Because if you don't, and I've learned from experience, you will drive yourself absolutely crazy and the decorating will be tedious. And, intricate designs have a real tendency to look messy when you combine decorating with feeling overwhelmed.
Now simple doesn't mean boring or basic as these gingerbread trees prove. A simple cookie can still look very special with a smart design. I think these actually turned out quite elegant and the best part is that I accomplished a lot and enjoyed the process.
|Make a batch of gingerbread trees. Click here for the recipe that I use.|
|With flood consistency royal icing and a #2 tip, outline the cookie.|
|Using the same icing and tip, immediately flood the cookie.|
|Use a skewer or scribe tool to help evenly distribute the icing and give the cookie a gentle shake to help the icing settle. Set the cookie aside to dry.|
|Let your cookies dry completely before moving onto the next step.|
|Let the cookies dry completely before serving or packaging.|