preppy cookies

These cookies came about in a roundabout way. While I’ve lived in Washington DC for most of my adult life, I grew up in New Jersey. My family is from a tiny, tiny, and I mean, tiny, town on the Jersey shore, so we are very connected to all things beach. My great grandfather was a lighthouse keeper (you can see a picture of my great grandfather, William Lake, HEREstanding by the lighthouse, along with my great grandmother and my grandfather as a boy).

So in searching for cookies to make my mom for Mother’s Day, given I make her cookies every year and am running out of ideas, I rummaged through my many beach-themed cutters and found a tiny alligator. This alligator reminded me of the IZOD logo, which reminded me of the ’80s, which reminded me of pink and green preppy.

See? Roundabout. And I got very, very far from the beach theme. Alas, her birthday is in a few weeks. And since she reads my blog, I just ruined her surprise. Hmm.

Forgive my lack of tutorial. I promise when my days aren’t filled with so very many things to do, I’ll write up lots and lots of tutorials. Instead I’ll offer some tips for making these. I used my mini alligator cutter, of course, as well as a 1 1/2 inch circle cutter. I made my sugar cookie dough and my royal icing. I tinted royal icing with my favorite coloring, Americolor soft gel pastes (Electric Pink, Electric Green, Leaf Green for the alligator, and Bright White and Super Black for his eyes), then piped the designs using size “2,” “3” and “4” decorating tips. For tips on finding supplies CLICK HERE. For tips on finding cookie cutters CLICK HERE. For tips on finding food coloring CLICK HERE.

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  1. Hillcrest Acres says

    Love, love, love the cookies. As soon as I saw the alligator cookie photo in my blog roll, I had to stop by. Izods were the "thing" to wear when I was in junior high. I loved the gator back then and I still love it today. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jacqui says

    What a great story and I absolutely love those cookies and many of your other creations…thanks for sharing!

  3. SweetSugarBelle says

    I love cookie jars and mini cookies!!!

    I was going to say, in my day, my little gators didnt cost NEARLY what they do now!

  4. Paula says

    Isn't it funny where inspiration for our cookies come from? Even though her surprise will no longer be a surprise, your Mom will love the fact that you made her gift and I love the 80's preppy theme that you did come up with.

  5. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    super super cute! I agree with the other lady, 80's flashback w/ the little gator reminds me if the IZOD logo! I wore whatever was on sale at Kmart however.

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