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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