It’s great to get a parcel through the post. The team at Octopus Publishing must have thought I needed something to make me smile. Opening the package and finding inside “Dress your Cookie” certainly did.
Decorating cookies could very well become the next craze after cupcakes. The book by Joanna Farrow includes no less than 50 different designs. At first glance you might think it’s just for kids but I can just imagine creating some of the designs for friends.
Templates are included for you to cut round once you roll out the dough. You’ll need various additional ingredients to create the decorations but you can achieve a lot with fondant and some colourings. It is possible to buy natural food colourings online.
Plus points: Good clear instructions and designs for all abilities and reasonably priced at around £7.49 on Amazon. Templates to trace around are included, although if you get hooked I think you’d be tempted to buy some proper cutters.
Minus points: The book is American. Whilst care has been taken to add weight in grams, there is unfortunately no explanation of some ingredients. For example, I am not sure what confectioner’s sugar is – caster or icing? And all-purpose flour? I later decide it is icing sugar and plain flour.
I tried the basic vanilla recipe and heart shapes I had to hand. It’s a tasty biscuit measure and it’s pretty easy to do the deocration!