Hi there!

I am new to cookie decorating and I have a few questions regarding lettering and intricate designs.

  1. What tool works better for small designs (or is your preference) - piping bags or squeeze bottles?
  2. I’ve noticed that a lot of people do not use piping tips at the end of their bags. Is there a specific reason for this? Does it make it easier or affect the outcome of the design?
  3. Any tips/tricks for a first timer?

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by Julia M. Usher
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Piping bags or bottles?  Try both and see what you like.  People don’t use tips because less clean up.  I use disposable bags but with tips because I feel like I have more control.  Tips and tricks?  Use cookie connection and ask questions.  I also watch videos on cookie decorating ideas..  good luck!

I have friends who love the bottles.  I agree that I don’t feel like I have control.  I feel like I have more control with tips.  I know tipless bags aren’t designed for couplers, but I use them.  They work better because the bag is thinner.  

what I would suggest as a tip is what I learned years ago from Karen Summers, when she had a website and before CookieCon.  She took prepared icing, put it is plastic, rolled it up and then using both hands twirled it so it was twisted tight on both sides.  Then you can drop it in a piping bag and cut off the end going through the coupler.  It makes clean up much easier and frequently I can use the bag several times.  It also helps if the bag bursts.  I hope explained it correct.  I’ll have to look for a video.

@Econlady posted:

I have friends who love the bottles.  I agree that I don’t feel like I have control.  I feel like I have more control with tips.  I know tipless bags aren’t designed for couplers, but I use them.  They work better because the bag is thinner.  

what I would suggest as a tip is what I learned years ago from Karen Summers, when she had a website and before CookieCon.  She took prepared icing, put it is plastic, rolled it up and then using both hands twirled it so it was twisted tight on both sides.  Then you can drop it in a piping bag and cut off the end going through the coupler.  It makes clean up much easier and frequently I can use the bag several times.  It also helps if the bag bursts.  I hope explained it correct.  I’ll have to look for a video.

Exactly!! I do that too. Goes wonderfully and you have described it perfectly!

I prefer small parchment cones for precision-piping (of basic round lines) and flooding.  I can cut the hole as small as I want (often smaller than the smallest tip), and I have greater control because the bag is relatively small. PLUS, no cleanup!

I sometimes use coupled bags (not disposable) with tips for intricate line work, most often when I know I have to pipe A LOT of something and it's important to the design to have the same line width. (It's a bit harder to go from cone to cone, and to cut the exact same hole size.)

Last edited by Julia M. Usher

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