You know I love making cookies. (PLEASE tell me that is not a surprise at this point.) Some days I love sketching the designs very best. Some days mixing colors is my favorite thing in the world. Some days I'm most in love with the details that take my very mediocre and slightly disturbed design and turn into a cookie that people won't run from screaming. Oh! And you *know* I love smudging up a cookie. And when I see those cookies all laid out together on a platter like so many blossoms of a perfect spring hydrangea...I just can't wait to do it all again!
Sometimes though... I kind of hate making cookies. I hate the dish washing. And the late night baking because I COMPLETELY forgot about those cookies until the second before I slipped into the oblivion of sleep. Sometimes I don't want to go digging through my endless and utterly disorganized cutter bins to find a cutter that I might not even have. And WHY do red and blue food color not always make purple??!!! And don't even get me started on icing consistency and my lack of patience to achieve perfection before ruining half of the cookies which of course leads to another round of late night baking...this time with burnt cookies because I fell asleep and didn't hear the timer. And the icing on my clothes that I never notice until I'm in public somewhere....
So imagine my surprise at a set of cookies that were truly fun to make through every single step. Every one of them. It might be a miracle. Let's sell them on ebay.
And even better -- I got to snag the design from my cousin's fantastic paper creation blog -- Simply Pam's Creations for our monthly Cookies and Cards design exchange! (I make one of her designs into cookies and she makes one of my cookies into a card! Yeay!)
They are so so fun! Want to try?!
1. Print out your silhouette and tape it to the back of a baking sheet. Draw a geometric outline outside of the silhouette. I chose the same shape as my cutter, but you could also do a rectangle or oval. Cover with wax paper. Outline around the silhouette and fill to the outline. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
2. Outline and fill a cookie with the background of your choice. Use the thickest icing possible for your design because you don't want the color to bleed through your transfer.
3. Quickly drop your transfer into the center of your cookie. Press down gently to push the icing up just a little through the center of the silhouette.
4. Outline around the transfer with a medium consistency icing and a #3 tip. (Wouldn't these be SO cute for a baby shower?!)
See what cookie my cousin made into a card HERE.
Learn the wooden plank technique in February's McGoo U class HERE.
Find another great silhouette project HERE at SweetAmbs.