Monday, February 23, 2015

Oui! Oui! Let's go to Paris!

{Please tell me that you pronounced that PARE-EE.}

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors

I've spent many of my cookie decorating years with a deep-seated fear.
The fear of the Eiffel Tower Cookie.

easy eiffel tower cookies with how-to and inspiration
I mean, it's big, and detailed, and involves lots of diagonal lines. Piping diagonal lines well is not a gift that God bestowed upon me. It's ok...I'm still gifted at EATING cookies with diagonal lines, so there's that.

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors
So, we "adopted" kiddo's French teacher for dinner one night recently. During one designated week at school, each faculty member's family gets adopted and a school family will drop dinner off for them one night.

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors
I knew immediately that cookies would be part of the deal. Madame Bracht helped me with the French names for flowers in writing Decorating Cookies Party.

I also knew that it was time for me to face my fears...the tower of cookie decorating terror, er, the Eiffel Tower.

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors
Things didn't go well when I started with pictures of the actual Eiffel Tower. Then, I found this drawing. I loved that it was still the Eiffel Tower, but it was a little whimsical. It had a few scallops and the x's weren't perfect. It was exactly what I needed for inspiration.


Here's what you'll need to make your own Paris Cookie set:

The cookies were outlined, then flooded with thinned icing. To thin icing for flooding, add water a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of maple syrup. Stir gently with a silicone spatula. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and fill in the outlines.

easy eiffel tower cookies with inspiration and how-to
Once dried, the details were added...for the Eiffel Tower details, the details were piped with a #1 tip. 

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors
For step-by-step instructions for decorating the poodle cookies, click here. (Old post, but decorated in the same manner.) 
a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors

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Even without the other cookies, I love these hearts. A heart cookie with a black outline is one of my favorites. 

a paris-themed decorated cookie set: eiffel tower, poodles, and hearts in soft colors
Is there a cookie design that is scaring you? I say, go ahead and try. Look for the whimsical, not-so-literal translation. Remember...it's just a cookie!

Bonjour, mon cherie!



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15 comments:

  1. As always, your cookies are so cute, so adorable and so charming. I'll just bet Kiddo's French teacher loved them, non?

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  2. Gorgeous! I'm curious...what did you make for the rest of the dinner? The adoption idea is wonderful!

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  3. I an so mad that I am not going to Cookie Con this year, I so would have loved to meet you...but am going to Philly to see Pope Francis instead...the cookies look great and i always love your style of decorating, and I agree, its only a cookie...

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  4. Adorable!! How have you been afraid of these cookies? They are PERFECTION!!

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  5. Oui oui! Those cookies make me want to call my travel agent toot sweet! Wait. I don't even have a travel agent. Expedia will have to do! :)

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  6. Très chic!!! You're right. Eiffels are a real pain in the derrière.
    I'm so glad I could incorporate some of my better French in this comment. :-/

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  7. Bridget!! These are stunning!! Love your work!! xo

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