I've got a weakness for anything nautical ... docksiders, bold stripes and of course, sailing. There is nothing like being on the water on a breezy day working the lines and enjoying the peaceful sound of the water slapping alongside the hull. Maybe it's in my DNA as my Dad loved sailing and was in the Navy during WWII.

Dad joined up after graduating high school like most guys, instead of waiting to be drafted. He chose the Navy because he wanted to sleep in a dry bed and eat three square meals a day. Now that's smart thinking! It was also a natural choice because during his adolescence Dad spent time on the Long Island Sound where he and a buddy fashioned a canoe into a sailboat with a stick and homemade sail from a bed sheet. Dad was fortunate to be stationed in Miami, where the Navy patrolled the Atlantic waters off our southeastern shore for German submarines, even sinking one. He served nearly four years until the war ended. There was no one-year tour-of-duty back then; you were in for the duration. During his service, he experienced a Florida hurricane and came home with a tan!

These cookies were decorated using two stencils and two design methods. Airbrushing with the striped stencil creates the background of the cookie, and royal icing using the anchor stencil gives the cookies added dimension.

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Anchor Cookies
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for detail tinted Navy Blue with AmeriColor Navy Blue and AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Narrow Stripe Stencil
Anchor Stencil
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Leaf Green, Sky Blue, Avocado, Lemon Yellow, Orange)
Dinkydoodle Airbrush Color (Super Red)
Airbrush Kit

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing
Flood cookie with white icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stripe stencil on cookie. Spray with airbrush color. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry 30 minutes.

Center anchor stencil on cookie. Spread navy icing with spatula. 
Remove excess icing. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry one hour.



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  1. Loved the story about your Dad. The cookies look fantastic. Wish I could make ones that look that good.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

  2. Cute cookies. I like the colorful striped cookies alone without the stencil too. Great tutorial, as always. Suzy

    1. Thanks Suzy. I like the stripes too and also the additional colors from combining two airbrush colors. Have a nice weekend!

  3. Enjoyed reading about your dad's service to our country. The cookies are terrific!

  4. Hello Joan! As always, I enjoyed your story and love the photos of Dad- I see so much of your brother Rick in him :) Thank you to your Dad for protecting us so; its great that you have such stories to share...the cookies look awesome! Love, Maggie

    1. Hi Maggie, Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for your continuing support. Give my love to all The E's. xo, Joan

  5. Wowza, Joan! I always marvel at the beauty of the artistry presented here. I'm intrigued with airbrushing as a decorating tool, and I've tinkered with the notion to use it for cakes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Brooks! Give the airbrush a try; it's fun. No doubt, you will make some gorgeous cakes with your creativity. I hope you had a nice holiday weekend.


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