So..... my second cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies came out a few weeks ago (woo-hoo!), and I'm obviously a bit tardy posting about it on this blog. Fall, 2013 has shaped up to be one heckuva busy season, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon. I have become Starbucks' best customer lately, although you wouldn't know if since they still can't spell my name correctly on the cup.
Psst......barista: It's J-U-L-I-E, not "June", not "July", not "Joolee". Yes, each of these misspellings once adorned my venti-skinny-extra-hot-latte cup. Sigh. Onward.
So anyhow, back to the book. Sorry. Don't get me started on my coffee.
If you've read this blog for a while, you know that I've been decorating cookies for years, both for special events and just for fun. I've learned that people love the idea of decorating cookies but they are intimidated by the process. The great thing about this book is that it takes you through the cookie-creating process step-by-step, including instructional photos for each step, tools needed and cooking decorating resources. My intention was to make the book a perfect fit for both decorating newbies and those a bit more comfortable holding a piping bag--I hope that I've succeeded!
OK, so there's my "pitch." I'm very proud of this book, and hope that you enjoy it too if you decide to get a copy. There are a wide variety of cookie designs for all occasions, from weddings to children's birthday parties to casino nights (hey, I'm from Vegas) to a girls' night out.
And of course, there is a big seasonal section including holidays, such as Halloween.
These adorable Mummy Trick-or-Treater Cookies are one of my favorite designs, and they are great if you don't have much experience working with fondant or royal icing. They would make a fun favor for a Halloween party or, as noted , you could even incorporate the decorating into a party activity.
I made these cookies using my Vermont Maple Sugar Cookie dough recipe, published below, from the book, but you can certainly substitute a basic sugar cookie recipe instead. Also below are a few helpful step-by-step photos to accompany the instructions, but of course you can find a more complete set in the book.
Enjoy and happy decorating!