The Daring Bakers' September Challenge - Decorated Sugar Cookies
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. (Recipe Here.) Not only were we to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing, but the cookie shapes and decorations had to represent “September” to the baker.
Although Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta takes place beginning the first weekend in October, by September the skies are already dotted with balloons, especially early in the morning when I am driving to work. So “Hot Air Balloons” was a natural and fun theme for my cookies.
I wish I had had time to do a second try at these cookies before posting day (today), because I learned a lot about decorating with royal icing from this first attempt, and I know a second try would have been much better. For instance, when I did the outlining of the colored spaces, the consistency of the icing I used was too thick, making the lines too prominent. Maybe I’ll make some more before my grandkids come for the Balloon Fiesta!