With that said, I had so much fun last night decorating cookies. One of my goals this year was to learn how to really decorate cookies and make them beautiful. I had read about "flooding" cookies with royal icing, and held out until Valentine's Day to give it a try. I used the royal icing recipe from Joy of Baking and learned the technique from What's Cooking America (also my go-to for MM Fondant). The process was just about what I had expected - piping on whatever designs I wanted, letting them dry for about 5 minutes, then "flooding" the surface with royal icing that was made to a thinner consistency and put into a squeeze bottle. I think the hardest part was getting the right consistency to make sure the icing was thin enough to really spread well, and because the outer color contrasted from the inner color I had to be careful not to let the pinks and reds flood OVER the white outline.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day, and I'm looking forward to spending a quiet evening at home making dinner with Steve and watching Lost, what a perfect evening :)