A little over a month ago I started a draft for this post that, in light of last week’s events, seems completely frivolous. I mean, flamingo cookies are frivolous. But that’s not the point really.
Exactly a week ago American politics was turned on its head and a lot of us are still reeling from that. I’m still reeling from that. I could write a whole think piece on why it happened or what we can do now, hell I’m a philosophy major so lord knows I’ve thought about it a lot. But that’s not what this space is. I don’t want it to become that.
I’ve taken two months off from posting. First because I got married (finally amirite?) and then when I was ready to post again the election was at full tilt and I just couldn’t keep my eyes away from the train wreck. Now we’re on the other side of that steaming pile of carnage and we’re sorting through looking for the survivors figuring out what our next steps are.
My next steps are to carve out more time for this space because it makes me happy. So that’s what I’m going to do.
It should come as no surprise then that my first post back here involves cookies. I mean, let’s ignore the fact that it’s the only set of photos I have edited from the last two months, and that I had scheduled this post for a month ago. All that aside, cookies are the supreme comfort food for me. They literally taste like happiness. And neon pink cookies with glitter are surely four giant leaps forward on the happiness scale.
I made these for my bachelorette weekend (almost two months ago now, eep!) to put in these little goodie bags for my friends. We were going wine tasting so I made little kits to get us through the weekend – water bottles to stay hydrated, wine wipes to remove any evidence, snacks for late night munchies, and hangover kits for the morning after. It’s a small gesture.
These cookies super simple to make. I used Bridget’s Perfect Every Time sugar cookie recipe (because it is literally perfect every time), made a quick batch of royal icing (I use meringue powder) and tinted it with neon pink food coloring from the grocery store. Once the cookies had dried for 24 hours I mixed non-toxic neon orange disco dust with a little vodka and painted it on the backs of the flamingos. For the legs I used 24K gold disco dust, because I’m fancy. I wrapped them up in goodies bags and sent them on their way.
*A note about disco dust* While technically not edible it is non-toxic so the tiny amount on these cookies is totally fine. Worst comes to worst you get glittery poops. Honestly, I think that’s pretty exciting.
If you want tips on making the perfect royal icing for flooding and decorating cookies, I take my cues from Georganne at Lila Lola. I’m way too lazy too lazy to make a piping icing and then a flood icing for cookies like this (though the legs and beaks I did pipe with thicker icing). So her method works perfectly for me.