Friday, April 30, 2010

Oh Baby, Baby, Baby (Cookies)

Alright... I guess I've put this off long enough.*

You may or may not remember when I lost my mind over some royal icing in a condiment squeeze bottle. Well... that went down while I was painstakingly (it really wasn't that bad) piping out the decorations for these subtle, white on yellow cookies.

But these were no decorate-for-the-heck-of-it cookies. No ma'am. These cookies had a purpose. An inspiration. A (horrors!) deadline.

My friend Katie is having a baby and my friend Blair was throwing a shower. So... the only smart thing for me to do for both of them was... well... bake.

And since I'd recently seen this post on monogrammed cookies, I thought I'd try my hand at some flowers and swirlies.

I think they turned out really well. The flooding (the yellow base icing) was not my best work. I let the piped edge dry too much before I filled the cookies in, so you can see where one stops and the other begins. Not an eye sore, I don't guess, but also not amazing.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that I had about an hour and a half to flood these cookies before I was picked up for a Project Runway finale festivus. I might have left the house in heels and a shiny blue dress, but I'm pretty sure I had some icing on my arm. You can take the girl out of the kitchen, but you can't take the kitchen out of the girl.

Anyway... the next day, the cookies were shoved in a big Ziploc bag for the 3 hr roadtrip to Katie's. They made it without incident and I think they went over pretty well.

If you want to know the details of how these cookies came to be, you can find it all right here.

Brownie Roll Out Cookies & Royal Icing recipes
Monogrammed Cookie tutorial

Oh... and I also helped the girls bake iced tea, margarita, and coconut lemon snowball mini cupcakes.

So... if you have a baby shower that needs catering... Call me. ;)

*It's an inside joke, but I'll let you in on it since we're friends. An admittedly odd friend's wife once prefaced her "Hi, I'm _______" with that very sentence. She had invited me to her house, but she made it extremely clear that meeting me was not high on her list of anticipated experiences. That fateful night still cracks me up. It ended worse than it began, if you can believe it.


Doll Face said...

1. Cute cookies. I'm one of those people that doesn't really like sweets (except for cupcakes, can you say "oralgasm?"), so they looked delicious without the frosting, but I will say, they are a-dorable.

2. I found the "post a comment" button much faster this time.

3. I would like to hear the long version of the inside joke story. It sounds way too interesting not to know.

Evan said...

I sincerely hope those last three cupcakes are three separate cupcakes. Otherwise, that would be a disaster.

Anonymous said...

Everything was perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love your guts!

Amanda said...

Of course they were three separate cupcakes. :) The different platters correspond with the list if you start from the cookies and move counter-clockwise. Did that make any sense?

Doll Face said...

I noticed the blog looking different last night. Its different, right?

Also, id like my 100 points please, baby, baby, baby...

Kate said...

Yeah, what about those of us who caught the bieber reference without your tag hint? I really want to call you out on how creepy your obsession with him is getting to be. Also..the layout...not your best but not the worst either. It's easy to read and makes you focus on the content.

You are definitely first on my list for my baby shower catering needs.

Amanda said...

Yeah... I did the blog change because smart phone kids (Doll Face included!) told me it was hard to navigate the last layout. I need a new header, for sure, but I'll have to wait for time and patience on that.

And... I am not obsessed with Justin Bieber. I'd call what I have... a fascination. Big difference. I'm obsessed with... shoes. And perhaps Paula Deen.

A Canadian Foodie said...

What a blast. I wish you DID live closer. It would be a riot to cook with you. My daughter is getting married - and baby shower goodies easily translate into wedding shower goodies... and your cookies should go pro! GORGEOUS!
The entire table looks lovely, and the young momsey should feel very loved, indeed.
Thanks for the ideas!