Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Monogramming

Monogramming a cookie is an easy way to make a plain design look special. Here's a way to make all of your monograms look the same, which is really helpful if you don't love your handwriting or are a little shaky with an icing bag.

First, go to the computer and find a font that you like. (This can be done in Word or Publisher and I'm sure other programs as well.) View the letter at 100% (this option should be in the top toolbar on your screen). Now, what I do...and it seems a little silly....is hold my cookie cutter up to the screen and see what the letter size will look like on the cookies. If it's not right, go into the font settings and change the letter size.

When the letter is the right size, copy and paste the letter to put several on one sheet and print.

Now time to head to the kitchen. On an upside-down cookie sheet, place your monogram template and top it with a sheet of waxed paper.
Using a plain icing tip (I use a #2 or #3, a #1 tip will give a very fragile letter), trace the letters in icing on the wax paper. Continue this process until you have at least double the amount that you will need (you'll see why in a minute). Let these harden on the cookie sheets for at least 24 hours.

Very carefully, use a thin, flexible cookie spatula to slide underneath the letter to loosen and remove onto a plate. Expect to break a fair amount....or at least, I do.
After icing the cookies, gently place a letter on the wet flood icing. If it looks off-center, guide it along with a toothpick. Sometimes, you may have to use a broken letter; just piece it together on the cookie and it will probably only be noticeable to you. :)

11 comments:

  1. Bridget, I baked a three tiered graduation cake for a friend's daughter. I used this same method for letters and it worked beautifully. I do a pretty good job writing on cookies but I wanted her initials on the side of the cake and I knew that would be awkward. The cake was chocolate buttercream on chocolate cake. On the top tier's side I attached '08, middle tier's side,JCG and the bottom tier's side, SVHS. The letters were done in dark brown royal icing. It turned out so good. This was my first tiered cake. I will hopefully post pics of it on my blog soon.

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  2. I would love to see that, Montee! I've always wanted to make a tiered cake, but am a little intimidated.

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  3. Yes, I was very nervous about that cake! I studied everything I could about baking a cake. the Wilton site was a very good source. Some of my letters broke too but like you, after I placed them on the cake, I was the only one that knew they had broken. I do a little baking for people but don't really have a full blown business. I just like to have fun with it and it's one outlet for my creative side.

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  4. Brilliant! I love tips like this--thanks for sharing.

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  5. What an amazing tidbit. I'll be using it! Thanks!!

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  6. That's so funny that you posted this...I hadn't looked at your blog in awhile and when I clicked on it, I saw your beautiful cookies and wondered, "how do I get a great monogram like she does?" and then voila! There's the post...thanks for all the great posts and keep up the awesome work!

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  7. Hi -- I just found your blog and really enjoy it -- I'm a fellow cookie queen. Your cookies are great. I do the same thing with letters but I have better luck either "peeling" the letters from the wax paper with a sharp edge -- sideless cookie sheet-- or using a small palette knife -- the kind painters use. The palette knife is smaller and more flexible than the spatula so I don't break quite as many letters. Just my two cents worth -- probably what the advice is worth!

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  8. Hey Jean! Thanks! I'm going to look for a palette knife. I went to a cupcake class this week and the instructor said she uses individual sheets of wax paper for her monograms instead of 1 big sheet. I thought that was a good tip, too.

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  9. I have to transfer tiny chocolate decorations from marble to plate at work and I find that the tip of a apiring knife works best for me rather than a spatula. I don't think you are weird at all holding the cookie cutter to your screen :)...

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  10. Gracias por este tip, hice unas galletas y quedaron de lo lindo!!

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  11. Why only H? how about the other letters?

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