I made this fun set of luau cookies for a friend of mine hosting a neighborhood party. I used a new recipe for icing and I really like the way it behaved – I’m not sure if it was the new recipe, or just a good icing icing day, but I’ll take it! The pink was the perfect consistency for writing.
Not pictured are some mini pineapples, which are harder than they seem – the top gave me lots of issues and I wasn’t satisfied with the way they looked even after three attempts at getting it right.
I wanted to make some Easter treats that my daughter could eat, and I also needed a hostess gift for a beach trip we took at Easter, so I made this set of natural dye bunnies and eggs. I love the way some of the bunnies turned out – the orange one with the sunshine eye is one of my favorites.
My mom asked me to make a set of Hanukkah cookies for her boss this year. I am not geometrically inclined, and it took forever for me to figure out how to do one of the Star of David cookies. I really enjoyed making this set, and wish I’d had more time to come up with different designs. I decided to use some Wilton pearl spray to give a pretty silvery sheen to the cookies – they looked lovely in person – not so much in photos.
Apparently the cookies were well-received. My mom got this thank you note (excerpted):
“I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your daughter’s cookies that Mike brought home for Hanukkah. They were the best cookies ever! I had every intention of sharing them with the kids until I tasted one and then that went out the window. She did an amazing job and they are/were delicious.” High praise, n’est-ce pas?
Here are just a few more of the Christmas cookies from 2012.
I have been working on some winter and Christmas themed sets for friends. Here are the blue and white ones. I meant to also make a winter scene cookie, but never got around to it.
And here are the more traditional green and reds – I mangled a metal bat cookie cutter to make the holly leaves:
I made this set for my dear friend Amy’s son Andrew, who just turned six. His favorite color is yellow, and he really likes cheetahs. I told Amy I would *try* a cheetah, and you can kind of tell that this was a first effort. My biggest problem with the cheetah was that I used a bear cutter for the full bodied guy – once I started decorating I realized that the shape was totally wrong, so I tried to compensate and that didn’t work out so well. I ended up with a disproportionate animal. Hopefully Andrew won’t mind.
Also, I think I have a block against yellow. It is my second least favorite color, and I couldn’t get inspired about it. I really wish I had been able to make a spectacular set for Andrew, but it just didn’t happen. I think the whole set would have looked better if I’d outlined everything in black first. Maybe next year!
I had every intention of making lots of Thanksgiving cookies to give and send to friends, and then I got strep throat and all bets were off. I even have a few dozen baked, undecorated turkeys and leaves that are going to waste. Yes, they’re still sitting on the counter taunting me – I can’t bring myself to throw them away. Since my least favorite part of the whole process is making and rolling out the dough it pains me that I never got to decorate those cookies. Here are some that I did manage to decorate.