Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream Cookies

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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:
 
 
Using a very thick brown icing, pipe vines onto cookie in a "swirly" motion.   To make the leaves is the only time you need a decorating tip.  Use a leaf decorating tip and jungle green very thick icing to make the leaves.  To make the flowers, use very thick pink icing, and pipe 5 dots in a circle.  Add a thick yellow icing dot to the center.

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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