The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.
The theme for this month’s challenge is September. This September, for me, has been all about the Jewish High Holidays. I did not have cookie cutters for etrogim, lulavim, or Simchat Torah flags, so I cut freehand.
I baked lollipop sticks into rectangular cookies to make Simchat Torah flags. I did not get a large yield of cookies because I made them large and thick so that they would grip the lollipop sticks well.
I did not feel like piping and flooding in multiple colors–just the thought made me feel tired. Instead, I spread the royal icing on the cookies with an offset spatula. I iced all in white, except for the etrogim and the lulavim (which ended up looking too much like pineapples, sigh . . .). For detail, I used Wilton food color markers.
I thought this would be a fun craft project for the kids, so I left most of the cookies blank for my kids to color in with the food color markers.
My son loved coloring the flags. I would definitely do this again as a craft project with kids.
One more thing: here is someone who is really creative with the food coloring pens on cookies!