Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day Seven: My Favorite Tools of the Trade: Part One

Just a quick post tonight with a few of my decorating tools. First up, my favorite rolling pin.

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin Plus, 16.5-Inch, Grey
From Joseph Joseph

I have used a french rolling pin, a standard wooden rolling pin, and even a teflon rolling pin. This adjustable rolling pin has become "MY" rolling pin of choice!
With this, you can never roll dough any thinner than a desired amount. The pin comes with 1/16, 1/6, 1/4, and 3/8 inch removable discs.  I roll my cookies at 1/4" thickness. Not too thin but thick enough to make them a little soft and chewy. 
This rolling pin can be purchased HERE.

*this is one of the only pictures of my cookies from the side*

Now on to icing. HOW do I spread out icing or pop those dreaded bubbles? With these little tools:

ONE of the 11-Piece Pottery Tool Set

This little guy came in a set of pottery tools that I purchased for my daughter. When I saw it was just what I needed.  I use it to spread icing to the edges of piping and even popping bubbles. It is longer like a pencil and I personally think that is why I feel more comfortable with it than a tooth pick.

* Note: Do not use any tools that are being used or have ever been used on anything other than food related products. I solely use this for my cookie decorating. Please no silly emails. ;)
The set that this comes in can be purchased online HERE.

But if its a good bubble popper you are looking for, this is it.

PME Modelling Tool: Scriber Needle

This, almost needle point scribe is by far my must have while decorating. From popping bubbles, to moving those small-out-of-place icing strands, to cleaning up my lettering, I can't live without my scribe!

*Trust me, I would not have been able to do this intricate lace without my trusty scribe!*

Thanks for stoping by ~Krista


  1. Hi, loving all your fantastic tips! I've searched for help with my air bubble issues high and low. I've tried every recipe for RI and every method for making it too. I let it sit, shake it, bang the bowl, mix slowly, and whatever else you can do but I still get bubbles! After filling the cookie, I'll give it a little shake, tsp lightly on the table, then try to pop the bubbles. And, I'll have dozens of tiny bubbles. I use a needle and go all over the icing with it then try to pop individual bubbles. I always get little marks left behind from where I popped a bubble with the needle. These marks look just as bad as a bubble. Anything you suggested to help me with this? I'm at my wits end. :-(

    1. Glad you are liking the series Donna. I am thinking that there may be too things…. 1. If you made you icing a little thinner, you would have more time to pop those bubbles before it dries. 2. Are you using the whisk or paddle attachment? I use a paddle, however there are lots who use a whisk with little problem. I would also decrease the beating time. I find if I beat it longer and on higher speed of course, I get more bubbles.
      I find my bubbles happen in my flood icing mostly and if I use it too soon after mixing it and putting it in the bottle. I let it sit and hour or so. Just before i am about to flood, I take the top off and just squeeze the bottle to "pop" some of the darn bubbles.

      I am not sure if I helped you or not :) But I wish you luck!!

    2. I have had some of the same issues as Donna, but probably not as bad. May I ask what icing recipe you use? I am trying different cookie & icing recipes trying to find my "go to" recipes. I am going to try your sugar cookie recipe I saw on another post, but am wondering about your icing recipe? Thanks!!

  2. That is the first time that I have seen that rolling pin! It looks great! This is a great list!


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