If you're one of the AWESOME ones that got a cookie kit, you have all you need to get started decorating! Here are a few simple decorating techniques to get you inspired.
Wet on Wet: Putting one color icing on top of another color, using the same consistency. You can use this technique to add polka dots, lines, and other patterns. You can also use your toothpick to drag one color over another and create unique patterns!
Texture: Add texture to your cookies by piping one area, letting dry for at least 20 minutes, and then piping the area right next to it. This dry time between flooding will add dimension and differentiate between sections of your cookie.
TIP: If you're looking for a stiff consistency icing to draw lines or words on top of your cookies, you can add powdered sugar to the leftover flood icing (in your kit) to stiffen the consistency. Mix in a bowl and transfer to a Ziplock baggy if you don't have piping bags. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to act as your tip.
Simple Royal Icing Recipe
1 lb powdered sugar
3 TB meringue powder
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
1 TB corn syrup (optional)
1/3 c warm water
Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Start mixing on low speed until mixture becomes liquid. Slowly increase the speed as your icing thickens. This should take about 3-4 minutes. You're looking for medium-stiff peaks. Do not over-whip, as icing will dry chalky. Under-whipping will cause color bleed. Keep covered until read to use.