FALL COOKIES/ Let the Fall Begin



Can it be that we are in the last quarter of calendar year 2019 already? Fall is nearly upon us, although the tropics and our southern states still have a few more weeks of hurricane season. In New England cool temps have arrived along with colorful foliage. In Northern Virginia we still have temps in the 80’s although daylight wanes a bit earlier each evening. The kiddies are back to school with soccer, football, track and lacrosse season in full swing. Best of all, October baseball is here with my beloved Washington Nats having clinched a wild card spot.

I took a blog break in recent weeks to travel and tend to some home projects. I have a few cookies in the pipeline but nothing ready to publish. For those with a hankering for autumn cookies and desserts, here’s a bunch from earlier posts. New subscribers can see what they have missed and long-time subscribers may want to take another look and re-read the accompanying anecdotes. Be sure to visit the Index page for all cookies and desserts on the site.





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SUCCULENT COOKIES/ I did it!



As a kid did you call out ‘mine mine’  for one of the flowers on your party cake? Even though your lips and tongue would turn the vivid color of the sugary flower, it was worth it. They are created by hand on a tool called a flower nail. It takes artistry and practice to master the technique. This cookie is made up of my version of the flowers on the party cake. These succulents were individually piped in royal icing using a flower nail. I’ve attempted this a dozen times with a dozen failed attempts. Well this time, I finally did it. I used the leaf tip and star tip to pipe these succulents. Like most things, it comes down to perseverance and practice. I still cannot pipe a rose with the petal tip, so I will leave the beautiful roses to the experts.


Succulent Cookies
Hexagon Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for detail tinted Light & Medium Purple with AmeriColor Teal and AmeriColor Deep Pink
Royal Icing for detail tinted Peach with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Light Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tips #24, #16
Wilton Leaf Trip #352
Palm Leaves Stencil
AmeriColor Avocado Airbrush Color
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

Pipe flowers in various colors with star tips #16, #24 and leaf tip #352 using a flower nail. 
(See Wilton video tutorial)
Let dry overnight.

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

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with avocado airbrush color. Gently lift stencil.
Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe a dot of white outline icing with #2 tip on back of each succulent. Place on cookie. 

Let dry 45 minutes.





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GINGHAM SUMMER COOKIES/ Moonshot



Hello Summer 2019!

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The Apollo 11 mission was a very exciting time in our country and as a rising 8th grader that summer, I remember it clearly. Amid the political assassinations, Vietnam War and civil unrest of that era, the moon landing brought the entire country together. Millions around the world viewed fuzzy, black and white images of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon's surface on July 20, 1969. Our family of six gathered around the TV in our tiny den to hear the inspirational words transmitted from the moon. 

"THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND."
 
In these weeks leading up to the semi-centennial anniversary, there are oodles of TV specials about the Apollo program and moon landing. There are images rarely seen  and amazing videos from the spacecraft as the three stages separate from the Columbia Command Module, the landing of the Eagle Lunar Module on the moon and its rendevous docking after its departure from the moon.




By the way, a must-see is a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is an informative, amazing and moving experience as I found myself well up with tears with pride for my country while touring the Heroes & Legends exhibit. When you visit, plan to spend all day as there are several buildings with exhibits, life-size models, movies and interactive exhibits for the kids. The bus tour to the launching area and museum with a life-size model of a Saturn V is not to be missed. Be sure to scan the marshes for real alligators on the ride over.


There is nothing that shouts summer more than gingham, popular worldwide since the 19th century. The narrow stripe stencil creates the checkered background for this cookie. Come see how this cookie came together.

 
Hello Summer Cookies
Wonky Rose Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for detail tinted Orange with AmeriColor Orange
Royal Icing for detail tinted Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Green with AmeriColor Royal Blue and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Star Tips #106, #18
Wilton Leaf Trip #352
Narrow Stripe Stencil
Hello Summer Stencil
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Deep Pink, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green)
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist
Scraper
CK Yellow Sanding Sugar

Sweet Sugarbelle's Wonky Rose cutter (available at Michaels)

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

Place striped stencil on cookie. Spray with pink airbrush color. Gently lift stencil.

Turn stencil. Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with pink airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. Let dry 45 minutes.

Repeat process for green gingham cookies.
[Mix Lemon Yellow and Leaf Green Airbrush color to create Lime Green]

Center summer stencil on the cookie. Spread orange icing with spatula. Remove excess icing. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe flowers with star tips #106 and #18 in yellow icing. Pipe leaves with leaf tip #352 in green icing. Sprinkle with yellow sanding sugar. Let dry overnight.




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