These baby girl carousel cookies were a lot of fun! Stripes and ruffles are easy techniques that can get your cookies impressive results quickly.
Plan Your Design
Because mixing the colors can be a very time-consuming part of the process, I always take a moment to draw out a draft of my design. Your design notes do not need to be terribly detailed. Sometimes it’s just a piece of scratch paper. But a bit of pre-planning will give me an idea of how much flood/piping icing I need for each of my colors, and a basic blueprint for getting started.
Sometimes, I don’t have a clear idea of what I want, so I try a few ideas just to see which design I like the best. For example, you can see in the image above that I experimented with the look of a diagonal tutu (bottom left), which I ultimately decided against.
The carousel horses were originally a yellow-beige until I painted them with a little bit of gold dust. This extra effort to detail makes all the difference, and really makes the colors pop! One improvement to be made: see how the pink canopy of the carousel is a bit dimpled? That’s from me being lazy. Whenever flooding small sections like this, always use your scribe or a toothpick to mix it up a bit and reduce cratering.
Sometimes I add a cardboard square in the bottom of the cookie box. These pastry boxes are not always strong enough materials to transport them with confidence. Also, cookies are heavy. So be sure to line your boxes.
Originally posted on December 15, 2017