Saturday, September 18, 2010

My new best friend : OnStar (and a tip about white royal icing)

"People let me tell ya 'bout my best friend..." (Raise your hand if you are old enough to recognize that song.)
OnStar...yes, OnStar is my new best friend.  There for me in an emergency, always answers my call (no matter the time of day), helps me find my way when I'm lost...sounds like a best friend to me!

One the perks of test-driving this Chevy Malibu this month is getting to play around with the OnStar system.  I always used to cry during their commercials, but I didn't realize everything else that OnStar does!  The turn-by-turn directions are definitely my favorite part. It's like having my own little concierge right there in the car.

If only it would go fetch me a Starbucks without my having to leave the house.
I brought these cookies over to the Chevy dealership where I picked up the car two weeks ago.  Maybe they think I'm crazy professing my love for OnStar in cookie form? 

Let's talk about making white icing...

Royal icing looks pure white when you make it, but have you ever had it change to an off-white color as it dries?  It happened to me only once in a blue moon, but that was enough to drive me insane.
Here's how to fix it: Americolor Bright White gel food coloring.  Add some to your white icing....and add more than you think you need. It's a toughie because your icing is going to look white already and it depends on how much icing you are coloring.  Pretend you are making a "color" icing and go from there.

(These cookies were made with royal icing colored with AmeriColor Bright White and Americolor Royal Blue mixed with Navy Blue.  Letters and star were piped with a #2 tip.)

{psst....if you live in the Houston area, you can click here for a chance to win a trip for 2 to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa from Gotta Love Chevy Houston!}

29 comments:

  1. You can make some of the simplest things look AMAZING! I can't wait to see my cookies now! Yayyyyy!

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  2. Oh Bridget you solved my mystery! Thank you! I had one batch where my white turned almost a yellow-off white ugliness and I ended up trying to cover it in luster dust and that covered it up but I could still tell. I even have bright white, I just never use it because as you said, it already looks white! Thank you so much! I never want that happening again, it was so sad :)
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  3. Great as always!!

    Can you please share your secret for writing with royal icing. I find the only tip I can write with is the #3. My #2 and #1 will come out and curl to one side sometimes, if that makes any sense. I wonder if my icing is too thick but I make it just like you say to.

    Thanks so much!!!

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  4. Can you provide your step by step recipe on how you made the cookies?

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  5. Bridget you are awesome! Thank you for checking out my blog, you made my night! Have a great time in your Malibu! P.S. when you find a car that will go out and get your Starbucks for you, let me know, I will definitely need one as well!
    Linzy

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  6. We drove a Malibu in NYC for 18 months and loved it! So glad you enjoyed ON*...it's awesome and so is your icing tip!

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  7. The Courtship of Eddie's Father:)

    Great cookies!

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  8. Raising my hand for the Courtship of Eddie's Father!
    Adorable cookies...if I worked there, I'd be thrilled to get a cookie delivery from you!

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  9. Great post, Bridget. CUTEST OnStar cookies, and great tip about using the white gel color. MUST remember this tip!

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  10. Such perfect cookies with the perfect little bow! I always cry at OnStar commercials. But then, I'll cry at cereal commercials, too. And I passionately support Americolor White coloring. I get that question all the time: "Do I need to add white to make white?" "Yes, yes, for the love of all that is good, yes."

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  11. While OnStar may be your new best friend, I would think that with all these lovely cookies your are bringing to them, Chevy Houston is going to declare you their new best friend!

    A very cute cookie and a lovely gesture.

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  12. You are just too funny making all of these cookies for the Chevy Dealer! I love the Bright White . . . never knew what I was missing until I saw the difference in color for myself. I know you are into Chevy cookies, but is there anyway you could show me how to make a poodle skirt cookie? I have a huge batch of rock n roll/50's cookies for a sock hop in October. Not sure where to begin with the poodle! http://carrollscookies.blogspot.com/

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  13. YAY! I was so thrilled when I saw your post.... I have been having issues with my white frosting too...and was wondering whether I should try adding some americolor white....I'm going to buy some this week!!! Does that also help when you are making eyes (black dots on white???...b/c sometimes when I make eyes with flooding consistency....the black starts seeping into the white part as they dry....) I'll have to email you a picture of my penguin's eyes. And as for on star... I think I need that too. I am TERRIBLE with directions!!! Darling cookies...always look forward to your posts!!

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  14. I wondered what the white coloring was for - it's probably safer than the bleach I've been using...lol!

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  15. I've been thinking lately that Starbucks needs to deliver. It'd be perfect. Love your cookies...they are always decorated so wonderfully!

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  16. I have just started using the white coloring and it makes a difference for sure :)

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  17. What cute cookies!! And there's nothing wrong with expressing a love of anything in cookie form!!

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  18. Fun cookies! Thanks for the icing color tip, too. :-)

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  19. Those cookies are adorable. I love that tip for the white icing... I have to make an order for some more AmeriColor colorings, so I'll have to add that :)

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  20. What an incredibly thoughtful gift! I'm sure the folks at Chevy didn't think twice about your affinity for OnStar, and they gobbled these babies right up! Your piping work is just amazing. Thanks for sharing these, Bridget!

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  21. Great looking On Star cookies Bridget. You wouldn't think it was a much used color but I used to use the white food color all the time. Wonderful tip!

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  22. Love the name of your blog! That’s too funny but very sweet that you made On Star cookies. I’m sure the folks you delivered them to appreciated it.

    I'm off to see what else delish I've missed on you blog. :o)

    Kendra aka "Domestic Princess in Training"

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  23. These are too cute!!

    OnStar IS amazing!

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  24. OK, I am totally loving the fact that you made OnStar cookies. And, the white icing tips are fab, thank you!:)

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  25. Those are just too cute....something as simple as the On Star logo....whodathunk?!

    I love the bright white, but I forget to use it a lot of times.

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  26. I am actually going to be buying my first car soon and one that can be equipped with OnStar is high on my list. I think you just sold it for me :)

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