A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a bridal shower for Andrea. She is the fiancée of Ron’s nephew Matthew. This weekend, Matthew’s parents (Ron’s sister Sheila and her husband Bill) are celebrating 35 years of marriage and in only three weeks time they will be very proudly watching their oldest son become Andrea’s husband.
The shower was held in Cornwall, Ontario and on December 21st family and friends will gather in this city to witness this delightful young couple exchange vows. Andrea was beaming and beautiful at her shower and I can envision what a stunning bride she will be. She is a lovely girl with a very engaging personality and a great match for Matthew’s outgoing disposition. Both of them have smiles that literally light up a room!
Andrea’s theme is that of a Winter Wonderland and I decided that I would bring her some decorated cookies when I attended the shower. As their wedding is only four days before Christmas I chose to use my holly cookie cutter and created a pair of holly leaves for her.
Following are the steps I followed to create and decorate these cookies.
Once your dough is prepared you need to cut out all the holly leaves. Then, using the cutter I cut into the side of some of the leaves and joined a full leave to them. Press lightly together and they will be permanently join together as they bake.
Once baked and cooled, I piped and flooded the cookies with white royal icing.
Once the royal icing had been left to dry overnight, I covered each cookie with white luster dust (mixed with a little bit of vodka) by brushing the luster dust over the cookies with a small paintbrush. Regrettably, the picture below does not show the luster dust very prominently.
The next step was to add the initials for Matthew and Andrea and then pipe around the holly leaves with dark green piping icing .
I then used red piping icing to add some holly berries and while they dried, I brushed the white lustre dust over the initials.
To complete the pair of holly leaves I brushed the green border and the berries with light corn syrup and added green sanding sugar to the border and red sanding sugar to the berries.
A few weeks after the shower, Andrea called me and I’m very flattered and honoured to tell you that she has contracted me to create Wedding Favor Cookies for her guests. We discussed design ideas based on her Winter Wonderland theme and her colours and she has approved a final design. I hope to share them with you in a few weeks…once we get home from the wedding and celebrating Christmas!