Gingham is my absolute favorite pattern! It is such a classic. When I saw Glory's (Glorious Treats) perfectly beautiful gingham cookies, right away I thought of trying a red gingham cookie. Red gingham makes me think of picnics, and I thought I would add cute, little ants to liven up the "tablecloths".
By the way, have you seen Lisa's (The Bearfoot Baker) amazing ant/picnic cookies?!? If you haven't, you MUST!
My gingham cookies did not turn out nearly as pristine as Glory's, but think of them as a thrift store find~well worn, vintage tablecloths that have been to many picnics over the years! Even so, I kinda like how they turned out:) I think the ants are rather cute too, except for the one at the bottom that looks squished.
Hmmm, and come to think of it, I suppose the ant "tracks" should technically only be on one side of the ant~oops! Oh well, just pretend they walked back and forth:)
Gingham Picnic Cookies
*The cookies are my favorite sugar cookie/royal icing combo, and the cookie cutter used was a 5-inch by 3-inch rectangle.
*I outlined the baked cookies with white royal icing, then filled the cookies with thinner white royal icing and let them dry overnight.
*I made a template (as shown on Glory's post) using cardstock and cutting alternate 1/2-inch strips with an exacto knife (which wasn't sharp enough), leaving 2 extra inches on either end.
*Laying the template over the white cookie* I sprayed red Wilton Color Mist (food color spray)
over the cookie/template, lifted it carefully and let it dry for about 10 minutes.
*I then laid the template over the cookie in the opposite direction and sprayed again.
*I waited about an hour, then used black tinted royal icing and with a #2 tip made some ants on the cookie. I made the ant tracks/ant legs with a black edible marker.
*Let dry completely.
*On Glory's cookie, she first did a light spray over the entire cookie before using the template, but I didn't realize that until I had finished the cookies.
Enjoy your picnic and don't forget the cookies!