Ballet cookies…aka challenging myself

Last year, a friend asked me to do cookies for her daughter’s birthday, to be handed out at her dance class. She wanted a ballet theme and thus some of my favorite cookies ever were born.

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As her daughter’s birthday approached this year, my friend asked for cookies again.  The only direction provided was that I should do “something like last year.”  Artistic freedom can be both liberating and daunting!  Creativity and vision don’t come easily to me to begin with. Now I was being asked for something similar to cookies I never planned on improving upon.  I consulted my cookie peers because their opinions always help me realize what I really want.  I searched design seeds for the perfect palette.  I chose the perfect silhouette from Google images. (You’re getting a real peek into my “creative” process here 😛 ) Selected just the right plaque cutter (and btw you can never have too many).  The right stencil (again, never too many).  I decided that they should be adorned with roses so I set about piping about 100 of them.  I agonized over each choice because I kept wondering if they could possibly be as good or better than last year’s.  Once they were done and ready, I took 156 photos of them over the course of 2.5 hours. (Cloudy skies, sudden sun, background indecision, and my inexperience all played a role…and you know the pressure of trying to get that perfect photo so that facebook can show it to 10% of your fans and 10% of that 10% can trouble themselves to hit “like” 😉 )

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The cookies left my hands and I returned to my house that now looked like a tornado ripped through.  The big question is, did I succeed in my mission?  I like to say I learn a lesson with every single batch of cookies.  This time around the lesson was that all of the stress and agonizing wasn’t necessary or even worth it…because even though I still like last year’s cookies better, I’m really happy with the way these came out, and I see it’s possible to have that opinion and not feel like I failed.

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