February 23, 2012

Linsane Cookies & A Life Lesson

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!


  1. hahaha cake decorating genes! you crack me up. the cookies look adorable! can't wait to hangout with you tomorrow :).

  2. Seriously, Junia - I think some people are blessed with the cookie decorating gene, just like some (very rarely) are gifted with the gene for Ivy league education & mad NBA sklls. :) Yes, look forward to seeing you tomorrow and catching up!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous cookies, Rachel! Fabulous job with the decorating! I think it looks really great... :) Totally worth all the hard work... Thanks for sharing!


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