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POPSICLE COOKIES/ Good Humor



An ice cream popsicle to this day shakes loose childhood memories of the Good Humor ice cream man. It was a novelty for my brothers and me as the Good Humor truck did not come to our part of the world. We had to visit cousins on Long Island to see the Good Humor man. Oh, how I wished we lived on Long Island … the beach, Carvel Ice Cream shop up the street and the Good Humor man driving through the neighborhood every evening during the summer … ah, kid heaven!

The driver pulled the cord on the chimes as he drove slowly signaling he was there. Children up and down the street would dash out front doors and race to the truck so as not to miss out on a cold treat. The driver dressed in a starched, bright white uniform and two-corner hat with a coin changer attached to his belt, would jump out of the sparkling clean truck. He would walk to the large square door with a giant image of a chocolate ice cream popsicle and open the thick door as the freezing cold escaped into the hot summer air. Surrounded by little girls and boys he would reach in and snatch the cold treats and dispense ice cream to each youngster one-by-one. We patiently waited our turn while holding on tightly to 15 cents in our little hands, trying to choose the best item from the large colorful menu.

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I remember one particular weekend returning home from Long Island and suddenly there was a sparkling, white Good Humor truck in our neighborhood. Full of glee I could not believe my eyes. Was it a mirage? Could it be the Good Humor man had finally come to my neighborhood? But the driver did not pull on the chimes nor slow down. What was he doing? Dad surmised he was lost and must have taken a wrong turn off 95 South. What? I was crestfallen. Ah well, needless to say, I could not wait for the next trip to our cousin’s house.

 
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These popsicle cookies were simple and fun to make. The most difficulty came in choosing icing colors, whether to go with subtle pastels or bright summery pinks and greens? Either way, these pops are a real treat!


Popsicle Cookies
Tulip Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Hot Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink and AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Bright Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #3, #5
Pizza slicer
Popsicle sticks
Sprinkles (optional)
BEFORE BAKING
 
Cut out cookies with a tulip cutter.
Using a pizza cutter, trim the sides and bottom of cookie.

Turn cookie over. Pipe a zig-zag line with #5 tip in fresh icing.

Place a popsicle stick in the icing and press gently. Let dry overnight.
 
Outline cookie with #3 tip in pink icing.

Flood cookie in pink icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe top of cookie with #3 tip in green icing. 

Flood top of cookie with green icing. Let sit five minutes.

Add sprinkles. Let dry overnight.




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AIRBRUSHED BLOSSOM COOKIES/ Art Deco



Art Deco … the artsy look calls to me!

The design which emerged during the 1920’s and continued through the 1930’s evoked luxury and glamour. It was visible in architecture, wall paper, jewelry and art, just to list a few. The iconic Chrysler Building on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue comes to mind as an exquisite example of the architecture of that era. My first apartment in Washington, DC, aptly named The Delano, boasts the distinctive curved and stacked design. Small designs of the day were bold and busy, such as chevrons, arches and fans.


Art deco has made a resurgence today with designs gaining popularity in home d├ęcor. It’s the latest craze in cookie decorating too as my collection of cookie stencils expand. These cookies were decorated with the fan stencil using an airbrush in festive colors. The result is impressive and creates a clean, sharp look. It is a great decorating technique when time is limited.



Airbrushed Cookies
Blossom Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Art Deco Fan Stencil
AmeriColor Deep Pink, Royal Blue, Sky Blue and Violet Airbrush Colors
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist 

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AIRBRUSHING TIPS
Slightly depress trigger
Keep airbrush 6-8 inches from cookie
Slow even strokes and keep it moving
Try not to get hands covered in color!

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie in white icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.
Using an airbrush, spray color onto the cookie. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry 45 minutes.



 

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