Thursday, January 19, 2012

Where It All Started

Some of my best childhood memories are of the whole family baking and decorating cookies at Christmastime. My little sister and I would spend hours making fantastical creations, which didn't really look all that fancy. Our mom would make "the pretty ones" — the ones which were going to be served when guests came, the ones we weren't allowed to eat yet.

When my baby boy turned one in December, I was determined to make cookies for him myself; cookies that were "the pretty ones." I knew I had no shot at making a successful cake, so I ordered one and concentrated on the cookies instead. "Nugget" was (and is) into farm animals, so cows and goats galore were coming up. I labored for days making them, only to discover that my royal icing recipe was flawed and that the icing started to crystallize and change colors after a day or so. I also discovered that I had little natural ability. But I was staunchly determined I would make gorgeous farm animal cookies if it killed me. Here is what I ended up with:

December, 2011.

So, as you can see, not brilliant, but not terrible either. This is when the cookie bug bit me and I became resolved to learn how to really make beautiful cookies.

As with anything else, the key to mastering cookies is PRACTICE. Lots of it. Thank goodness my friends and family are big cookie eaters, because I have a lot of practice to go yet, before I can call myself a master.



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