Nervous About Humidity!

Hello, all! I have only been decorating sugar cookies for a short while (like 4 months) so I have only dealt with cold and dry weather. Right before Valentine's Day I was icing a batch of cookies when suddenly it was warm and humid outside! My cookies didn't dry for DAYS! I ended up (after the second day of the royal icing not drying) scrapping the batch and starting over, which by then the weather had changed back to blizzardy winter. I have two orders due soon and the weather is supposed to be warm and wet! How do you lovely cookiers ensure your royal icing will dry out no matter what weather? I usually place in the oven, with it off and door slightly cracked, for safe drying away from tiny fingers/pets, but obviously not changes in humidity. Also, I'd like to note that I work with vegan royal icing which is made with Aquafaba, powdered sugar, vanilla and then I use Americolor food coloring (not vegan) to color. 

I'm not sure if anyone will be able to help but even just an idea of how to dry cookies all year-round would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!

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Ghasan887 posted:

You can put them in the oven with the light on. The heat of the light will help with drying you can also use a fan. If you have access to a dehydrator that will work also. 

Hope that helps

Unfortunately, I don't have a dehydrator. Thanks for the suggestions, I will give it a try on some practice cookies. 

Econlady posted:

While my cookies might dry faster using the oven or my dehydrator, my cookies usually get blotchy.  Typically if it is rainy, foggy or humid I don't make royal icing.  Instead I use fondant.  Luckily we don't get much humidity where I live.

Fondant?! Wow. Never thought of that...but also haven't worked with that either lol I'll have to put that on the list of techniques to try. Thank you!

SweetBiscuitBakeShoppe posted:
Econlady posted:

While my cookies might dry faster using the oven or my dehydrator, my cookies usually get blotchy.  Typically if it is rainy, foggy or humid I don't make royal icing.  Instead I use fondant.  Luckily we don't get much humidity where I live.

Fondant?! Wow. Never thought of that...but also haven't worked with that either lol I'll have to put that on the list of techniques to try. Thank you!

Are you going to cookiecon?

SweetBiscuitBakeShoppe posted:
Econlady posted: Are you going to cookiecon?

I don't know what that is lol Sounds like comic con for cookies, I don't know anything about it. :/

Cookiecon is for cookie decorators.  We learn new techniques, talk about decorating problems, look at each other's cookies and on the last day we decorate cookies using the latest equipment.  It's a huge party for cookie decorators.  This is my fourth cookiecon and I always have an amazing time.  I come home with an extra suitcase full of stuff.  If you look it up on the web ignore LACookiecon.  It's a cheap imitation of cookiecon in Salt Lake City.

I've never worked with Aquafaba, so I can't say how quickly icing made with it dries in comparison to royal icing (something for me to test in the future!). But, we have numerous posts already in our forums about how to quick-dry icing with either fans or dehydrators, both of which can be used to mitigate effects of ambient humidity on drying. This forum post  (http://cookieconnection.juliau...c/drying-royal-icing) is about drying with fans, but it also points to at least two other posts about drying with dehydrators. If you use the Advanced Search function (under the magnifying glass icon) in the upper right of the site, you will probably find even more posts about drying icing. Best of luck!

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