It's November and I was so honored to have 3 incredibly talented students join me for McGoo U. Laura of Cadillac Cookies, Andrea of Bella Cakes, and Teresa of Sister Teresa's Custom Cut Cookies, came over and had a cookie playdate with me. We had a blast decorating together and we made beautiful autumn cookies. Such incredibly fun and talented ladies to share the day with!
Our special guest cookier Georganne Bell of LilaLoa joined us after class. She showed us how to make the most adorable turkey ever using a flower shaped cookie (Expert Lab) and she blew my mind several times with her complete cookie decorating genius. Then we all sat down and chatted about how she manages to do it all with 4 littles running around and how living in Korea inspired her to become a cookier (Mixing It Up).
After school Georganne and I filmed a funny skit about what it would be like if we had a Fantasy Cookie Draft and picked players for our "cookie teams". The key ingredients in a Fantasy Football Draft are all there: cheetos, belching, smack-talking... just add cookies!
We had entirely too much fun! Georganne is a wonderful friend, fantastic person, and did I mention a genius? I hope you enjoy watching the November episodes as much as I did making them! A special thank you goes out to my wonderful friends Teresa, Andrea, and Laura for being willing to learn and have fun on camera with me and Georganne for being the special guest and for letting me punch her... and for punching me... repeatedly.
All of the segments can be viewed as a show, but the McGoo U in particular is meant to be a class experience that you can cookie right along with. So, if you'd like to cookie with me, here is what you will need for this month's McGoo U:
McGoo U November Supply List
- 3 Cookies (cupcake, square plaque, maple leaf)
- Royal Icing: black, white, yellow, and green
- 4 Piping bags (optional closure of your choice)
- 3: #1 or #1.5 tips (your preference)
- 1: #2 or #3 tip (your preference)
- black sanding sugar
- Paint palette with yellow, orange, red, purple, maroon, silver, & white food coloring
- Silver dragees (small and large)
- Parchment or wax paper
- Filbert paintbrush
- Liner detail paintbrush
- cup of water
- paper towel
- Fill one piping bag with black royal icing of 20 second count thickness, coupler, and a #1 tip or use a tipless bag with a small opening.
- Fill one piping bag with flood-consistency white royal icing, coupler, and #2 or #3 tip (I use about a 12 count thickness)
- Fill one piping bag with green piping consistency royal icing, coupler, and a #1 tip. (I tinted mine with Wilton Juniper and Americolor Electric Green).
- Fill one piping bag with yellow piping consistency royal icing, coupler, and a #1 tip. (I tinted mine with Wilton Yellow, Ivory, and a touch of Orange).
For the cookies: The maple leaf cookie technique comes across the best when a dark dough is used. Chocolate, gingerbread or a dark tinted dough would work best. These techniques and designs could be done on any shape cookie, but here are the cutters I used.
A word about white:
I have never had good luck using white food coloring to paint with. I have heard some people have and that is great. Every liquid white I have used doesn't dry and doesn't seem to stay white. I have found the solution for me is to use powdered white food coloring. It can be mixed with water and it dries beautifully. I have used both the Duff and the CK brand of powdered white food coloring and both work equally well. You can find the CK food coloring at your favorite online retailer. (FYI: I have not had luck finding the Duff brand again after purchasing it at Michael's) I'm sure there are other brands that work equally as well.
A lot of these supplies can be modified to your preferences. If you use tipless bags, you can forgo the tips entirely or you can choose to use different food colorings. (Click here for a detailed guide to setting up your palette) I always appreciate when people make things their own and let their own creativity be their guide. I'd love to see your creations! This is all about having fun and not stressing. Happy cookie-ying!