I took my girls grocery shopping.
In hindsight, the hostile goldfish cracker negotiations before they would agree to even find their shoes should have tipped me off. I conceded the "no food in the car" policy and they allowed me the privilege of wrangling their wiggling feet into shoes that really have no business existing, much less being worn in public.
I tried bribery. And distraction. And more snacks from my bag. I tried talking to them in a very serious, "I am not even kidding this time" voice. And we very nearly made it 3 steps inside the store before the melt downs started for real.
I didn't pick the RIGHT driving cart. Little P wanted to drive the OTHER SIDE. WHY couldn't she touch everything?! She need her stuffed animal. NO! The OTHER stuffed animal!!! And all the pudding. WHYYYYYYY wasn't the pudding in her mouth this very second?? And then my A girl started freaking out because Little P was so loud. And she started shouting, " MAH MAH MAH MAH!!" to try to drown her out. And then, my grandmother called. Right there in the cereal aisle. And I'm not entirely sure if she even knows how to leave a voice message. So I'm trying to shoosh the little ones enough so I could tell my grandmother that I would call her back, but she can't hear me because Little P suddenly needs to use the restroom, like 3 seconds ago and can't possibly hold it another 2 seconds and my A girl is freaking out because she does NOT want to get peed on and I just wanted a box of cereal for crying out loud!!!
As it turns out, my girls were SO out of control that even the store employees started trying to bribe them. I'm not kidding. And they didn't even bother with candy. They went straight for the helium balloons. And bananas. They weren't wasting any time. On the plus side, they also opened a new checkout lane just for us.
Needless to say, I had no energy for complicated cookies. So I made these little pie treasures. But after I made one... I had to try them out a few different ways. And now I can't decide which way I like them best -- gray or blue....brown IN the pie, or on top of it....decorated, or eaten... What do YOU think?
1. Outline and fill the bottom half of the cookie with a medium consistency gray icing and a #3 tip. You can let it dry or move immediately to the next step. It's up to you and your need for a nap.
2. Outline and fill the top half of the pie with a medium consistency tan icing. While the icing is still wet, add 3 dots of dark brown icing. Use a scribe tool or toothpick to drag the dots towards the top of the pie. Let dry for 3-4 hours.
3. Put a large round tip (like a #9) on some thick tan icing. Pipe a wiggly line for the pie crust across the cookie where the gray and tan icing meet.
4. Add stitch lines around the pie tin with thick white icing and a #1.5 tip. Pipe the steam detail at the top of the pie and call it a day. You deserve it.
See it in action here.
See how Semi Sweet decorated the same cutter HERE.