21 Techniques for Playful Cookies
Do your cookies need a new look? Popular instructor Amber Spiegel shares inventive cookie decorating ideas and techniques for results that will make your treats a must at parties, showers and more. To begin, you'll discover how to blend royal icing wet-on-wet for an enviably smooth surface. And, find out how to paint directly onto wet icing to bring vibrant colors to life. Up next, give your cookies a textured finish, create a "reflective" surface effect and experiment with an on-trend burlap look. Amber shows you how to easily make and store royal icing transfers. Then, bring pearlized finishes, metallic looks and even a chalkboard effect to life. And, find out how to use sprinkles in creative and innovative ways. You'll also learn how to build a three-dimensional cookie box and customize it with impressive woodgrain or metallic finishes.
Amber Spiegel is a graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She's also a former cake and cookie decorator at Wilton Industries. Today, Amber runs her own cookie business, SweetAmbs. She enjoys teaching cookie decorating through video tutorials, in-person classes around the world and on Craftsy. Amber's work can be found in magazines such as InStyle, Cake Central and Brides, as well as on numerous blogs and websites.
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Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Amber Spiegel and find out how to blend your icing wet on wet for a smooth surface and master the art of subtle color transitions. Then, use gel coloring to paint directly onto your wet icing for deep, saturated colors.
Give your cookies a textured look with unique finishes. Find out how to combine various consistencies for one-of-a-kind results, including an ice cream cone, a "reflective" surface pop and a forgiving burlap look.
Learn how to create and store royal icing transfers. Then, bring a versatile bow design to life, finish cookie characters with playful eyes and create floral designs for dainty accents.
Discover techniques for painted enhancements, including a pearlized finish and a metallic look created from pearl dust. Then, paint your royal icing and add trendy, custom chalkboard messages.
Learn how to securely apply small or jumbo sprinkles to your cookies using piping gel. And, find out how to make an impressive piñata-style cookie with a sprinkle-filled center.
Finally, construct a three-dimensional cookie box and find out how to customize the surface with woodgrain or metallic finishes. Amber shows you how!