Serendipity cookies.

Serendipity cookies.

December 24, 2009

Cooking

Happy Birthday, Jesus! Happy Anniversary, Phil and Rachel!

Lloyd and I were going to drive to Missouri today (Thursday), but we’ve postponed our travel plans until the chicken inside me stops squawking about the weather. I officially hate traveling in winter weather. It’s not that I’m worried that I’ll die – I’m worried that we’ll have an accident and I will be uncomfortable. Stuck and cold and quite complainy. Nobody wants that.

I made cookies to get into the ol’ holiday spirit, but only because I wanted to decorate them. Several years ago I was making roll-out cookies (this was back in my Martha Stewart-worship days) and was frosting them the regular way. After a while I got tired of that, so I just dumped all the frosting into the bowl and dipped the rest. They turned out surprisingly lovely with a tie-dyed effect. (Keren, were you there? Maybe we were in Delta?)

I’ve decided that this is the only way to go. The official name for this method is the ‘You Will Waste A Lot Of Icing’ method. I make icing using this recipe: Dump some sugar in a bowl, add a splash of milk and a bit of vanilla, then stir. Add more sugar if too thin, more milk if too thick, back and forth, back and forth. Continue until you have run out of one or the other. Divide some out and add color, but leave a good portion of it white.

Now, on a small plate, dump a bunch of white frosting – almost enough to cover the bottom – then dollop the colors around it. You need this to be a little deep, but the colors will muddy up after 6 or 8 cookies and you’ll have to start over, so using a plate means less waste than using a bowl.

Ok, drop a cookie in.

Ignore the yucky pan.

Pull it up, let it drip

I photoshopped out the terrible spots on my fingers and they still look bad.

Flip it over, let dry.

You. Are. Done.

That's right, there are dinosaurs in there.

Aren’t you the hero now? Massive visual appeal for absolute minimal effort.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Serendipity cookies.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I like your Christmas dinosaurs. Merry Christmas! Rrrawwrrr!

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  2. Kristi Said on:

    Swirly yummy-ness! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Annette Said on:

    You said dollop. Haven’t heard that since the third cook, (dagn I hate it when I can’t remember names…was it Dorothy??)

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  4. Peggy Said on:

    Merry Christmas All!

    Those cookies look amazing! Once again, I think you have a big money maker on your hands. (and speaking of dinosaurs, one year when I was at BLS I did the showcase & had large cut-outs that I drew of the 3 wise men on camels. They were done as a silloutte, all in black. Another teacher there said, “I didn’t know the wise men traveled on dinosaurs.’ Hmmmpf.

    Have a wonderful day!!

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  5. Lloyd Said on:

    You guys would not believe the number of Christmas cookies that Brad can eat. He’s a Christmas cookie nightmare (which is good, because I prefer to get my Christmas cookie enjoyment from the looking).

    Reply

  6. Deborah Said on:

    Merry Christmas, my friends!

    Reply

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