Aren’t these sweet cookies? I think they are adorable, if I do say so myself. The best part is that they weren’t hard to decorate– at all!! I am a beginner when it comes to icing and decorating cookies & cakes. A definite novice with an interest in learning more. I picked up a book on cake decorating at the library this week and came across the basket weaving technique. I pictured trying it out on a layered cake, with the sides covered in a basket weave pattern and picture-perfect chocolate eggs sitting on top…then I realized that icing a round cake with that pattern for the first time might be challenging. I do best if I start small, gain confidence, then move on to bigger ideas the next time. The cake will wait until another time. I need to practice first!
I gave the pattern a try on a piece of bread. It’s much easier to grab a piece of bread instead of baking up a batch of cupcakes for icing practice. It’s also better on my waistline! I got the basic hang of the basket weave and thought I could manage it on a cookie.
I came across this cookie cutter yesterday and immediately realized that my idea of an Easter basket cookie was NOT an original one– it is pictured right there on the front! Oh well, it is eye-catching and perfect for the season so I went ahead as planned.
I used refrigerated store-bought cookie dough for ease this first time through. The cookies baked in 12 minutes, cooled and I was ready to try my hand at icing them. These are the two icing tips I used– the basket weave tip and the grass (or hair) icing tip.
Start with one horizontal line of icing. Space out vertical lines across the width of your basket.
Continue to the next row by adding another solid horizontal line of icing at the base of your vertical lines. Fill in the gaps by placing vertical bars of icing that overlap your horizontal line.
Continue to the bottom of your basket.
Create a basket handle with a line of icing around the top.
Add some “grass” with green icing using the grass tip. Squeeze the icing such that a small bit builds under the tip then pull upwards to create the pieces of grass. Dab dots of icing on some jellybeans and add them as the eggs to your Easter basket.
I linked up to http://www.shabbynest.blogspot.com/2012/03/frugal-friday_22.html
and to www.skiptomylou.org
and to http://www.somewhatsimple.com/blog-link-party-with-giveaway-from-appliances-online/
and to http://livelaughrowe.blogspot.com/2012/03/live-laugh-linky-thursday-3.html
and to http://www.abakershouse.com/2012/03/easter-basket-cookies.html
and to http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2012/03/28/hookin-up-with-hoh-93/
and to http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/
and to http://www.sugaranddots.com/
and to http://www.thecraftedsparrow.blogspot.com/2012/04/welcome-to-1st-ever-link-party-at.html