My church family is very excited to welcome my friend Rachael's baby boy, that will arrive several days before Christmas. Couple weeks ago, the family threw a baby shower for her, and I offered to help. Her mom and sisters are great cooks, so I didn't dare to help in the main courses. Then I found a cute baby boy cookies on the internet and thought that they would be appropriate for the occasion. I used sugar cookies recipe from Joy of Baking, then decorated the cookies using royal icing with meringue powder. In case you are wondering, royal icing can be made using either egg white or meringue powder. I used the latter because raw egg should be avoided during pregnancy because of the risk of contamination with salmonella.
Making these cookies wasn't as easy as it looked. I watched some video tutorials about royal icing decorations, and of course all of them looked so easy peasy. I knew it's not! I've made sugar cookies with royal icing before, one for my friends baby shower and one for my own baby, and I learned that even drawing a straight line was hard to do. I was displeased when I looked at the imperfect round shapes of the faces and hats of my piped royal icing. I was frustrated about my incapability of making even a basic round shape.
Decorating the cookies with royal icing was a humbling experience for me. I've learned how to use pen and pencil since I was in kindergarten, but have almost zero skill maneuvering a piping bag. It's like writing with my left hand, while I am right handed. This experience also made me think of my two-year-old baby, Owen, that is still developing his fine motor skills. He often excitedly shows me what he draws on his board. One day he says, "mommy, I drew a car". I looked at his drawing and was smiling seeing his drawing that was not quite close from a car shape. I was happy and proud of him for keep trying and filling his board with his artworks because one should never stop learning. Even his mom still needs to develop some fine motor skills for decorating cookies.