What is a July 4th celebration without balloons? Red, white and blue sugar cookie balloons to be exact. A little decorated treat that will fit in very nicely with all the patriotic bunting, tablecloths, banners, flags and anything else that will be proudly displayed on this most auspicious of holidays being celebrated today by all Americans at home and abroad.
All you’ll need to make these is a large balloon cookie cutter, royal icing in red, blue and white (I add a few drops of Wilton’s White White Icing Color to enhance the white of my royal icing) some piping bags and flood bottles, sanding sugar (optional) a #2 tip along with a #16 tip and edible food markers.
Once your cookies are cooled, you can either draw the top section of the balloons free hand or you can make your own little template to trace around with using an edible food marker. Once you’ve traced out the top of the balloon, draw three lines from each point down to the center of the line at the bottom of the balloon.
With dark blue piping icing, pipe over the lines at the top of the balloon and around the top using a #2 tip. Fill in the *neck* of the balloon with dark blue icing. With your red piping icing, pipe over the three lines extending to the bottom of the balloon and both the left and right edges.
With dark blue flood icing, fill in the top section of the balloon. Fill in two of the lower sections with your red flood icing.
If you are worried about colour bleeding, you can wait until your red is completely dry before adding the white flood icing to the lower section of the balloon. While you are waiting, you can make the *stars* for the top portion using thick white royal icing and a #16 tip. Make sure your blue is dry before piping your stars.
Now, with your red icing dry, you can flood your remaining sections with white flood icing.
You can leave your cookies just as they are.
Or, when your icing is completely dry, you can add some sanding sugar to the lower red and white sections of the balloons. You can do just the red or just the white or both the red and the white.
To all my American friends, I wish you a very wonderful Independence Day celebration. I hope you are able to share this holiday with family and loved ones. You have much to take pride in, much to celebrate and so much to look forward to. Happy Independence Day to you!