I was in elementary school during the 1960’s when the United States was in the thick of the space race with the Russians. In our classrooms for every launch, we strained to watch every minute from pre-flight to takeoff on a clunky television with rabbit ears displaying grainy images. During the astronauts return to earth, we held our breath waiting for the space capsule to appear after its re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere and splashdown in the ocean. I always found it reassuring that the frogmen were there to open the hatch to freedom while the capsule bobbed in the expansive ocean. As little children we did not realize the risk involved or that the astronauts were among the most courageous and daring of 1950’s test pilots. We knew their names and they were American heroes. As you all know, we ultimately landed on the moon in July 1969 beating the Russians. It was a very patriotic and exciting time in America amid the race riots, war protests and political assassinations.

There seems to be a renewed interest in space these days as is evident in edible treats. Galaxy or space cookies are the rage today. The first time I saw a galaxy cookie was in a video tutorial by Amber of Sweetambs. It looked like a fun cookie to decorate and has been on my radar ever since. Besides cookies there are galaxy cakes  and cupcakes. I used the shooting star cutter for these cookies and found inspiration from this photograph of the universe. 

  [Source: Earth Space Circle]

Shooting Star Galaxy Cookies
Shooting Star Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Black with AmeriColor Navy Blue and AmeriColor Super Black
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Purple with AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Hot Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #1
Butter knife
[This cookie design was inspired by Amber's Galaxy Cookies at Sweetambs] 

Outline cookie with #2 tip in black icing. Flood the outside edge of the cookie in black icing.

Pipe rows of icing in purple, blue, pink and white.

Using a butter knife and toothpick swirl icing to create design.

Pipe small dots with #1 tip in white icing. 

Let dry overnight.




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  1. Wow!!! Out of this World Cool!
    Chicago Kat

  2. Just love the colors; great video too! Stacey

    1. Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed the video tutorial.


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