I received the following message at 9 hundred hours from Agent CC (Cookie Crazie)
Good morning, Ms McGoo. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a cookie design using the above cookie cutter designated “Homespun Tree Cutter” that I have created. You may select any color scheme and it is not essential for it to be “Christmasy”. Though you are a civilian, I have found you to be a highly capable cookier. You have forty-eight hours to complete your design and submission. As always, should any member of this collaboration be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds…..
Okay… so Pam didn’t send me that message exactly… and my computer didn’t blow up exactly… but she DID create that cookie cutter, and she DID invite me to make my own design for her collaboration, and all of the proceeds DO go towards a mission, just a different kind of mission. You see, all the proceeds for Pam’s cookies go directly towards her yearly missions to the Ukraine. Isn’t that wonderful? That includes all the proceeds from these cookie cutters, so go and get your hot little hands on one and help support an amazing effort.
Pam really gave us several weeks to complete our cookies, but 672 hours just didn’t sounds as impressive as 48 hours. I, of course waited until 8 hundred hours of the day they were due to get mine together! I tell myself it’s because I do better under pressure, but it’s really just because I was busy and a procrastinator.
I was inspired by those scrappy trees you’ve been seeing. You know the ones where people make use of their stash of scraps to make a cute Christmas tree? Like this one:
Cute, right? So that’s what I cookie’d. A scrappy tree:
The truly rad part about this cookie is that it is supposed to be wonky. In this case the wonkier = cuter. I love it when that happens because then there is no worrying about it being perfect or stressing. You just have fun piping on perfectly imperfect long rectangles, let it dry, and then have fun painting patterns with a paintbrush and food coloring or you could even cheat and use markers. I like to think of the scraps as wrapping paper scraps. What designs would you see on wrapping paper? Just have fun with it!
The beauty of this cookie cutter is there are sooo many things you could do with it. I am NOT one to see lots of possibilities within the confines of a cutter, but I had several ideas I could have done, and if I could do that: I know it’s a good multi-purpose cutter. Besides that… you can see for yourself all these incredible ways this cutter was purposed:
Aren’t they gorgeous?! And the best part is that none of the collaborators were caught OR killed so no one was disavowed…
For a closer look at all the beautiful cookies, check out the links below.
Now that I have recruited you and given you this top secret message, you know what happens next? Yep… that’s right: 5… 4… 3… 2… 1!