TUTU COOKIES/ Vintage Photographs

Have you ever gone through old family photographs and had no idea who you were looking at? Have you then turned over the photo to find it blank? … ugh! I think this may be a common experience when going through shoeboxes of old photographs. Those persons alive at the time of the photo knew who were in those photos and apparently saw no need to identify those persons. It seems it never occurred to them that those photos would out-live them and their descendants would have no idea who those people were!

Recently, a cousin sent me old family photographs that once belonged to my paternal grandfather so I could make copies for my collection. There were just a handful of photos, some of my Dad and his sisters as children which I had never seen. There were also photos of my grandparents, their parents, siblings and cousins. Some photos date back over 100 years in Ireland and others were taken in the 1930's. I easily identified Dad as a toddler and teen as well as my aunts and my grandfather. My grandmother who passed away during my father's childhood was also identified with ease. Fortunately, my mother once told me Grandma looked like her eldest daughter, Aunt Dot. Beyond that it was a guessing game. Documents discovered during my family research, such as ship manifests and WWI and WWII draft cards contain physical descriptions including eye color and hair color. They were a great tool in identifying extended family members like my grandmother's brothers and my great-grandparents. These photographs are treasures although I was disheartened there were no photographs from Ireland of my grandfather's parents and his only sibling who perished in WWI.

Great-Grandparents, Joe & Sarah (Ireland, circa 1920)
Grandma & Aunt Dot (circa 1917)
Aunt Marjie & Dad (circa 1931)

Dad & Aunt Marjie; Grandpa & Grandma; Grand Uncle William & wife (circa 1933)
Aunt Dot & Aunt Marjie (circa 1936)

This prompted me to go through my family photographs, including those in picture frames to identify family members and date the photos. Otherwise, my grand nieces and nephews and their children will not be able to identify their own ancestors. So, I suggest you do the same. Your descendants will appreciate it someday. Dig out boxes and albums of old family photos, go through them with your parents, grandparents and older siblings to identify the persons in the photos. Use an archival pen or soft lead pencil to write on the back of the photos. Also, in this time of digital photos my suggestion is to print out favorite photos, identify persons in the photos and place in scrapbook or acid-free photo box. That way there will be pictures for future generations to hold in their hands. They may likely endure longer than the digital pics.

As a thank you to my cousin for sending the photos, I made these tutu cookies. She has two little girls and these cookies seemed the perfect choice. I skipped embellishments of bows or flowers as they can crack and break easily during shipping. Instead, I simply used pearl airbrush spray to add a satiny look.

Tutu Cookies
Tutu Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Pale Pink with Wilton Brown and Wilton Pink
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Pearl Color Mist

Outline bodice of tutu with #2 tip in pink icing
Flood bodice with pink icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Outline sections of skirt with #2 tip in pink outline icing.

Immediately flood every other section with pink icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Flood remaining sections with pink flood icing. 

Let dry overnight.

Lightly spray cookies with pearl color mist.
Let dry 30 minutes.





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  1. Thanks so much for the great tutorials. Where can I get the cookie cutter and stencils you used in this tutorial, please. Keep the great tutorials coming .

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. For this cookie I did not use a stencil but simply Wilton Color Mist, which can be found in any craft store. For any cookies decorated using a stencil, I link to the page where you can purchase that stencil. I purchase most of my stencils at theCookieCountess.com. This tutu cutter can be purchased in most baking decorating supply stores and various online sites. Amazon also sells it but at triple the price you can purchase elsewhere. Have a nice day!

  2. Cute cookies and I like the sheen on the tutu cookies. Stacey

    1. Thanks Stacey. I appreciate your kind remark.

  3. Such fabulous images! The same difficulties are present in my old family photos too. In creating photo albums for my kids I list names, places and dates. I hope that you had a wonderful fourth of July!

    Your kind comment meant the world to me and truly made my day.



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