I have been planning such project for years already, but until now I’ve never found time and enough inspiration to do it. This year I have time. And I managed to “inspire” myself.
Someone once have said that the good artists copy and the great artists steal (they attribute this quote to Picasso, but it’s not confirmed). I am not sure if I agree with this statement but if true it would pretty much explain why I am never going to become a great artist: I am simply not good at stealing anything, even a pear from the neighbor’s garden (my unsuccessful childhood experiment). But I am making efforts to become one day at least some kind of artist, maybe even a “good” one, by trying to learn how to copy, or in better words how to “get inspired”.
So the “inspiration” for my leaf cookies came from here. The rest was all about trying new decoration techniques. Some of the cookies were inspired from other sources, which I will not mention now because I probably don’t remember them. The picture with the flowers and the ladybug (if it looks like such) I saw on a box of paper tissues. It looked like a very nice idea, but I obviously overestimated my piping techniques. Someday when I learn to pipe better maybe I can make a better cookie-replica of the same picture.
I gave some of the prepared cookies to my mum and after she ate half of them she asked me:
“But are they edible?”
“Of course – I replied – They are not meant for an exhibition, they have to be eaten. I used only edible colors, not markers from the paper shop.”
“I know – she said – I was just wondering if it’s worth eating them, they look nice. But they are also tasty, so I am going to eat the rest by myself.”
I guess this was a compliment, but I didn’t take it as such.
Meanwhile my better half didn’t even look at them and when I eventually proposed him to try one or two (after I realized he wouldn’t react to the numerous plates full of cookies spread around the kitchen), he politely refused. Good that I know him well enough and that we already have had many similar situations in the past, otherwise I would have been strongly offended.
The recipe is the same as the previous time. This time I added a better almond extract, so they really taste like almond.
Part of the royal icing became a bit spongy – no idea why. Still it dried well, which makes it not too big disaster.
I coloured part of the cookies with golden dust dissolved in alcohol: the result is quite satisfying, so I am planning to repeat this technique. Another innovation for me was to use edible food markers. I found them a pretty nice experience (they are so similar to the normal ones :))
I hope no one will judge me too hard, as I still consider myself as a newbie in the cookie area.