it actually started with one of my junior league sisters, who contacted me via facebook to see if i could help her out of a jam. she needed 3 dozen heart-shaped sugar cookies with red royal icing, and she said "i'd rather pay you than a bakery if you can swing it."
um, hell YES. i'd rather you pay me than a bakery, too.
and so although i was already busy last week with lots of other things, including those candy cane macarons for a junior league cookie exchange (which i still need to blog!), i accepted the job. i always want to help my friends whenever i can, and it wasn't difficult to squeeze it in with the other stuff i had going on. i did a little research on pricing, got back to her, and she seemed pretty happy with it.
the bean "helped" me out with the rolling and cutting:
and while she was happily squeezing her little ball of dough (which i didn't bake, obvs. what kind of businesswoman do you think i am?), i got the hearts all cut out and in the oven.
i always have meringue powder on hand, so royal icing is just a mixing bowl and a pound of powdered sugar away. i used an ungodly amount of red food coloring gel to get it this bright:
i had debated using a shortcut - tinting some fondant red and cutting hearts out to cover the cookie and then just piping the icing to outline it - but decided against it. after all, she had specified "royal icing," so that's what she got. i did the outline first:
and by the time i was done with the 36th one, the first one was dry enough to start the flooding process.
i sprinkled some red sanding sugar on top of them to make them extra sparkly and pretty.
i left them overnight to dry, and the next morning, i got up early to get them boxed up. the purple tissue really makes the red icing pop, don't you think?
i thought a red grosgrain ribbon would be lovely to tie around the box. and so that she didn't have to open it to see the cookies, i packaged an extra cookie in a cellophane bag and tied it in.
i wasn't satisfied with the width of the ribbon, though. so i went into my ribbon stash (which is ridiculous, let me tell you) and ended up settling for a satin one that was only slightly wider. oh, well. still pretty, right?
she was so happy with them, she placed another order for 4 dozen gingerbread men for this weekend!
and i have an order for 100 cookies for saturday - which are for a last-minute holiday shopping extravaganza at my buddy's party store, where i'm also repping stella & dot. woo-hoo! and yet another order - for two dozen macarons on new year's eve. yeeeeeuuuuh.
fun stuff, all of it. i just hope i keep getting orders - maybe valentine's day? easter? there's always a reason to have cookies. at least, that's the case in my world. heh.