September 27, 2010

Decorated Sugar Cookies


The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of "What the Fruitcake?!" Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

It definitely was a challenge for me as I don't usually decorate with Royal Icing. I don't have a very steady hand so I prefer things that don't require too much detail in the decorating. But then, the Daring Bakers challenges are all about trying out things one wouldn't normally do.


A part of the challenge was to decorate the cookies to the theme of September, whatever that meant to us. Since I am invited to four weddings this autumn - three of them in September alone - I decided to do red, white and pink hearts. Also, I figured it would be a relatively easy shape to pipe the icing on.

After my disaster with the Not-So-Red Velvet Cake I was a bit hesitant to work with food colouring again. But all white cookies would have been a bit boring, so I tried a different brand and discovered that luckily enough I've discovered the real stuff this time.


The recipe for the challenge and extensive instructions on icing techniques can be found here

22 comments:

  1. I love your pink, red and white heart shaped cookies! Very appropriate!

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  2. These are very pretty - a lovely job.

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  3. What great cookies you made, and I love that you used this challenge to help celebrate all of those weddings. Beautiful job.

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  4. Wow, you did great!!! These cookies are so cute and the pictures are beautiful as well. Too bad I didn't have time to join the challenge this month :-(

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  5. Great choice of colors! Lovely!

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  6. I will have to copy your decorations for valentine's day :)

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  7. Absolutely adorable! And ROMANTIC!

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  8. It is before Valentine's but yet I deeply feel the lovey dovey vibes.... lovely cookies and just adore the variety of pink..

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  9. Lovely pink and red designs, they came out so pretty!

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  10. The hearts look lovely! I often have trouble with red food colouring too, but find the paste colouring works well. Poor you, with 4 weddings to attend this fall. Are you making the cakes for any of them?
    :)

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  11. I love the colours you've used, definitely says that love is in the air!

    Thank you for taking part of the September challenge :)

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  12. I love your theme and the colors you used are so pretty, good job on this challenge!

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  13. These are soooo cute....../

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  14. Very pretty! Glad you overcame your dread of food coloring for this challenge. It came out well.

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  15. Pretty!!! I love pink! Well done!

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  16. Your hearts are beautiful! Great job.

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  17. I love your color combination and the different heart designs. It feels like Valentine's day in September :-)

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  18. Thanks for all your encouraging comments!

    @Mary: No, I won't bake official wedding cakes. I'm too afraid of running into a bridezilla... ;-)

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  19. Aww...beautiful pink shades cookies...so cute :)

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  20. For someone who says they don't like detailed icing jobs, these have a lovely air of French shabby chic to them. Great job!

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