Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fleur De Lis Cookies

First off..
I feel like I'm about to eat my words with my Mom.
She was so crafty and domestic when I was growing up and was always trying to teach me things.
I had no interest whatsoever.
She was cake decorator extraordinaire among other things.
I'm getting into it.
Not cakes.. but cookies.
Or, at least I think?

Before I start..
If you're new here you may not now but I'm obsessed with Fleur de Lis.
Notice my blog?
Giving that...
My Mom bought me this cookie cutter for Christmas.
She figured, aside from cookies I could use it to cut finger sandwiches for parties.
After deciding we were going to have a Mardi Gras themed Super Bowl party I just knew I had to use the cutter to make cookies!!
As I mentioned yesterday, my neighbor is a quite the baker!
So, she agreed to help me make sure these cut out cookies were perfect!
(Just so you know, I'm good a drop cookies not cutouts~)
Friday night she came over and helped me
She advised me that when working with sugar cookie dough you have to keep it chilled.
So, I only made a few cookies at a time and put the dough back into the freezer.
Then, after cutting them out I put them into the fridge for a short time because she told me if not they might 'swell'.
So, here's what I came out with.
We left our task of making the icing and decorating to Saturday night.
I was going to try and do it alone but after looking at LeAnne's recipe I got intimidated and made her come over and guide me through.
Our other neighbor, Shannan, helped as well.
I decided on green and yellow icing.
I wanted purple but didn't feel like running to the store once again so I used what I had in the house.
The icing is a mixture of meringue powder, sifted powered sugar and water.
Which, just so you know, meringue powder is a bitch to find in stores.
You pretty much have to buy it in a store with a Wilton section.
The first step is making a border on your cookies using an icing bag and fine tip.
LeAnne assures me that it takes practice to get this down to a pretty fine line.
Mine is pretty shaky.
The second step is to add a few teaspoons of water to the icing to fill in the border and smooth on the cookie.
Not too bad but I wasn't overly pleased.

That's when I remembered that I had some green sparkles leftover from Christmas cookies that we added.
Not too bad for my first time at this!
I was so proud!
The yellow didn't turn out as good but, again, my first time!
I let them dry overnight and then the next morning put them in treat bags and wrapped up with a bow for party favors!
Aside from the cookies I made, LeAnne made football cake pops to be used as party favors for our Super Bowl party too!
Aren't they adorable?
Today, she has posted a 'how to' on making these pops.
So, there you have it!
My first attempt at 'real' cookie making.
I'm already planning on the next ones I'm going to make and give as gifts.
Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day then crosses for Easter!
Maybe this is my new 'thing?'
We will see!
Sure is time consuming but it's so fulfilling to see your cookies in the end!
Are any of you really into this type of baking?


MCW said...

They are a million times better then our Christmas cookies. I used my finger to spread the icing!

I Do Declare said...

The tips about the dough are really helpful. If I ever get the nerve to try again, I'll remember that. I'm a terrible baker b/c I'm just not good at all with being precise...with anything! Y'all did a great job!

Megan said...

Here was my first attempt....


the clear empty squirt bottles help too!

i haven't done it since then though because it was so time consuming!

Yours look awesome!!

Annie said...

Amen to you. I cannot bake worth a hoot!

Ashley said...

I think they came out so cute! The more you make them the better they will be! I love them!

donatelli98 said...

Great job! I agree the whole cookie thing takes lots of practice. I think I may do some as party favors for Bia's party.

Hopsy said...

Your cookies look GREAT!! Sugar cookies are funny, you really do have to practice to get that icing perfect (at least I have had to) but in time yours will start to look even more perfect. Great job!

Mrs. Potts said...

I think your cookies look great! I'd eat them & ask for seconds ;)

Impulsive Addict said...

I think they turned out fabulous. Of course, it you wanna mail me one, I'd be happy to give it a proper taste test! ;-)

Monica said...

I'm very impressed with your cookie skills! I'd eat every one of those cookies if I could! They look delish and so nicely decorated!

April of Smidge Of This said...

I think those look fantastic. I've always wanted to give icing sugar cookies a try!

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

You are my new cookie hero! Come to Cali and show me how?

henning love said...

what a great idea to use the cookie cutter for tea sandwiches too. those cookies look so yummy, wish i was attending your party

Leigh Powell Hines said...

You did a great job with the cookies. They seem hard, and you make them look easy.

erica said...

Oh my gosh how cute are these cookies and I love how you decorated the table! xo