Cookies Keeping Shape and Cream Cheese Icing

Hello! I’m just a baker for fun. I have for years been making cookies on sticks for friends' birthdays and showers and other events. Two questions . . . my cookies never keep their shape. I feel like I have tried everything. I use a recipe with powdered sugar instead of granular. Any tips? I was going try a recipe with cornstarch but worried that will change taste?

Also . . . I see everyone uses royal icing. Anyone ever use just cream cheese or buttercream? I use cream cheese and everyone loves it, but they are hard to bag. I was wondering if anyone ever used cream cheese frosting and had a trick on how to bag them without messing them up? 

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Hi, it's hard to say what's causing your cookies to spread and not hold their shape, as there are at least three recipe-related variables that contribute to spreading: (1) type of fat in the recipe (all else being the same, recipes with all butter will spread more than those with some shortening for some portion of the fat); (2) ratio of fat to flour (the more fat to flour, the more the recipe will spread); and (3) quantity of leavening relative to other ingredients (the more leavening there, the more it will spread). You might want to try other recipes that have lower fat ratios, less butter, and/or less leavening, and see if you get a result you prefer.

Yeah, cream cheese icings are tough to bag, because the cream cheese never sets. Can't offer any advice on that one, other than don't bag them if you don't have to.

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