Ashamedly, this blog has fallen to the wayside for about a year- I found this draft from Easter 2014, and it’s almost Easter again! Naturally, life has been crazy- but better late than never! I’m determined to back-blog all of the baking projects from the past 10 months or so. My apologies if they aren’t all chronological- for the most part it won’t matter unless they are holiday related 🙂
Let’s pick up where I left off… We had a picnic on Easter to hang out and enjoy the day, and I wanted to bring some dessert. Cookies seemed like the most robust option to hold up on a hot day, so sugar cookies and macarons it was!
Getting some sugar cookie dough rolled out and shaped!
A lovely volunteer hand model…
All baked and ready for the royal (icing) treatment!
An assortment of Easter themed decorated cookies…
I was having a little fun with my new mason jar cookie cutter 🙂
I might add that this was around the Stanley Cup playoffs. Naturally my resident Red Wings fan had to make a few hockey-related cookies:
A Red Wings hockey jersey!
And… this is me getting a “sports education…” The ugly sweater is a lucky sweater belonging to Georgetown’s basketball coach. That’s basically all I picked up. Either way, I liked it for the cool retro vibe and colors ;).
On to macarons!
This was my first time making macaron shells- it was reasonably successful. I made plain shells with Nutella buttercream frosting for the filling. I used the recipe for the shells from Bravetart, as I have been avidly reading baking blogs and stumbled across hers.
I found that parchment paper worked best for my needs (I had tried using a silicon mat with the little indented circles, those did not work at all for me). Also, I probably should invest in better cookie sheets.
The tiny sandwich cookies make me so happy, and I have no idea why.
I was proud at how they turned out for my first time- but I caught the “perfecting macaron” fever! More to come on that.