I made these cookies as part of a birthday present for my niece’s seventh birthday. Seven years goes by in a flash. She’s the oldest of my nieces, and I remember her resting on her Boppy like it was yesterday. This little girl eerily reminds me of myself as a child. Partly because she’s so kind, responsible and impressively aware of others’ feelings (did you catch that self-congratulation there?). But also because I recognize her compulsion to draw. I was exactly the same way. I doodled and drew and copied cartoons, too… I could whip up a mean Garfield. Since I sadly had to miss her art-activity-filled birthday party this year (I wanted to go just as much, if not way more, than my own daughter), I decorated these “Make Your Own Art” canvas cookies for her. Design your own canvas cookies? I can’t think of just the right name. The cookies were accompanied by a set of edible markers, of course, so she can draw her own sweet art on the canvas.
To make these, I cut out rectangles from my cookie dough. Then I prepared my royal icing and tinted it white, black and gold using my trusty Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Egg Yellow and Super Black). Then, I prepared two disposable decorating bag with couplers and tips, one with a size “3” and one with a size “4.” I filled the decorating bag with the “3” tip with black and the one with the “4” tip with the gold, and tied closed tightly with rubber bands. To decorate, I outlined the rectangle and frame with black and let set. Then I thinned the white icing a bit, filled an empty decorating bag, snipped a bit off the tip, and flooded the center with white icing. I piped to fill the frame with gold icing. (For basic cookie decorating how-tos click HERE.) Let the cookies sit at room temperature uncovered overnight until they dry very well before packaging. Include a set of edible writers with the gift.
Happy birthday to my sweet and creative niece!!!
Lookie what she made!
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