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MARBLE PLAQUE COOKIES/ Thanks!



Nothing soothes the soul like a good, old-fashioned cookie …
the first and best solution to all of life's ills,
as well as the sweetest reward for a job well done.
Charles M. Shultz

Doesn't everyone love cookies? A gift of cookies always puts a smile on any face. There does not have to be a reason and it's a sweet gesture. Sometimes as thanks for a small favor, I like to do a little something special in addition to a simple 'thank you' to express my gratitude. So I whip up a batch of cookies, wrapped in ribbons and gift bag and … smiles. The best part is the nice feeling of doing something kind for another. Give it a try … no one ever turns down a cookie and it's sure to brighten someone's day.



Plaque Cookies 
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Light Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Teal Green with AmeriColor Sky Blue and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Rose Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tip #16, #24
Toothpicks

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.
Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe lines on cookie with flood icing in blue, green and pink.

Pull toothpick through the icing to create marble design.
Let dry one hour.

Pipe rosettes in pink detail icing with star tip #24.
Pipe rosettes in green detail icing with star tip #16. Let dry overnight.

 


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HALLOWEEN BAT COOKIES/ Trivia



Have you ever wondered how ghosts, goblins, black cats, witches and haunted houses became associated with our October holiday? Or where the tradition of handing out candy to children originated?

Halloween can be traced back more than 2,000 years.

The color orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts.

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They wore masks and costumes to hide their facial features.

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as the most popular.

Sugar rationing during World War II put a halt to trick-or-treating.

Going house-to-house collecting food originated in 16th century Britain and Ireland, and Halloween as we know it began in the United States a century ago.

Origin of the term 'trick or treat' is unknown but the phrase became popular by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip.

The most popular children's costumes are Batman and princess dresses.

Halloween is the second biggest holiday after Christmas.

Bobbing for apples originated from the roman harvest festival that honors 'Pamona' the goddess of fruit trees.

Black cats were believed to protect the power of witches.

[Sources: Halloween-website.com;Goodhousekeeping.com; Wikipedia]


These cookies were decorated in only two steps: ice and sand. I was tempted to add some detail but preferred the Batman-type, silhouette effect. The mini size is just right for the kiddies.


Bat Cookies
Mini Bat Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Gray with AmeriColor Super Black AmeriColor Regal Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
CK Sanding Sugar (Black, Silver, Purple)

Outline cookie with gray icing. Flood cookie with gray icing.

Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Let dry overnight.





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