I also didn't have a clue about the consistency required, even though I watched several You-Tube videos. Something between toothpaste and Karo syrup didn't compute for me. The next big discovery was I really required at least TWO boxes of frosting. One box you make thin for flooding the big spaces and one you keep thick for decorating. These were all I completed.
I was laughing so hard when I tried the Santa that I gave up. I thinned the frosting with a little water, but forgot I had already used about half. Yup ... TOO thin. It ran all over the countertop before I could get my hair dryer going to dry the edges. When I tried to cover the Santa, it ran right out the tip and down my fingers to the floor!
Once the white was sort of under control, I let it dry while I tried to develop skin color. The first try was too red, the second try too GREEN. I suppose I could have passed them off as Grinch cookies, but NO, I went for the NUDE color. Unfortunately, it ended up closer to dark skin, so I figured to be politically correct and use it, but I couldn't stop laughing!! I think he looks like a Yeti!!
I'm now OUT of frosting and can't finish the hat ... or anything else for that matter. As simple as these look, first tries should be with a MUCH simpler design and maybe only TWO colors. I'm pretty sure the bakeries around here don't have to worry about competition from ME!
I'm going back to playing ball with Cooper ... something I'm much more adept at. Not saying I won't decorate cookies again, when I find a round cookie cutter and a very simple pattern.
Speaking of which, guess who is under my feet as I type, pushing the ball to me with his nose. Who could resist that cutest of cute faces!!!