Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Making Cookie Decorating Easier (with color) . . . Works for Me Wednesday


*Let me tell you a little cookie decorating secret*

Making 48 cookies in a similar color scheme is easier than making 18 cookies in all different colors.

I love cookie assortments.  And Eleni's in NYC has the some of the most creative and beautiful assortments around.  Like this gorgeous one...

{source: birds & butterflies assortment, Eleni's}

Now, I count...eleven colors in that assortment of 24 cookies.  If you are making these cookies at home, you'd better have tips and couplers and squeeze bottles out the wazoo, or be prepared to do some washing.

Making and planning a million different colors for one batch of cookies can rattle even a seasoned cookie decorator. (OK...I haven't actually asked anyone else, but it rattles ME.)  You'll also end up making lots of extra icing, just to ensure you have enough of every color.

Want to streamline the process?  Pick just a few coordinating colors.  So, from the Eleni's example, maybe just the purple birds, butterflies and flowers.  Just as pretty and and it will save you time and headaches. TRUST ME.


I actually LOVE how cookies that are all in the same color scheme look on a dessert table or in a basket.


This assortment?  Three different cookie designs, but using the same 3 colors.

Color coordinating cookies....they work for me!

32 comments:

  1. I love the black, white and red scheme - just goes to show how classy simple can be. Great tip :) (ha ha, that's sort of a pun)... (sorry, I'm a bit of a dork).

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  2. So so true! I love color but it is nice to tone it down and get creative with a few colors and patterns.

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  3. YOU know all the colors are THE ONE thing that rattles ME the most when making cookies!!!

    Great tip about keeping to just a few colors!!

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  4. Absolutely! I get stressed when I have more than 2 or 3 icing colors to mix! Too stressful. Plus, I kind of like when things are color coordinated. It helps to tie everything together!

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  5. The first thing I do when planning cookies is map out how many colors I have to make! Ha --glad to see that's not just me being lazy:) Thanks!

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  6. I HATE making icing. I wish I didn't, but I do. I use glaze, and I still keep trying to make one thickness per color, but I just cannot make it work out. I like how you were smart in the cake set, so there's no pink piping thickness.

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  7. I have yet to do a cookie order with more than about 3 to 4 colors, so I can't imagine having to do more than that. Like everyone else said it just seems easier when your colors are simple yet beautiful!! Cookies don't have to 50 million colors all the time, sometimes "less" is more!!

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  8. this is fantastic. I often wonder when I look at your work and Callye's among many other amazing designers....HOW THE HECK do they color, thin and ORGANIZE all those frosting colors, bottles, etc...my head spins, anxiety kicks in and then I just eat cheerios in the corner while shaking my head in amazement.

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  9. YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!! Maybe when I have kids I can really start to make cookies otherwise my thighs would yell at me for making them!

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  10. THESE ARE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL,
    I WISH I COULD DECORATE EVERYTHING WITH WHITE, IT IS MY LEAST FAVORITE THING TO MIX THE COLORS, THESE ARE SOME GREAT TIPS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING

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  11. This is so brilliant. I think in today's society we have become focused on more, more, more & sometimes we need to be reminded of the simpler things in life. I have stressed myself out many a time making cookies because I chose too many colors. I end up making way too much icing for fear I'll be short. Thanks for reminding us that there's beauty in simplicity.

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  12. Thanks, you posted this in the nick of time! I'm making flooded cookies for my cousin's shower in two weeks, and figured I should make some practice batches first. There are so many cute cookie designs on your site, that I narrowed it down to 5 different shapes, totaling 12 colors. That number of colors will plummet now lest I drive myself insane on the first try! Also, love the site, I've been referring to it daily.

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  13. I agree completely! I had to make sports cookies for a shower and there were so many colors just to do all the different balls! Why can't they all be the same!?!

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  14. Maybe that's why 4th of July cookies seemed so easy, only red, white and blue. My 4yr old kept asking "where's the pink and purple", LOL! It was a great feeling only having 3 colors to work with!!

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  15. Such a sensible tip, coordinates better, easier and less washing up. One of the best tips ever.

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  16. Hi Bridget! Couldn't wait to show you my cookies...

    http://my50acres.blogspot.com/2011/07/last-week.html

    Been pouring over your awesome site the last few wks before the baby shower I was helping plan. About my 4th attempt so far with your tips and recipes.
    Wish I had more time and excuses to do this! Love it!

    Thanks so much for all the great tips and recipes!
    God Bless! ~ Jill

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  17. Thank you for writing this post! I'm actually gearing up for a cookie decorating session this weekend and was taking time to figure out colors...I'll definitely be sticking to 2 for right now, especially after reading this.

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  18. I absolutely hate mixing colors and preparing icing bags! I do try to limit colors but I think it can get rather bland if I use only colors in the same colortone. I like the combination of two similar tones and one contrasting color for more depth in the cookie (for example light pink, dark pink and green-. Also, I often use white as extra 'color' because that involves no coloring :) and have a tube of readymade black for those little details like eyes and mouths and stuff.

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  19. I have to say I love the bird and butterfly cookies. They are so cute!! I love the black red and white cookies too.

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  20. I too love the pinks and whites and can imagine how adorable they would look tucked in a basket. You are a creative lady and I just love salivating and learning at your delectable site... keep crankin' out the goodies, sista! One day I'll be brave and actually give a recipe or 2 a try (particularly if I can figure out a way to make them organically).

    Marisa
    http://www.meyouandcreamedcorn.com/

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  21. Yep, no more than 3 colours + white for me.

    Love your posts!

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  22. Great post! Haha gets me everytime! I little flour here and a ton of frosting there can be fun though, right?

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  23. I am with you on this one. I have to limit myself to no more than three colors or I go into frustration mode pretty quickly. However, I loved the butterflies and flowers from Eleni's. Such a beautiful assortment. I wish I had that kind of patience. :)

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  25. Is it possible to use sprinkles or sanding sugar when using royal icing?

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  26. The colors can definitely be overwhelming. Your post was exactly right. Finding colors that work well together is a great key. I just made ice cream cookies: http://www.cristinscookies.com/2011/07/ice-cream-you-scream.html and used tons of colors and it was fun, but overwhelming too. It's hard when you pick a larger theme like "summer cookies" rather than watermelons. Then the color options have to get bigger and much too overwhelming. I like your idea of keeping it to three colors. For the mixing and clean up process, it saves stress! Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your posts!

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  27. You make is look so EASY~PEASY Sweet Girl!
    I need to come to TEXAS and watch you do it!
    WHY does my kitchen always look like an ICING disaster zone?
    WHY do I always have ICING in my hair?
    WHY do I gain 5 pounds when I ice cookies?
    WHY does Doogan always have pink icing in his beard?
    Can you come to Bainbridge and show me how it's suppose to be done?
    LOVE LOVE LOVE you!
    Hugs for a HAPPY day!
    xo

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  28. You are so clever. I would love to be able to be as creative and talented as you are. I'll keep watching and hoping it rubs off. :)

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  29. Definitely good advice.
    My head spins (almost completely off) on days I have to produce more than one of my sets...

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  30. I love cookies specially when they're colorful specially because my daughter love when I make something really different, on the other hand I consider that making 48 cookies in a similar color is exactly the same thing that making 18 in all different colors.

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