I realize it isn’t quite the 4th yet, but I wasn’t sure when I’d get the time to do this so I decided to just go ahead and post. This year I won’t be able to make it home to celebrate with my family so I wanted to do something fun to keep my spirits up.
I saw a recipe for these really cool firework sugar cookies from Martha Stewart Living. These cookies were not easy like the magazine claimed. The magazine said to simply pipe a circle leaving a decent edging and then “flood” the rest of the cookie with your white icing. Then you were supposed to pipette concentric circles alternating colors. Once you had all your colors on, the directions said to take a tooth pick and drag it from the center outwards working your way around the cookie. Hah. Yes, because that it SUPER easy as a beginner. It took me about 3 hours to frost and decorate the cookies alone. It was my first time using royal icing with meringue powder. The frosting was the consistency of elmers glue, which made it really tricky to work with. I was pipetting the frosting out of ziplock sandwich bags because I didn’t have a pastry bag for each color, let alone a tip for each. This made it tricky because the frosting came out unevenly and probably quicker than it should have. I also recognize that it was my first try, and I wasn’t going to be able to pipette perfect concentric circles, but I did my darndest. I also didn’t have a true red food coloring, so the red looks a little pinkish, I did a bit of color adjustment in photoshop so the red would be a little more accurate.
I will have a few more images of fourth of July themed baked goods coming here soon. For now enjoy my rendition of firework sugar cookies!
Oooh, even if they don’t look exactly like the Martha Stewart ones, they still look really cool!
My red food coloring always comes out pink, too. I think it’s the cheaper ones that do that, because my mom’s red food coloring usually comes out the right color, but she’s a cake decorator. hehe
Thanks Brandi! Yeah, I do have the food coloring gel paste but it is only Wilton brand. I’m sure there is something even more fancy and professional out there. Maybe your mom would be willing to make a cake for me if I bought all the supplies?? 😛
Shar! Don’t go Stepford Wife on us! The cookies are amazing and they’re gorgeous. Even better, no 2 are alike, just like fireworks. Each firework is unique in the way it blossoms in the sky, even those of the same kind. Speaking of fireworks-
We’ll light off a few in your honor tonight. 😀
Thank you Laura! I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you all!