Spiders and Cats and Ghosts…oh my!

I’m pooped after the weekend…really pooped.

I don’t know how you cookie decorators, party-planners, and all-around awesome women do it.

We had a small dinner party Saturday evening, with five kids and seven adults, and as I’m sitting here on the couch Sunday evening, I can barely keep my eyes open to type this post.  The “dinner party” included crock pot chili and cornbread (and mummy dogs for the kids), mostly because I was too lazy to do much more than that after making these cookies.

I typically use the glace icing recipe for my sugar cookies from Our Best Bites, but I decided I’d give decorating with royal icing a try.  I’ve never been a huge fan of royal icing (you can read more about my thoughts on that here), but I do love how it looks on cookies, and I wanted something really fun for the kids’ table on Saturday.

I used a #2 tip for my outline and dots.  For the spider legs, I piped the body with a #3 tip and the legs with a #2 tip.

I think the little ghosts were my favorite.  Since I am by no means a cookie decorating expert, each one looked completely different, but it seemed to give them each their own personlity.  Again, I outlined with a #2 tip and used a #3 tip for the lettering and the faces.

The kids seemed to gravitate toward the spider cookies.  For the webbing, I piped the lighter color on while the flood color was still wet, and working from the inside out, pulled the “web” using a toothpick.

All in all, I was pleased with how the cookies turned out.  And for as much as I claim to “not care for” royal icing, I sure ate a lot of it.  Fortunately, the kids were more than happy to take all of the extra cookies home in goody bags.

Happy Monday, everyone!  I’m off to take a nap…


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  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    they look wonderful – i’m really impressed! congrats on both a successful party AND adorable cookies. you definitely earned yourself a nap. =)

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Thanks! I’m still learning my way around royal icing, but I really did have a lot of fun making these. I should have taken a picture of the aftermath in my kitchen, though–yikes!

  2. BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced}

    I love your cookies!! So cute! Sounds like a fun party!! I always need a break after I decorate cookies. My kitchen is always trashed! I try to work in stages, bake the cookies one day and decorate the next to try to keep the mess a little under control. 🙂 I know what you mean about the royal icing, but the flavor/texture is starting to grow on me. I love the way it handles. I also really like the icing recipe from The Decorated Cookie. It stays a lot softer than typical royal icing, but firms up enough to stack and pack. Although, I’ve had issues with my colors bleeding a bit, I’m not sure if it is due to the fat content or my own errors. 🙂

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      I did really like how the royal icing handled; I must have gotten my consistency right because it was very easy to pipe! I used Bridget @ Bake at 350’s royal icing recipe, but I’m off to check out The Decorated Cookie you recommended. I need to get in some good practice before the Christmas holiday is here! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen

    Ashley!!! These are AMAZING!!!!! They look fantastic and if I know you they tasted super super yummy!!! Give the Doodle a kiss for me!!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Aww, thanks! I need to get some more practice in before Christmas baking season arrives; I already have some ideas I want to try out. I’ll have to eat the evidence if they don’t turn out. 🙂 Come give Doodle a kiss in person–we miss you!


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