What sugar cookie/royal icing recipe do you use?
I posted my recipes and lots of cookie decorating tips in my post, "the basics of sugar cookies and royal icing."
How far in advance can I make the cookies?
I still don't know the perfect answer to this question. I tend to wait as long as I can to bake the cookies, leaving enough time for them to dry between layers. If I am using bright colors, especially red and black, I let them dry for at least 12 hours between layers to minimize the chances of color bleeding. But I plan out how many layers (colors next to colors) I need to do and add up the drying time in my head. I bake the dough with enough time to cool before I start frosting, and I chill the dough the night before I plan on baking them. So it really depends on how much drying time you need. That being said, my typical schedule is usually a 3-4 day process from making the dough to serving the cookies. If I'm not serving them as soon as they are dry, I put them in an airtight container (with parchment between the cookies) or tie them in a cellophane bag. The softer and fresher a sugar cookie is, the yummier it i,s in my opinion. However, you do need to allow ample time for drying so a happy medium is best. If you are unsure, or new to royal icing, leave more time than you think. :)
Can I order cookies from you?
I don't ship cookies at this time. :(
Where do you buy your cookie decorating supplies?
For an immediate need, I shop at my local cake store (which doesn't help you all), but I also find that craft stores like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc. have a lot of great supplies too. They sell the americolor food coloring and squeezie bottles that I use. I prefer to order in bulk from amazon. You can find links to some of the cookie products I use in our amazon widget on the right sidebar. They have it all! I have also ordered from Global Sugar Art.
Can you tell me more about your projector?
I use the kopykake 300k projector for a lot of my cookie and painting projects. It takes the guesswork and stress out of a lot of projects I do, so yes, I would recommend it to you!
Where do get your Apothecary jars?
I've gotten a few of them from Michael's, but most I have ordered from saveoncrafts.com. The glass cupcake stands I used were from that website.
Do you sell your cake stands?
No, but lots of people have had success making them using this tutorial. :)
What is the color of the walls in your daughter's "sunshine bedroom?"
It is Martha Stewart brand (from Home Depot) "hummingbird blue."
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