I've been studiously working on cookies all week. We are staying home this year because Mr. Flip Flop has to work Friday... so family Thanksgiving will be celebrated over the week-end (probably with Mexican Food because we'll all be stuffed with turkey already).
I wanted to get some cookies in the mail today for some of those family members we won't be able to see. I hope they make it there intact and on time for them to enjoy...I've happily played with this first set...and will be working on more to take with us for our little celebration when it finally happens. It's not the day you celebrate thankfulness and family that matters, it's the people you're with!
I used Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie dough and you can find the link to a printable recipe here. Scroll to the bottom of the recipe and it says "print page" below the comments box. I roll all of my cookies 3/8" thick and this dough does a great job of not spreading when well-chilled. For best results, chill overnight in the fridge. Give it a try! I like to use Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste...it's the best I've ever tried. If you can't find it locally, you can order it on Amazon in the U.S. If you can't find paste or order it...you can scrape whole vanilla bean pods of their seeds and add it to the dough instead. I would suggest 2 or 3 beans...you really want to see the little specks in this cookie and have a fragrant vanilla aroma when it bakes. The Lor-Ann's emulsion is also available on Amazon if you can't find it locally. I have gotten it at Hobby Lobby and at Michael's down here in The Valley. It makes a delicious difference to the taste. Shake both the paste and emulsion before using for best results.
So - here's a sharing of photos...with some commentary. I'm still struggling with the stencils, but I assume, as my husband says, "it's a cookie...they will eat it".
|Large Turkey and Mini Pumpkins|
I see so many cookie artists' work that I worry I am using somebody's idea without giving credit. I try to go back and see if I can find pictures where I got the idea. These little pumpkins are one of those ideas I know I got "somewhere" and I can't remember where. I know I got the idea for the ivory pumpkin from LilaLoa's blog. What I don't remember, is who I saw use lustre dust in the crevices to accent the pumpkin curves. It wasn't a white pumpkin, but an orange one. If I find it, I'll be sure to add in credit. I waited until the pumpkin sections were dried and then I dipped a dry paint brush in some bronze edible lustre dust, tapped off the excess and just ran it down the seams. I really like the effect! (Update 11/28/2013 - I was looking at some YouTube tutorials today and saw Haniela had done orange pumpkins painted with lustre dust...I think that may have been where I got the idea. Here's the link to her tutorial if you are interested. She does great work!)
|Two different leaf techniques. I usually suck at leaves.|
I love these front two!
|Turkey stencil from Designer Stencils.|
|More efforts at stenciling....|
|Another DesignerStencils.com product.|
Tired of looking at cookie pictures yet? Yeah, me too...I have other things I should be doing...like packing these up to go out in the mail TODAY!
Here's the last one...
|A stencil job I'm happy with!|
So, I have more cookies to make and I'll share those likely next week. I won't have time for more blogging as we are ramping up for the big Gobble Gobble day. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you don't hear from me before then!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!