My BFF & I, the Island Girl, decided to do up Easter by making several dozen sugar cookies, flooded with Royal Icing, as well as making up some fancy baskets for Mason & Blonde Mom. Island Girl is an expert baker (I was the pan holder, and I learned a lot from her about the difference between baking and cooking….precision is the key!).
The Sunday before Easter, I gathered up my stuff, I’d gone on a preparation safari to JoAnn’s fabrics, where I purchased baskets, ribbon, some cool cookie cutters, egg dye, Bunny Pez, Peeps, a Transformer Egg, “straw”, etc., as well as the (recommended by Island Girl) Gel dyes for the icing and some other stuff at another store. AND I found some really spectacular Easter Egg dye….instead of the usual same-old with cups, vinegar, water, and dipping….these had pastel metallic dyes in little ketchup-like packets, and baggies for each of the five colors. So we sat on IG’s patio (whilst visiting the Tea Trolley), in between making batches of cookies, and dropped beautiful colors on our hard boiled eggs, (drying was a problem, as it was raining, a beautiful spring tropical misty rain, 100% humidity)…and then dropping them in another color. We were super pleased with the results. After a leisurely day of baking cookies, and just having fun, we had 40 big cookies.
We spent three more days, about 3 hours each time, decorating the cookies. Island Girl had never done the “flooding” with the Royal Icing before…and of course, not being a baker, neither had I. But before we started out, I did a fairly thorough search of internet pictures for ideas (we had a bunny and a big egg cookie cutter), and printed out some ideas. And we also watched about 25 minutes of YouTube videos. Let me tell you….it’s NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS.
On our last day, we finally got the correct techniques down (both the consistency of the icing….and the piping) and got pretty speedy at it. We were very pleased with the results. Here they are, all wrapped up (fortunately the expert baker, IG, had the appropriate “treat bags”, the only ones I could find were all decorated…what’s the point of that w/beautiful cookies?). I took this at night, most of the “orange” is actually bright pink…alas color saturation was off.
And then, we put the whole shebang together. Kudos to the Iguana Man (*cough* chocoholic *cough) for the wonderful treats. Super happy with the results of the basket adventure. Did I mention there are now 1 lb. solid Reese’s bunnies? Who knew?
Sugar highs all around.
~ Blonde Gator