My first trip to Florida was a road trip with 5 of us girls on spring break in my junior year of college. We departed from Washington DC in the evening and drove through the night for the 20-hour trip to Ft. Lauderdale. I cringe to think of how much second-hand smoke was inhaled by me as the only non-smoker, as there was at least one gal lit up during the 40-hour round trip. As we headed due south in Jill’s orange, Chevy Malibu with Georgia tags, the drive seemed endless. I could name the ’77 radio tunes and artists we heard repeatedly throughout the drive but I will spare you. OK… your curiosity must be getting to you, so I’ll name just one that must have played at least twice an hour …You’re a Rich Girl by Hall & Oates. Needless to say, none of us could relate to that song as no one at my college was rich. Rather, the lyrics are about the newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst.

Shortly after midday we arrived at our destination, a tiny motel room one block from the beach. We were not extreme partiers so we stayed out of trouble and hung out with other classmates who made the trip that spring. Although, we did overdose on the southern sun. We all took to bed one day with the chills from our awful sunburns. Sunblock ... no one used it back then. On the way home we stopped at DisneyWorld for a day before completing the drive back to campus. The collegial rite of passage spending spring break in Lauderdale was a standout memory for us all.

My College Buddies and Me (on the right)

These housewarming cookies were made for my brother who now lives in the sunshine state. Ah … no snow, no cold, just sun, heat and plenty of golf. Although I swoon over the beautiful palm trees, I don’t know if I could live in Florida but it sure is a nice place to visit. Since I was flying with these cookies on a recent trip to see my bro’s new digs, I kept the design very simple. These house cookies airbrushed and stenciled in brightly colored palm leaves represent the simple beauty of our most southern state. I made a few in the United States cookie cutter with the intention of marking Central Florida on the cookie, but the designer of this cutter doesn’t know his geography. The State of Texas is larger and situated further south than Florida and skimps on the Floridian peninsula. 

Housewarming Cookies
House Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Rose with AmeriColor Deep Pink and Wilton Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Air Brush Kit or Wilton Color Mist
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Deep Pink, Avocado, Violet, Sky Blue)
Palm Leaves Stencil

Outline and flood cookie with #2 tip in rose icing.

Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with various airbrush colors. 

Gently lift stencil. Let dry 30 minutes.



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  1. My Cookie Artist Cousin--I continue to be in awe! Great road trip story too!

    1. Thanks cuz! I appreciate your support of my blog. xo

  2. I love the vibrant colors of this cookie. Andi

    1. Andi, It was fun to decorate this cookie with summery, bright colors. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. These cookies are so cute. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing at Best of the Weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you Amy! Your Overnight Breakfast Casserole is on my 'to make' list during the holidays. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hi Joan,
    These cookies are beautiful - to pretty to eat for sure! I love the story about your spring break trip - those were the days. :-) Stopping by from the Best of the Weekend Link Up.

    1. Hi Neena, I'm so glad you stopped by and thank you for your kind words.


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