Tuesday, April 19, 2011

how I made the colored eggs

So many people have asked about the multi-colored eggs, that I've decided I'm just going to have to tell everyone how I did it. It's not that I mind sharing (at all) -- I just feel a bit presumptuous because I certainly haven't been decorating cookies long enough to be telling anyone what to do.  So let's not look at this like I'm telling you how YOU should make them... I'm just showing you how one person made these one time. (And that person is me and I adore being not hated. So... you know...keep that in mind. )

Okay, so ...clearly I started with some egg shaped cookies. (Chocolate egg shaped cookies, in case you were wondering why my cookies look burnt to a crisp.)

I use only one consistency of icing. It's 12 count thick. I start by outlining a section of the cookie for the first line of color.

And then I immediately fill it in. I kind of like the look of lopsided lines...but you know...make them uniform and even and perfect if lopsided drives you crazy.

It's important to make sure the top part of your line reaches to the edge of the cookie and comes to a point there. That way there will be no gaps in the "outline" of the final cookie. Sometimes I'm really careful and I can get it perfect just by piping. But a lot of times, I just use a toothpick and pull it through the icing to make a point. (Seriously -- I should buy stock in toothpick companies. I use those things ALL THE TIME.)

I make these in an assembly line. I arrange the cookies in the order I pipe them. Usually...with all the normal daily distractions, by the time I get done with the last one...the first one is dry enough to add another stripe. It doesn't have to be completely dry and hard, it just needs to be crusted over. If it is still shiny -- take a break and call your Aunt Sarah. She probably hasn't heard from you in a while anyway.

When the first line is crusted over... I continue on with the next color. And the next...and you know....all of them until  the cookie is full of colors and stripes and icing and happiness.

The End.

16 comments:

Glora said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing. That is amazing. I'm not sure I could ever be that patient to do that many colors but I LOVE them they are BEAUTIFUL. Hugs- Glora

Screaming Grasshopper said...

Thank you so much for sharing!! I might... maybe... if the courage sticks... try to do these for this weekend! I may, per chance, cheat a bit and buy cookies from the grocery store and just decorate them... (am I aloud to admit to the thought of cheating like that? is it really cheating if I am just concerned for the wellbeing of the eaters of my cookies? please don't block me from you blog because I cheated... or thought about cheating... or yeah... please **puppy eyes**)

SweetSugarBelle said...

You are absolutely AMAZING!!!

Jenny said...

Do you always use 12 count icing? I have been experimenting with using one icing for flooding and piping and found that I seem to fall around 9-10 count - and that works for me.

LilaLoa said...

Andrea -- I think that delicious is as delicious does. Eat what tastes delicious to YOU. :) And make pretty cookies if you have time!

Jenny -- I do always use a 12 count. Its a VERY fine line when you use one consistency icing. And I think that none of us really count at the same speed. So we could very well be using the same thickness of icing and just counting different speeds. If it works for you -- don't ever change. :)

lizy b said...

Going to try these today!!!

Sparkling Sugar Sweets said...

I will have to try this sometime. Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you! The one consistency works better for me -so much easier than two. Your cookies are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques!
Jenny

Susie said...

I love your posts, there is always humor, Aunt Sarah...that was good. Ok, back to royal icing....

Bea @ CancunCookies said...

I love these Easter Eggs!!! Your style is so fresh.. great tuto, too!

Pinkie said...

I love these gorgeous Easter cookies Georganne! Thanks for the tutorial and perfect timing because I just baked some large Easter eggs and was going to attempt to make them colorful like yours. Cross your fingers! Thanks for sharing!

KLS said...

Thanks for sharing! My 3 year old saw these cookies and asked me to make them. My attempt was... not so great. And I, too, should totally get stock in a toothpick company!

Lee Anne

Red30 said...

Now these is a really cool and neat idea!! Thank you for sharing how you did this, I might try to do this this weekend on my cookies!!!

Galletita Dulce said...

MMmmmmmmm, yeah, yeah, I know, kinda late making comments but to my defense...I just saw this awesome tuto today! Well, as Valentine's is approaching...hmmm maybe using this technique on Valentine hearts wouldn't be a bad idea :)

Suz said...

I have got to master the all purpose medium consistency icing. I tried it for the rainbows I did but some were too thick, others were too thin. I did an egg with 5 0r 6 colors and outlined and flooded each section. it was pretty but took so long i gave it away as soon as it dried.

So i'll keep trying!!! THanks for shairng.

justabaker said...

Tried it once without the tutorial (I don't know why), and then redid them the right way-they don't. look as great as yours, but good enough! Thanks for the tutorial-after Easter we'll see about that contest....

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