I made the icing plan -- sketching out on paper what I thought would be cute.
I have to do this. When I sketch it out, it helps me to know which frosting to put on first; what areas I'll have to let dry before I put another color on; when to put on the sprinkles, etc, etc, etc!
I made two mistakes this time.
I'll show them to you. Mistakes aren't bad; they help me do better next time. Thankfully, mistakes taste the same as successes.
First mistake: I over baked my cookies. I did a little change to my cookie dough. Why? I have no idea! I have a great recipe. Lesson learned: don't mess with the dough!
Second mistake: I tried to decorate when there was too much going on at home. "Mom!" "Mom!" "Mom!" Even though I had a plan, I didn't pay enough attention to the fact that it really wasn't working!
Here are the goods!
|USA, hearts, stars, and celebration cupcakes.|
|Stars and stripes makes for festive cookies.|
|While the USA was the easiest, they stood out|
with all of the other decorated cookies.
|The celebration cupcakes is our favorite.|