Do you have fireflies at your house? We don't...and I miss them.
I grew up in this part of Texas, and I know we had fireflies. What do you think it will take to bring them back? Engraved invitations? A signed pledge to never put them in a jar? How about cookies? Well, maybe they won't entice the fireflies, but they'll make me feel better.
- insect and mason jar-shaped sugar cookies (I used a template for the mason jars.)
- royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor Egg Yellow, Electric Blue (two shades), grey (from Super Black), Bright White, and Super Black
- disposable icing bags
- couplers and tips (#2, #4, #1)
- squeeze bottles
- hologram gold disco dust
- small paintbrushes (2)
- meringue powder
Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed. Pour into squeeze bottles as needed.
Let the cookies dry for at least one hour.
Thin the yellow icing with water, but instead of using the "ribbon method" above, make it a bit thicker. Run a knife through the icing, and when at the correct consistency, the line formed by the knife will disappear in 12-15 seconds. 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 an icing bag fitted with a #4 tip.
Pipe dots of the thinned yellow icing onto the jar. Lightly swirl a toothpick in the center to dislodge any air bubbles.
Fill in the outline on the fireflies.
Use a #2 tips to add wing and body details to the fireflies. Use a #1 tip to pipe the eye, mouth and antennae.
Use a #2 tip to add detail to the jar lid.
Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours or overnight.
BUT, if you want some serious sparkle on those little buggers...
Once the icing is completely dry, add the disco dust. Mix together equal parts meringue powder and water. Brush the mixture onto the yellow areas. Sprinkle on the disco dust and shake of the excess over a basket-style coffee filter. (Use as a funnel to pour the excess back into the container.)
Disco dust will stick even to dry areas, so use a dry paintbrush to brush it away.
Do you have fireflies in your yard? Can you box some up and send them this way?!?