Royal Icing can be very finicky and occasionally does not turn out perfectly. If you look closely at the unfinished cookie, you can see how the icing did not dry to a smooth finish and appears bumpy. All cookie decorators have this problem from time to time and there’s no easy answer. I may have over-beaten the meringue powder (dried egg whites), which is the first step in making royal icing, or over-beaten the icing. Another possibility could be that too much food coloring was added to the icing and the icing was over-stirred. To achieve the red-orange color, I used a lot of red and orange gel food coloring which may have changed the consistency of the icing.  None of this affects the taste of the cookie. Although, the likely culprit is that when preparing the flood icing, I added too much water at one time. It is essential to add only 1/2 teaspoon or short spritz (if using a spray bottle) at a time, then stir to incorporate the water. Repeat the process several times and add water in very small amounts until achieving flood consistency icing. Too much water can also prevent the royal icing from drying, and remain tacky even after 24-48 hours. Patience is key!

I planned to airbrush the edges to add dimension to the cookie, but instead added sanding sugar to hide the imperfections. Who was it who said, ‘when you get lemons, make lemonade?’

Peach Cookies
Peach Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red-Orange with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Orange
Royal Icing for detail tinted Brown with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Meringue Powder
Rose Luster Dust
White Sanding Sugar

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red-orange icing.

Flood cookie with red-orange icing.

Pipe leaves with #2 tip in brown detail icing. Let dry overnight.

 See the bumpy surface

Using a paintbrush apply rose luster dust to the leaves.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and tsp water. Stir until smooth.
Using a paintbrush apply to peach.

Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.



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  1. Joan, I would never know there were any imperfections in any of your cookies! They always look so perfect! Your pretty peach cookies have me excited for summer. (and those watermelon cookies, too!)

    1. Thank you, Anne. I can't wait to see the salads you have planned for summer!

  2. First peach cookies I've ever seen, very cute! (sanding sugar has saved a few cookies in this household too :)

    1. Oh yes, thank goodness for sanding sugar! Thanks for dropping by the Clinic.

  3. I think these look cute and the sanding sugar looks peach fuzz! Very fun!

    1. Thanks Deb, and your Mini Brownie Bites look so festive!

  4. Joan,
    Thought I stop by for a visit this warm Sunday afternoon in Texas and my I certainly glad I did! These are the sweetest and cutest cookies ever. So real looking with their peach fuzz! Your cookies are true art work.
    I enjoyed your visit this past week and I hope you are having a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

    1. Hi Jemma, Thank you for your kind words. I so enjoyed your recent post on a tribute to women. Thanks for your insightful posts and I'll look forward to the next one.

  5. Hi Joan,
    I just found you after seeing your lovely peach cookies in my side feed of blogs! LOVE your do such lovely work. Everything looks so yummy and beautiful.

    1. Kathleen, Thank you and I appreciate your nice comment. The chocolate cake on your recent blog post looks awesome!

  6. Oh my goodness, I am so glad I found you! Your cookies are so pretty. I know you say, some are easy to make.
    I am in heaven looking at these beauties. I am off to check out more of your sweet cookies. I would love to invite you to share your beautiful cookies with our readers at our link party every Sunday, Dishing It & Digging it. The party is live now for a few more days.

    1. Hi Linda, Thank you! We love new visitors at the Clinic. Thanks for the invite and I'll be popping in.


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