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SNOWFLAKE COOKIES/ Not Again!



Oh, not snowflake cookies again! If you have been following my blog awhile, then you know snowflakes are my favorite cookies to decorate. I was going to spare you another snowflake cookie this winter, but it was the perfect cookie for a special thank you. Besides, I just love the look of white-on-white and just had to make another batch. 

Remember my family history report, the compilation after years of research on my family roots? It was a labor of love but I could not have done it alone. Along the way, I met several second and third cousins online who generously shared information and vintage photographs of ancestors. My aunts, uncles and cousins also provided valuable information for the report. They graciously responded to many email requests for information and some visited cemeteries and photographed family grave markers.

During a trip to New Bedford, Massachusetts a few years ago, the hometown of one line of maternal ancestors, I visited the gravesite of my great-great-grandparents, three great-grand-aunts and a great-grand-uncle. Denis and Hannah made the voyage from Ireland to Massachusetts in the mid-1800s, had seven children and struggled to make a life in America. For four years, Denis fought bravely for the Union during the Civil War and returned home lame and unable to work. After the war in order to support the family, the five eldest children worked in the wool mill, the youngest age 10. They worked ten hour days, seven days per week.

Their simple grave marker installed 100-plus years earlier had sunken into the ground and was no longer visible. It was during that trip that I was determined to place a new marker on my ancestors’ family plot. This past summer with the generosity of siblings and cousins, arrangements were made to design and install a spanking new stone with a Celtic cross and shamrocks. Joan and Jill at the memorial company assisted in the design; six shamrocks to signify six family members. After the stone was installed, Joan made a special trip to the cemetery to snap a photograph which was included in the genealogy report. Now that went beyond the call of duty and I could not be more grateful. So with my mission complete, these snowflake cookies were simply a sweet token of my gratitude.


Snowflake Cookies
Daisy Shortbread Cookies [The daisy cutter doubles as a Snowflake]
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with just a smidge of Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2


Outline cookie with # 2 tip in cream icing.
 Flood cookie in cream icing. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe plus sign and X sign with #2 tip in cream icing.

Pipe detail with #2 tip in cream icing.
Pipe dots with #2 tip in cream icing.  Let dry overnight.




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14 comments:

  1. Love your genealogy and your cookies! Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Thank you! So nice to hear from you.

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    1. Thank you, Deb! Your King Cake Donuts look delicious and so festive!

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  3. Joan,
    Love, love any and all of your cookies!
    Jemma

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    1. Hi Jemma, Thank you! Keep cranking out your inspirational blog posts. They are always so interesting. Have a nice day!

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  4. Joan,
    Love the white on white...and even better your beautiful writing.
    Your stories are so touching. You make us all remember stories of our own with your writing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoy the anecdotes and I'm so happy to have stirred your own memories.

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  5. Your genealogy story is fabulous Joan. I love how you weave your writing into your amazing recipe. I WANT your cookies!!! My hubby was back in DC not long ago and I wish he could have stopped by and brought me one home:) I can't wait till it settles down here and I can try your recipe, but I'll never make it as beautiful as yours are. Thanks for sharing your life and scrumptious creations.

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    1. Hi Carrie, Thank you and I'm glad you enjoy my little anecdotes. I'm just a stone's throw outside of DC ... maybe next time. My shortbread recipe is good all by itself or with some sanding sugar too.

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  6. Hi Joan, how wonderful to have found out about your family history! I'd love to do the same. Not sure how far I'll get - I think a lot of family members changed their names when they came to this country. The cookies are gorgeous, as yours always are. That's the kind of snow I like! I'll be featuring these tonight at Best of the Weekend! Hope to see you there again.

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    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for featuring these cookies on your link party; how very special! An interesting fact I learned on a trip to Ellis Island is that surnames were not changed upon arrival to the United States, but rather in the immigrant's country of departure. Before boarding the ship all names were written down and often misspelled or abbreviated. Upon arrival to the states, all the other information was recorded, such as hometown, family member in home country, occupation, destination, etc., along with the immigrant's physical description. Who knew!

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  7. Thank you for this tutorial!

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    1. You're welcome, Gigi. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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