Remember when I told you last week I was piping "2010" on one hundred sugar cookies?! Here's the finished product.
Aren't they fantastic?! I really like how they turned out with the white frosting and the red numbers, very eye-catching. This was a project and a half. While I would love to only tell you about my successes and have you think that we are oh-so-perfect in the cookie department, well, a lot of you just know me too well. In this case, I fought these cookies valiantly, but in the end, the cookies won.
We rarely advise putting the cut-out cookies on sticks, because of how fragile they can be once you start cutting the dough and decorating them. While we have been known to put a few cookies in the pots as accent pieces, that's about as far as we usually go. I know some of you are wondering why this is such a big deal, when "other" cookie places do this on a daily basis. The thing is, all of our cookies are baked fresh, same day, and as you've experienced, are wonderfully decadent cookies. They just don't have the thick volume of some of the mass produced cookies out there.
These stars were created for one of my favorite clients. She always has amazing ideas, and pulls every detail of a party together in a way that just makes me giddy. So when she showed me this bucket she had found for her graduation party, that she wanted the star cookies to fill, I just couldn't pass up the vision I had caught with her.
Unfortunately, back up a few sentences and read again, "the cookies won." These stars turned out fantastic, and I would still recommend them in a half a second for a party like this. But they did not like being on the sticks, and by the time I got them to my client's home, several of the cookies in the back were cracking.
The reality is, I was cracking too. I am a perfectionist at heart, and this was just unthinkable for me. But it was what it was, and my very practical husband reassured me a time or twenty that sometimes things just don't go the way we planned, and we have to make the best of it.
Thus the other reason this client is one of my favorite. Such a gracious, sweet woman, with a heart of pure gold. She still loved the cookies, cracks on some of them and all, and pointed me back to solid ground with a reminder that they're just cookies, and people are just going to eat them; so in the grand scheme of things with everything going on in the world right now, it really wasn't worth cracking over. You love her too now, don't you?
As much as I didn't want to share this story, and these cookies, with you all, it's a good bite of humble pie for me to do so. I do have to say, my family has been in sugar heaven with all of the broken pieces they've gotten to indulge in this week!!