I'm kinda surprised The Food Network hasn't come up with a cookie decorating competition. You know, eight hours to make fabulous decorated cookies for some special event and become the Cookie Queen (or King).
They could be for wedding or baby shower favors, or for a garden club, tailgate, new baby announcement... the possibilities are ENDLESS (that means many seasons of shows).
There are thousands of cutters, with multiple ways to decorate each design. Or you can custom cut a cookie. Not to mention all the creative ways to use glaze or royal icing or sprinkles or dragees or disco dust. Or even fondant.
There is the flooding method of covering a cookie using royal icing, or the glaze method using a paintbrush. Each requires a certain amount of skill and has advantages and disadvantages. I'm sure the Food Network could find judges that favor one method over another.
Cookies are not as quick or easy to make as cupcakes, but require lots of skill in piping and decorating, not to mention the drama involved in baking. There's shortbread and sugar cookies, which react differently in the oven. Put 'em too close together and they get all ugly on the sides. Roll them unevenly and some will burn before others are done.
Think about it, besides over- or under-baking them, you could make the icing too watery or overwhip it, or mix awful colors. Or you might leave the icing uncovered and it will get crusty and plug up your piping bag. Or it will spread or bleed.
And you can't just scrape the icing off if you make a mistake. Or you can stack them when they're still wet and the icing will come off or get all ugly.
I'd watch a show where the makers of those really beautiful cookies I see on blogs get made with a DEADLINE! Let's see how long it really takes to get that perfect cookie.
Yep, plenty of drama for a TV cooking show.
So, Food Network, ARE YOU LISTENING?? People would watch.
Photo of cookies from K-Delights.com.