Thanks for taking the time to post this photo. It really shows the difference. I had never considered investing in a dehydrator, but it might be time!
Julia...do you choose to use the dehydrator with ALL cookies or just with ones that have smaller icing sections?
You know, I've gotten into the habit of using it on everything but really big cookies that don't fit. Just to set the top coats though, never to dry the icing all the way through. I like the sheen and poofiness that it gives to my top coats. I did some top coating today, and thought I'd go without the dehydrator on some, and I must say I was disappointed with the surface on those that did not hit the dehydrator. Maybe I've just gotten too fussy in my old age, but the dehydrated ones were much closer to perfect!