So, I write 3 posts, then disappear. Great start for a blog, eh?
Since my health has been keeping me from playing in the kitchen, and since I didn’t have this blog when I started decorating cookies back in September, I decided to do a flash-back of my prior attempts at sugary art. (Plus, this will give me something else to look back and laugh at years from now. One can never have enough of those logged away).
It all started when I stumbled across a website – Bake at 350. There was a guest post by a woman named Marian (who I later learned is Sweetopia to the rest of the world) about marbeling sugar cookies. I had been making cakes, cupcakes, truffles – but never tried decorating sugar cookies. But with this post, I was intrigued. I could do that, right? As I looked through their sites further, I realized that it was something that had to be done. I had to decorate sugar cookies.
I used the recipes listed on these sites, grabbed my toothpicks and away I went. This was the result (please forgive the photo quality. iPhone camera):
I made a ton of them, so I passed them out to friends and neighbors, one of which was an 86-year-old couple across the street. Then, a funny thing happened. This couple’s daughter came by that day and saw my cookies. She said she’d seen lots of decorated sugar cookies, but none like this before. She also, coincidentally enough, had a friend that was looking for a new cookie lady, as hers had just retired. The couple gave their daughter my name/phone number, the daughter gave the info to her friend, and 2 days later I had an order for 5 dozen cookies for a 4-year-old’s birthday party! (I didn’t even have any cookies cutters other than the squares.)
I saw some butterflies on Sweetopia’s site, so naturally, I had to try those. So I bought more cutters.
How about some fish?
(Did I mention that when I get hooked on something, I get REALLY hooked on something?)
I posted all of my cookies on Facebook, and my girlfriend said that her daughter was turning 7 and would be having a small party at her school. She had seen my cookies on FB and wanted me to make some for her daughter’s party. Unicorns. Pink and Purple. (Of course) So, I bought more cutters.
Then my aunt that lives next door heard about my cookies (ah, the joys of a small town) and asked me to donate some for a local fundraiser (“some” = 8 dozen decorated and 16 dozen drop cookies. Family can be so great sometimes):
Then, Halloween came a knockin’, and I ended up making a total of 26 dozen of these babies for various people. It was completely overwhelming for me, and it took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. And of course, I had to buy more cutters. (are you seeing a trend here…)
Next came Thanksgiving, which again – more cutters. I used this holiday as an excuse to play around with different cookie flavors. I used the chocolate and spice cutout recipes from Bake at 350. The spice was a nice addition to the regular ones for fall. But the chocolate ones stole the show. And the design for the turkey is also from Bake at 350. I saw a lot of different turkey cookies, but I thought hers were the perfect mix of fun and realistic.
Well, thank you if you’ve made it this far. I really do love decorating cookies. And I’m starting to think there is no longer a cookie cutter I don’t own. (It’s amazing how many you can acquire in such a short amount of time).
Now what to make for Valentine’s Day? I think I need a new cutter.