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CHERRY BLOSSOM COOKIES/ Springtime in DC



The locals and sightseers alike anxiously await springtime in Washington, DC to glimpse the Cherry Blossom Trees, which line the Tidal Basin next to the Jefferson Memorial. Tourists flock into the city from all parts of the world to view the dainty blossoms which are at their peak in April. Cherry Blossom season is celebrated with a week of festivities from a parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to kite-flying at the Washington Monument. There’s even a Cherry Blossom Queen. The blossoms vary from white to pale pink to medium pink and are a stunning sight signifying spring is here.
 

These magnificent trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. Japan initially shipped mature trees with the thought they would flower more quickly. However, the trees arrived with disease and bugs and were subsequently destroyed. So, Japan shipped a new bunch of young trees. There are a total of 3,000 trees planted in three varieties and 100 of the originals trees still remain. (Source: PBS-TV)

(Source: DailyPostal.com)

Cherry Blossom Bud Cookies
Rectangular Biscuit Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Light Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for detail tinted with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Hint: Just a smidge of Super Red on a toothpick will create light pink.


Cookies are decorated in two background colors, cream and medium pink.
Outline cookies with #2 tip in cream icing and medium pink icing.

Flood cookies with cream icing and medium pink icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Add stems and branches with #1.5 tip in brown detail icing.

Add flowers with #2 tip in light pink icing. Let dry overnight.

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8 comments:

  1. what a labor of love. these turned out great! i just wonder if you can make the icing yourself instead of buying it.

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  2. Tia: Thank you for your kind remark. I make the Royal Icing from scratch. Click on "Recipes" tab for the recipe and "Icing" tab for icing consistency.

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  3. katdonovan7@yahoo.com8/31/2013 1:15 PM

    Hi Joan,
    You are an amazing cookie artist!! Bravo!!
    Cousin Kathy!

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  4. Hi Kathy, Thank you very much and thanks for stopping by cuz!

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  5. Where do you get your cookie cutters? I am looking for non-complicated cutters - round, the oblong in your cherry blossom cookies and a daisy. Thanks!

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    1. I purchased the biscuit cutter used in this post at a local bakery supply shop (Fran's in Fairfax, VA). I purchased a round cutter at World Market. A round cutter looks simple but it is the most difficult cookie to outline. I've seen daisy cutters at Wegman's Grocery and Bed, Bath & Beyond. There are lots of online sites including Amazon, although I usually purchase locally to avoid shipping charges. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks Joan for the reply! I have hunted high and low for this oblong cutter had no luck at all! Is there any chance you would purchase one for me at your local shop and mail it to me? My email is magickiwi1@yahoo.com and if you could shoot me a note with your address etc I will happily send you either a check or pay you thru paypal. I just love that look - it is elegant!
      Saw a Robin here today - so spring ought to arrive sometime before 4th July! :)
      Cheers - Rita in Michigan

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    3. Rita, I will gladly pick up a biscuit cutter and I should be visiting my favorite baking supply store within the next couple of weeks. I'm glad to hear Spring is arriving in Michigan. We had snow & sleet yesterday here in Northern Virginia.

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