My best friend, Jess, had a baby boy last December. He is now my godson and the main man in my life – we both couldn’t be happier!
Anyway, in October I hosted her baby shower. I had a vision – shades of blues, flickering paper lanterns, toys for centerpieces and food. Delicious food. Together it would be clean, crisp and my visionary dream come true.
With my recent baking escapades, I knew the dessert table had to be perfect – not to mention that Jess is a fellow lover of sweets! Since one of her personal favorites is s’mores (she once ate 7 in a single campfire sitting), I started there. After testing out a couple of recipes (none of which I loved), I decided on a graham cracker cupcake base, slathered with milk chocolate ganache and topped with slightly toasted mini marshmallows. Delicious and reminiscent – lovely combination!
Besides the cupcakes, I wanted the dessert table to include onesie cookies. I couldn’t find anything I liked online, so I figure I’d just make them. Since I had never made rolled sugar cookies, I set out to find the perfect recipe – firm enough to decorate, soft and chewy texture, great flavor. Well, easier said than done.
Two months and six recipes later – I had it! An almond sugar cookie, perfect for decorating and actually good enough to eat.
That decorating part, though. I wasn’t exactly sure where to begin. So I researched. And thankfully came across two of the greats – Bridget and Annie. By reading copious amounts of blog postings, I was ready to tackle those onesies.
At the time, I loved all of them. I was so proud that I pulled off decorated sugar cookies (did I mentioned I didn’t actually test run the decorating part before the big event? I never learn). They were a big hit.
Now, of course, I look at them and shutter a bit. The icing was thinned too much, my piping isn’t straight, some of my designs are erratic. But they still hold a special place in my heart. Plus, it’s always nice to see where it began.
This confirmed my passion for baking and forced me to acknowledge baking as my art form…