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.
cookies travel well through usps don't they? ;)ReplyDelete
because i am totally going to order from you. yay!
also..those cookies came out soo freaken adorable!! love love love.
Congrats on this new adventure!ReplyDelete
yay for the new venture!ReplyDelete
awesome! soo impressed with your many entrepreneurial (is that even a word?!)endeavors!ReplyDelete