The year: 1985. The age: 13. My first year at Fisher Junior High. Middle school. Lockers. Homeroom. Pre-teen angst at its most dangerous. (Don’t ever take me back, Delorean time machine.) Leg warmers, lace fingerless gloves, Jelly shoes. Hair soaked in Aquanet. The Rubik’s Cube smashed in frustration. Reagan in the White House. The Breakfast Club and lipstick tricks. The Facts of Life and Tootie. Madonna and Cyndi and somebody stop me! Because I won’t on my own. I turned thirteen in ’85 in New Jersey. I should be studied as a relic of history. I don’t have any pictures of me from then to share, but this is pretty accurate likeness:
Or wait, maybe that’s just a picture of Molly Ringwald from Pretty in Pink, one of the best movie soundtracks EVER! And I looked nothing like that.
My niece is turning thirteen. Thirteen. Remember thirteen? Do you even want to? I have no idea what that even means today. Or what it will mean in eight years when my oldest turns thirteen. For me, it was anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt and longing for popularity with just a twinge of hope for future greatness, stuffed in Wigwam socks and a Forenza sweater.
My niece is way cooler now than I was back then though. Actually, she’s way cooler now than I am now. I think she’s going to be allllll right.
She’s having a sleepover with some girlfriends for her birthday. Now imagine what it will be like in the house that night. It’s zebra-themed, so she’s getting these cookies to share with her party gals. They match her colorful, zebra-print napkins. Yeah, like I said, I was never that cool, sigh.
Happy 13 to my beautiful niece!! I hope it’s a wonderful year.
to make zebra print cookies…
you will need:*
circle cookie cutter
disposable decorating bags
decorating tips, size 3
*Find the cookie cutter, decorating bags, couplers and tips in the craft store. You’ll need one bag, coupler and tip for each color you use. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. I used Bright White, Super Black, Turquoise, Electric Green and Electric Pink. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.
step one: Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill, roll out and cut out circles. Bake according to the recipe and let cool completely.
step two: Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your preferred colors. TIP: So I didn’t have to use more than one consistency of icing for flooding and outlining, I just made one, in-between icing. It was thick enough to outline without running off the cookie, but thin enough to lose the lines when filling. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing colors and close tightly with rubber bands.
step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe an outline on the cookie with a color of icing. Pipe the zebra print with the same color and let set at least 15 minutes. Pipe to fill in the color and white background. Let dry overnight before handling and packaging. Click HERE for basic cookie decorating how-tos.
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