LEMON COOKIES/ A State of Maine

Maine, picturesque and our northeasternmost state where residents are called Mainers. Last month we took an autumn drive to Maine. It’s been on my must see list for years as Mom told me she had wanted to honeymoon there. She would have enjoyed the serene and majestic landscapes of Maine. It’s a world away from the hustle-bustle and time seems to slow down, just enough to hear softly breaking waves at the shoreline, clanging of halyards on sailboat masts in the harbors, and the murmur of the lobster and clam boats out for their daily jaunt.

The shoreline of Maine is dotted with unique harbor towns; no two are alike. We began our tour in southeast Maine in Kennebunkport (you know who has a oceanside home there), a quaint seaside town. We visited shops, lunched on lobster rolls and took the trolley tour of the surrounding area and mega-mansions. We stopped in the general store where Dr. McDreamy shops for groceries and supplies, but no sighting! Then we headed north to Boothbay, a harbortown with Victorian Mansions from the seafarers' era. Driving further north was Camden, a quiet, upscale town on Penobscot Bay, the harbor a mix of vintage and new sailboats. Our final destination was Bar Harbor, where an afternoon sail on a schooner ship brought us close to sea life and a few of the 30 islands of Frenchman Bay. A tourist must-see was Acadia National Park overlooking Bar Harbor with its breathtaking scenery, hundreds of acres of lush foliage, natural lakes and rocky cliffs. We spent a mere two hours driving through the park and stopping at scenic overlooks, but you can hike or bike spending a few hours or a few days. Not to be missed is Jordan’s Pond, Thunder Hole and the stupendous view overlooking Frenchman Bay from Cadillac Mountain. We made sure to get our daily dose of lobsta!

Check out my Autumn in New York post here

Sea Captain's 19th Century Mansion - Boothbay, Maine

Harbor, Penobscot Bay - Camden, Maine

Acadia National Park-Loop Road (Source: Planetware)
Acadia National Park-Rocky Cliffs (Source: Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce)
Overlooking Frenchman Bay from Cadillac Mountain-Bar Harbor (Source: Planetware)

I swapped out vanilla for ¼ teaspoon of lemon extract which gives the cookie a subtle lemon taste. If you prefer a bold lemon flavor, add ½ teaspoon of lemon extract. These cookies are airbrushed and stenciled.

Lemon Cookies
Peach Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for detail tinted Light Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Wilton Leaf Trip #352
AmeriColor Airbrush Sheen Color (Lemon Yellow)
Quatrefoil Stencil
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist
CK Luster Dust (Silk White)

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

Place stencil on cookie. Spray with sheen yellow airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 15 minutes.

Pipe with leaf tip #352 in green icing. Let dry overnight.
Using paintbrush, apply white luster dust onto leaves. Let dry 15 minutes.




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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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