Pairing Icing Flavor with Cookies

Hi there! So far I've been pretty successful using only almond extract in my royal icing, paired with super buttery sugar cookies.......I love them and also get great feedback. Im now going to add a few different cookie recipes starting with Chocolate chip rolled cookies, of which I already have orders for. Im thinking the strong almond flavor icing will clash with choc chip recipe. I hesitate to simply use vanilla extract, because my thoughts are, that the almond flavoring is what hides any funky meringue powder flavor. Is there any other flavoring that might go well with Chocolate chip?

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How about lemon? I think chocolate goes very well with citric fruit, and instead of flavor you could use real lemon juice. It will also hide the meringue powder taste. Or chocolate flavor. Or use real egg white / dried egg white instead of meringue powder and go without flavor. That's what I usually do, I find that flavoring either the cookies or the icing is enough. Both seems a bit too much to my taste buds

As I don't work with flavors much, I am not entirely sure. But I dimly recall I have seen it somewhere. There is a brand, at least in Europe, that sells clear extracts in about any flavor you can imagine, chocolate should be available. I am pretty sure there will be something equal in the US.

Yes there is chocolate flavor.  I bought it once.      Other flavor could be mint,raspberry or cherry, but the best is to make a  test first to be sure the flavor works. Some flavors do something in your royalicing finish.  

orange also goes really well with any chocolate which i even sometimes forget lol you should try a plain chocolate cookie with orange icing would be yummy also coconut! my favorite cookie in the world is chocolate chip with coconut and pecans so i think if you find a good coconut extract that would be amazing with chocolate chip cookies

I agree with you Tinamaree.  The almond would overpower the cookie.  You might try pecan flavoring.

The important thing is to keep the integrity of the chocolate chip cookie.   There's only one chocolate chip cookie and everybody knows how it tastes how it makes them feel and what memories It evokes.  It's an American classic.  So the expectation for how the cookie tastes is there from the start.  Try not to stray too far from the simple, rich taste of the cookie.  


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