I have been a little MIA this past week on the blog because I have been busy making and decorating cookies for a charity auction. Usually when I make cookies, I have very specific requests or I make them for a certain Holiday. This time, however, I had complete freedom to do whatever I wanted for this auction.
I was stuck for almost 2 days on what kind of cookie design I wanted to do. There were about a zillion different ideas floating around in my head. I ended up making 4 sets of cookie designs including these cookies I named A Midsummer Night's Dream cookies.
I had so much fun making these cookies! I knew that I wanted to do a cookie that looked like it was covered in moss. Then, after watching Jumanji on Tuesday morning with the little guy, I decided I wanted to add some vines. Once the vines were on the cookies, I thought that a few flowers would add a nice touch. Once the cookies were complete, they reminded of one of my favorite movies from high school, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
My favorite sugar cookie recipe can be found at Fancy Flours. The only addition I make is to add 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
When I decorate sugar cookies, I use an icing made of meringue powder, powdered sugar, and water. I like to make small batches at a time, since I like to mix all of my frosting colors at once. I mix together 1 spoon of meringue powder, 4 heaping spoons of powdered sugar, and 1 1/2 spoons of water. Then I stir the icing slowly in a bowl until the ingredients are combined. Depending on the consistency, I'll add more powdered sugar or more water until the icing resembles Elmer's glue.
For these cookies, I need a really thick icing for the details, so I added even more powdered sugar than I usually do.
After I mix in some food coloring (I like to use Wilton gel coloring), I'll add some of the icing into a plain sandwich bag. To the rest of the icing left in the bowl, I'll add a few more drops of water. Then I'll add the rest of the icing to another sandwich bag. I like to do this because I have the exact same color icing in a thick consistency for outlining and detail work, and a thinner icing for filling in the cookie designs.
I like to use sandwich bags to decorate with because I think it's actually easier than using a pastry bag with a tip. For the sandwich bag, I simply snip off the smallest tip of a corner to use for decorating. Here's what it should look like (even though this icing was used for a different set of cookies.)
Step one & two:
Cover the cookie with flood consistency icing in army green. Allow to completely dry (6-8 hours.) Once dry, pipe thin lines across the cookie with a very thick jungle green icing. Use a paint brush to stipple the icing until it resembles moss. Allow to dry slightly (30 minutes.)
Step three, four, & five:
I spent almost 20 minutes looking for my set of decorating tips so I could make the leaves. Finally, I gave up and made my own tip.
I reinforced my sandwich bag with 6 pieces of scotch tape - 3 pieces on each side of the bag. Then I snipped straight across the tape, and then made a very small "v" in the middle.
To package the cookies up for the auction, I used treat bags and a pink ribbon to tie a bow on each cookie. In the "plant" wooden box, I placed a cube a floral foam to stick the cookie pops into. Once the foam was in place, I used purple tissue paper to make a layer for the cookies that did not have a stick.
I love these A Midsummer Night's Dream cookies, and I hope to make them again soon. For more cookie decorating instructions make sure to check out the Craftsy class, Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies with Autumn Carpenter.
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