Camo Cookies

The theme of my work's Vacation Bible School this year was "B.O.O.T.Camp"... an acronym for something but now I don't remember what. Oops! I think it was Biblical Outlook and Outreach Training? Anyways, my boss asked me to make 100 sugar cookies to pass out to everyone at the end of the week. This was the largest amount of sugar cookies I have ever made at once! It was a lot of work, man.  I used this decorating tutorial from Sweet Sugar Belle's website. It was fairly simple once I got the hang of it, especially because camoflauge is a random pattern anyways.

Here I have them all packaged and ready to go. This was a good learning experience and I am happy for the chance to have made such a large order. Here are some things I learned:

1. Always bake extra cookies. In case some of them come out a little deformed or in case I get distracted while cookies are in the oven and some come out a little too toasty.
2. When working with cold dough, make sure it has had time to thaw before rolling. I never usually chill my dough but I did this time so I would be able to spread the work out over the week. The day after I baked I felt like I was beat up! My arms were sore and my hands hurt for days from pressing down on the rolling pin.
3. Never, NEVER cover cookies with wax paper. Even if they look dry, they night not be. I always hate leaving cookies out to dry overnight because I feel like there should be some covering. I had made half of them in the afternoon and when the time came to sleep I though, they look dry, I'll just cover them overnight. The next morning the paper had dried on in spots on at least half of my cookies, peeling off the royal icing when I removed it. It was a sad day. Luckily, my boss said they still looked fine and I didn't need to remake them.
4. I should invest in re-usable piping bags. I went through so many!
5. Make sure the icing is the right consistency before loading it into a bag. I filled up 4 bags, began piping and realized it was too stiff and had to empty out all 4 bags to fix it. It was a total waste of time.

6. If there are extra cookies and icing, make more of the cookies you are supposed to make instead of trying out other stuff like I did here. This is sorta like #1. It would have been nice to have made some extras so I could pick out any if I didn't like them.

Do you have any good tips to share from past baking experiences? Leave me a comment!

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