Here in Hawaii, there aren't streets lined with the delicate pink and white cherry blossoms, but the spirit of Spring and sakura still stays with me.
This post is inspired by and dedicated to all of the 61st Cherry Blossom Contestants. Thank you girls for an amazing and unforgettable 6 months together :)
Last week, I was on a mission to make Cherry Blossom Cookies. My problem, however, was finding a cookie cutter to match my needs. The stores didn't carry cherry blossom cutters and I was getting desperate...so I decided to make my own.
Step 1. Google: "how to make your own cookie cutters" and find this awesome tutorial by MyPaperCrane.
Step 2. Foil. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. Fold. You get the idea. Staple Staple Staple! All pau.
Ok, it took a little more finesse than I had anticipated, but the end product at least looked pretty cool. I added a cardboard backing to my cutter to make it a little more sturdy and hoped that it would keep its shape for at least one batch of cookies.
|DIY with Foil, Staples, Tape, and Cardboard!|
Next, I prepared the cookie dough. This recipe is actually from a Visual Arts Class I took in 7th grade where we made cookies as part of a project...a special thanks to Ms. Yoneshige! I like this recipe because the cookie is nice and crunchy (thanks to lots and lots of lard!!) and it works well with royal icing and decorating.
Visual Ed Vanilla Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/3 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
I found that the homemade cookie cutter didn't hold its shape entirely, but it lasted for about 20 cookies. If it had been a little sturdier, it would've made a much nicer cookie, but it did its job. I frosted it with light pink royal icing, dusted it off with some pink edible glitter, and added a decorative sugar pearl in the center.
|Pretty in Pink: the finished product|
And for fun, I decided to make some mini cookies since I found a mini cherry blossom cutter that my mom had at home to use for cutting carrots or daikon into fancy shapes. I dusted each one with pink glitter and I think they turned out pretty cute :)
|Chibi-sized Cherry Blossom Cookies|
The bottom line is: improvise if you don't have the exact materials that you need! Don't live a cookie-cutter life...make your own :P