I've gone Linsane. Who hasn't?? The funny thing is I've known about Jeremy for a while. But I had no idea he was this good or would play such a pivotal role in sports or American history. Never. I think it's hard for most of us to completely understand the significance of what he's doing and what molds he's breaking. It is nothing less than God making a statement and breaking barriers through this young man. But personally, what's more impressive to me than his phenomenal b-ball skills is Jeremy's humble reliance on God and his passionate faith. I am deeply encouraged by it.
So I was lin-spired to make these cookies for friends staying with us over Presidents' Day weekend. They're also huge fans of Jeremy's (and rightfully so). :) I've never tried anything like this before. I mean the closest thing was this:
But these were cookies spread with pre-packaged icing and decorated with sprinkles. I've never tried drawing on cookies! And let me tell you, it's NOT easy. Which is why they didn't turn out as well as I would've liked. So when the ladies from Sweetopia, Sugarbelle, and Cake Journal make it look like you could do it in your sleep, that's probably because they've been blessed with cookie-decorating genes and have been doing it for years! Nevertheless, I figured I'd give it a try and pray for a miracle that it would work out.
I started off by printing out a picture of Jeremy's jersey as my guide.
Then I made a sketch of the cookie. When it comes to cookie decorating, a plan is helpful. You have to figure out which colors to use and in what order.
Four colors were used: orange, blue, white, and black. I used Wilton gel icing colors for the icing, and Wilton #1 and #2 tips for the piping.
It was a lot of work. And was it worth it? Well, despite the Knicks losing to the Hornets that night, it was a fun project. They didn't turn out quite the way I hoped. There were so many mistakes, and the end product looked very amateurish (I guess I shouldn't expect perfection on my first try). During the process when I became frustrated that it wasn't coming together, I thought maybe I should just stop. But if I've learned anything from Jeremy Lin's story, it's to not give up. I figure with a little more practice, these could eventually turn out lin-tastic!
And here are the lessons I've learned about cookie decorating from this project:
1. Give yourself plenty of time to make the cookies. I'd say at least 3 days prior to whatever event/occasion you're making these for. If you're rushed, they could turn out disastrous. You'll need to bake the cookies first. I love this shortbread recipe from Joy of Baking. And then you'll want a day or two for the decorating. When you are ready to decorate, here's the royal icing recipe I used (also from Joy of Baking).
2. Have a plan. Sketch what you want your cookie to look like, what colors you'll use, and in what order.
3. Practice. Practice. Practice. Decorate on parchment paper first. It's important to have a steady hand and get a feel for how the icing flows.
4. Be patient. It's important to let the layers of icing dry completely before decorating on top of it! Because I was pressed for time, I didn't allow the different layers to dry and the colors started to bleed the next day. They didn't make for very pretty cookies.
Well, with all this said and done, I hope Linsanity continues and pray the Knicks beat Miami Heat tonight! GO KNICKS!