The launch of the second book in the Inspector Ramirez series, The Poisoned Pawn, is right around the corner. Last year, my pal and neighbour, Lynn, made 12 dozen sugar cookies for the launch of The Beggar’s Opera (can you imagine? What a great friend.)
She baked rectangular sugar cookies, iced with them with black icing and sprinkles to look like asphalt, and decorated them with a white icing outline of a chalk outline figure. Needless to say, they were a big hit, and we packaged them up in a plastic bag with some bookmarks and handed them out like party favours. (A year later, one of my colleagues at work still has hers; she thought it was too pretty to eat.)
This year, while Lynn will be helping out out at the event on February 20th, she doesn’t have time for anything of that nature. Her ever-helpful husband, Nicholas, however, let me use his US mailing address to order a chalk outline cookie cutter from a company there, and this is the result of last night’s experiments!
(By the way, if you click on the link to the company, you will see that the cookie cutter I received was far more detailed than the one on their website. I found that the hands kept breaking off, so I pulled the copper a little to make more space and that problem was solved!)
These cookies were easy to make. A basic sugar cookie recipe I found on-line eventually worked out, although I discovered it actually required three eggs, rather than the one egg specified. What is that old saw that good cooks always hold back one ingredient when they share their recipes? Sigh.
I have no idea how to make royal icing that won’t run, so I purchased a little bag of pre-made icing for $ 3.29 at Superstore. The bag comes with an attached tip that you can cut to whatever size you want. The packaging claimed that when the icing dries, the cookies can be stacked, which I verified this morning.
That little package is only half gone so I would guess it’s enough to decorate probably three or four dozen cookies. When I look at the cost of icing sugar and all the paraphernalia that goes with decorating cookies, I’d say that was money well spent. (It comes in different colours too!) I cut the tip to make a very fine line, and that worked out well.
Next: mini-cupcakes with a Cuban flag rice paper decoration!