Cookie Decorating

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Have you ever heard cooks say that we first taste with the eyes, then the nose, and then finally the mouth. This, of course, means that before anyone has tried your food by putting it in their mouth, they got a “taste” of it by smelling the food’s aroma, and before that, taking it in visually. Well, producing a food which appeals to the tongue and taste buds has never been a problem for me. Where, I often fall short is in the visual presentation of the recipe, especially if it involves dessert decorating.

I could blame it on my arthritic hands, but I’ve been baking long before rheumatoid arthritis settled in, and the decorating has always been an issue for me.  Maybe I’m too impatient and am rushing when I don’t realize that is what I am doing.  Anyway, I suppose I haven’t worried too much about it, since, as I said, people complement my baking and eat everything I make.  Even when I point out a mistake, people respond something to the effect, “Hey, it tastes good, and that’s what matters.”

Here are photos of cookies I made last week.  They are Duncan Hines Key Lime cookies with Pink lemonade frosting and Wilton decorative sprinkles. I had this cookie mix in the pantry, and knowing it was not part of my new restricted diet, I decided to make the cookies and bring them to work for others to enjoy.  They were a big hit.

I added the silly smiling mouth under the mustache, and it ended up looking like a worm is crawling on his face.

I added the silly smiling mouth under the mustache, and it ended up looking like a worm is crawling on his face.

 

 

The poor lady in the foreground - she kept getting knocked by other cookies on the platter.  Even with surgery, she ended up with wrinkles and scars.

The poor lady in the foreground – she kept getting knocked by other cookies on the platter. Even with corrective surgeries, she ended up with wrinkles and scars.

A couple of failed attempts at making hair.  I used silver sprinkles on one, hoping it would look like grey hair.  (Does it? I didn't think so.)  Several of the mustaches broke, and I tried using some of them together to make hair.  Looks more like eyebrows and {who knows what} in between them.

A couple of failed attempts at making hair. I used silver sprinkles on one, hoping it would look like grey hair. (Does it? I didn’t think so.) Several of the mustaches broke, and I tried using some of them together to make hair. Looks more like eyebrows and {who knows what} in between them.

The simpler the better, right? Just glasses and a 'stache.

The simpler the better, right? Just glasses and a ‘stache.

This one I blame on the Wilton company. Her lazy eye was due to a “birth defect” at the candy factory.

 

The law of averages held that  eventually one of the cookies would turn out all right.

The law of averages held that eventually one of the cookies would turn out all right.

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One thought on “Cookie Decorating

  1. Yes, Mr. , I easily could have eaten all the decorated face cookies decorated with
    Jelly Bellies.. Now, don’t laugh, my first time in many a year, I’m decorating Easter eggs. You should send me great tips? yes!

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