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.
Apparently I really like to make Halloween cookies! here are just a few more. The pumpkins were made using natural orange dye (Seelect Tea), For the pumpkin stems I just added some cocoa powder to my royal icing. It’s such a stark contrast to see the natural pumpkins next to the bright orange artificial cat jack o’lantern.
I think that string of birthday parties for kids broke my cookie making inspiration for a few months. But I’m back! I had a lot of fun making these ducks. I also made a dracula duck that I’m too embarrassed to show. I was in a bit of a hurry when I mixed the icing, so my piping’s not so great for this set, but I think this idea has lots of potential – scarecrow duck, pilgrim duck, etc. I would have added a broom or wand to the witch/wizard, but I ran out of time.
My friend Karen and I both have a thing for owls. Two years ago she and her daughter attended my daughter’s owl-themed birthday party. Almost a year later, she and her husband adopted a handsome baby boy from Korea. It turns out that their son Isaac was actually born on the day Karen and Kate attended my daughter’s owl-themed birthday party. Are you still with me?
Fast forward a year later – Karen threw an owl-themed party for Isaac’s second birthday. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the party, but I jumped at the chance to make a bunch of owls for such a special family. The brown owls match the birthday banner, and the brightly colored owls match some finger puppets included in the treat bags. Since I didn’t have an owl cutter, I used tulips instead, an idea inspired by something I saw on Pinterest.
I know it’s May, but I want to document some of the cookies I’ve made over the past few months. I decided to make a decorated cookie platter for my daughter’s school fall festival. For the acorns I ended up using chocolate royal icing, because at the time I only had a few gel colors to tint the icing with. I was also still experimenting with the cookie and icing recipes, but this batch of cookies was not too bad!