Several months ago (I’m embarrassed to say exactly how many months), I reached out to awesome baker and blogger at Bake at 350, Bridget Edwards, about her new book, Decorating Cookies. Her editor was kind enough to send me a copy. Oh, there were happy squeals when Mr. USPS delivered it. In a case of six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Bridget’s sister married my best guy friend from high school. And, she has a strong connection to the new Catholic high school in Houston, Frassati Catholic. You know, the one I designed the school shield for? We just happen to both know and love a certain Dominican Sister named Sr. Anna Laura. Ok, I’ll stop. It’s all just so crazy.
Back to sugar and rolling pins. I loaned the book to a friend who made some bee-utiful cookies for my daughter’s First Communion, using some of the tips in Bridget’s book. I told you they were stunning. Somehow, we all brought ourselves to eat them. I know, just call me St. Kathryn with all that martyrdom.
Last week I finally overcame my Wilton tip and royal icing fear and got to baking.
Bridget has some great tips (pun intended) for making delicious and pretty cookies. I mean, if they don’t taste good, might as well mark it down as an #epicfail. Oh, you knew I’d find the page with owls. I’ve made many a sugar cookie recipe, but finally got so frustrated with the crumbling, that I just ended up purchasing the store bought sugar cookie dough.
The ones I made tasted amazing. And that isn’t just because of my mad baking skills. Bridget’s instructions were not only helpful, but she troubleshoots for you. It’s like she knows you’re going to give up and then she throws you a life preserver. She’s so smart.
The book lists some necessary tools to have in the kitchen, which I really liked. I mean, you can go all Pioneer Woman or you can just be Sally homemaker, depending upon your patience level, love of baking and number of children shouting “mom.”
I’ve got some work to do in the icing department. No pictorial proof of that learning lesson, but I will say that Bridget’s advice of buying meringue powder at a kitchen supply store versus a craft store is warranted. It probably didn’t help that my powder *may* have been a couple of years old. Details. Aren’t you loving those Dia de los Muertos cookies above? Just in case you’re wondering, those are iced on NUTELLA cookies. Yep, that recipe is in the book, too.
If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend who loves to bake, or if you just want to get a little fancy in the kitchen with your cookies, get yourself over to Amazon. If you’re not already reading her blog, go ahead and gain a few pounds while loving on the photos. I may have found a fun new hobby. Scott has volunteered to eat my mistakes.
Ah, that’s love.
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my review, but y’all know me well. Opinions are 100% mine.