I looooove watching cookie and cake decorating videos, but over the years I've only made fancy cookies twice: Christmas Cookies & Fall Leaf Cookies. I decided that all that video watching had to come to fruition and so I made Halloween Cookies:
I bought an inexpensive set of Halloween cookie cutters and decided to cut a few of several different shapes -- in hindsight this made things super complicated. But, at the time, I thought variety was a great idea! While my cookies were baking (I used this Martha Stewart recipe), I decided to plot out my icing plan.
That's a lot of colors of icing and a lot of layering -- especially for a super amateur cookie decorator. But, I like a challenge (and the cookies were already in the oven) so I decided to plow ahead.
These are the problems I ran into along the way and how I solved them:
No black food coloring. I only own four colors: red, blue, yellow, green. Well, thank goodness for all those years of mixing paint. I know how to make all kinds of blacks and settled on a blue black for these cookies.
Not enough piping tips. I only own 2 small and 2 medium piping tips and my original plan called for 8 colors of icing (most in 2 consistencies -- piping and flooding). I decided to eliminate some colors and then figured out a strategy for which colors had to go into the piping bags first. It mostly worked.
I ran out of piping bags. No problem. The internet told me I could use a Ziploc bag. And so I did.
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