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MAPLE LEAF COOKIES/ Family Roots



The maple leaf has significant meaning for my family. My Irish ancestors immigrated to the United States arriving in Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts in the mid-1800’s and early 20th Century. During the last seven years I’ve been researching my family history and have even connected with second and third cousins, several who still reside in New England where maple trees are indigenous. On a recent trip to my ancestors’ hometown I visited their gravesites in New Bedford, an old cemetery with hundreds of maple trees. Saplings back in 1891 when my great-great grandfather was buried now rise up over 80 feet. Since my father’s roots began in New England and it’s where he was born and raised, his grave marker bears engraved maple leaves. Along the side of our house there are four maple trees which turn a gorgeous red every autumn and serve as a reminder of my New England roots.

This design is inspired by Ali's Speckling with Luster Dust Tutorial at Ali Bee's BakeShop. She generously shares her decorating techniques and her use of gold luster dust created such a cool effect, that I just had to try it!


Maple Leaf Cookies
Maple Leaf Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Red with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Paintbrush
Gold Luster Dust

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red icing.

Flood cookie in red icing.

With paintbrush flick gold luster dust onto cookie.


See the sparkle? Let dry 30 minutes.

 
Add detail to cookie with #2 tip in red outline icing. Let dry overnight.




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18 comments:

  1. What beautiful cookies! I love the flickered luster dust technique. It really makes the cookies look festive!

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    1. Aida, Thank you! I love this simple technique to jazz up the cookies. My camera didn't capture all the flecks and they look even better than these photos portray.

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  2. Wow.. very nice ... Joan the holiday cookies are here... ;)YUMMYYYYY

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    1. Monu, Thank you! I hope you voted to choose which holiday cookies you would like to see on the blog in December.

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    2. yeah, i did hehe.. i chose Christmas Gifts ;)

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    3. Monu, Thanks for voting!

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  3. These are beautiful and I love the addition of the gold!!
    Jemma

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    1. Jemma, Thank you! I agree, I think the gold dresses it up a bit.

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  4. Beautiful cookies, Joan! I love making and eating royal iced sugar cookies!

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    1. Ashley, Thank you! I just peeked at your website and everything looks so delicious. Come visit again.

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  5. Oh beautiful cookies once again, Joan! Love the gold glitter, too! And I voted for my two Christmas cookies....will look forward to seeing what you will be decorating! And not only are we 'neighbors'.....we have the same New England roots! : )

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    1. Anne, Thank you! The gold luster dust is fun to work with as it enhances the look of the royal icing. Thanks for voting and I've got lots of ideas for this year's Christmas cookies. We should cross the Potomac sometime and compare our family histories.

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  6. Hi Joan, beautiful cookies as usual and fun for you to trace your family roots. I know my grandparents came through Ellis Island in 1930 from Italy...

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    1. Deb, Thank you very much! My Scottish ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island also. It has been very interesting researching my family roots. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Enjoyed reading about your ancestors and your trip to New England. Cookies turned out wonderfully!

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    1. Paula, Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

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  8. You have the most scrumptious cookie recipe! I'm hosting the ultimate holiday cookie recipe exchange extravaganza online at The Jenny Evolution and wanted to be sure to invite you. I hope you'll link up and see if you're highlighted later in the week :-)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    http://www.thejennyevolution.com/ultimate-christmas-holiday-cookie-exchange-round-up/

    P.S. This series is sure to get a lot of attention as it's going to be a week's worth of cookies with FIVE different cookie round-us. So be sure to join!

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    1. Jennifer, Thank you and I appreciate the invitation. I'll drop by for a visit.

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