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. IMG_3113 hibiscus pinks on blue plate IMG_3104 luau cookies IMG_3110 hula skirst and shirts better

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.


Natural Dye Cookies

I finally succumbed and purchased a set of natural food colorings from Seelect Tea and sprinkles from India Tree.  I have posted a few photos of cookies made with the India Tree natural colorings you can buy at Whole Foods, but I was pretty disappointed in the blue.

The India Tree blue is more of a periwinkle or gray, and you can’t really use the blue and yellow together to get a nice green. The Seelect Tea colorings are definitely an improvement.  There’s still an obvious difference between the subdued hues of the natural colorings as compared to the bright and vibrant petroleum based dyes, but I am just thrilled that I can now make cookies for my daughter again.

Today I poked my head into Williams-Sonoma and was delighted to find that they had natural sprinkles too.  I hope that more naturally based ingredients will become more common (and cheaper!).

The butterflies below were made with all of the Seelect Tea colors.  The other cookies are all from the India Tree set – I am just trying to play catch up with photos.  Some day I will learn to take a good cookie photo (and to pick better cookies for the photos).

I realize the above set is a bit of an odd grouping of shapes and themes.  I made it to help raise money for my daughter’s school during their Peace, Love and Bugs festival.  The peace symbols as wheels idea came from mitsel8 on Flickr.