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Princesses and Pirate Cookies

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Pirate themed cookies

Pirate themed cookies

I know. I’ve been bad at keeping up with a regular post. I’ve also been extremely busy these past few weekends. So much so going back to work on Monday seems like a break.

Enough of the complaining. This post is about a set of cookies I made for Jo from work, you might remember Jo from this post. She’s awesome.

I made the cookies twice. The first time was a few weeks before I needed them, but I made them Friday night and didn’t put them in the freezer until Sunday. I’d managed to flood many of them Sunday night but the icing hadn’t quite set properly (even with being in the dehydrator) and the ziploc bag stuck to the surface. So between worrying about the mottled surface and the freshness, I tossed the lot.

Onto a new batch. I still made them ahead of time, earlier in the week I needed them for but put them straight into the freezer. I still had the icing from the first batch so at least I didn’t have to remake that.

All the princess themed cookies

All the princess themed cookies

Thursday night I started with backgrounds, like the insets of some of the dresses, and piping some of the ships and the flesh part of the pirate faces. I also snipped up some cake lace I had to see if it might be able to be used in the dresses. I was off to a good start.

Friday night Mr Fussy went ahead and did all the shopping on his own (bless him, he’s such a good man) so I could go home straight away and get on with the cookies. We were leaving very early to get a flight the next morning to Queenstown where we were staying for Labour Weekend.

I was pretty happy with how the ships were coming along, and the pirates were fun to make. I really enjoyed the more “boy” themed cookies. I found the dresses more challenging. I wanted them to be pretty with lots of dimension and delicate lace bits. They look fine, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they’re just not quite as I’d hoped. I think part of the problem was that I hadn’t quite thought them through properly. I should have had more of a plan. These aren’t the sort of cookies you can wing. Or at least I can’t.

Close up of the dresses

Close up of the dresses

All in all I was happy with the cookies but boy was I tired. So tired that I really didn’t want to take the time to photograph the cookies. The pictures were taken in haste. I knew I’d be really disappointed if I hadn’t taken any photos.

Saturday morning I rushed to pack a bag and get 4 or was it 5 Tupperware containers into the car to head out to the airport.  Jo met us at the airport and was so excited to get home and have a look at the cookies.

I had made more than we had spoken of. I always make more than I think I need. You never know if there’ll be an accident or I botch something up, or like this past weekend, drop a cookie I was happy with. So I always make some more. Plus I wanted to make a cake cookie, and I did.

It’s not like I need to make cookies for young children so when the opportunity presents itself I sort of cram a few extra things in that have piqued my interest over time.

Jo text me to say how much she loved the cookies. It’s really interesting what different people see as their favourite. I have come to realise that just because something is my least favourite doesn’t mean it’s a bad cookie. I pretty much get now that someone will look at it and think it’s the bee’s knees.

I wish I had a photo of Jo dressed up as Cinderella. The cookies were for her granddaughter Bailee, for her 5th birthday.

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4 thoughts on “Princesses and Pirate Cookies

  1. How lovely of you to make these for a special birthdqy, even though you had a busy time ahead. They look too good to eat! Hope the wee girls squealed with delight at the sight of them. Just finished 5 gingerbread houses -I am organised this year!

    • Well done you Alison. And 5! I’ve looked at a couple of Gingerbread houses and been tempted. There’s no Christmas cake for us this year even, we’re heading overseas on Boxing Day so our usual traditions are taking a back seat this year. I have baked a fruit cake as a “cutting cake” for J & S’s wedding. It’ll be the only bit of Christmas Cake Mr Fussy will have I suspect. I’d love to see your Gingerbread houses. If you feel inclined please can you send me a photo? Thanks!

  2. I will just let you imagine Anita. My piping skills are a bit rusty – it’s been 2 years since I did anything serious with icing. Dusted with icing sugar and wrapped in cellophane they look okay. There is one larger house and 4 little ones. The big one is a raffle at work, all profits to charity with the winner choosing the charity. I thought ” pay it forward” might be nice at this time of year. The little ones are for gifts and my “handmade” contribution to my quilt group’s Christmas party. Wow you are whizzing around a bit this year!

    • What a lovely thing to do Alison. I’m sure everyone who receives one, by whichever means, will be thoroughly thrilled. Yep, off again. It’s a rare occurrence that we get Christmas leave at the same time so we’ve decided to do something with the time rather than mooch around the house for a couple of weeks.

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