Icing Issues

Oh, we've all had our fair share of icing issues, right? Here's the place to share tips for eradicating air bubbles, avoiding nasty craters, getting the right consistency, and eliminating other types of icing strife!

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Say Hello to Our January 2019 Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Happy New Year, everyone! I sincerely hope that 2019 brings you much happiness and success in your cookie lives and beyond! Here on Cookie Connection , we are certainly ringing in 2019 with a plethora of possibilities - at least as far as site art is concerned. Earlier this month, I repurposed past posts of @Aproned Artist and mine to come up with this month's banners and backdrops. Like last month, we'll see two sets of art this month, starting first with Aproned Artist's...Read More...
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Introducing Our January Live Chat with SugarChat Cookie Studio

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! There will be a brief hiatus in chats in December, seeing as most of us are likely to be distracted by the holidays. But, come the new year, we'll be chatting again in full force with the launch of our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series, dedicated to conversations with the event's featured presenters ! It was just yesterday (almost literally) that we concluded the 2018 series. Because CookieCon changed to an annual schedule, now each spring, we're experiencing nearly back-to-back...Read More...

New Home for Julia M. Usher's Cookie Art Competition! Woo Hoo!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that my namesake cookie competition, formerly held at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, is moving to my hometown (St. Louis, MO) and to the wonderful Show Me Sweets Edible Art Show & Convention on July 13-14, 2019! We've got two categories this year (both 2-D and 3-D), and I've nearly doubled the cash prizes for a total of $3000! I can't wait to see your entries! For competition theme, rules, and prizes , visit the Show Me Sweets site, here .Read More...
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New Cookie Connection Merchandise!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I have a fun little announcement for you, which includes some goodies designed to make us feel even more like one big, happy Cookie Connection family! Long story short, I recently partnered with teespring.com and YouTube to bring branded Cookie Connection and JULIA merchandise to YouTube. I’m beta-testing the feature now with some cute Cookie Connection tees and other goodies. Right now, I've got two Cookie Connection tees that look the same from the front . . . . . . but which have...Read More...
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How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...

Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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Adjusting Your Email Notifications and Onsite Alerts

Julia M. Usher
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Egg Whites - Health Concern in Royal Icing?

Saige L
Hello! I am inquiring about the health factors when making royal icing with egg whites. Most recipes/blogs that I read clearly state to use MP (meringue powder_ if the cookie will be served to a pregnant lady, child, or immune-sensitive persons. Does anyone have any science backing up the above statement? Any advice you can give would be great! I prefer the taste of royal icing with egg whites and it is cheaper than MP, but don't want to potentially harm anyone! Thank you!Read More...
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Egg White Icing Refrigeration

GilM
I think I have read all of the royal icing topics pertaining to egg white safety, but I still have a question. If this topic has already been asked and answered, please let me know. I understand that using pasteurized egg whites (or meringue powder) reduces, or eliminates altogether, the possibility of salmonella, and that a high sugar content in any confection will retard the birth/spread of bacteria, but as I am not cooking the icing at all, the pasteurized egg whites are still considered...Read More...
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CK Meringue Powder

Asmita
Hi, I am having issues since the last couple of days with my royal icing. I always use CK brand and use the same recipe and never had a problem like this. When the icing is mixed, I see beige dots or pieces through out the icing and when I try to pipe, it gets stuck in my tips. They are tiny but never before has this happened. Anyone experienced this before or what am I doing wrong? Thanks AsmitaRead More...
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Packaging Royal Icing

Hello, all! So I want to make some cute DIY gingerbread cookie decorating kits and am unsure as to how to go about packaging the royal icing so that it lasts several days without separating. Is this possible? My first thought would be to put in an uncut plastic icing bag and seal it up but I don’t think that will last more than 2-3 days. Is there a trick to this?Read More...
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Royal Icing Issues

Hi, all! I'm having problems and I hope someone can help!! I've been making the same sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe for YEARS! now all of a sudden, the icing is failing on me. It happened a few weeks ago for the first time. I doubled the recipe because I had 100 cookies to ice and by accident I used a whip. (I assumed it was the whip that was the problem) The icing almost doubled in size in the bowl and it didn't dry for 6 days!! It tasted almost like a marshmallow. And when it...Read More...
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Adding Meringue Powder to Royal Icing to Speed Drying?

TeriT
Okay, all . . . I was just sitting here with my mind wandering about icing, since I have a batch of cookies patiently waiting for me. I use Julia's RI recipe with pasteurized egg whites. It always turns out just dandy for me, howeeevvveeerrr . . . I am wondering what would happen if I added say about 2 tablespoons or so of meringue powder. No water, just meringue powder. Since that's what makes the icing harden (I think), wouldn't it make it harden a bit faster? Has anyone tried this yet,...Read More...
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Failed The Taste Test

GoBakeItUp
So today I made my first ever batch of egg white-based royal icing. Usually I use sugar, corn syrup, water, and flavoring. I wanted to try a more traditional royal icing to see if my decorating results improved with the different texture eggs bring to the table. The bad news . . . my son hated it. I didn't even like it. For some reason there is a subtle after taste with the egg-based icing. Has anyone had this problem before? I loved the texture, but if the kids won't eat it . . . well, when...Read More...
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Royal Icing - Some Drying, Others Not

Hello, fellow cookie peeps! I'm having a little trouble with my royal icing. Colored icing is drying hard on some cookies and, on other cookies, it's not close to being dry even after ~7hrs. They are from the same batch, and the icing was not colored on the cookies that didn't dry. The icing recipe I use is sifted powdered sugar, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and egg whites. Any info is appreciated! It's just becoming frustrating when I have an order due and my icing is not drying. :/...Read More...
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Removing Icing from Sides of Cookie

I wasn't sure if this is the right area for this topic, so if not, Julia, please move to appropriate section. So, I am a beginner and at times get sloppy with royal icing. So I have finally finished a cookie that I am really pleased with but unfortunately I did get some icing on the sides of my cookie from my messy hands. Is there an easy way to take that off? I used a sharp knife to scrape it off but just wondered if there are other tips and tricks (besides not being a messy decorator which...Read More...
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My White Royal Icing Bubbles! Help!

Carissa
I make all my royal icing from the same exact recipe, however, when I flood with white icing, it ALWAYS bubbles and it looks like little pimples when it dries. I have tried tapping the cookie to release the bubbles, but it does not work. All my other colors are super smooth, no bubbling. I am wondering if it is the white coloring I use? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!Read More...
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Color from Icing on Lips and Mouth

Hi there. I have problem. I want to know what you all can suggest. As long as I've been working in this business, I just got a complaint from one of my customers. She sent me a pic (which I attached here) that her kid ate my cookies, and all the icing color got stuck on the lips and tongue. She had to wash twice to clean it. She was afraid that I’m using cheap colors that have an effect like that. I explained that it's ok because I'm using food-grade color. I’m here to ask: is all coloring...Read More...
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Icing craters

Jan
When I decorate small areas, I sometimes have icing craters to form as the icing hardens.  Is this because of the consistency of the icing - maybe being too thin?  Any ideas on how to prevent these?Thanks and I LOVE this site!!!Read More...
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Royal Icing Transfer Bleed Fix!

54mama
I’m making 200 cookies for a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah and ran into an issue with my RI (royal icing) transfers bleeding! I knew about dark colors bleeding but these were white on yellow so I was surprised (and seriously bummed). I think my transfers were too thin. But . . . fixed them and thought I’d share in case anyone is looking for a fix in the future. It’s not perfect, but pretty good and certainly fine for a slew of teenagers! After the cookies were completely dry, I mixed up some 12...Read More...
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Yogurt Royal Icing

Kimberlie
I know this site has nothing to do with dogs, but I make human and dog cookies all the time. I see dog cookies with yogurt icing that dries hard all the time in stores, some not so good. I'd like to start making my own but I can't find much info on the subject. I'm thinking if I could get one that works well that I can flood and pipe with it could even be a healthy alternative for humans. If anyone knows anything I am all ears and thank you for putting up with my silly questions.Read More...
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Piping on Cookie that Has Dried

brenda1209
After my royal icing (RI) dries and I go back to add details such as dots or an outline around the cookie, etc. . . . after the added detail dries and I touch the detail, it falls off the cookie. What do I need to do to fix the issue? I can't keep telling people to be gentle with the cookie. Any advice is appreciated.Read More...
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Royal Icing Drying Too Fast

I'm hoping someone can help me! I have been doing sugar cookies with royal icing for a couple years now, but for some reason, with this batch of cookies, my royal icing is drying SO fast! I'm not a super quick outliner but I am not slow by any means, and I have NEVER had this happen before. By the time I outline and go to flood, my outline is already starting to dry! Any tips or ideas??Read More...
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Colors Bleeding - Please Help! I've Tried Everything!

Kacie
So take a look at the terrible bleeding in the picture. I've tried everything to stop this problem. In the example, the eyes were wet on wet, so I kind of expected some bleeding from the black into the white (although I'd love to know how to fix this), but then the eyes were left to set for 24 hours before the orange nose was done. After the nose was added I put the cookies in a dehydrator for 15-20 minutes and then left them out to set again. The picture you see is the cookie two days after...Read More...
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