Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mr. E & me sitting in a tree. . .

{.....K-I-S-S-I-N-G.....}

These cookies are inspired by my sister and her hubby who carve their initials in a tree wherever they live. {Insert "aww..." here.}

 
If you are ever on an Army base in Hawaii, and see a tree with a M + M carved on it, that's them. ;)

Even if you don't make the trees, the little initial hearts are about the easiest Valentine cookies EVER!  Just outline, flood and, the next day, use a food coloring pen to write on initials.  Easy Peasy.
 
The make the trees you'll need:
 
Cut out cookies using a circle cutter and with a knife, cut a thin rectangle.  Smoosh (technical term) together before baking to make a tree shape.


Once the cookies have cooled, outline the top of the tree and the trunk of the tree using #2 tips.  Pipe a heart in the center of the trunk. (The red icing won't be used until the next day, cover with plastic wrap, pressing onto the icing, and store in the fridge.)

Reserve some piping consistency green icing. Thin the brown and remaining green icing with water, a teaspoon at a time, stirring until it reaches the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and set aside.

After several minutes, stir the icings gently with a rubber spatula to pop and air bubbles that have risen to the surface.  Transfer to squeeze bottles.

 
Flood the tree top with the thinned green icing and the tree trunk in brown.  Use a toothpick to guide into edges and pop air bubbles.

 
Wait at least one hour, then with the #2 tip, pipe grass on the bottom of the trunk.  Let dry overnight.


With a fan brush and Chocolate Brown food coloring thinned with water, add the wood grain.  To make the wood grain, I used a technique I learned from Renee. You can see her wood grain on cookies video on University of Cookie (she's so good).


Thin the red icing with water, as described above and fill in the heart.

Let dry overnight.

The next day, use the food coloring pens to write on initials.

Have you ever carved your initials in a tree?  I'm thinking Mr. E & I need to.

60 comments:

  1. Actually, it IS gramatically correct. You wouldnt say 'I sitting in a tree'.

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  2. Awwwwww. And I'll add the k-i-s-s-i-n-g. (I know I'm 12 but I couldn't help it!)

    SO CUTE!

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  3. @Suburban Princess: I was going to say the same thing! I'm glad we both picked up on that :)

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  4. @Suburban Princess and @Jennifer Rzasa ....do you really think so? I was thinking it was Mr. E & I (are) sitting in a tree? Maybe I'll remove my disclaimer.

    I only wish my mom was still alive; SHE would know! ;)

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  5. Oh these would be so cute at a bridal shower!

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  6. SOOOOO adorable!!! Just love these!!!

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  7. OMGOodness!
    OMGoodness times 1000!!!!!

    Technically SPEAKING...which I rarely do...these are some of your most ADVANCED cookies.
    Smooshing those shapes together...the grass...the WOOD~WORK on the tree....embedding the HEART!
    WOW!
    These were a CREATIVE~high~teched process!

    EMOTIONALLY SPEAKING!...which I always do...these cookies are so ROMANTIC and adorable!
    Seeing T + G made my HEART beam!
    I turned to G and said LOOK!
    We are on this tree!
    Only YOU Bridget!
    Only YOU!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies!
    And how sweet that your sissy's initials are on that tree!
    You ROCK Girlie!
    YOU ROCKED THOSE COOKIES!
    Mr. E + B = TRUE LOVE Forever...and ever! xoxox

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  8. ADORABLE! Best valentines cookies I have seen so far!

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  9. Adorable!! I can almost picture you and Mr. E holding hands.

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  10. So cute! Once we were camping at a nearby lake and my hubby and I found our initials inside a heart already carved into the tree!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  11. So cute---you always have the best ideas. I need to get off my you-know-what and make some cute cookies like this, too.

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  12. These are the best! I'm totally trying them:) Thank you!

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  13. Super cute, just so fun!!! Love your trees. Great Valentine cookies.

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  14. Darling cookies! You make it look so easy. I spent hours making heart shaped cookies. How long does it take you to make and decorate cookies? Just curious.

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  15. OMG! SOO cute! I love every cookie you have done! So inspiring! No Really you are!

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  16. love these cookies! wish i had the time to make these this year. maybe next year.... :)

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  17. I love these. I keep going back to your posts again and again to see your fascinating icing projects!

    I would love to know what kind of tips, or icing etc you use. A photograph of it would be wonderful.
    Since I am new to baking, please bear with my amateurish questions.

    Thanks!!!

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  18. Cute, cute, cute cookies Bridget. Glad to see that the wood graining technique has come in handy :).
    Happy Valentines Day to you and Mr. E. On another exciting note...Congratulations! I am happy to give you the "Stylish Blogger Award" ! I too was a recent recipient and it's time to pay-it-forward. To find out more and see who your fellow award winners are visit here:
    http://kudoskitchenbyrenee.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-stylish-blogger-award.html

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  19. ok girl, you NEVER cease to amaze me!! oh so cute!!

    and........I see our initials on a TREE! ♥

    These are just THE most original and adorable VD cookies EVAH!!

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  20. Your sister and her husband have a wonderful tradition. I hope they have many more years together carving their initials in trees.
    Your cookies are the sweetest!

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  21. LOVE these!
    Hummingbird.....get ready!

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  22. So lovely and cute! Love the idea! Thanks.

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  23. Hi Bridget! I started using your techniques with my Christmas cookies and I haven't looked back since! My sister-in-law, Molly met you at the Pioneer Woman's lodge and she filled me in. Thanks to you, I've made some beautiful cookies. I just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and all the great ideas!

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  24. So gorgeous and clever, Bridget! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. ADORABLE!! These would would be great as an anniversary gift :)

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  26. Sooo cute! What a lovely idea!

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  27. Sigh.

    Now I want my husband and I to go carve our initials in a tree.

    And then eat cookies.

    I LOVE these. SOOO cute and creative!! Hope you have a fabulous Valentines Day with BOTH your boys!!

    xoxo

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  28. These are absolutely adorable! I can't get enough of your cookies!

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  29. Now I need these cookies, a sharp knife, and a tree to go carve some initials. :)

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  30. What a unique idea! I totally forgot that childhood "k-i-s-s-i-n-g" tune.

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  31. These trees are so cute! Never carved initials on a tree.. but I'm seriously considering! LOL :)

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  32. Too precious! I did this a lot when my hubby and I were in our teens. Yes, we're been together since 15. ;)

    Happy Valentine's!

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  33. Love it!

    My parents carved their initials into a tree when they were married in 1962 and as of 7 years ago, the tree is still standing - mom and dad couldn't find their initials any more - but that may have something to do with the tree's growth!

    Your cookies are (always) adorable!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  34. So so very cute. You're killing me this week :-)

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  35. These are too adorable! I looooove those trees! So sweet, and non-traditional!

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  36. These are so darn cute! I tried your rice krispie valentine treat recipe. It was easy and it tasted so good! I put a shout out about your blog on mine - hope you don't mind. Thank you for sharing all your creativity!

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  37. Adorable cookie and story! And I think its cute that they do that.

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  38. Ok, those are seriously the cutest things I've ever seen! You make them look so easy to make, too! I've never carved my initials into a tree, but I think it's a totally romantic thing to do...don't know if my metalhead boyfriend would be down with that... :)

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  39. These could not be any cuter. You are so incredibly talented.

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  40. These are just about the most precious cookies I have ever seen! SO creative you are :)

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  41. I LOVE this.....so cute. You are so creative.

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  42. this cookies are so original and sweet :X

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  43. Just discovered this blog....WOW!!! It will be on my list of daily haunts:) You have such talent! I love your kitty and I want one just like him.
    Gotta weigh-in as a teacher--it would be "I". It is a part of the subject and you would say "I am sitting in a tree". The way to check is to drop the other name. You wouldn't say, "Me is sitting in a tree." It would be "I am". Hope that makes sense.

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  44. stop it with your cuteness. you are fab...

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  45. What a CREATIVITY...I m impressed mostly with TREE SHAPE...very unique style and Writing NAME on it make it really AWESOME.

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  46. How stinkin cute are those? And your sister? Sweet!

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  47. You are truly a master at cookies and royal icing! I hope one day I can be 1/10 as able with this art! I'm scared to try but I really want to!

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  48. I was googling my first name..Bridget.. and stumbled upon tis sight. I too am named Bridget (with one T) and I too love sweets and love to decorate cookies (and cakes), as a matter of fact I was just eating a valentine cookie that I made. This is a really cool sight you have. Glad I came across it.

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  49. Wow its a great idea, they are really amazing cookies one should try them.

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  50. Wildwood TreesAmiable articles and the blogs really helped me a lot, thanks for the valuable information.

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