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Cookie Art – Part II

29 Dec

It has been an annual tradition to do a Cookie Swap at the office shortly before Christmas. Anyone who wishes to participate brings 2 dozen homemade Cookies.

They are laid out on a table and everyone walks around collecting all the various types, and by the time we’re done, we all go home with an amazing assortment! Best of all, when I’m asked “What’s for dessert?” I know I’ll be set for at least a few days!!

This year, I baked a classic Sugar Cookie and decided to try my hand at decorating. I used a few Pignoli Nuts (a.k.a. Pine Nuts, but I like how the Italians say it!) and designed them to look like a snowflake, then dusted with a bit of blue Sanding Sugar.

Other Cookies included Coconut Macaroons, a Chocolate, Pecan and Toffee covered Saltine Cracker “Bark”, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pistachio Shortbread and a Jam filled little pastry that was one of my favorites. The ones cut out in shapes of Raindeer, Candy Canes and Wreaths were also very special. I hope we’ll do it again next year!

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Cookie Art and Brunch in Seattle

16 Dec

I saw some impressive holiday cookie art over the weekend, while dining with our friends at the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Seattle. It’s a beautiful hotel, with views of the water from Art restaurant, and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Another surprising feature is that it has some very reasonably priced items on the brunch menu. I couldn’t resist the Dungeness Crab Salad.

From there, you can easily walk to Pike’s Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum (a.k.a. SAM) or there’s plenty of nearby shopping. I just love Seattle, any time of year!

P.S. Stay tuned for more cookie “art” soon…

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