March 30, 2012
So how did I come up with this pastel palette for Spring?
Spring Time M&M’s.
That’s right. Some people use paint swatches. Me, I go candy coated chocolates.
Which reminds me . . .
Go buy seasonal candy. Seriously. Stop reading this post and go get some NOW.
Trust me on this. Just do it!
While you’re gone I’ll play.
Did you get the M&M Bunny Mix? For the more socially-conscious I should probably mention that no bunnies were harmed in the making of the M&M’s. I’m actually a little surprised they don’t mention that on the packaging. Anyway, assuming that you listened to me this one time and followed my
orders suggestions, here’s why I felt it was important for you to stock up before there’s a rush on pastel-colored refined sugar.
Bunny Mix M&M’s are great for flower centers, shirt buttons, butterfly wings, gumballs in a gum machine, bedazzling the half-circles on scallop-edged cookie cutter shapes, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. And pastel Tootsie Rolls? Oh…where to begin?!?
How about adding dimensional butterfly bodies? You just need to soften the Tootsie rolls and then shape them before pressing them on to the cookie. I prefer unwrapping them and softening them in the microwave for about 8 seconds but if you’re trying to conserve energy just carry them around in your front pocket for about 4 hours. Wrapped.
Cute, huh? While I can’t speak for royal icing, glaze seems to adhere to the candy surface really well when piped on as added decoration.
If butterflies aren’t your thang, how about these cookies for Father’s Day?
How fun are those flags? I just warmed up a red Tootsie Roll, used a fondant roller to flatten it, cut the shape with a knife, added the numbers with black glaze and wrapped it around a large toothpick. And FYI, regular chocolate brown Tootsie Rolls are awesome for cookie decorating too!
And in case you’re wondering, I used a paint palette cutter for the putting green and when the cookies were still warm I used the end of a drinking straw to cut out the hole. AND the golf balls were covered with a coating of white glaze and after allowing the icing to dry for about 45-60 minutes I gently and repeatedly pressed the surface with the rounded end of a small paint brush. Like I said, just in case you were wondering.