One of my favorite movies of all times is “Shop Around the Corner.” It stars Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart. You might recognize the remake movie, “You’ve Got Mail.” I think I like it because it is set in a time where people wrote letters. Even though James and Margaret did not know who they were writing to until the end of the movie, it was still magical. There is something about getting a handwritten letter especially if it is from your sweetheart.
I am not romantic enough to write sweet love letters so I did it my way, cookie style!
I saw so many Christmas ornaments this year that were made from sheets of music and I liked it so much that I wanted to give it a try. These cookies might look hard to make but they aren’t. You just have to start!
Orange Outline Icing
Brown Flood Icing of the antiquing
White Disco Dust
2 Paint Brushes
Next, with the black outline icing, outline the hat.
With the white flood icing, flood the snowman.
I am going to show you how to do the music lines on this circle cookie with red paper behind it so you can see it a little better. Now for a quick tip, when I get a little distracted I sometimes flood more than I should and my icing oozes over the edge. It is easy to fix. I use the flat end of my handy dandy little Boo Boo Stick and remove the oozy icing. Now you have a good cookie again.
Now we are ready to add the lines while the body is still wet. I used a 0 PME tip but you can use a1. The goal is to make them as straight as you can but remember, there are going to be broken lines. See mine beside the big arrows? We can hide them with the music notes so take your time but don’t stress.
First of all watch this video by One Tough Cookie on how to pipe a straight line. Isn’t she good!
Touch the tip to the edge of the cookie and gently squeeze as you lift the tip away from the cookie keeping your eye on the spot where you want to end the line.
Let this dry for several hours or over night.
Now you are ready to make the notes. I have no idea what these notes are but in my head this is the greatest love song ever written or my cat walking across the piano keys (if I had a piano or a cat).
All you have to do is decide where you want the notes ( or need to hide blobs of icing or broken lines like I am doing in this picture) and make a dot with a stick on the right side and end it with a little flag. Make as many as you want BUT DON’T put them on the face. The eyes will look like notes and you don’t want his face to look all messy.
CONGRATULATIONS!! YOU DID IT!!! THE HARD PART IS OVER!!
Now lets have some fun!
With the red outline, outline the red on each end of the hat then flood with the red flood icing.
Next, add the eyes with the black outline icing or you can add royal icing transfer eyes.
Then, add the nose with the orange outline icing. Just make a squiggley line.
With the red outline icing, outline the scarf.
Now you can flood the scarf with the red flood icing and let this dry overnight.
Next, thin down the brown flood icing like this. When you get it the right consistency paint it on the entire snowman. You should only work with one at a time because it will dry fast. Remember, don’t use a lot of water because water is the enemy of Royal Icing. If the black icing smears a little it is ok for this project. It will just add character.
Now dip the dry paint brush into the disco dust and tap the brush over the snowman. This brush will not touch the cookie at all! Think of it as disco rain. Sprinkle until you get the amount you want and let the little guy dry. If you pour the Disco Dust on him you will not see all the hard work you have done. It will cover everything so use the brush.
I am going to try to work on making time to write some letters to friends and family. It really does make people feel good to know you took the time to think about them. I am off to buy some stationary and stamps!