PLANE COOKIES/ Planes, Jets & Angels

In my childhood home the view from my bedroom window was airplanes. There was not a 707 in the backyard like John Travolta. Oh, didn't we wish! There was a runway behind our house and airplanes and jets took off and landed a mere 300 yards from our home. We lived in a midsize city, slightly off the main drag and our house faced an airport. Back then it was a regional airport and now an international airport. We could watch planes take off all day long if we wanted to but it was no big deal since it was an everyday and all day occurrence. The jets of Eastern, Allegheny, United and American Airlines shared the runway with the snazzy corporate jets of Bethlehem Steel. Back then the planes were much louder than today's whisper jets and sometimes the rumble of the engines made dishes in the cupboard rattle. At the dinner table, my Dad who worked in the aviation division of BS could identify the planes by the sound of the engine during taxiing.

Fast forward about thirty years. Shortly after moving to Northern Virginia, sitting on the deck I looked up and saw planes overhead on their final approach to Dulles Airport, a mere hop, skip and jump away. I remember feeling like I was back home. At certain times of the day the planes land one after another. Even years later the sound of a plane flying overhead (one is flying over just now) stirs memories of the old neighborhood. During the warm weather months it's a ritual most evenings as my husband and I sit on the deck with a glass of wine and watch the planes fly across the stunning sunsets in the western sky.

These plane cookies were made for rising kindergarteners. With the Naval Academy in our neighboring State of Maryland situated on the Chesapeake Bay, I was inspired by the Navy's acrobatic flying squadron, the Blue Angels. Check out these amazing videos and ride in a F-18 Hornet.

Plane Cookies
Plane Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Electric Blue and AmeriColor Royal Blue
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Gold with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and Wilton Gold
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

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

Pipe detail on plane wings and tail with #2 tip in gold icing.
Pipe "N" on plane. 

Let dry overnight.





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  1. Joan, I always love reading your stories but this one about the planes taking off and landing brought me right back to Hanover Farms and the ABE airport, practically behind our house! I remember when those "whisper jets" came along and being completely fascinated by such huge machines that made seemingly little noise? Thanks for the memory! Your cookies are adorable!

    1. Hi Maggie, I love your response and so glad to have stirred some of your childhood memories as well. Thanks for your loyal support and say hi to the gang!

  2. I love being able to watch airplanes flying overhead. Especially small planes. And I love the sound of a train whistle in the background, too. These plane cookies are just adorable. I hope the kids loved them. (And I love those baseball cookies, too!)

    1. Hi Anne, Thank you! The timing was perfect for the kiddies as they were learning about modes of transportation.


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