Roll Tide vs. War Eagle

Alabama_Auburn_FootballsSEC Football fans and Alabama residents will know what I mean when I say it is time once again for “The Iron Bowl” – the annual meeting of The University of Alabama and Auburn University on the college gridiron – on November 30th. Also, it’s time for my daughter to bring “Friday Snack” to school for her class. I’ve been thinking about these cookies since school started. When she was assigned this week to bring treats, the theme became a no-brainer.  I asked her teacher to give me a head count of who liked Alabama vs. Auburn. (The score was Alabama 14 vs. Auburn 8). Now, let the cookie making begin…

Alabama_Auburn_transfersI only have one thing to say about royal icing. Make it ahead of time. Getting the color to develop and be the perfect shade can take a few days. Well, it does for me anyway. Now, once I had the perfect shade of red, blue and orange it was time to start piping the transfers. Transfers are awesome!…but they are back killers too. Standing in one spot piping out 70 AU’s and 100 A’s takes a toll on you. After I finished with the transfers, I had to post on my FB…”These kids better LOVE these cookies. My back is killing me”…LOL

When you Google Alabama/Auburn cookies you get a lot of plain round cookies or a bunch of brown footballs. I wanted to do something unusual. So, I decided to do stenciled football cookies. For Auburn, whose mascot is a tiger, I wanted to stencil tiger stripes onto the footballs, but I couldn’t find the right stencil. So, I decided to do chevron instead. It’s super popular right now. Why not? Recently, I purchased a hounds-tooth stencil. Since I live in Alabama, I think it will come in handy. And it did for these cookies.

Alabama_Auburn_treat bagsI had to change my recipe for the icing and cookies. There are a few kids in my daughter’s class who have nut allergies, so I omitted the almond extract. “They taste good”, said my resident taste tester/husband. I made the cookies Wednesday night, so they would be cool to ice on Thursday morning. After I iced all the cookies and let them dry, I got out my airbrush machine. I had only used it a couple of times, so I still haven’t mastered it. I will say, I now have a typed out list of things to do before and after using it – like covering the whole area, because the color mists everywhere. And YES, I am a list maker and proud of it. After I airbrushed the cookies, attached the transfers and bagged up the cookies, I was done. Not really. I forgot to add… taking pictures for blog.

Also, in this post I am going to do something else unusual. I am going to talking about sewing. After the kids’ birthdays this summer, I took a break from making cookies. I rediscovered an old hobby…sewing. I have gone crazy over sewing…at least that is what my husband thinks. I have been buying supplies and a new sewing machine (Amazon had an offer I couldn’t refuse). My husband has been asking me when am I going to actually make something with all this stuff. So, I made a skirt. It has French seams, pockets, a double stitched hem and a label in the back with my logo and care instructions. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

Alabama_SkirtNow, I won’t tell you who my husband and kids root for, but I think the skirt for my daughter says it all. Enjoy.


Scored A Goal With These Soccer Cookies!

Soccer 20Earlier this year, I made cookies and brought some of the extras to work. I had one in a Ziploc bag, gave one to one of the guys at work and he put it in his pocket for later. Unfortunately, by the time he was able to eat it, it had been crushed into cookie powder. The other day, some of us at work were talking about eating cookies, and the cookie powder guy mentioned that he still had not tried one of my cookies and that his birthday was coming up soon. I quickly said that I would make him some birthday cookies. He lives and breathes soccer, so choosing the theme was easy.

Now, I am not a fan of black icing. So, I asked him if he wanted it to look 3D – which means black icing – or airbrushed? He told me to do which ever one would be easier. I told him I would make whatever he wanted, and he chose the 3D look. Also, he told me that he liked the color blue and he was turning 20. As soon as he said 20, my cookie rolodex started spinning in my mind.

I searched soccer ball clip art to use with my KopyKake projector. I wanted blue in the cookie, so I decided to make a sky and use a #223 tip for green grass. Now, that I had everything figured out. I made the icing and cut out the cookies. Cutting the cookies was probably the most tedious part of the process. They were going to be a cookie 20.  I had to press out a “2” and then use a circle cutter to make the zero. I had to make sure that I pressed all the cuts back together, so the cookie would not fall apart. When I moved the dough to the pan, I used a floured spatula. It helped a lot. Also, I had to angle the top of the “2” outward a bit. That helped the cookie look like a “2” when it finished cooking.

I used my KopyKake projector to pipe the black parts of the soccer ball – which made up the zero part of the 20. I started piping with a #2 tip, but the lines were way too thick so I switched to a #1. I let that dry overnight. The next day, I iced top part of the 2 so it looked like blue sky.  I did this first so that it would be dry enough for the green grass I had planned for the bottom of the 2. Then, I filled in the remaining holes of the soccer ball with white icing. I did not thin out the green royal icing at all. I never had used a grass tip before. It was really easy to use, but I did not clean the tip enough after each cookie. So, some of the grass was melded together more than others. Lesson learned.

The guy at work loved his soccer birthday cookies, and so did all the other employees. I made treat bags for everyone. These cookies turned out great and exactly how I had envisioned them. As an added bonus, my son and I had a lot of fun saying “futbol” during this project. Enjoy.