26 Nov Falling For You…
I love baking cookies almost as much as I love bad puns. As a baker/blogger it is my job to rise to the occasion… it’s the yeast that I could do for all of my readers out there. See what I did there? Rise? Yeast? …..No? I guess that went from batter to worse. *rimshot*
This week is another simple project. I know that everyone out there is just as busy as I am and sometimes it’s great to have some fancy cookies that you can throw together quickly. For these awesome cookies, you just bake yourself a batch of No Fail Sugar Cookies in the shape of autumn leaves and acorns and whip up a serving of my New Royal Icing Recipe.
I split my icing into four parts and dyed the first part super red, the second part lemon yellow, the third part electric orange, and the last part a light brown. If I haven’t made it abundantly clear by now, I’m a tiny bit type A. So. My next step was to separate my autumn leaves by shape and then split each of those groups into three groups in order to ensure that there was an equal number of each shape per color. Yeah, I know I have a problem.
After watering down my royal icing to a flooding consistency and putting the icings into some bottles, I used a number 2 Wilton decorating tip to fill the cookies. Normally, I would try to outline the cookies for a crisp edge but this time I piped with reckless abandon. I was surprised to find that the edges weren’t a hot mess even after spreading a little bit.
For the acorns, I piped the top of the acorn and then dumped some brown sprinkles on the wet icing. When the top was dry, I piped the bottom part of the acorn and the stem. Simple enough.
After the icing had dried (ok I didn’t wait for them to completely dry) I airbrushed a bunch of colors onto the edges of the cookie to get a “burnt” effect or like the leaves were drying up. I experimented with a myriad of different color combinations but landed on the following as the prettiest: brown airbrushed onto the yellow and red cookies, red airbrushed onto the orange and yellow cookies, and orange airbrushed onto the yellow cookies. Basically everything looked awesome on the yellow cookies.
When the initial airbrushing had had enough time to dry (yes, you definitely have to wait for this to dry before moving on) I airbrushed a layer of gold onto all of the cookies; It softened some of the airbrushed edges and made them sparkly (I kinda like sparkles).
Unfortunately, I am drawing a blank for a good pun to end this post, so instead I’ll leave you with my favorite bad joke: Mahatma Gandi walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
Until next week, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!