I have mentioned this a few times before in posts and Insta stories, but I am a firm believer in the statement ‘Practice makes perfect.’ Especially when it comes to baking! My Noni always taught me that baking is not only an art but a precise science. You have to follow recipes to a T or you will end up with a mess and wonder what you did wrong. Which makes me wonder if this is one of the many contributions to why I am so OCD!
Anyways, I began messing around with royal icing back in 2014 and I will honestly say I am still far from where I want to be. I give major props to all the amazingly talented ( and patient ) cookie decorators out there! Starting out, no joke, it would take me all day to decorate 2 dozen cookies because I am such a perfectionist and I could not figure out the consistency of the flooding technique. However, I have recently found that the thicker consistency of royal icing is so much fun the make these gorgeous rosettes out of! ( Below is the picture of my first attempt at flooding. Which are not horrible, but I am not kidding when I say it took ALL day! )
My point is, don’t get frustrated and give up on something you want to turn out perfect and doesn’t the first time! Give it another shot, but definitely, don’t sign yourself up to bake the pies on Thanksgiving when you have never baked one in your life. Make trials and let your co-workers, kids or husband try them out first. I promise they will not mind taste testing and I double promise they don’t care what it looks like!
I have linked the recipe to the thick royal icing I whipped up to create the yellow rosettes. I hope you give the royal icing a try and let me know how it goes!