The Freshman Cook: Cookie Journey Last Thursday!

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This post is really last Thursday’s Cookie Journey post. Last Thursday was such a bad start to the weekend for me that I got a little delayed in posting these cookies. As it starts to get warmer in the desert, I start to have major allergies. They pretty much knock me down, and every year it takes a couple days to get it together. So, now that I am back to myself again, I will also post our Cookie Journey tomorrow also, so we will be caught up, and on schedule!! I wanted to make some spring time cookies because I love spring colors, and I came across some mini melt mints that I couldn’t resist, and I wanted to use them somehow.

 Hello Spring! Cookies

When I first starting making these cookies I started with this:

and I added this to the top:

These are the mini melts, but I left them whole, except 

for a couple in the middle, but I didn’t like the look of the

whole melts and I didn’t particularly like the white icing.

I thought maybe I would try to use the colors of the mini melts.

After all, these are the spring colors I loved in the first place.

So I outlined the first cookie in pink. But instead of just straight pink

I thought I would try something different.

I squeezed all the white frosting from the pastry bag,

and filled it with pink frosting, without making sure the

white frosting was all out. I outlined the cookie, and ….

then filled it in like we did in one of our first posts. I love the look! We might want to remember this if we do any tie dye 60’s cookies in the future! Then I took two mints in each color, and chopped them into very small pieces, and … centered them in the middle of the cookie! I actually chopped the mints before I decorated the cookie, so I would be ready to put the pieces on the cookie while it was still wet. I only used about half of what I chopped. I used the rest for the next cookie. Then I made a yellow cookie, and…
decorated it with the chopped melts.
And, you know I had to make a green one.
These are all the colors of the melts. I think they turned out pretty good. Here is one important thing I learned: Remember when we talked about filling

in the frosting? I discovered that the outline of the pink cookies show

too much for my liking. I prefer the smooth to the edge look. The outline showed because, #1-It is very dry here, and everything dries too quick, and #2-while I was filling in the petals on one side of the cookie, the outline was drying. So when I frosted the green and yellow cookies, I outlined them, and then filled in going around the entire cookie, essentially filling in the entire cookie at one time, instead of a section at a time. I hope that makes sense! I really thought the filling would be more effective doing it section by section, but it is not. That is what this cookie journey is all about~discovering what works, trying to figure out why, and then practice, practice, practice until we get it right. I know we can do it!! Tomorrow is Cookie Journey Thursday again, and I’m thinking St. Patrick’s Day cookies!! Thanks for joining me!

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