Buttercream, a delicious sweet icing, may be spread on a cookie or put into a pastry bag with tips and piped on the cookie to achieve a variety of textures.
- buttercream icing
- food color
- pastry bags
Make buttercream icing or use commercial buttercream icing. Add coloring if desired. Put icing in a bag with a tip attached; you can use a disposable bag, reusable bag, or parchment bag. Using a coupler will allow the changing of tips without your making another bag filled with the same color. Spread buttercream on the cookie with a spatula, or pipe designs using the pastry bags and tips. Hold the bags at a 45′ or 90′ for most tips. Various angles will give different appearances.
Common tips and their uses:
- tip #233 (grass tip) is used for fur, grass, and tree branches.
- tips #15, #16,#17, #18, #19, #20, #21 (star tips) are used for flowers and for filling.
- tip #350 (leaf tip) is used for leaves and petals.
- tips #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 (round tips) are used for writing and fine details.
- tip #6 (round tip) is used for figure piping.
- tip #44 is used for basketweave and flat ribbons.