chaos heart cookies

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I’ve decided that this is my new favorite way to decorate cookies, and I’ll just officially call it the “chaos method.” As in what I did back here. And kind of here. And now once again. Because you see, I often decorate cookies using only one consistency of icing, but you can always see the lines of icing if it’s too stiff. Some people don’t like that. So I also decorate cookies by flooding, but that means making a color of icing, then dividing it, then preparing a decorating bag with half of the icing, then thinning the other half, then preparing another bag for the thinned icing, then outlining and letting it set, then flooding and letting that set–forEVer–then piping details and… did I mention I have a two month old? And I’m tired? And my five-year old talks ALL the time and says “Mommy, where are you?” about twelve times an hour? And there are dust bunnies under my dining room chairs that scare my cats? Oh, and I found a used diaper under the couch the other day?

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So now I’m about shortcuts and efficiency. I mean, in theory, at least. And this method uses only one consistency of icing, but takes advantage of the seeing-the-lines thing. I love it. Now sure, you can pretty much only use it for shaped cookies, not for cookies that need detail, but eh, I’m not all that into detail these days anyway. Too time-consuming.

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To make these, prepare your cookie dough according to the recipe, cut out hearts (I used a 2- inch and a 3-inch heart cutter), bake and let cool. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe, divide and tint your preferred colors. I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes for the food coloring, found online or in specialty stores. Red Red, Electric Pink and Bright White used here. Assemble disposable decorating bags with couplers and size “4” or “5” decorating tips, fill with the icing and close tightly with rubber bands. (Find the bags, couplers and tips in the craft store. For more tips on finding supplies, click HERE.) Pipe designs on cookies and let dry overnight before packaging or handling. (For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE.)

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