You don’t need to have any musical talent to make some “sweet” music with these Music Note Decorated Cookies!
This week my younger daughter and I both had a piano recital. There were 10 students ages 5-13 who performed, and then one 37 year old student… that would be me! And let me assure you, I was not the most advance student of the group!
Each family was asked to bring a snack/finger food to share and I thought it would be fun to make some music note decorated cookies. When I arrived at the recital I felt much more confident in my cookie decorating than my musical ability! I did make it through my song, with just a few errors… but I think my errors were overlooked as the recital guests enjoyed these cookies! =)
These music note cookies could certainly be made in any color combo… they would be great in school colors for a band concert, or simply black and white for a more formal event.
This set was inspired by these perfect music cookies from Bee In Our Bonnet.
If you follow me on Instagram (and you should of course!) you got a sneak peek of these cookies as I was getting started on them…
Here’s how I made these Music Note Decorated Cookies…
Start with a batch of cookies made from my Sugar Cookie Recipe.
Prepare a batch of Royal Icing as well.
For each design (the music note shape and the round cookies) I prepared two bags of icing in each base color (in this case, pink, orange, green and blue) and then one bag of black icing. The colored (not black) icing should be thinned so that one bag of icing is a thicker/outline consistency, similar to the consistency of toothpaste… thick enough it stays in place when piped, but it should not hurt your hand to squeeze the bag, or be so thick that it leaves peeks of icing as you lift up on the bag. Add this icing to a piping bag fitted with a #1.5 or #2 piping tip, filling the bag with a bit less than 1/2 of the icing of that color.
Once you’ve prepared the bag of thicker icing, add a bit more water to the remaining icing (of that particular color) and thin to a flood consistency, about the consistency of shampoo or corn syrup. This should be thin enough that when piped it flows easily and fills in on itself. Add this icing to a piping bag fitted with a #2 tip.
For each cookie, outline the cookie with the thicker icing, then fill in with the thinner/flood icing.
You might notice I mentioned piping tips in the directions, and yet in the Instagram photo above you can see I’m using bags without tips. Feel free to go either route. I have recently be using tipless piping bags from Truly Mad Plastics and am really enjoying them! You fill them with icing, then cut a tiny hole (as big or small as you wish) and can use them just as you would a bag with a metal tip. I love that there is no clean up and I actually have found that for tiny details I like them even better than using a small tip (such as a #1 or #1.5). Again, either way (tips or tipless bags) you can achieve the same end results, it’s just personal preference or using what you have.
Allow the base icing to dry fully (4 hours or more) before adding the black details, or adding an outline to top with sanding sugar (as pictured).
Certainly you could adjust this set to fit your occasion… you might want to add a school name, or person’s name on some of the cookies. You could keep it simple by just adding music notes to the cookies, or you can get as technical as you like with other musical symbols. My daughter pointed out that I made a symbol for a sharp note, but not a flat. =)
A non-cookie related note…
You may (or may not) have noticed it’s been a couple weeks since my last post (which is quite unusual). All is well here, and I have LOTS of ideas in mind I would love to share… but time seems to be my enemy these days! As of this week, my girls will be on summer break and it seems near impossible to be the mom I want to be and blog full time simultaneously. I do plan to share some sweet and pretty things on the blog this summer, but my posting will likely be a bit less frequent than usual. Of course I have SO many recipes in my Recipe Index, there should be plenty to keep you busy all summer!