It didn’t even feel like Spring where I live in Pittsburgh – nor did it feel like Winter come to think of it. I think we went from a partial Winter right to Summer when just a few weeks ago we experienced 80 degree weather for about a week. My oldest son was actually the first one to notice the beautiful daffodils opening up all around the neighborhood and then the red bud which opened up into a luscious tulip right in our garden. Which is a fitting segue into the awesome project I am honored to be a part of Hani’s : Let’s Smell the Flowers. Coincidentally, I was asked to create Tulip cookies. I was motivated by so many techniques and ideas that had been brewing in my mind for some time that I used the tulip as a canvas to try some of these techniques – I tried a quilted tulip, a lace tulip, a stamped tulip with ruffling and a brush embroidered tulip.Funny enough, the tulip reminded me of a silly song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” a popular song originally published in 1929. The song was written by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Joe Burke (music). Some more trivia: The song was revived in 1967 by the California rock group The Humane Society and in 1968 by Tiny Tim, whose version charted at #17 that year.
I hope you enjoy smelling the baked tulips on my site and get some inspiration of your own. Please check out my tutorials -( please be kind it is my first time ever taking pictures for a tutorial) – and those of the other incredibly talented cookie artists that were a part of this linked up party. I cannot wait to try out their tutorials to recreate some of the beautiful flowers they represented as well. Please check out the links at the bottom of this post. Again – A million thanks to you Hani for including me among such talent!!!
Tutorial: For the tutorial I used a stenciling technique I learned from Sugarbelle!!! This week however I learned another useful tip on stenciling and Wilton spray that I wish I knew about at the time I made these cookies. Check her post on Delft eggs for more information on that. For the tulip stenciled cookie I – 1) took a flooded cookie that had dried overnight. 2). Place the stencil where I wanted it on the cookie. 3.)Holding the stencil down the best I could, I sprayed my color mist in as steady a stream as I could. Practice a bit spraying the can on a piece of paper towel or wax paper or anything you have around that is disposable- I found that this really helps tremendously. Next, holding the stencil in place for a couple of more seconds so as not to blur or smudge the stencil image while drying , slowly lift it off- and voila! – your image should look pretty good.
1. Black Eye Susan by Lisa,; The Bearfoot Baker
2. Carnation by Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
3. Cherry Tree Flower by Pam, Cookie Crazie
4. Daffodil by Georganne, LilaLoa
5. Daisy by Stephanie, Ellies Bites
6. Dogwood by Marian, Sweetopia
7. Gerbera by Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
8. Hyacinth by Amber, SweetAmbs
9. Hydrangea by Kim, The Partiologist
10. Iris by Cristin, Cristin’s Cookies
11. Lavender by Liz, Arty McGoo
12. Lily of The Valley by Hani, Haniela’s
13. Lotus by Marlyn, Montreal Confections
14. Morning Glory by Glory, Glorious Treats
15. Orchid by Ali, Ali Bee’s Bake Shop
16. Pansy Nicole, Life’s A Batch
17. Poppy by Callye, SweetSugarBelle
18. Sunflower by Bea, Cancun Cookies
19. Tulip by Lorriane, LorrainesCookies