Did I ever tell you guys about that time that I accidentally bought an Ed Hardy shirt?
Here’s what happened. In the summer of 2006 I was flying from India to meet my mom and cousins in Spain for a two week vacation after a semester abroad. The day I left India it was roughly 120ºF. I kid you not.
I was supposed to have a layover in London where I would meet my mom and we’d travel the last leg to Spain together. As luck would have it, my flight to London was canceled because the inbound plane was rerouted due to sandstorms in Ahmedabad. My mother’s flight to London was also canceled for other reasons.
I managed to sweet talk my way onto a Canada Air flight to Zurich that was leaving in 10 minutes. I also managed to completely jump the security line and actually get on that flight.
Upon landing in Zurich I discovered that my maxi skirt and t-shirt were entirely inadequate for the 50°F weather. So off I went in search for a warmer clothing option. Except that I landed at roughly 6am Zurich time so the only store that was open was Ed Hardy. At the time, I had no idea what or who Ed Hardy was. All I knew was that this was an open store with life saving warm t-shirts.
I picked the least offensive one I could find. Purchased it and was thrilled to find the price was only 75 monetary units. As I was on the phone with my dad trying to figure out where my mom was and how I as going to rendez-vous with her in Spain I had a sudden realization. My fugly t-shirt wasn’t 75 rupees as I had thought but 75 Euros. I had just spent nearly $150 on a freakin’ t-shirt that I didn’t even like.
And that is the story of how I rolled up to a swanky Madrid hotel, hoping my dad had given me the right address, covered in dirt from India with a hiking backpack bigger than me and one pristine Ed Hardy t-shirt.
This story is relevant only because these cookies were made for my cousin who was meeting us in Spain a few days later for her first trip out of the country. It would prove to be a very interesting trip and one I will never forget.
These cookies are easy-peasy.
You’re going to need a set of graduated cookie cutters (I like the fluted ones (affiliate link!)). One trusty cutout cookie recipe, and one trusty hardening royal icing recipe. Then make sure you cut your cookie rounds so they will stack like a cake. Viola!
You’ll need between 2 and 3 days to make these. The first day make and bake your cookies. If you have enough time you can also flood them. If not, then store them in an airtight container until you can. Let the flooded cookies dry overnight or at least 6-8 hours. The last day make a batch of piping royal icing and match up your cookie stacks. Pipe frosting on the back of each cookie and stack pressing to secure. Let stacks harden over night. These are super sturdy to transport and make a stunning display. I’ll have photos of the spread next week.