I feel so accomplished today. It’s my first time to make a jumbo chocolate chip cookie, royal icing and to successfully write on a cookie. And when I say successfully write, I meant writing in a straight line and doing it so neatly and “almost” uniformly. I used Wilton’s Royal Icing as a base recipe and I am very happy that I did.

I had another recipe on hand but I figured that Wilton’s recipes are more stable in Singapore weather. Meant as a Teacher’s Day present, I have no room for error in making these cookies. I did some minor changes though and added some lemon extract to cut down on sweetness.

I searched the web on how to write neatly on cookies and/or cakes and I felt a bit of panic after seeing that most of the cookies with nice looking writings actually use a product called a Kopykake. It’s a projector used for cake decorating and makes writing or copying images to your cake fast and easy. I have no intention of buying though as this is just a hobby and I can’t imagine myself getting too much into cookie decorating.

Still found some good tips in my course of reading and I can say that applying those tips and tricks helped me a lot. I am actually able to write neatly and uniformly…without doing much practice! How great is that?!? It was already past midnight when I finished making my royal icing so I only practiced twice on baking paper before writing on the cookies.

In summary, here are the things that I did and should take note of for future cookie writing projects:

  • Type, write or sketch what you want to put on your cookie and keep it close for reference. This is very handy to ensure proper placement of letters.
  •  Use Wilton tip 1 (can use Wilton tip 2 too depending on size of cookie). We used Wilton tip 3 for writing on our final cake when I attended my basic class.
  • Consistency is very important!!! Use same consistency used for outlining cookies.
  • Practice writing the message at least twice.
  • Lightly touch tip to surface of cookie to attach, raise tip and squeeze steadily as you form the letter, touch tip to surface again to end.
  • Clean end of tip before starting any line to avoid smearing and clumping of icing.
teachers day template

I typed this on my phone as reference for letter placement.

 

Make sure that you dry them well before packing.

Make sure that you dry them well before packing.

teacher's day cookie

A closer look…

 Royal Icing  (Adapted from Wilton’s Recipe and makes about 1.5 cups)

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Meringue Powder
  • 2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar (sifted)
  • 2 ½ to 3 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  1. Wipe all utensils/bowls with paper towel moistened with vinegar or lemon to make sure that they are grease-free.
  2. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low-speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high-speed with a hand-held mixer). Note: I used a hand-held mixer and peaks formed around 5 minutes after.
  3. Separate in bowls as needed to color and to thin out depending on use (add only a few drops or about ¼ tsp of water at a time).

* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

teachers day choco chip cookie

The finished product. Packed and ready to go.