Say this with me ten times before you read on:
She sells sea shells on the sea shore.
The shells she sells are sea shells, im sure.
And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,
Then l’m sure she sells seashore shells.
My friend and I recently received an order for some “beach themed” treats for a bridal shower. I would take care of the cookies, and my friend was in charge of the cupcakes and cake pops.
I’ve never made beach themed cookies before. “What would be ‘beachy’?” I wondered. “What is the meaning of beaches, what is the meaning of life?”
After a bit of playing around, I came up with these four sketches. And some of these sketches would also become my cookie template. High-tech, I know.
Making the round shapes were easy enough with my circle cutter. The seashell and starfish were a bit tricky, but patience and a sharp small knife is key (not to mention a mat to protect your counter from nicks and scratches, unless you’re going for that distressed look which is all the rage.)
I would also use my fingers to pat any stray dough bits back into place to keep the shape smooth.
Started with the sand dollar. Piped an outline of icing and the 5 holes inside, before filling it everywhere else in between. Once it dried, I piped the flower design in the centre (shown in a later photo)
With the shell, I piped in phases, allowing time to dry in between that way you could get those different textures.
The starfish was outlined and flooded. Once they dried I piped on little dots to mimic the texture of the starfish (shown in a later photo)
The beachscape was also done in phases first with the water, sand, and the waves. PS: Skor Bits = delicious tasting stones on cookies.
I needed to wait until the icing firmed up before I did the ocean waves.
Random trivia moment: The song “California” by the Canadian group “Wave” was pretty much my anthem for all of 2001-2005.
Wanting to kick it up a notch, I decided to go in and add a bit of dimension using some food coloring and my brushes. It’s pretty awesome how much a difference that can make, and has been a technique I’ve been picking up more since the Oilers cookies I did, which was decorated entirely with food coloring gels.
Finished iced cookies as they are:
And after some touches of food coloring and the brushes:
Close ups of the cookies:
The whole pan:
And packed up and ready to go:
I’d say these cookies could put anyone in a beachy mood; now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make a pina colada and put on my SPF 30 despite the fact that it’s 9 pm and I’m in my PJs.