State Cookies + Archie Griffin

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Sometimes, you just feel like making cookies from scratch. And you have cookie cutters to represent the states you live in. And so you make state-shaped cookies from scratch.

What?

I tried a new recipe – the hubs didn’t love it, but I did! Whenever you are rolling out dough and using cookie cutters, you need to make sure you are using a recipe that won’t rise or puff up at all, because that would jeopardize your shapes. They are already going to look a little wonky – don’t make it worse!

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I used this VERY simple recipe from Nestle. I ended up drizzling chocolate on them to make them a little extra sweet, but you could also ice them as they show on their website.

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OKAY BUT THEN our department of about 50 people were planning our “Celebrate Archie” day, as Archie prepares for a job transition, which included an Archie “trivia” game with our staff…

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And then an ice cream social, with these adorable balloons…IMG_7834 IMG_7838

And I thought, I SHOULD MAKE OHIO COOKIES! So I made these…some Vanilla Almond cookies with a football cookie cutter, and some of the afore mentioned chocolate chip cookies shaped like Ohio, and with a little extra chocolate love. Also I made a LOT more than six, but I forgot to take a photo, and this is what was left near the end…

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I think he liked them! I’ll miss seeing this face around the building everyday…IMG_7841

State Cookies + Royal Icing

Happy Friday! For our housewarming party (now almost two weeks ago!) I decided to have a little fun and try something new. I have had these great WI and TN cookie cutters since our summer trip to Wisconsin, and felt like there could be no better time to use them than for a housewarming in Ohio. cookies1

I used the Vanilla Almond Cookie recipe, Royal Icing recipe, and Royal Icing tutorials from Bake at 350. It was surprisingly easy to do, and I think it was a fun addition to the party!

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I also opted for leaving the icing plain white, since it was my first go with royal icing. I figured, why waste food coloring gel on an experiment, right?cookes

But I really enjoyed doing it and hope to get creative with some future royal icing cookies soon…Have a great weekend!