Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time...

Me (whining to husband): I think my cookies are a fail.
Him: That's what you get for messing around with Don Draper.

*sigh* I should have known better.
 
Are you ready for Sunday night?  You know, the return of Don, Betty, Joan, Peggy, Roger, Pete...the gang?

I'm talking about my beloved Mad Men.  Season 5 starts Sunday and I thought I would make some really cool Mad Men cookies to celebrate.

Really cool turned into a kinda fail.

Here's how these cookies came about...

Every now and then, I like to look at the "keyword" searches that bring people to the blog.  Most you might expect, like "Bake at 350" and "my royal icing is sticky."  Sometimes they are really, really funny...I've seen more than one search for "butt cookies."  Hmm.

Anyway, one day I came across someone who found my blog searching for "Tom Selleck cookies."  I've never made Tom Selleck cookies, but I have mentioned him in a post before.  So, I wondered what other "Tom Selleck cookies" might be out there.

I found these.  Awesome, right?

So, I thought I'd use the same technique to make Don Draper cookies.

They'd be all cool with captions like...

and...
As it turns out, my Don Drapers look more like Mitt Romney than anything else. Seriously...is that not the spitting image of Mitt Romney?!? I mean, Mitt is pretty handsome and all, but he's no Don Draper.

{I asked kiddo who they looked like and he said "a cross between Mitt Romney and that Blagojevich guy."  He knows of Blago...that scares me.}

IF you want to try this method, and be warned, it takes about 142 hours, here's what you'll do...

  • Find an image and resize it to the size you want.  Don't make it too small since you'll be cutting out small details.
  • Print one copy of the image in color...it's easier to see the edges this way, and another in black and white. 
  • Cut around the edges of the color copy.  This will be your template for the cookie shape.
  • Using an X-acto knife, cut away the black areas of the black & white copy.

  • Lay this cut-out on top of your dough.  Use a paintbrush to fill in the uncovered areas with food coloring. {I used a 1:1 mix of AmeriColor Super Black and water.}
  • Freeze the painted cookies for 10 minutes before baking to prevent spreading.  Then, bake as usual.
Oh, I also made a Joan.  I love Joan...a woman with curves...on TV!  Woot!  Let's hear it for the curvy girls!  {OK...I'll stop cheering now.}  The Joan cookies didn't turn out so hot, either.

Oh well...it was fun to try.  And I'm STILL excited about Mad Men.  I may even make a martini. On a Sunday night. {I won't; but quite possibly there will be a glass of wine involved...and cookies, definitely cookies.}

63 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this Jon! I mean, Dom. ;-)

    Neat technique! Did you eat these yourself, or give them away? I'm curious if baking the coloring in helps with not "painting" the tongue/teeth so much. Any advice?

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  2. Wow..this is just crazy intense! I saw glimpses of this on Instagram and wondered what is she up to now!? Now, I know. You were painting portraits. On cookies. No biggie.

    You amaze me!

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  3. These are so funny. I admire your honest approach. If I'd done them I'd have come up with a post about the nifty Mitt Romney cookies I made. :) You have WAY more patience than I do, I'm afraid.

    Very, very clever.

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  4. Kinda' looks like George W. Bush too! Neat technique, maybe cut out a few of the other dark areas; the area between the nose and lip and between the lower lip and chin?

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    1. That's what I immediately thought! That it was photos of a young President Bush =)

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  5. When you put Joan (cookies) next to him I can't believe anyone would mistake him for Mitt Romney.

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  6. How frustrating! I had a cookie fail last weekend - it is hard to admit to yourself that a design just isn't going to work. I love me some Mad Men too. I made Mad Men cookies recently on my blog :) http://notyourmommascookie.com/2012/03/mad-men-sugar-cookie/

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  7. PERFECTLY PERFECT! LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE!! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    (Have I made myself clear?)

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  8. When the picture was in my blog reader I thought it was so odd that you'd make Mitt Romney cookies. Haha.

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  9. Don't take it too hard...The perfection of Jon Hamm can't be copied ;)

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  10. Yep...totally thought that was supposed to be Mitt Romney.

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  11. I haven't seen this technique before and I certainly wouldn't consider this a cookie fail, not by a long shot. Love that you meticulously hand cut each of the cookies too.

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  12. well at least you tried, I would have looked at the idea and been all, nope printable sugar sheet it is.

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  13. OMG, that is so awesome! I do have to say that I totally would have thought it was Mitt Romney if I didn't know you better...since I do know you it is clearly Don Draper! I think these are so awesome and by no means a fail! AFter seeing the picture of Don it totally makes sense :) I will blame the picture...

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  14. This is neat, B!!! You gave me all sorts of ideas. And Mitt Romney is the perfect *fail* for this time of year :-).

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    1. Maybe some Health Care Reform cookies should be made to go with the "*fail.*" How about some presidential symbol cookies in place of the American Flag? After all, Old Glory must surely be an ultimate "fail" as well?

      Democrats. Can't even leave their snide comments behind when it comes to a simple cookie.

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  15. I absolutely love the pictures with captions! I should pin them onto my "hysterical" board! ;) And I kind of wish you hadn't mentioned Mitt Romney, because now that is who I see in those cookies! They are awesome, any which way!

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  16. I thought it was George W. Bush. lol. Cool Technique though.

    Nicole
    www.sugarandstitches.net

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  17. I think these are fantastic. I LOVE the technique!! And...someone once found my blog looking for "ugly cookies." So...at least you don't have *that* to contend with.

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  18. Oh my. That is an incredible amount of effort-I'm beyond impressed. I don't think I have it in me to try that complex of a design, but I do think this would be fun for Easter cookies :)

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  19. That's hilarious. I actually did think they were Mitt Romney at first! I bet it just takes some practice. :)

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  20. Such a cool idea! I must say it's hard for me to be excited about Mad Men returning because that means my beloved Walking Dead is done for now. So sad :(

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  21. I think he looks like George Bush!

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  22. Wow, you are incredibly gifted. Wish I had as much talent as you have in your baby finger LOL....I am not gifted at all.

    I was wondering if you have a recipe for an icing that is not so sweet that I could use to decorate cupcakes? But not just using whipping cream. I just purchased a icing decorating kid and want to try and make those simple but fancy swirled cupcake toppers for my grandsons first birthday.

    Anyway, thank you! Great post.

    Connie

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  23. My initial thought was Maxwell Smart from Get Smart. Same era, so you are in the ballpark! Pretty cool that you tried!

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  24. I thought he looked like George W. too! I make custom stencils for airbrushing and have done a lot of faces. If you open the image in editing software,convert it to black and white and then increase the threshold, you should get more of the defining features, especially the nose. Hope this was helpful. LOVE,LOVE YOUR BLOG AND COOKIES!!! makes me smile every morning (and my tummy grumble!)

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  25. I love Mad Men, and can't wait for Sunday!!

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  26. LOVE Mad Men! And it's coming back on my birthday - how sweet is that!

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  27. Am in awe of the lengths that cookie makers will go to...well, make cookies! But love how they can write about them, too. Such a fun post!

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  28. Whhatttt!? These are too good to be true! Seriously, far from a fail.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  29. When the two of them are together they look like Don and Joan. Otherwise, I think Mitt Romney is a good call. Maybe you have a start for an election night cookie party?

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  30. I think they're wonderful! Thanks for showing us the process, although I don't think I would have the patience to make them, at least now I know how!And, thanks for reminding me about Sunday night.
    Caroline

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  31. Madre mia, que ideas tan fantasticas, este me encanta. La probare. Un beso

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  32. Those are totally brilliant! What a great idea. :-) You always inspire me.

    Janet

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  33. i did something very similar to make a trololo man cake (youtube him!!!). The only difference was BEFORE i printed the image, i changed the settings and made it into a black and white...it automatically showed where the shading and everything needed to be!! turned out i think!!! you can see it here if you want: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1980709/trololo-guy-cake

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  34. I totally thought that was George W. Bush! That technique is SO cool!

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  35. I saw D. Draper right away...ok I'm a huge fan so that was easy ;-) Great job!

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  36. That is so cool. I did think it was George W. though:) But then I don't mad men. I would love to try this though. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Totally thought this was Mitt Romney at first! By the way, just started on my cookie adventure and I turn to your blog for everything! you are amazing!

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  38. I thought it was Mark Cuban at first glance!

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  39. This is hysterical. From Mitt to Blago to George to Get Smart to Mark Cuban--I love it! Thanks for the how-to. It will help me with my powdered sugar topping on my flourless chocolate cakes. After getting bored with simply shaking the powder, I began cutting a stencil for each occasion and sprinkling the sugar over that. My big fail came when I tried to stencil my son's face--he ended up looking like a bald, white bearded terrorist.

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  40. My son is looking at me like I'm crazy. He just doesn't appreciate the hilarity of this post. I love you Bridget! Ohmygoodness your stories make my day! Besides tjis is awesome. :)

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  41. Bridget, I love these! That's such a cool idea. Also the link to the Magnum cookies cracked me up. I think if you had cut out more of the darkish areas to give it more detail it would look exactly like Don Draper. And who better to eat in cookie form-- he's delicious! ;)

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  42. This may be because I just watched more episodes of Desperate Housewives than I care to mention, but I think they look like Duck (Paul Young on D.H.). I never remember the actor's name...

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  43. These are SO great! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. To be honest I think they're really cool. Different, and cool! Kind of like a stamped ink effect. Like!

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  45. Haha! What a cute and fun post. I love it! I really do work in advertising, so you should definitely trust me.

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  46. thats a nice idea. i have to notice...
    thank you!
    LIKE.

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  47. Bridget, I have never watched Mad Men, but think your cookies are fabulous, especially for the technique! I really want to try them using photos of not-so-famous people, like my famiy:) SO fun!

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  48. So funny! I totally thought they were Romney cookies at first glance! Love your blog, your food always looks so yummy!!!

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  49. I can't believe you think these cookies are a fail! Silly girl - they're AMAZING! I thought it was George Bush as first glance, but I so see Draper in all his lusciousness. Well done!

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  50. These are amazing! I will admit that at first I thought they were Mitt Romney. I can totally see Don now! I love Mad Men as well. What a tremendous effort you gave these!

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  51. I loved the 2 hours on Sunday!

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  52. Oh Bridget, you are so darned hilarious! I didn't see Mitt until you mentioned it. Then I couldn't get Mitt off my mind! I love this technique and applaud you for stepping out of the box with your cookies. Thankfully, I didn't see Blaggo in them and yes, it's sad that kiddo has an awareness of corrupt Illinois politicians! Still though, I love your cookies as always!

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  53. great post ty! Im really interested in making elvis cookies. I think you did well but what you were missing was the lines and shadows on his face. Please don't give up and try again. Next time make that curve he has under his lip that defines his chin make the curve under his nose that goes to his lip and also define his cheek bones. and I think you will not see mitt any longer. You did great on the eyes ! they are exact!
    nina

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  54. Hi Bridget,
    I was wondering what paint brush did you use?
    Thanks!

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  55. They look JUST like George W Bush, like identical!

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  56. I was just going to post that I thought they were George Dubbya cookies...and died laughing when I saw the commenter above me thought the same! Too, too funny.

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  57. I was just going to post that I thought they were George Dubbya cookies...and died laughing when I saw the commenter above me thought the same! Too, too funny.

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