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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Prettiest Summer Sugar Cookies

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pansy-sugar-cookies
pansy-sugar-cookies

"Do you suppose she's a wild flower?"

Whenever I see pansies I think of that quote from Alice in Wonderland. They are such pretty little flowers, and they seem to have faces that watch you as you water them. Maybe that's down to the film, as every time I see them, I can't help but think of them talking to Alice.

Paul's mum and dad are currently on holiday, so we've been stopping in to water their plants, and all around the garden are pretty little pansies. I think I'd quite like us to start growing some too. They've been out for a while now, so some of the petals are sadly dropping off and I think soon they'll be gone again. So, while we were there, I thought I'd make use of them and snipped a few off to take home.

I've been wanting to make sugar cookies for a while now, and as I mostly make them around autumn and winter, I wanted to make some pretty spring/summer ones instead. Originally I was going to colour them to look like pansies. I was going to try and swirl the icing in a way that would look like flowers. But then I thought, why not just add the flowers themselves to the cookies! I always forget that you can actually eat pansies, it's never something that's on my mind until I'm given them in a salad, or as a garnish.

pansy-cookies
pansy-cookies

The recipe I used for the cookies is the one I use all the time, you can find it here. And the recipe for the icing is there too.

You don't have to be too neat with the icing, in fact, the more rustic (sounds better than messy) the better. It's a nice contrast to the very pretty flowers. I ended up making three different colours, well four, if you count the white as a colour. I put about a teaspoon on each cookie and spread it out with a tiny spatula. If you're looking for some good mini spatulas, these ones on Amazon are great! I then just played around with different colours. I swirled a few together, made a few patterns with cocktail sticks, and I used all different colours as the main icing base too.

When adding your flowers, make sure you snip the stem off. Try and do this as close to the petals as you can, but not so close that the flower falls apart.

They are possibly the prettiest cookies I ever did make, granted, the flowers did most of the work in making that happen. These would be lovely for a garden party, or, make the sweetest afternoon tea treats.

pansy-cookies
pansy-cookies


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