Jun 30, 2013

My Favorite Cookie Tools...and Winner Announced

I thought I would share
with you a few of my
favorite, must have
cookie tools.
Nothing mind blowing..
or new to veteran decorators
just a few tools that
I can not live without.

1. Wilton Decorating Bag-  I love these bags...they are thick and sturdy.  I have tried other bags
       and always come back to Wilton ones.  I am a glaze only gal, and glaze is pretty "heavy",
       so having a nice sturdy bag, is a must.  The other bags I have tried have ended in many
       "blow outs" and ruin cookies.
2. Large Fondant Roller-  I roll my cookie dough using a large Fondant Roller. When I started
     decorating cookies, Collin, my son, was taking a shop class at school, for one of his projects,
     he made me a custom dough board.  Using that dough board, and my fondant roller, I can
     roll out an entire batch of dough to a perfect 3/8 thickness in no time.
3 Ateco Decorating Tips - OMG!  I LOVE THESE TIPS!  Let me tell you about my sad
   life before these tips.  I live pretty much in the middle of no where, no baking supply shops
   near me, and the only tips I could get locally was Wilton tips.  Wilton tips are fine if you are
   a wash as you go type of decorator...me...not so much..I am a tip soaker.  Well, in case you did
   not know, Wilton tips will rust/tarnish/discolor when soaked.  I tossed so many tips.  Then one day
   I ask about tips on my Facebook page...and everyone raved about Ateco Tips, then I ask where was
   the best place to get them.  Well...because she is such a sweetie, Melissa from Simply Sweets by Honeybee, offered to get some at her local shop, and ship them to me....CHANGED MY WORLD.
  Since then, she has sent me many more, and I love them....you can soak all you want, they are
  much better then the tips I had been using.  So, I am now in the process of replacing all my
  tips with Ateco tips.
4. White-White Icing Color -  White icing color is a MUST for Glaze only decorators, at least
     in my mind.  Glaze will have an opaque look to it, if white coloring is not added.  Normally,
    I only use Americolor Gel Coloring, but as with the tips, Wilton is the only coloring available to
    me locally, so this is what I use.  Thankfully, I have a Hobby Lobby and Michael's within a
   block of my office, so I stock up all the time using those 40% coupons, so it is pretty cheap, which
   is good, because I use a lot of it.
5. Plastic Artist Palette Knife -  I am not an artist, but I love these things.  I use them instead of
   an off-set spatula to spread and smooth my glaze on cookies.  They are super cheap, I get them for
   99 cents at Michael's, they are light weight, and have a nice point to them.
6. Fondant Smoother-  I have never used fondant on my cookies, but every cookie I decorate
   has been touched with a fondant smoother.  I don't have trouble with spreading with my
   cookies, but they do "puff" a bit during baking, so as soon as the cookies come out of the
   oven, I  go over them with a fondant smoother, and it gives me a smooth, even surface
  for decorating.
So there you go..6 of my Favorite Cookie Decorating Tools.  Do you have favorite tools?
Would you like to see more of my favorites? Speak up...I would love to here about them.
Now...for the giveaway...the winner is..
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Rebecca , I will be sending you an email about the cutters.
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