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DUTCH SIGN COOKIES/ Taste Testers



We spend more time with our colleagues than with our families. Co-workers are a group of people we likely would never have known but we happen to work in the same place whether in an office, retail shop, hospital or construction site. It’s easy to take for granted those familiar faces we greet in the mornings or extend a Happy Holidays to before leaving for a few days off. We miss them when their chair is empty and are happy to hear about their vacation or new baby upon their return. Wherever you work, take a moment to appreciate those with whom you work side-by-side. They are the ones who support us during difficult tasks and the ones who brighten our work days.

These oval, colorful cookies are reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch signs. Even though I enjoy baking, decorating and eating cookies, my waistline could not withstand all the calories, not to mention the guilt! My cookies are shared with friends, neighbors, relatives and most often, my husband’s co-workers. They were my first taste-testers for my very first batch of decorated cookies. When they gave me the 'thumbs up' I knew I had to pursue this sweet passion. This recent batch was sent in to my test group. Thanks Leon, Jose, Tim, Pat, Grace, Michelle, Cameron, James, Mike, Sue, Nathan, Brent, et al.


Dutch Sign Cookies
Oval Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Blue with AmeriColor Violet
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Toothpicks
Wilton Decorating Tip #3

Hint:  Squeeze a round scalloped cookie cutter to create oval shape.

Outline scalloped edge of cookie with #3 tip in green icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

 
Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe alternating dots with red and blue flood icing on edge of cookie.

Pipe row of dots with yellow flood icing around inner edge.


Create various designs. Let cookies dry overnight.


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STAR COOKIES/ Never Forget



Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer; the beginning of fun season with good weather for swimming, biking, hiking, golfing, etc. Some will make the mad dash to the beach to soak up the sun and romp in the waves for the first time this year. Others will attend a parade, gather with friends and fire up the grill cooking hot dogs and burgers, pack the coolers with beer and soda, munch on auntie’s brownies and roast marshmallows.

Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” when it began in 1868. The gravestones of fallen Civil War soldiers were decorated to honor their service. After WWI, the holiday was modified to honor the fallen in all wars. Each year Arlington National Cemetery marks each grave with an American flag, a practice which began in the 1950’s. 

This weekend, as we enjoy the fun and good food that has become tradition on this all-American holiday, let’s never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. Kindly express gratitude by raising a toast or a salute to those who gave it all for our nation.

(Source: blog.al.com)

Star Cookies
Star Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Bright White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Lilac with AmeriColor Fuchsia
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
This tutorial has no accompanying step-by-step photographs.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.
Flood cookie with white icing. Let sit 30 minutes.
Add lines with #2 tip in red, blue and lilac. Let dry overnight.

Alternative Design: Add red lines with blue dots to mimic the flag. Let dry overnight.


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TIARA COOKIES/ Princess for a Day

It was all fun for a bunch of little girls attending a spring birthday party. Our grand-niece is now 4 years old. As mentioned in an earlier post, Preppy Turtles she celebrated her birthday with her little brother in a beautiful, downtown park along the Potomac River. (She thinks her little brother is the best thing Mommy & Daddy ever brought home.) The young lasses colored pinwheels, danced and played with their gal pals. Pink, glitter, tutus and sparkly shoes are cool with these young hipsters. So, it had to be pink and purple tiaras for these little princesses.


Tiara Cookies
Tiara Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottle
Wilton Decorating Tip #2 and #5

[The Maple Leaf cutter doubles as a tiara. Just trim off the bottom]

Outline cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.

Flood cookie with pink icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Add dots and line detail with #5 tip in purple outline icing. Let sit one hour.
(Smaller tips #2, #3 or #4 can also be used to make large dots)

Add number 4 with #2 tip in purple outline icing.

Let dry overnight.

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Anniversary 65

May 15, 2013

There is no cookie tutorial today. I would like to recognize two wonderful people ... my parents.

Gloria & George were married 65 years ago today.

My parents grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930's and in their high school years WWII broke out. My father enlisted in the Navy in 1942 after high school graduation. He was stationed in Miami and served on a patrol boat searching the Atlantic for German subs. My parents met as teenagers in New York City when Mom’s sister was dating Dad’s best friend. They didn’t have much money and a date was sometimes church, breakfast and a walk through Central Park. Mom and Dad married in 1948 and started a family. My brothers and I were very lucky to have two loving parents, and later they were loving grandparents to their six grandsons.

My parents were married for 52 years before Dad passed away. Dad has been gone for 13 years now and Mom for nearly eight. Somehow the planet still seems a little off-kilter without them. Since then, there have been graduations, marriages and now they have three little great-grandchildren (six as of 2016).

May 15th is still a day for celebration in our family as it is my brother’s birthday, born on our parents’ 4th wedding anniversary.

Young Sweethearts in Central Park, 1945

Cocktails after picking up their Marriage License, 1948

Wedding Day, May 15, 1948

 
45 Years Later, 1993



Love you and Miss you,

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GOWN COOKIES/ Prom



It’s that time of year again when teenagers get all decked out for that big night. The gals are hunting for the perfect dress and updo. The boys are being fitted for their tux, renting the limousine, ordering the nosegay and reserving the corner table for a romantic dinner. Nowadays, anyone can enjoy the glamorous night and many attend prom without a date. I like that idea…no anxiety waiting to be asked nor the bitter disappointment when an invite does not come. For the young man too shy to approach a girl or short of funds, he can hang out with his buddies and there are always girls who missed out on an invite. Everyone can now join in on the fun.

A friend of mine whose daughter is a high school senior told me about the new trends. The girls shop early, choose their dress and then post it on their Facebook page. That alerts their friends to choose a different dress if they don’t want to show up to prom in the same outfit. For those young gentlemen who want to ask a date to the prom, it’s much more complicated these days. Aside from working up the nerve to ask out the girl he’s had a crush on all year, the boys are expected to pop the question in a creative manner. It can be as simple as placing a box of chocolates on a girl’s desk, posting a gigantic sign in her front yard, or turning it into a day-long event by leaving notes in each class on a girl’s desk until she reads the one that says: Will you go to prom with me? No stress there!

This young generation is incorporating new traditions into the old. Prom has always been the last big event prior to graduation day and one of the last times spent with high school buddies. To the prom-goers, have fun, be safe, enjoy your friends and cherish the memories.

The gown cookie cutter can be used as a prom, bridesmaid or wedding gown. I chose a simple design and regal purple color with a glittery bodice.

Purple Gown Cookies
Gown Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple and AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush
CK Purple Sanding Sugar
Hint: Several drops of Regal Purple and a smidge of Super Black on a toothpick create Dark Purple

Draw dotted line of bodice with food marker.

Outline bodice of cookie with #2 tip in purple icing.

Flood bodice of cookie with purple icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Outline skirt of cookie with #2 tip in purple icing.

Flood skirt of cookie with purple icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe waistline and skirt with outline icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and 1½ Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply meringue powder to bodice of cookie.

Sprinkle with purple sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.



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