Three years ago, I wanted to quit my job. I wanted to quit so badly. I was a teacher in Illinois and had a 45 minute drive to and from work each day. Most nights, on my drive home, I called my husband in tears. I was so frustrated and burnt out and needed a way out.
That's when I found cookies. My husband and I moved back to Green Bay, WI (where I'm from) in January of 2018. I took the rest of the year off to see what else might be out in the world for me to do. Low and behold, cookies made their way into my life and made a bigger impact than I could have ever imagined.
Three years later, I'm still doing cookies, but I'm also still a teacher. And I love my job! In the last three years, I've learned so much about cookie decorating and the "cookie business" that I now want to teach others how to do the same. Once a teacher, always a teacher :).
So, welcome to my very first blog post! My hope is to help others learn about the wonderful world of cookie decorating and give you all the tips and tricks I have learned over the years. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the box below! Also, if you like what you see, I would love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel and followed me on my social media sites! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and TikTok! Enjoy!How to Decorate Construction Cookies
What You Need:
- Black Icing - Stiff Consistency
- Black Icing - Flood Consistency
- White Icing - Flood Consistency
- Electric Orange Icing - Flood Consistency
- Electric Yellow Icing- Flood Consistency
- Gray Icing - Flood Consistency
- Optional: Edible Marker
Now there are tons of different versions of these types of construction cutters. I am a bit of a "procrastibaker", so I usually end up printing my own cutters on my own 3-D printer (affiliate). The files I bought for these particular cutters can be found here: traffic cone, crane, and dump truck.
For the traffic cone I started first by using my Pico Projector (affiliate) and Edible Pens (affiliate) to draw where my outline would go. Now you don't have to use a projector to do this, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so it gives me a piece of mind.
Next, I took my stiff black icing and cut a bigger hole in my tipless bag than I normally would. I did this because I knew when I flooded the cookie, I wanted the black to show through, so I really wanted my outline to be a little thicker than I normally make it.
Once the whole cookie was outlined, I then went in with a 15 second flood consistency and flooded the base and EVERY OTHER section with my americolor electric orange (affiliate) icing, as I don't want the icing to accidentally mix.
Once flooded, I used my scribe to very carefully even out my icing, pop the air bubbles, and bring the icing to the edges, careful not to cover the black outline too much.
Then, because I used a stiff outline, I was able to go through right away and fill in the remaining spots with my white flood icing.
And voila! One cookie down!
For the crane and dump truck I followed a similar suite, starting by outlining in black, and working by color to fill in the cookie. For more step-by-step details, watch my YouTube video below!