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In an earlier post, I had demonstrated a way to ice shaped cookies smoothly by icing first then cutting. You can find that tutorial here. Today I am going to demonstrate a similar method, but with cookies that have already been cut and baked into shapes.
As with my previous method the real advantage of these methods is that you can use any type of frosting or icing you wish. Rather than be cornered into using the tradition royal icing that doesn’t taste the best, you can use anything. I used a homemade cream cheese buttercream. Left overnight it crusted and hardened quite nicely. Please note though, it doesn’t dry as hard as royal icing so if you plan on individually packaging the cookies, you may still wish to stick to a royal icing that dries completely hard. This method works just as well with royal icing.
There are pros and cons to either method. You can do a thicker layer on the first method of cutting afterwards but you run a higher risk of having a raw edge that you may have to correct with a spatula. Cookies with intricate shapes or small areas such as snowflakes do not fare well with Technique #1 but much better with #2. The second technique may result in a thinner icing, unless you go back and re-do the process a second time, which is still quick and easy.
So here we go…my secret to a perfectly iced cookie!
You will need:
Any icing or frosting of your choice.
Pre-baked cookies in the shape of your choosing
A wide or large bowl
1) Place your icing in the bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Using a spatula, stir well to ensure it is all soft. If not, place in the microwave again for 15 seconds. You will want a thick creamy soup consistency.
2) With your hands or tongs, dunk the cookie into the icing
3) Lift the cookie straight up and quickly turn over onto its back and lay it down to cool
4) As the icing cools, all the imperfections will smooth out.
Note: If you notice the icing is beginning to thicken or the dunked cookies are not smoothing out, re-warm the icing again in the microwave.
If you wish for a thicker coating, re-do the steps a second time.