Thursday, August 9, 2012

You're a Peach!

Peaches.  Peaches are my absolute favorite thing about summer.  Peaches and tomatoes. 
Am I right?
If you've never eaten a Texas peach, get yourself on down here quick.  I hear Georgia has peaches, too.  Have you ever been to Atlanta?  Did you notice that every other street is called Peachtree?  Nope, not confusing at all.

I lived in Atlanta for a bit after college, in flight attendant training for Delta.  Would you like to hear another flight attendant story?  Oh yay.

I remember my mom was so excited for me to go through training so I could come home and teach her the proper way to pack a suitcase.  I was looking forward to learning the best way to pop open a Coke can without breaking a fingernail.

Well, turns out...flight attendant training is really about the safety and health of the passengers, not packing suitcases and popping Coke cans.  Who knew?

One day in training, the instructor was talking to us about dehydration...signs a passenger might be dehydrated and a warning to avoid it ourselves.

"A lot of people walk around in a dehydrated state and don't even know it," our instructor said.  A sweet girl in my class raised her hand and asked, "Is Georgia one of those dehydrated states?"

And that's my flight attendant story for the day.


Let's make some decorated peach cookies!  You'll need:
  • peach shaped sugar cookies
  • royal icing tinted peach (using a mix of AmeriColor Soft Pink & Lemon Yellow), chocolate brown, and leaf green
  • disposable icing bags
  • couplers and tips: #2, #4, & #3
  • squeeze bottles, one preferably with a small, removable tip
  • toothpicks
  • clean paintbrushes (2)
  • cotton swab
  • AmeriColor Soft Pink & Lemon Yellow food coloring
  • meringue powder
  • clear sanding sugar
Use a #2 tip to outline the body of the peach in peach icing. Reserve some of the piping consistency icing.

{I made peach by mixing together AmeriColor soft pink & lemon yellow colors.  No real ratio here...mix it a bit at a time until you get the shade you desire.}

Thin the remaining peach icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into squeeze bottle.

Fill in the outline with the thinned flood icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

Use a #4 tip to pipe a stem with brown icing.

For the leaves, thin the icing as directed for the peach icing, but instead of thinning it all the way, stop when the ribbon of icing is thicker than regular flood icing, and disappears in 12-15 seconds.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Transfer the icing to a squeeze bottle with a smaller tip. (Usually these are bottles with removable tips.  Use the one provided or use a #2 icing tip.)  Pipe an outline with this slightly thinned icing and immediately fill entirely with the same icing.

Switch the tip on the peach piping icing to a #3 and pipe detail onto the body of the peach. It's very similar to making a heart.

Let the cookies dry uncovered overnight or 6-8 hours.

The next day, mix about 1 drop of each soft pink and lemon yellow colorings with 2 drops of water. Combine with a paintbrush.
 
Dip a cotton swab into the mixture, blot on a paper towel until most of the color is gone, then dab onto one side of the cookie.

Let dry for 30 minutes.

If desired, add some sparkly peach "fuzz."  When I make cookies, sometimes get indecisive about whether I like with sanding sugar or without.  Instagram voted "with," and I agree, but feel free to skip this step if you like fuzz-free.

Mix 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder with 1/2 teaspoon water.  Brush onto the body of the peach, sprinkle on the sanding sugar and shake off the excess.  I use a basket-style coffee filter to catch the excess.

Peachy keen, jellybean.


75 comments:

  1. These are adorable! And now I know why I am a horrible pastry decorator, because it requires patience of which I have zero. :)

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  2. You gave me a very good chuckle with this flight attendant story, Bridget! I hesitate to put my safety into the hands of someone who asks that questions. :) These peaches are such fun! I love the darkened highlight that you did on each peach.

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  3. I'm just in love with that perfect peach color!! Beautiful cookies and photos!

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  4. Wow, these look to good to eat. What a perfect gift!

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  5. These are so beautiful, you have mad cookie decorating skills! Also, I loved your dehydrated state sorry! I love Georgia, it's one of my fave places in America but when my sister studied there for a semester (we're from the UK) she got asked all kinds of crazy questions...my favourites were 'do y'all have pizza in England' and 'England..is that in France' plus my sister was from the University of Reading (pronounced Red-ing) and one girl saw her school jumper and said 'You're from the university of Reading? that's so cute, do they teach you how to read there'!!! Gotta love the South!

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  6. so cute!! And I like the peach fuzz. Without fuzz, it might as well be a nectarine :)

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  7. These are so adorable! I have never made a decorated cookie before and I think this should be my first attempt!

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  8. I could never ever get tired of your flight attendant stories. I just wish you had been my flight attendant when I was in Atlanta!!

    These cookies are especially adorable. LOVE!! They even look fuzzy!!

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  9. I love your flight attendant stories and look forward to the next installment! These are the first peach decorated cookies I've seen and they are lovely. The sanding sugar was the perfect finishing touch.

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  10. I think I read once that georgia is one of those dehydrated states.
    Georgia and Kansas, I think.

    Anyway, the fuzz wins for sure!

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  11. I think they look beautiful either way - but the fuzz definitely ups the awesome factor!

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  12. Oh dear, thanks for the chuckle though! Loving your flight attendant stories, and those peaches really are just peachy. LOVE them! Awesome added detail in color and 'fuzziness'!

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  13. Oh my GARSH! I think I know her! :) That story is hilarious and yes, Georgia is definitely one of those dehydrated states.

    Now, about those cookies. They are my most favorite EVAH!!! I think they could become my signature cookie. Don't you?

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  14. If these don't bring a smile to your face first thing in the morning I just don't know what would!! Absolutely adorable. And the fuzz factor sealed the deal :) ~Megan

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  15. Do you ever wonder what happened to that sweet girl?

    Those cookies are too pretty to eat! And I miss Texas peaches - especially in Blue Bell ice cream. We have peaches in Northern California but they aren't really the same. I miss being a little girl sitting on top of my grandfather's John Deere eating a peach that dripped down my chin and bathing suit. And then jumping down and just hosing it all off. Ahhhh, to be a kid again!

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  16. I just love these Bridget. I really want to try my hand at cookie decorating and may try with these! The fuzz is outstanding!

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  17. OMG that story is hilarious!!!........and what did the instructor reply? lol

    These cookies are SOOOOO adorable! now I'm craving peaches!

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  18. OMG dehydrated state, that would so be my friend, cracks me up. And the cookies are just peachy. Yeah I said it.

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  19. Those peaches are so pretty. They look delicious and now I want to eat a peach. I never knew that trick of MP and water to add sanding sugar after the icing is dry. Thanks for the tip!
    I love your flight attendant story. I am retired from Southwest Airlines (27 years) and my daughter is a flight attendant for Virgin America. I make cookies for her crew all the time and just made their new uniforms into cookies to celebrate their 5 year anniversary. Her crew loved them.
    Kris from So Cute Cookies

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  20. Bridget, these are beyond gorgeous! I couldn't wait to see them after the IG posts. I love the fuzz!

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  21. Peaches are the best. They're one of my favorite fruits!

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  22. So beautiful Bridget! You're creations are always such a work of art :)

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  23. I love these cookies, Bridget! So pretty. :-)

    I'm giggling so hard over your flight attendant story. :-P

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  24. Oh my gosh... I would have died when that girl asked that question!!! These cookies are beyond adorable. You are amazing!!

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  25. That is hysterical (and I'm glad I wasn't in your class because that way I know it wasn't me who asked that question... totally could see that coming out of my mouth).
    I want these cookies - can I just hire you to make them for me? They are fantabulous!

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  26. Those are really pretty. Love that icing color! Funny story!

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  27. Thanks for the laugh and the eye candy!

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  28. How amazing are these?! Just too cute :)

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  29. I love that story! Too cute! And the peach cookies are adorable!!

    KK

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  30. This looks super yummy, I just made a peach pie on my blog, you should check it out!

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  31. Gorgeous! Where I can found the peach cookie cutter?

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  32. Georgia is the Peach State so of course we love peaches in Atlanta! Thanks for sharing this! They are perfectly peachy!

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  33. Those peach cookies are too adorable - and perfect with the sanding sugar!

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  34. I love peaches!I am assuming these cookies count as a fruit serving right?

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  35. Those are so beautiful and graceful! I would be afraid to eat them! But of course, that would only last maybe 10 minutes. Then I'd scarf it down :)

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  36. As you can probably tell by my "name," I'm a Georgia girl and ATL native. These cookies are perfect and I cannot wait to make them! Thanks for the peachy inspiration.

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  37. I want one of these in my mouth right now! Thank you for the step by step instructions.

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  38. I love the peach fuzz so I definitely agree with that. They're so cute. I love peaches but only if they're fresh. Canned or yoghurts, etc. with peaches in is a big no no. Yes, I'm weird. And yes, I realise these aren't actually peaches. Hehe!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  39. These are SO PRETTY and delicious looking!!!! (And I'm so glad you told us your story!)

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  40. These cookies are adorable and I love the fuzz! I laughed out loud at your flight attendant story. Unfortunately I had a bad experience with an airline that kept us on a plane forced to land due to an engine problem for 3 1/2 hours; they wouldn't let us get off for food or water...I almost passed out from dehydration until they realized that had to give me something or medics would have to come on the plane...all so they wouldn't have to file a report. Craziness!

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  41. The fuzz is my favorite! Darling as always.

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  42. These cookie look amazing! The colour is just so beautiful, looks like perfect fresh peaches. Yummie, I would like to have on right now!

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  43. Hi Bridget!!! I'm from Brazil! I LOVE your blog and I love everything you do!! Sorry for my bad english... I have a question for you! I can not easily find Meringue Powder in Brazil, so i'm thinking of using egg white powder. To stick to the cookie sanding sugar, can I use egg white powder with water instead os using meringue powder and water?? Do you no how can I do that? Thank you very much!!!!!

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  44. How much would I LOVE to fly with YOU as a flight attendant on Delta!
    There's nothing like the sound of the way the flight attendants pop open those cans.
    Seriously!
    These PEACHY cookies are perfection!
    LOVE the fuzz!
    Scrumptious and lovelier than lovely!
    I'll have to say~in Alabama it's all about CHILTON County peaches!
    When we're in the country on the farm we slice up a bowl of peaches~sprinkle them with sugar~and pour very cold milk in the bowl. My mom likes to eat hers with Powdered Sugar Toast~which is a slice of toasted buttered bread sprinkled with powdered sugar.
    Love these sweet girl!
    You're the PEACHyest girl I know!
    xo

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  45. Like I said on Instagram- I just love these to death. Great job!

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  46. where do you get the bottles from? Thank you thank you thank you for your wonderful tutorials!!! I actually think I might be able to make some pretty cookies now!=0)

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    1. never mind, just saw your post. =0) saw some at michaels and now I know. =0)

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  47. These are gorgeous!!! If only I had the patience you have to make such beautiful cookies!

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  48. These might just be my favorite cookie you've ever made...the sanding sugar on the peach cheeks catapulted them right to the top of my list!

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  49. How beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial and the flight attendant story with it! Pinning it!

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  50. As always... Lovely! And, I do love the flight attendant training story. By the way... The cover of your book, just like your baking, is PERFECTION! xo

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  51. I looove peaches. Even more so because the three peach tress in my back yard aren't quite making it and I dream of tons of peaches. This post just took it to a whole new level. Peaches and cookies? Yum. :)

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  52. Hi, glad to discover your blog. I love fresh peaches but unfortunately, they are sold very expensive in this part of the world that I come from - Malaysia! Love your blog and your cookies recipes..very pretty too.

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  53. We do love our peaches way down here in Georgia! Maybe she thought Georgia was a dehydrated state since they call it Hot-lanta!! LOL! These cookies are perfect &....peachy keen!

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  54. Really sweet cookies! I will wait on Valentine's day to us it as my weapon :)

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  55. This Georgia "Peach" approves and wishes she could taste one of the beauties! Destiny

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  56. Gorgeous! I know many sweet peaches that would love to get a bushel of these.

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  57. oh my gosh those are so cute!! i love the painted decorations!

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  58. LOL who could concentrate on the cookies after the state of Georgia? I'm cracking up!

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  59. Dang it! I really needed to learn how to pack a suitcase. OK, instead I will take the lessons on how to make these BEAUTIFUL peachy cookies. Love the way you styled these beauties in the little containers. So happy Bridget :)

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  60. Your peach cookies are perfect, and I let out a chuckle from your story:)

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  61. These cookies are absolutely adorable! I, too, am in love with peaches at the moment.

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  62. Love love the details!!!! Peaches are my favorite part about summer too...well that and sleeping in!

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  63. Lovely, perfect, marvellous.

    Congratulations for your page, it´s nice.
    Kisses from Spain-Europe

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  64. Love peaches. And it's maybe my favourite part of summer. As for these cookies? Bloody adorable. Such a talent. Lovely.

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  65. OMG this really is really amazing....the whole procedure could be a fun activity if your partner loves to eat and cook with you

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