Time flies in the cookie world. By April the blogosphere is filled with summer cookies of beach scenes, popsicles and surfboards. In late July ‘back to school’ cookies appear as blackboards, lined notebooks and ABCs. Before Labor Day, spiders and haunted houses hit the scene nearly two months before Halloween. Need I mention, every other recipe contains pumpkin? I’m usually a little bit behind the fast-paced calendar and prefer to be in season. The popsicle cookies were posted one week before the kiddies went back to school. Phew!

Cooler temps are still in the distant future in Northern Virginia with temps in the 90s last week. Still trying to squeeze in several more weeks of morning coffee and grilling on the deck, there is no way Halloween comes to mind. Some may consider these sailboat cookies as months late. Although sailing is associated with spring and summer, during the hot months of June and July sailors chase any puff of a breeze barely skimming through the water. While the winds hold out until September, the best month for sailing when the autumn breeze arrives on the bay.

Watch out ... Christmas cookie are waiting in the wings to make their grand entrance!

Sailboat Cookies
Sailboat Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Yellow with a smidge of AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Bright Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Turquoise with AmeriColor Teal
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline two sails with #2 tip in light yellow icing.
(light yellow looks cream in these photos)

Flood sails with light yellow icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Outline sails with #1.5 tip in bright yellow icing.

Outline and flood water with #2 tip in turquoise icing.

Pipe cream with #2 tip on the water.

Pull with a toothpick to create white caps.
Pipe two yellow lines on sail. Let dry overnight.



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  1. The pink boats made me tear up!

    1. Thank you for expressing your heartfelt feelings. I'm touched that you were moved by my cookie with the pink ribbon. Take care.

  2. I like the painted cookie squares- colorful and detailed

    1. Thank you! They are one of my all-time favorites.

  3. These sailboat cookies were the hit of the baby shower. Everyone loved them. I'll be sure to let you know what cookies I try next. Simply delicious & eye catching. Patricia


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