Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day Cookies and Recent Baking Blunders

Flag Day Cookies

Happy Flag Day! I wanted to share with you a photo of some cookies I just completed. I love the way they turned out but I have to tell you, I made 24 of these and I think I spent at least 6 hours of active time on them! Each color was done on a different day to allow each color to dry completely to prevent any bleeding. I piped blue first, then red, then white.

Perhaps I can blame the heat and humidity outside for my recent kitchen failures. We do have air conditioning, but just this week I've had a buttercream turn runny and these cookies spread out so much that I had to cut them apart while they were still warm from the oven. I made the same cookie recipe as I always do, they spent a good while in the freezer before baking, and they still spread like wildfire!

Do you think professional pastry chefs have these issues? I think they must! Any professionals out there want to comment??

Have a great day! - hopefully without any baking blunders!!

13 comments:

  1. So fun for flag day! Great job!

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  2. These look great!! Perfect flags!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  3. Aw, too bad that you're having troubles in the kitchen! I have been having trouble with things containing egg yolks setting properly in the past few weeks. Wish I knew why, but I don't!

    Anyway, these cookies look fantastic! I hate how long it takes to do stuff like this, but these certainly look like they were worth the wait!

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  4. Those are the most beautiful flag cookies I"ve ever laid eyes on!

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  5. That sounds frustrating! For years I decorated and sold cookies to my family & friends for extra money. Believe me, I KNOW how much work & time it takes. So much more time than anyone would believe. If I had an order for a few dozen cookies, it would take me 3 or 4 days to complete them, especially if they were a complicated design and required a lot of drying time. Making the dough, rolling out the dough, cutting the shapes, baking them, cooling them, making the icing, dividing & coloring the icing, applying icing on the cookies, drying, applying more icing, drying again, packaging, making custom tags, bows, ribbons, boxing them up....Ahhhh!!!! I stopped taking orders. It just got to be too much. I never thought I'd get sick of decorating cookies but I did. So I very much admire your stellar work on your flag cookies and I totally appreciate how much effort you put into them. Beautiful cookies.

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  6. Thanks to all of you! Of course I picked the prettiest of the bunch for the photo shoot :)

    Heidi - I think only those who have actually done it (or seen the process, like my husband who shakes his head in disbelief each time I sit down to decorate) know what is involved! I got a phone call for a baking order yesterday and was SO relieved when she said "fruit tart" and not "50 decorated cookies"!!

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  7. Those are some time intensive cookies, but so pretty!

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  8. Great job! These cookies look delicious, and store-bought! Have you ever tried making USA Flag Pizza? It's patriotic and fun for the kids!

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  9. Miss!!! They are amazing! And trust me I admire AND APPRECIATE EVERYTHING that comes out of your kitchen! Coming from someone who has VERY little baking talent....I just wish I had a fraction of yours...and the best part is everything tastes as GREAT as it looks!!!

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  10. do you bake on a silpat? some recipes (like my shortbread cookies) will spread too much if i bake them on a silpat, so I have to use parchment instead. not certain why o.O

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  11. Natalie - Yes, I always use a Silpat and never had this problem before. I think it's because I doubled the recipe. Since then I've made the same recipe (doubled) and added an extra 1/4 cup of flour or so and it worked! Things are going a bit better this week...but the week's not over yet!

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  12. I don't know much about the science of baking, but I have heard that sometimes when the humidity is high it's necessary to add extra flour to a given recipe. I tend to go ahead and add extra flour to any rolled cookie or bread recipe when it's hot and humid out. I don't have air conditioning and my kitchen is always sweltering and humid so I've learned what I can and can't make given certain weather.

    The cookies look great regardless of any blunders! I recently baked and decorated 20 wedding cake sugar cookies for a friend's bridal shower and they took HOURS from start to finish. Honestly, I don't know how anyone can enjoy decorating cookies on a frequent basis. I've only done it twice now and it drives me crazy after the second or third cookie. I love the result, but I think I'm a bit too impatient for cookie decorating.

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