BEACH COOKIES/ What a Beach!

The only beach I knew for my first 20 years was Fire Island off of Long Island’s south shore on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summers of the ‘60’s we visited our cousins a few times every summer. We would pack sandwiches, a huge jug of lemonade, chips and brown edge cookies. We would all pile into my uncle’s blue ’52 Chevy and one of my teenage cousins would drive the route across over the Robert Moses Causeway to the beautiful, expansive beach. It was pristine with no houses, hotels or restaurants … nothing as far as the eye could see. It was the perfect beach. There were two gigantic parking lots and a large refreshment hut. The sand was light tan and the waves were BIG. Did I mention the beach was very deep and walking to and fro the parking lot meant a lot of yousas and ouches while scooting across the hot sand? And lest I forget, the lifeguards who sat high overlooking the beach with their blonde hair, dark tans and red swimming trunks. Yes, there were beach boys on the East Coast too! Does anyone use the term ‘trunks’ anymore?  

Fast forward to Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale … high-rise hotels, retail shops, restaurants, bars along the main drag … and right there was the beach! What a culture shock as I thought all beaches were unspoiled like Fire Island. Ah well. A beautiful beach, riding waves with my cousins, brown edge cookies… indelible priceless memories! Maybe these beach cookies will stir your childhood beach memories.

Beach Cookies
Egg Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Blue with AmeriColor Turquoise
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Dark Blue with AmeriColor Teal and AmeriColor Turquoise
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Tan with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Dark Brown with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Meringue Powder
CK Red Sanding Sugar
CK White Sanding Sugar
CK Brown Sanding Sugar


Outline umbrella with #2 tip in red icing.

Pipe two lines with #2 tip in white icing.
Pipe three lines with #2 tip in light blue icing.
Flood rest of water with #2 tip in dark blue icing.

Pull with toothpick to create waves.

Flood umbrella with red icing.

Fill in sand with tan icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to umbrella. Sprinkle with red sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
Using a paintbrush apply to sand. Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
Sprinkle with brown sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.
 Pipe umbrella pole with #2 tip dark brown icing. Let dry 30 minutes.


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  1. Thanks for sharing Joan, what fun!
    The cookies made me hungry! (and I just finished eating!)

  2. Really like this cookie. I think your umbrella placement is great.

    1. Thank you, Paula. I appreciate your nice comment, especially coming from such a pro!


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