Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mad Science Beaker Cookies


Tomorrow is the big day friends. What?! You don't know? That's okay. I'll tell you. Settle in. It's a good story.

Once upon a time, I lived in South Korea. And I started making cookies because I had a tiny oven and I pretty much had no other choice as it would be impossible to bake anything else like 12 tier cakes or 2 loaves of bread at the same time. And then I wanted to buy cookie cutters, but they don't sell them anywhere in South Korea. (Well, to be fair, they do sometimes sell them at the grocery store that was in the next town over. But it took 45 minutes to drive there, plus 20 minutes of children loading/unloading on each side. So when you add those together, it took like 3 days to get to this grocery store that only sometimes sold cookie cutters.)

So my only option was to order things from this little box that sits on my lap. My children like to call it "the computer store." But since I am driven by impulse and not reason, I rarely order cookie decorating things from the internet. I just can't handle waiting for them. I want them NOW. You know, because I need to make a cookie with them in 7 minutes. And if I wait 1-2 weeks for the supplies to arrive and then make the cookie, then some other incredibly talented cookie maker would have already created my dream. And it would have been a prettier dream than mine. With sparkly pink sugar clouds and a beautiful, haunting melody playing in the background while happy children frolic in meadows of golden sunshine.

Fast forward, fast forward, fast forward. Blah, blah, blah... uninteresting parts... tomorrow!! I have heard a *rumor* that there is a Baker's Market here in South Korea. A giant market with hundreds of vendors, selling more cookie cutters and icing tips than I could count in a day. Yeay!! Our hopes are up!! We are excited!! (Collectively, you and I are excited. Aren't you?) But...this market is located across the country from me. (Hopes dashed to pieces.) However... (the plot twist that you didn't expect)... I have also most recently been informed that there is a min Baker's Market RIGHT HERE in this town I just moved to!! I got directions from two different people and triple checked the subway maps and I am determined to discover this little treasure tomorrow!! Apparently, I will know it when I see it because the sign out front reminds someone of a giraffe. Only its not a giraffe. (<-- legitimate directions in South Korea that I actually find extremely helpful.)

So....between now and then... do you want to know how I made the Mad Science Beaker Cookies? (Please say yes.)


1. I used THIS RATTLE CUTTER and cut off the knobby parts at the bottom before baking.
2. Outline the test tube using thick black icing and a #2 tip.
3. Make a blob of white icing just above the test tube. (In case you are wondering this little cloud of icing sounds like "poof!") (Seriously, just listen to it.)
4. Cover with white sanding sugar or sugar crystals or you can just leave it alone if you like. I used sugar crystals.


5. Fill in the top of the test tube with 15 second white icing. Let that dry for at least 30 minutes.
6. Fill in the bottom of the test tube with some fun science-y color of icing.
7. Add some bubble dots in the neck of the beaker. Dip a toothpick in white icing and draw little shine lines in the bigger bubbles. Let everything dry for a few hours or overnight.
8. Using thick white icing and a #1.5 tip, add white shine accents on the beaker bulb. Grab some thick black icing and another #1.5 tip and add some explosion lines above the beaker.

If you don't hear from me within 48 hours it means that the sign turned out to be an ACTUAL giraffe. And it ate me.


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