish I could remember who it was, but her cookies were fabulous! If it’s you, please leave a comment (assuming anyone actually reads this, of course) so I can give proper credit.
I also really like the gingerbread people. They were fun.
And I can’t have Christmas stuff without candy canes! I was going to make the icing peppermint flavored, but alas. Maybe next year.
The snowmen are another favorite. I couldn’t decide whether to sanding sugar or not, so I did half and half. Somehow I had no green, so that guy got rainbow sparkles!
Then there are the snowflakes. While I think overall they look ok, they definitely show my lack-o-piping skills. I’m still working on the straight lines (thanks for the tip, THE Tough Cookie!). The sugar helps mask it a little, but I left the blue plain, so they show it the most.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. I had a great time making them, and I look forward to getting better (and faster!).