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Dog Bones

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It isn’t every day that you get invited to a dog family reunion. I know this sounds like the beginning of a joke but seriously, the other day I got invited to a doggy reunion. And let me tell you, it was pretty darn cute. Almost a decade ago, my parents surprised me with an Ocherese puppy for my birthday. We named her “Badger” which turned out to be an incredibly accurate name since she grew up to be super grumpy (in the cutest way possible).

Badger’s breeders created this little shindig to bring together the extended Ocherese family for some precious puppy pranks. I knew this would be a great opportunity to finally put my dog bone cookie cutter to good use. Originally, my plan started as a simple one: make sugar cookies and flood them with several different colors. Typically, all of my plans start out simple. But then I just had to have some with polka dots and then of course they absolutely needed the word “woof” on them. By the time I was finished, I knew this project was blog-worthy.

I started by making one batch of no fail sugar cookies. This made about 52 dog bone cookies. Normally, I would whip up a batch of Antonia 74’s Royal Icing but I went a different route this time and made a different royal icing recipe that was created by The Adventures of Sweet Sugarbelle. As much as I love my original recipe, the consistency wasn’t always consistent (that’s not quite a pun, but close). The new recipe can be found below.

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New Royal Icing Recipe

October 29, 2014

This recipe is a courtesy of the absolutely brilliant Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, found at: http://bit.ly/1T8IMuN

Ingredients

1 Bag of Confectioner's Sugar (about 2 lbs)

1/3 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon of Meringue Powder

3/4 Cup of Warm Water (plus some to add to achieve correct consistency)

Directions

Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, pour all of the sugar and meringue powder into a bowl and mix on low until incorporated.

With the mixer still running, pour in 3/4 cup warm water.

Stop the mixer, scrape the sides of the bowl and then turn the mixer on medium for 6 minutes.

After that, turn the mixer on high for 4-5 minutes. The icing should be very stiff at this point.

When working with the icing, make sure to keep the bowl covered with a damp towel to ensure that it doesn't dry out. If you put this icing in an air-tight container, it should save for weeks (just make sure to give it a good mixing before using it).

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I used some clear vanilla extract for my flavoring and I had some mixed reviews. There were two votes for “better without the vanilla” and two votes for “better with the vanilla”. I’ll probably continue to play around with different flavored icings in the future. This batch of icing made enough for all of the cookies with a little leftover. My first step was to split the icing into 5 equal parts. One part was white (for the border, polka-dots, and “woof” on the cookie), the second was AmeriColor Electric Purple, the third was AmeriColor Electric Blue, the fourth was AmeriColor Electric Orange, and the fifth was Wilton Lemon Yellow. I mixed all of these to a flooding consistency and set them aside.

My first step was to pipe the border around all of the dog bones. I put my white royal icing into a bottle with a #2 Wilton tip and went to town. This was definitely the quickest part of the process and only took me one episode of Judge Judy to finish. Since I was going to have four different colors of cookie, I split everything up into groups (13 cookies per group). And then I split those groups down even farther: 4 solid, 5 polka dots, and 4 “woofs”.

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Flooding the solid ones was really quick (just half of an episode of Judge Judy) and the “woofs” went by really quick as well. For those, I flooded the cookie a solid color and then let it dry to the touch before piping the cursive on. The polka dot cookies were by far the most time consuming (two whole episodes of Judge Judy). First, I flooded the cookie and then went back with my bottle of white icing with a #2 tip and carefully made the dots in a pattern. I had to make sure to pipe the dots before the flooding dried so that they would incorporate smoothly.

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Normally I try to avoid using a fan to dry my cookies, but this time around I was running short on time so I laid the cookies out with the ceiling fan on high. In the morning, when I went to pack them up, I noticed that they had dried with a nice shine to them whereas typically my cookies are matte. I’m not sure if there is a correlation or not, but I enjoyed how it looked.

The puppy reunion turned out to be a huge blast and Badger really enjoyed meeting all of her extended family. Just look at that excited face!

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No, you can’t eat the cookies.