Babushka cookies decorated with royal icing

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog this week, but behind the scenes I’ve been busy, busy, busy. I currently work 3 days a week as a digital designer for a commercial radio network. They are about to launch some new ‘stuff’ online and the team has been head down. It doesn’t leave much room for whimsical thinking and sewing, but I’ve still managed to squeeze a little in.

Beyond work, I’ve been focused on preparing for a friends ‘Make & Share Backyard Fair’. I’m pretty excited to be included as it gives me an opportunity to take pixelsnpieces on the road. Well, down the road. I’ve committed to some baked goods (some proceeds to charity), a bunch of tea wallets and debuting the Mexican oilcloth business card holders. The fair is tomorrow, and despite my hubby’s insisting I get off the computer and pack the car, I’m sneaking you in my first attempt at decorating with royal icing.

When I was preparing for my friends Babushka baby shower, I had ordered some cute nesting doll cutters. They failed to get to me in time (ebay. free shipping. international. enough said). It wasn’t a disaster, but when they did arrive I was pretty keen to use them somehow. Hello fair day invite. Woot. An excuse!

For me, the process was this: Find a cookie recipe good for cutting, design the cookies, watch a few youtube videos on how to pipe and then get stuck in. I thought it would be easy, the videos made it look like there was no reason it could go wrong. I think I should have typed ‘piping failures’ into the box, I would have gotten a more accurate idea of how this was all going to pan out.

I had a lot of fun designing these, I traced the cutters and sketched them out first before taking them to the computer to play around with the colours. My main problem was with the piping – getting the flow of the icing right and timing it all. You’ll see from my final photos below that I also made a few sacrifices with the design but I’m reasonably happy with the finished result. These will also be for sale at the fair. I may end up giving them away! I’ll tweet and update tomorrow.

Babushka cookies by

Babushka cookies by

Babushka cookies by

Have you done any baking lately? Did it turn out how you expected?

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  1. They look amazing! I wouldn’t have thought this was your first time at all.

    • Very kind of you Sophie. I confess I watched youtube clips and demos before I even attempted it. I made 40 cookies, only 18 made the cut.

  2. I just found your site and then gasped at the cookies (I’m a huge matryosha fan) — can you share where you ordered the cookie cutters from? I only bake at Christmas …. but these would be for ME :))
    and thanks for the “notes” about the icing …

    • Thanks! I got the nesting doll cutters from ebay. They took ages to get to me so I’m reluctant to recommend publicly. I’ll email you the details when I get home today. I suggest doing some piping practice if you’ve never done it before – I wasted quite a few biscuits trying to get it right.

  3. oh, would still love to have the details when you get a chance, thanks, but I will also check other places online. And I definitely need to practice the piping, but I bake at Christmas time, so I’m game 🙂

  4. Would love to see how they turn out MaryJo.

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