Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Deep in the HEART of Texas

There is just something fun about living in Texas. I didn't fully appreciate it until we moved out-of-state for a few years. While Alabama was beautiful and I'd move back in a heartbeat, I missed Texas. That's silly to miss a state, right? Texas isn't the most beautiful and I certainly could do without the humidity in the area where we live now, but I still somehow feel that Texas pride.


I think Lyle Lovett captures Texas in music so well....my absolute favorite is That's Right (You're Not From Texas) , but Texas wants you anyway...take a listen if you have time. What I love about Texas:

  • bluebonnets,
  • boots & jeans are acceptable attire just about anywhere,
  • the Astros,
  • my grocery store sells Texas-shaped tortilla chips and crackers,
  • driving down any country road, you are liable to get a "steering wheel wave" from every passing pick-up truck....you know what I'm talking about...the hand doesn't leave the top of the steering wheel, but the fingers go up, or you might just get a one-finger acknowledgement. No, not that finger...Texas is friendly! :)
  • Tex-Mex...in particular, Chuy's
  • beef , not pork, BBQ and the Lone Star Beer to go with it.

So, my husband left for work today with these Texas cookies for a few customers.



  1. Using a #2 or #3 tip, pipe the outline of Texas in white royal icing.

  2. Pipe a vertical line a little less than halfway across and then a horizontal line across the rest of the cookie to section off the areas of the flag.

  3. Thin blue, red and white icing to a syrup-like consistency and cover with a damp dishtowel. Let sit for several minutes. When ready to begin, stir gently with a rubber spatula and pour into a squeeze bottle. (Blue: AmeriColor Royal Blue with a drop of AmeriColor Navy, Red: Spectrum Super Red)

  4. Fill in the left half of the cookie in blue. Use a toothpick to guide into corners.

  5. Fill in top of cookie in white.

  6. Fill in bottom of cookie in red.

  7. Let dry for at least one hour.

  8. Change the tip on the un-thinned white icing to a #4. Pipe a star near the center of the blue section. If desired, lightly dampen finger and tap out any ridges in the star.

Here are a few more Texas cookies I've made over the years:

I love these yellow rose cookies. Someday, I need to learn the words to the "Yellow Rose of Texas".
These cookies were for one of my sister's best friend's weddings. The bluebonnets were drawn on with food coloring markers.

13 comments:

  1. Texas is the best! Great cookie!

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  2. great post! I'm glad we've lived in Texas so we know where you're coming from.
    beautiful cookies too. Texas does have about the best SHAPE for a state.

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  3. I loved the cookies and the yankie crowd is still talking about how cute they were!
    But the best part is how yummy they tasted!

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  4. Wow! I just found your blog and you are really talented with these cookies! Love them! But what I reaslly loved is that you seem to love Bill Murray as much as I do, lol. He's too cute! I am adding you to my fav blogs for sure!

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  5. O.k., you are too talented! Everytime I come here I'm amazed!!

    I've not lived in Texas, but I've been there. And my dog is from Texas. Seriously, the rescue I got her from found her in Houston on the side of the highway. The only time I've been to Texas was when I flew to Houston to pick her up. :)

    I'm adding you to my blogroll because I love your work!

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  6. Aran....hi! I'm so glad you found me and now I've found YOUR blog...yum!!! Oh, Bill...that is so neat that you love him, too. I'll fight you for him. :)

    AngiePangie...you are too sweet! Thanks!

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  7. I love that song! I did a post about Go Texan Day a year or so ago with that song as the title. No where else does the entire state dress up to celebrate their heritage! Every Texan I know has had a portrait taken in a Western shirt and cowboy hat. And can you imagine wearing earrings in the shape of Montana?... Hey, I like your funky rectangular earrings.

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  8. WOOHOO for Texas cookies! Can you tell him from Texas :-)

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  9. This is the time of year I search for cute holiday cookies ~ yours are the best! But... being from Texas, the cookies that took my breath away were the bluebonnet cookies! I live in the bluebonnet city (Ennis), so I may have to copy those and make a few for my friends who visit during Bluebonnet Trails in April.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  10. Where'd you get your Texas cutter? I expected HEB would have them, since they have everything Texas shaped! But nope.

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  11. I like texas also the cookies.Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I am pouring over your recipes and gorgeous photos! I don't like cooking but I do like baking! I'm in Heaven here! And to find out your from atexas, well that just raised it all up several notches ;)
    From a new fan in Big D

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  13. I love these cookies! I'm a Texas gal living in Iowa and I MISS my beautiful Texas everyday. I will definitely be making these cookies!!! Thank you for sharing!

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