I promised I would do a "round up" of sorts that shows some of the best places I have found on the web about cookie decoarating. Although this list certainly isn't comprehensive, this is what I have found that have helped me the most and hopefully will help some of y'all too! Be sure to also refer to my sidebar (coming soon) for links to my favorite cookie blogs. There is a wealth of knowledge on cookie decorating out there!
I cannot say it enough, but Bridget of Bake at 350 and University of Cookie, and Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle have some of the best tutorials I have found! They are both awesome cookie decorators and have taught me everything I know! Here is a list of links for beginners like me to get some help with where to start and what all the lingo means.
Tools you will need
My Favorite Recipes
How to fill a piping bag
Karen's plastic wrap tip (this is AWESOME!)
Squeeze bottles and Coupler Bottles
All about Decorating Tips
How to use couplers with tips
All about Icing (Sugarbelle)
White Food Coloring
How to use Americolor Food Coloring
How to outline and flood cookies
20 Second Icing
How to get flat dots on cookies
Food coloring pens
Using Luster Dust
Using Sanding Sugar (Bridget's way)
Sanding Sugar (Sugarbelle's way)
Using multiple cutters for custom cookies
There are SO many more things out there about cookies, and these two lovely ladies (along with some others) show you tutorials on how they made certain cookies, what they know, etc. It is so wonderful to have these resources online when starting a new hobby! I hope that they links help you as much as they have helped me. I will say that the one issue that I have had and am still getting the hang of is getting my icing consistency right. I almost nailed on these valentine practice cookies, but I see where some of the icing was a little thick. I have watched all of these videos (espeically Sugarbelle's about the icing consistency) at least 5 times each! I hope this answers questions and maybe helps some of yall to find a new hobby too! Enjoy and happy decorating!!!