I love Halloween. It reminds me of a change of weather and even though I live in Florida, it is at least NORTH Florida. Almost Georgia actually. But I digress; so back to the real topic.
While creating these cute Ghosts cookies for a customer, I realized I did not have enough big eyes for the faces. The order was last minute and I had to make 13 dozen within a couple of days.
Since I had a day to spare, I made them. So easy too! First you start with a batch of royal icing. Even though royal icing is naturally white, I added Wilton’s white icing to really make the whites of the eye pop with an added brightness. I then used a small squeeze bottle and cut the tip from the top to make the opening a little bit larger, and eyeballed (sorry, I couldn’t resist) the shape and size and added big white dots to parchment paper. Before the eyes set, I added a tiny dot of black to make the eyes come to life. A #1 tip works great for this. To speed up the drying, I set a fan next to the tray and let it dry overnight. The next day, I was happy to see the eyes set nicely. Going eyeball to eyeball, I placed my finger under the parchment paper and pushed the eye away from the parchment paper to separate them and finished taking them off with a spatula. You need to be extra careful doing this since the eyes are not totally set. Always remember to make more than what you need as some of the eyes just didn’t make it. Things happen in the cookie world so I try to stay ahead of the game.
Wilton’s Wilton’s white, white icing