The ‘thin blue line’ is the symbol of law enforcement officers; those dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line daily to serve and protect the citizenry.

You know that sick feeling when visible in your rear-view mirror is a police car with flashing lights signaling to pull over. Busted! With the knowledge that exceeding the speed limit is a habit I usually get away with, at that particular moment the police officer, or deputy as called in my county, is not my favorite person. You know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s easier to blame the officer for getting nabbed instead of taking responsibility. These public servants with moderate salaries work crazy hours, holidays and often miss family functions. If ever a victim of crime, who are you going to call? Ghostbusters … heck no, the police! So the next time the law catches up to you, just as we perform our duties at work, the officer is simply doing his or her job.
My niece designed these cookies for a retirement party of a police officer leaving the force after 30 years of service. Together we baked and decorated over 120 cookies. This is a simple design but the real challenge was making black icing. Decorating 10 dozen cookies takes oodles of icing and to achieve a true black requires lots of AmeriColor Super Black gel food coloring.

Rectangular Cookies
Rectangle Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Blue with AmeriColor Royal Blue and Wilton Navy Blue
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Use a ruler and pizza cutter to create this cookie shape.
With a spatula mark guidelines before baking.

Pipe lines and outline cookie with #2 tip in black icing.

Flood first and third sections with black icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Flood middle section with blue icing. Let dry overnight.






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  1. What a thoughtful thing for you to do! Love this cookies. It's a particularly powerful message after a tragic event that happened in my town in December. I'm thankful for the law officers that put their lives on the line every day for us.

    1. Paula, I was honored to assist my niece in making some of these cookies for such a special event. The cookies were a big hit at the party. The retiring officer and his fellow officers loved the design. I agree, we are a fortunate society to have devoted men & women in our communities.

  2. I have the utmost respect for all those men and women of *the thin blue line* Fantastic idea for cookies for a police officer. Best wishes to the officer who is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service. May he enjoy his time out of uniform.

    1. Paula, I agree. Our law enforcement personnel deserve our utmost respect. My niece designed the perfect cookie for such an occasion. Thank you for your kind remarks.

  3. Joan,
    I love this post! First of all, your reference to Ghost Busters made me giggle, but on a serious note, I completely agree with you about how much first responders sacrifice and work so hard to protect our communities. It's something that is often taken for granted, so it's fantastic that you and your niece made such wonderful cookies for a retiring officer! You both did an amazing job!

    1. Aida, Thank you! You are right; we take for granted our first responders will be there when we need them. I hope our community officers & fire fighters realize how much they are appreciated.

  4. Hi Joan, what a special cookie to celebrate and nice that your niece was part of the baking - I bet that was special too. I know we have a pretty great force in our town and appreciate all they do! Have a great weekend!

    1. Deb, Yes, my niece is very special to me and I was proud of her thoughtful design in this cookie. This was just one part of the special evening my niece and nephew put together for the retiring officer. Thanks for stopping in to visit.

  5. What a great tip! I never would have thought to score the cookies to make lines for the icing. What wonderful cookies for the retirement party!

    1. Liz, The guidelines made centering the 'blue line' much easier. I use this little trick from time to time. Thank you for dropping in for a visit.


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