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TULIP COOKIES/ Mom's Favorite



Tulips are my favorite flowers maybe because they were my Mom’s favorite too. Every fall when the garden magazine selling tulip bulbs arrives in the mailbox, I love to look at the photos of colorful gardens. I’m always tempted to buy but instead choose to enjoy my neighbor’s yard every spring which is full of tulips in vibrant pink, orange and white. They are visible from our breakfast nook and are beautiful. I wish they lasted all spring and summer long instead of a brief week or two.

This cutter is a tulip petal but I wanted leaves on my cookie. To create the desired look, I outlined the tulip and leaves with food decorating pens.


Tulip Cookies
Tulip Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Fuchsia and Regal Purple
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green and Leaf Green
AmeriColor Food Decorating Pens (Purple & Green)
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2


Draw tulip and leaves with purple and green decorating pens.
Outline tulip with #2 tip in purple icing.
Hint: Pipe just outside lines to conceal markings.

Flood tulip with purple icing.

Pipe stem and outline leaves with #2 tip in green icing.
Hint: Pipe just outside lines to conceal markings.

Flood leaves with green icing.
Leave as is and let dry overnight or add detail.

Outline detail on tulip with #2 tip in purple icing.

Outline detail on leaves with #2 tip in green icing.
Let dry overnight.


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BIRDHOUSE COOKIES/ Tweet Tweet!



What are they? Can you figure out what these cookies are? You can tell they kind of look like a house but why the circle in the middle? Stumped? Ok, I’ll give you the answer. These cookies are birdhouses.

Some cookie ideas do not turn out as envisioned. I trimmed a bungalow cookie cutter to resemble a birdhouse. I then added a circle in the middle of the cookie which should be a bit bigger. The gingerbread roof looks more squiggly than quaint. Maybe if I added a perch beneath the circle the cookie would be more recognizable as a birdhouse.

Every cookie artisan occasionally creates a cookie that does not turn out as imagined. I already have ideas of how to perfect this cookie. I will give this design another try sometime in the future. Stay tuned!


Birdhouse Cookies
Bungalow Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado and AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Leaf Decorating Tip #67

Roll out dough and cut shapes with bungalow cutter.
Trim the chimney and roof edges with pizza cutter or small knife.
Imprint a circle in middle of cookie with the wide part of an icing tip. Bake cookies.

Outline cookie and circle with #2 tip in purple icing.

Pipe scalloped edges on roof line with #2 tip in purple icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Fill scalloped edges with purple flood icing.

Flood rest of cookie with yellow icing.

Pipe dots with purple flood icing.
Pipe three sides of house with purple outline icing.

Pipe ivy leaves on right side of house with #67 tip in green icing. 

Let dry overnight.



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BLUEBIRD COOKIES

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DAISY COOKIES/ Petals & Pals



As a little girl, I have a vivid memory of picking bright yellow flowers in our front yard, gathering them up in my little hands, proudly walking into the house and saying “Mommy, here are some flowers for you.” She smiled and thanked me, took a small glass from the cupboard, filled it with water and therein placed the flowers where they would stay until they wilted. Then, she gently told me that these look like flowers but are weeds called dandelions. I was not insulted and simply thought, OK, next time I’ll pick real flowers. Don’t all little boys and girls pick dandelions for Mom?

I think the first flower I could name as a child was a DAISY. It is so simple and sweet with its bright white petals that beg to be plucked … “he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me.” Nowadays, I prefer to pull out my daisy cutter and bake daisy cookies.

These cookies were made for my dear friend and former boss, Stuart. We worked together for 14 years. Nearly six years ago I left the firm and Stuart retired. He was a wonderful boss who was always in a cheerful mood and truly was a bright spot in my days. Often during our busy workdays we would sit for awhile in his office and discuss everything under the sun. He treated me as an equal and a friend. He has been married over 50 years and is a loving father and grandfather. We met for lunch recently and I baked these daisy cookies especially for him and Ellen.


Daisy Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado and Leaf Green
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3

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

Flood petals with cream icing. Let dry 30 minutes.

Outline every other petal in a continuous motion with #3 tip in green icing.

Outline rest of petals with #3 tip in green icing.

Pipe dots onto center of cookie with #2 tip in yellow detail icing.

Let dry overnight.



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BUTTERFLY COOKIES/ Artsy Wings

Whenever I see butterflies on anything, I think of my cousin, Carol. She has always had a thing for butterflies. For others, it may be snowflakes, turtles, seashells, angels, etc. Over the years, she has accumulated many things butterfly-related, mostly as gifts from those who know her love of butterflies. A few years ago, she asked me to inscribe a poem in calligraphy for her new granddaughter. As a surprise, I added a watermark of a butterfly and she loved it. So naturally, as I decorated these cookies Carol was on my mind. She is a kind, energetic, independent and loving mother and grandmother. She is also a devoted daughter, sister and friend who looks out for everyone. I have plans to visit her this summer and I am definitely going to bake her some butterflies ... no other cookies would do!

The butterfly cutter is so versatile. There are endless color and design possibilities to create various looks to the butterfly. I wanted a southwestern look for these cookies so I chose terracotta for the background color and turquoise, along with yellow for the detail colors. Terracotta reminds me of clay roof tiles on stucco homes and turquoise of the popular jewelry in the southwestern part of the United States.


Butterfly Cookies
Butterfly Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Terracotta with AmeriColor Super Red and Deep Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Medium Blue with Wilton Navy Blue and AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Black with AmeriColor Super Black and Wilton Navy Blue
Toothpicks
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3
Hint: Black icing appears dark gray when wet and dries black.

Outline wings of butterfly with #2 tip in terracotta icing.

Flood wings with terracotta icing.

Draw arcs on wings with blue and yellow flood icing.

Pull with toothpick to make wing design. Let sit one hour.

Add body of butterfly with #3 tip in black icing with back-and-forth motion. Let dry overnight. 

Alternative Design
Draw arcs on top wings with blue and yellow flood icing.
Pipe large dot and small dot on bottom wings with blue and yellow flood icing.

Pull with toothpick to make wing design.

 Add body of butterfly with #3 tip in black icing with back-and-forth motion. Let dry overnight.

 
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GARDEN BUTTERFLY COOKIES

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