Canadian Themed Maple Cookies

I’m working with international students this summer in Montreal, and made a batch of “Canadian” cookies for a farewell ceremony. Though I’m not crazy for sugar cookies, I do looove decorating them, so I’ll gladly jump on any opportunity that comes along. I used maple syrup in place for agave in these for that extra-Canadian kick.

I drew out an outline of a loon shape and piped a whole bunch of birds onto sheets of waxed paper the day before baking. I always make LOTS of extras since they are quite prone to breakage. Especially with small protruding bits like the beaks and tails on these.

loons - steps

I flipped through a whole bunch of sugar cookie recipes to frankenstein one I liked and went on a late-night baking spree. Without air conditioning in the apartment, I like to avoid turning on the oven during the day. With the loons dry and ready to go, the rest of the decorating was a breeze: I just flooded the cookies with a 10-second icing (#3 tip), and drew the maple leaf outline with a #1 tip wet-on-wet, then placed the loon right on top. (Click here to read about royal icing consistencies.Once everything was dried, I personalized the cookies with all the students’ names.

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Summer Baking – Cookies and Cream Puffs

Mother's Day 2013

A Mother’s Day Cookie box that was quite challenging to make but a fun project nonetheless, and very much worth it. If you’d like to give it a shot, check out this tutorial from SweetAmbs.

Phineas and Ferb Cookies

Phineas and Ferb cookies for a friend’s birthday. Yes, I know it’s a kids’ show, and my friend did turn 20, but Phineas and Ferb is some seriously good television programming that I highly recommend to everyone (psst, it’s on Netflix).

Cream Puffs

Cream Puff Swans – filled with a very tasty mixture of whipped cream folded into creme anglaise. My mom used to make these swans all the time when I was a kid and I finally got to learn how to make them. The next opportunity I find a reason to fill up on custard and choux pastry, I’ll be sure to take some photos and upload a recipe. Until then, knock yourself out with this delicious creme anglaise recipe from Bon Appétit.