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Do THIS When Making Photo Cookies for Success

The last time I made photo cookies I was really unhappy with the way some of the photos looked on the cookie.  I always size my images to the size of the cookie cutter.  I am not one of those lucky cookiers whose cookies do not spread when baked.  Some do, some don’t.  In the past I have just iced my cookies and hoped the image fit.  Example:

Photo cookie - Sugar Beez

You can see all the white icing around the image here.  The image was cut to the size of the cookie cutter, the cookies spread when baked. The night before my latest photo cookie order I was lying in bed tossing and turning as my mind raced on how to make these cookies look more uniform.  Then it came to me….outline the cookies to the size of the cutter!  DUH! I got up in the morning excited to try out this new idea.  I took a red food doodler and outlined along the inside of the cutter on the baked cookie.   You can see some of the cookies are spread more than others.  The cookie in the lower right corner is day-old dough, and the other cookies are from dough I made the day I baked them.  I am not sure if that has anything to do with the spread.  Any one with an opinion or suggestion, please leave a comment, I would love to hear it!

Cookie Food Doodler - Sugar Beez

I think next time I will use a yellow one instead of red as the red showed through and around the icing.   I outlined the cookies and then proceeded to flood.

Cookie Outlined With RI - Sugar Beez

After flooding the cookies I allowed them to dry overnight.  Always best to give yourself that extra time to dry.  It will take longer for the royal icing to dry completely when an image is put on over wet icing and you also have the frustration of dealing with the edges of the image curling up.  Save yourself the hassle!

Cookies Flooded With RI - Sugar Beez

To apply the image to the dry cookie I use corn syrup and a dry, clean sponge brush.

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This video shows exactly how I put the image on the cookie.


And the finished product!  Ta Da!

Scooter Cookies - Sugar Beez

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