Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Cookie Story

These cookies are the product of a story that I'm sure all of us know all too well. Glorious, wonderful, exciting and perfect cookie idea. It's basically brilliant and beautiful mixed together. You can't sleep because these cookies have to be made. You make the cookie dough with those little flutters of excitement in your stomach. (Well its that or you're hungry. So you eat some cookie dough just to be sure.) You roll out the cookie dough. Its so tempting to rush through cutting, but you take your time because these cookies have to be perfect. You mix up the icing. You eat some ice cream. (Because again, you have to make sure you keep up your strength.)

Then you start decorating the cookies. And slowly, slowly, you start to realize that something is a little wrong. And then a little more wrong. And then a lot wrong. And the cookies look NOTHING like that sparkly dancing vision in your head. And then you don't even want to finish the last of them because you hate them. And you just want to throw them in the garbage. But you don't because you are too upset to even touch them. (And because your husband would be super mad if he knew you threw away perfectly good tasting cookies for no reason other than the emotional turmoil they were causing inside you.)  And you cry yourself to sleep on the couch. And then in the morning, completely beyond your control, your hands take a picture of them and show them to dozens of unmet friends on the internet. Its an all too common tale, I'm afraid.

Right now I'm on book two of the series. It's where I vow to myself that I WILL make these cookies again and the next time they will look exactly like I imagined they would, except even better. Has anyone read this one? I'm anxious to know how it ends.

33 comments:

Yamber said...

I have no idea why you aren't in love with these cookies, I am! They look sophisticated with a touch of whimsy from the flowers. I wouldn't change a thing.

Always impressed with your skills!

conniebreon said...

The first thing I said to myself when I saw these was "Those are so pretty and I would love to have something like that for my Thanksgiving guests" I am glad you did not throw them away and that you posted a picture

the plaid cookie said...

You are hilarious...I don't know what you had in mind, but these are beautiful. I love the colors, and more importantly, the roses. I've had a thing about roses lately(and gourds)... I love em. I can't wait to see what it is that you had in mind.

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Are you kidding me? These are gorgeous. But I get what you are saying. Drives me batty! Sleep well tonight my friend :)

Michelle Bixel said...

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

linzy said...

Georganne I love that you posted this! Here I thought I was the only one with this book, lol! Please let me know how part 2 turns out :) I still like these BTW!

Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

Ok, you're a freak and I love that about you. These are beautiful, I love the colours! But I know how you feel. When you feel they aren't right, they never will be, no matter how many people tell you otherwise. The difference between you and I, I would eat the "mistakes", you post them LOL

Anita said...

What Karen said.

Freak.
Beautiful.

Heather said...

Just like Connie up there, I too was thinking these are lovely and would be great for Thanksgiving. I also know what you are talking about. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your work is always so creative and inspiring (no matter what your brain tells you) :)

Nisson Family said...

I LOVE these cookies! You are inspiring me to make a card w/ these. Yep, sometime in the next week or two this card will be made. Love it!

Pam
Simply-Pam.blogspot.com

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Even though I think these look nice I get where you're coming from. They just don't match the picture in your head and because of that you don't like them- although to anyone else they look great.

You'll get them next time!

Sherrene (The Sugar Tree) said...

These cookies are beautiful! They are so elegant. I love the rose detail. Thanks for sharing these!

sue said...

I know how you feel, but these are really nice:) I love the roses.

Misc Momma said...

You crack me up. I LOVE these. I think they're so unique. YET again. I can't wait to see your next attempt!

Andovercookiemama -Susan said...

I must be an idiot because I LOVE THEM! First thing out of my mouth was GORGEOUS! Really.

Brant Cookies said...

My first thought was what a beautiful orginal idea on fall cookies! I loe them!

Brant Cookies said...

Love them...oops!

Cookielady said...

You continue to crack me up. These cookies are gorgeous and so perfect for Fall. I love them. They are very elegant and not the fun whimsy ones you've been doing. I love them and am so glad you posted them. Can't wait to see what you had envisioned. Take care.

Paula said...

I'm so glad you posted these cookies. I think that they are very pretty, love the Fall colours. They would make lovely name place *cards* at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could write the names on with food colouring pens or royal icing. Isn't it funny when we create something that looks like nothing we envisioned and we don't much care for it but everyone else loves it ;)

Malinda said...

My first thought was that you did such a nice job with Fall colors and made them so pretty. I totally hear you on the Art side though. I stopped taking photos of any of my cookies because I thought they were not good enough. I almost threw out and 3 dozen order because I thought they looked so bad. I mailed them off and my friend that got them loved them. I always think my art should be better no matter what the project. So I understand. Just try to remember when you are crying on the sofa that no one else can see whats in your head and we all love what you made.

crumbsoflove said...

I actually think these are quite lovely and autumnal.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

LMAO and then some....I pinned these you crazy gal, they are AWESOME! We are all our worst critic ever but to us cookie LOSERS (or me...I should only speak for me, not other cookie losers) I could never even dream on making something like this. Every time I think of making some royal icing or "royal pain in the ass, give me a panic attack, take two xanax" icing I almost crap myself and then I put all the ingredients back and go suck my thumb in the corner. There that is my story and I am sticking it to it!

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

I'm so incredibly jealous of your ability to make gorgeous roses. I can't make even one. It's not possible. Believe me, I've tried and tried and tried and tried. It doesn't work for me and roses hate me. Your cookies are beautiful. They look like a perfectly wrapped gift with a beautiful rose on top.

Stephanie said...

I totally know how you feel! I'm trying Halloween cookies for like, the 30th time, and haven't posted anything on my blog because the awesomeness I dream up in my head isn't on my cookies! Ughh so frustrating!

P.S. Even though these aren't what you imagined, they are gorgeous.

The Partiologist said...

Really, I don't know what you had in your mind, they are gorgeous! I think maybe you have had a little to much sugar....take it from me. :) I would be thrilled with the outcome of these cookies!

The Sugar Tree said...

One word: hormones.

These are lovely.

Put a scoop of ice cream between two of them. I think you'll love them then.

Wonderful World of Math said...

I saw these and it made me think how pretty these would love on a table full of fall goodies!
I would love to know how you made the flowers on them!

Zulima (vamosalculete) said...

Pués yo estoy deseando ver tu nueva y mejorada versión, si es qeu las puedes mejorar. personalmente me han encantado, tanto por los colores como por la elegancia y finura del diseño, taanto que, con tu permiso, me llevo la idea.

Un besote, mi solete.

Vamosalculete.

The Cookie Corner said...

I totally hear ya! My head is frequently flooded with "cookie visions"! Many times what I take a picture of is NOT the vision I had in my head. I chalk it up to a learning experience!
When the "vision" and the "final product" match, I just smile.

I think these cookies are beautiful! I had a "vision" of them sitting on a lovely plate at my Thanksgiving dinner.

LilaLoa said...

You all are beautiful people! Next time I will take pictures of you instead of the cookies!

THE COOKIE CORNER, PAULA, HEATHER and CONNIE -- I didn't even think of using these cookies as place settings -- but that is SUCH a good idea!

THE SUGAR TREE -- Am I so transparent? Ice cream does make my little world go round. :)

CRISTIN -- I cheat and make roses out of fondant. I can NOT make flowers out of royal icing.

WONDERFUL WORLD OF MATH -- The roses are fondant. I just take a tiny rectangle and roll it up starting at the short side and then squeeze the bottom a bit and pinch it off. Each rose takes about 2 seconds to make.


ZULIMA -- Claro que si puedes llevar la idea!

Sue said...

Been there, done that! I wish my "failures" looked as BEAUTIFUL as these cookies! :)

Natalie said...

I like them! When you do your next ones, please photograph them beside each other so we can see the differences!

bellacakes said...

These are beautiful little Thanksgiving packages of happiness!! I love them! Try not to be so hard on yourself, you are amazing and we thank you for sharing all of your ideas with us!!

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