University of Florida

Had a request to make cookies for a young lady heading to the University of Florida.  How can you say no to a GATOR? Because I needed a very quick turn around on making these cookies,  I opted for some logos using simple edible pens and stencils to compliment the traditional royal icing decorating.

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Succulent

Oh succulent.  Adjective v. noun.  Dessert v. desert…. A prickly topic to be sure.  Hopefully you think it is a win-win!

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These cookies started out with a basic white coating, including some dimension.  The shapes were hand drawn on to card stock and then cut out of dough by tracing those shapes with a knife.

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To get the sandy effect, I used a microplane/zester to gently trim up the sides (or spare cookie scraps); these trimmings were later sprinkled over the still wet icing of the base cookie. Thank you Rebecca Weld aka TheCookieArchitect for this “fitting” tip.  I ‘zested’ each cactus until perfectly flat on the bottom, so they could stand without the aid of icing/support on the base cookie.

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After the cacti were painted and dried, I used stiff royal icing (colored with ivory and a dash of egg yellow) and a butter knife to coat the long base cookie.  The cactus were quickly set in place and sprinkled with the “sand.”

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I did place toothpicks behind the cactus for support (but they stood on their own without).  I had to transport them upright and I didn’t know if I needed that assurance…

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The Cactus flower is also edible.  I painted some edible wafer paper yellow, let that dry, & then cut a continuous inward circle  (tons of how-tos on the web).  Little dabs of water made the edges stick together as I wound it into a flower.

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One Smart Cookie

I have had the pleasure of meeting a LOT of bright and clever people over the years.  This young graduate is no exception.  Lauren has interned in a hospital already…and that’s before she heads off to a pre-med program at university!  Although her biology and chemistry acumen takes a major role of her life,  I threw in a few other interests that keep her busy (swimming, being from Buffalo, and graduating) as well.  Luckily, Lauren has a kind disposition and is forgiving of my love for word play….

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Uncle Sam and Miss Independence

Go 4th and celebrate! Here’s to a folksy Independence Day (and by that , I mean I hope you celebrate with some folks that you really enjoy)!

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