Here are this year’s Fourth of July cookies. I’m really happy with how they turned out! Looking at these, then looking back at last year’s cookies I can see how far I have come and how much I have learned.
I have definitely learned how to better stage and photograph my cookies. Even if the cookies come out looking horrendous, I can stage them with pretty backgrounds and crop them in ways they will look great. (Not these….they turned out pretty great!) I have also learned a lot of different techniques that have improved my piping, the way I decorate and the way I can get the icing to perform.
I wouldn’t have learned any of this without the wonderful cookie artists that I share this wonderful cookie community with, and a little trial and error. I’m finding myself dreaming up different designs and techniques all of the time. Heck, I will see a design on a hand towel while I’m out shopping and think, “I need to cookie that!” Does that make me crazy……NO!!!! It makes me in love with what I’m doing!
I want to do more and challenge myself more! I want to see just how big of an impact I can make just from one cookie! It’s crazy to watch the statistics on the post of a cookie. Take for instance this checkered cookie above. I posted this cookie on Facebook and within 1 day it had over 1700 views, 60 likes and 25 shares (that I know of). The funny thing about this cookie is that it was a total ‘flop’ cookie. I had originally iced the cookie white and was going to pipe an intricate firework design on it. It was my last cookie of the night and I had just finished about 4 dozen before it. I started to pipe on the design and it just looked awful. I wiped it off and was left with a red / blue / brown smeared mess. I almost ate it, but though, “Hey, I can cover this up! But it has to cover the whole thing to work.” So I just started piping on alternating dots row by row. It wasn’t even until about the 4th row that I realized it was making a diagonal pattern. All of this was by mistake. But what I guess I’m trying to get across is that now I have this really cool cookie and I taught myself a new technique. I’m totally going to use that again to make different patterns and designs.
So now that you have seen all of my pretty 4th of July cookies from this year. Look at the cookies I made from last year and tell me if you can at least see some difference.
Thank you for listening to my late night ramblings. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and happy 4th of July! Make sure you leave me a comment, contact me through my website or facebook if you have any questions or suggestions!