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If you read cookie blogs at all--you will see some pretty CRAZY designs. A lot of these are done by amazing artists! I am not one of these people. And I cannot afford a fancy projector a la kopykake machine!
So I got to thinking...how about 'transfers' that I have heard about? This is exactly the same method that I talked about when discussing melting chocolate for decorations here and also here. The only difference is that this is done with royal icing for use on sugar cookies.
I can't draw elaborate things freehand, especially characters. This helps me get a similar design each time! When they are dry (I leave them over night) I slide them off and keep them in an airtight container until I need them!
Want to try?
What You'll Need:
- a flat board, tray or surface *don't try moving them from a table to another surface unless they are dry. Using a tray allows you to move them somewhere else to dry without disturbing them*
- parchment paper OR wax paper OR acetate sheets(projector paper) *some people note the parchment paper causes the transfers to break or is too hard to slide them off of. I can't find acetate sheets and the parchment paper works okay for me!*
- clamps or tape (for your parchment paper or acetate sheets to stick them to the tray)
- scissors (to cut your images and wax/parchment paper)
- royal icing
- templates or designs that you print out to size for your cookies! As you can tell, I did transformers! Autobots and Decepticons :)
|Printed images piped onto parchment paper on a tray!|
- Print out templates of your design. Black and white images work best---I always google colouring book images because those are black and white and easier to trace! Also duplicate the images and leave room in-between them so you can pipe several at a time!
- Cut your tracing paper and your images up so you have them all separate from one another. *I did not do this and I noticed my transfers curled up a bit, Having them all individual is better, I think*
- Put printed images on your tray or board.
- If you don't cut them all up separately-- place parchment paper on top of board and tape or clamp in place. You don't want this moving around! (I leave one side not taped so I can slide the paper in and out for multiple designs)
- Trace the image with your royal icing either in black and white, and then add the colours, or trace the image as you'd like it!
- Wait several hours until full dry and then slightly peel transfers off or use a flat knife to glide them off carefully!
- Store in an airtight container or use right away on cookies! Secure with icing to cookie!
|I did Spiderman too...for good measure!|
|See the minion's eye? This is why I said little details don't work for transfers if they don't connect to the main shape of the design. So sad.|
- Wait as long as possible until the transfers begin to lift slightly
- Don't waste icing (or chocolate!) and pipe designs you may use later!
- I always pipe numbers and phrases I know I may need later!
- Don't put on too much of your base icing. This will cause your base icing to ooze out of your transfer...I did this...OOPSIE!
- Always make extra. Transfers can break easily! Also they can break when you put it on the cookie as you press it into the icing. Don't worry--just try and push the pieces together before the icing dries. My cookies still looked great and no one noticed the small crack ! Teehee. Crack.
Hope this helps you with trickier designs..I can't wait to show you how these worked on the cookies I made! They are a birthday surprise so I have to wait. Awe shucks!