Wow! Christmas is almost here! Here are some pictures of our Christmas Cookies and the story behind them…
I too often get caught up in the commercialism that unfortunately has overtaken the religious meaning of Christmas for many in Canada. The “fortunate” aspect is that my 10-year-old daughter and I started selling cookies for charity in September 2015 and we took advantage of the gifting spirit of others to create our largest production yet: more than 150 cookies of various sizes, ranging from 3 1/2″ to minis (1″).
We chose to do a simple set in traditional red, green and white, with some classic Christmas shapes. We tried a technique new to us, called “brush embroidery” in the cookie world, to create the snow on the trees. It was a bit more difficult/”fiddley” than I anticipated, but still turned out okay and added a nice 3-D texture to the tree cookies. I didn’t have quite the right brush described in my research on performing the technique (a small firm square bristled brush) which is used on edge, so that could have been a factor.
I recently gifted myself a Duff Airbrush system, purchased online from Golda’s Kitchen. This was our first opportunity to try it out. I knew time was going to be limited, so used it to put the wording on the plaques, using a stencil from The Cookie Countess and a Stencil Genie to hold the stencil in place. (This is substantially quicker than piping the words by hand.) It worked well, but one must be careful to hold the air brush gun almost upright to minimize spray spreading under the edges of the stencil. Unfortunately, even after allowing the cookies to dry 24 hours before packaging, some of the lettering was apparently not quite dry and the plastic adhered to and smudged some of the lettering. Next time I will make my icing more thick. I use Antonia74’s recipe, but add Wilton White-White Icing Colour to tint the white icing and I think it thinned out the flood too much. The plaque cookies were also a little under baked, to this may have added to the moisture problem.
Regardless, the cookies turned out well and were all purchased!!