BUTTERFLY COOKIES/ P.O.W.



High School … sports, studies, dances, pep rallies, crushes, boys … fun days which reside in our teen memories. During my years in high school there was a special guy who often occupied my thoughts, was in my nightly prayers and whom I never met. His name is Bob … Maj. Robert D. Jeffrey, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. I wore his P.O.W. bracelet during my first three years of high school as a constant reminder of our boys held prisoner and away from home. This was decades before the era of Livestrong, 4Ocean bracelets and the like. I did not remove my bracelet until our Vietnam P.O.W.s returned home in February 1973.

I requested Maj. Jeffrey’s bracelet because he was the son of my Dad’s co-worker. I first heard about Bob’s captivity when I was in the 3rd grade. He had been in Vietnam only three days and on his first mission, he was shot down over North Vietnam on December 20, 1965. He was 26, married with a baby son. Bob was held for more than 7 years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton P.O.W. camp. The Vietcong ignored the laws of the Geneva Convention and brutally tortured the American P.O.W.s. The conditions were unbearable but somehow these brave men endured their time in captivity. Bob was held with notable prisoners such as James Stockdale, a hero among the men who kept up their morale and Jerry Denton, who blinked Morse Code spelling out torture to the television cameras, alerting the world of the inhumane treatment of our boys. Bob’s wife led a group of wives meeting with several North Vietnamese delegations over the years which eventually resulted in better treatment of the P.O.W.s.

After the war, Bob was promoted, awarded the Silver Cross and continued to serve in the Air Force until 1980. He still flies airplanes and resides in Arizona. To this day, I have never met Bob and still have his bracelet reverently displayed in a shadow box since the date of his return in 1973.

These butterfly cookies were decorated using my favorite technique of marbling. A light dusting of white on the finished cookie gives an elegant matte look. 




Butterfly Cookies
Butterfly Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Teal with AmeriColor Teal
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Scribe Tool or Toothpick
CK Luster Dust (Silk White)
Paintbrush

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing.

 Pipe dots with teal flood icing with #1.5 tip.

Using a scribe tool swirl the icing to create marble design. Let dry 45 minutes
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 Outline cookie with #2 tip in teal icing. Pipe center of butterfly with teal outline icing. Let dry overnight.

Using paintbrush, apply luster dust onto cookie. Let dry 15 minutes.





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