I made these cookies for my birthday in December. I love all things Hello Kitty. This was actually pretty simple following instructions found here. If I can do these anyone can do these. The hardest part again was getting the royal icing just right.
Now let’s learn from my mistakes here…
Pretty cute, but not perfect… what I did wrong – black icing was too thick. We added cocoa so we wouldn’t have to put too much black dye (yes I have issues with dyes) but I think it was too much cocoa making it difficult to pipe the black lines and eyes. See the marks? It should be more rounded not showing every last movement of the tip. I also made the yellow too thick. That small wrinkle on her nose should be smooth. Also, if you go to the tutorial and link above, you would see I was not supposed to outline the bow with the thicker icing.
If you want to give royal icing a try, I would first go to your local cake decorating store and ask the experts what they are using in your climate. If not, just buy some meringue powder and follow the recipe on the container. That is how I started out.
For more information on royal icing look at these links and their tutorials on consistency
sweetopia (this dried rock hard for me, but I’m in Arizona & it’s so arid here)
Once you’ve seen the videos and read the tutorials just give it a try. Don’t go too goopy or thin with the icing. You can always make it thinner later. I made this mistake several times in the beginning. The best part about the whole cookie craft is you can just eat the ugly cookies. No big deal! I love being able to eat my mistakes.
I don’t have my version of royal icing yet, I’m still deciding what works best for me.