I made a batch of Sweet Sugarbelle's Red Velvet Roll-outs because the older two have not had the chance to try them yet. I think they are primo! Unfortunately, the Cream Cheese MP Icing got a little wavy when I put it under a fan that was a bit too close to the cookies. It literally moved the icing!
I had planned to use a large Easter egg stencil I got a while back...so I made particularly large cookies...the cutter was 5x3 inches...and the cookies expanded 1/2 inch both ways! The entire batch of dough only made 8 rectangles and a dozen teeny tiny little mini cookies. Due to the waviness of the iced large cookies, I was afraid to use a plastic stencil with a thick royal icing - that only works when your cookie is nicely flat.
I decided, instead, to airbrush a background and use some pieces of lace I purchased just for this technique. I selected two different designs and cut a swatch that would drape over the cookies easily. I hoped this would "sort of" mask the imperfect surface. They did a fairly good job of doing just that! One was sort of flowery and I used a blue pearl sheen for that one. The other seemed maybe a bit less feminine...and since I had a lot of boys...I added some purple to the blue sheen and sprayed the second half of the large cookies. I grabbed some wafer papers I had on hand and started flying by the seat of my pants...no drawn out plan as I usually do.
1 1/4 inch, so REAL minis!
The blue pearled cookies got a dose of Easter décor. These are the very cute Peter Rabbit wafer papers I got from CookiePixie on Etsy. She has a wonderful selection of prints, including vintage prints, and I feel her prices are reasonable for quality wafer paper prints. This batch goes to my Granddaughters and my middle son.
The other cookies (including some not shown - don't get in a snit youngest son - there is one for you) had wafers of blue bonnets applied. When we start seeing blue bonnets (around mid to late March) in Texas...we know it's Spring. After such a rough Winter...I'm thrilled that I'll be seeing wildflowers this week-end. It's a great sadness to me that they don't seem to grow down here by the coast. I was happy to put them on cookies this year!
So, wherever you are in the U.S.A., or beyond, I hope you get to enjoy some lovely flowers and beautiful colors in your landscape...some are in Springtime...and other friends are in Autumn. Whatever it is, I do love the moderate seasons between harsh Winter and hot Summer! Hope you do to.
|Field of Bluebonnets near Austin, TX|
Photo by Ian Hook
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!