Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gingham Picnic Cookies

 
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!

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46 comments:

  1. I LOVE these!! I'm so glad I was able to offer a bit of inspriation (thanks for the link)! These are so cute and perfect! You always have such fun and creative ideas!

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  2. I seriously can't get enough of your beautiful cookies!!!! Such cute, creative ideas, and so beautifully done! I always love seeing your new ideas! :o)

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  3. How adorable!! They turned out perfect!!
    I just love all of the "Picnic" themed cookies - I saw Glory's cookies yesterday and Lisa's a few days ago. You guys are all AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing. AJ@queenofmynest

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  4. Love these! The squished ant is my fault. I stepped on him. ;)

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  5. How adorable for upcoming picnics...if it stops raining here in Seattle:-D!

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  6. I just saw these adorable cookies on Pinterest and had to pop over - so cute and the perfect way to welcome summer!

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  7. I think you did a great job, the cookies turn out so beautiful. The little ants are just cute.

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  8. Very cute and fun idea. i have not had any luck with the colored sprays.

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  9. These are awesome! Great job with the little detail of the ants!!

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  10. I have never seen anything cuter than these!!!!

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  11. Oh the little ant footprints are such a sweet little touch! So precious! I wouldn't mind those ants crawling on my tablecloth! HA!

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  12. Sue, they are absolutely beautiful! And I love the addition of the little ants. So cute!!!

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  13. I cannot wait to try these Munchkin Munchies!! I just picked up some red spray recently!!! These are the cutest!!!

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  14. Oh Sue!! These are too cute for words! So clever and creative! I love the way they look! I must try this gingham soon!

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  15. And I get to eat them when we go on picnic for my birthday in 3 days :)

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  16. CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOUR brain!!!

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  17. So stinkin' cute!!! Love the gingham and adore the little ant trail and ant!

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  18. Absolutely ADORABLE!! I love the ants and gingham! Your "tablecloths" are perfect with the cute little ants and the ant tracks! Thanks for the link and I LOVE these!!!

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  19. Love your meandering ants and the gingham pattern is perfect!

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  20. How sweet - and what a terrific job you did with the gingham!

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  21. I am enjoying your site .... cookies are wonderful. What was used here for the spray "... "first did a light spray over the entire cookie before using the template." Thanks.

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    1. It's Wilton Color Mist~food color spray. I bought it at Michael's. Have fun!

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  22. I just love it over here...your amazing! I want to so try these...gingham is one of my favourite things. Have a great week. xoxo

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  23. OMG Sue! Just when I think you can't top the last one, you do! These are absolutely adorable!

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  24. I tried this technique too on some Easter cookies - my knife was not sharp enough either and the edges of the paper became too wet and made the spray bleed. I think next time I will make a template on plastic. These are precious though!!!

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  25. Another sweet cookie. I'm always happy when you show up on my reader! Cute cookies make my day. Thanks.

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  26. super cute!! What a great idea! I've tried the color mist spray on cakes before and wasn't too thrilled with the results. but now I have a new application for it!! thanks!

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  27. These are PERFECT Sue! I absolutely love them! I've never tried the color mist, but they would be so fun with some barbecue cookies. I love the little ants too! You're so creative!

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  28. Love, Love, the ants are what I love the most! So cute!

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  29. The cuteness over here just never ceases to amaze me!

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  30. OH my goodness... I am just seeing these!!! ADORABLE. I have been excited to try Glory's technique too....but I am knee deep in First Communion and Birthday cookies....but I definitely plan on trying it out! Your ants are too cute!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Love your little "additions" to Glorious' gingham look. Love the "vintage" thought, but my thought is they look delish!!!

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  32. How cute are these?!? I would never attempt something like this, but my best friend has a bakery. I will make her make these for me. :) Great job!

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  33. oh. my. gosh. I can't believe those are cookies! They look aMAzing! Would you share them here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/shine-on-fridays-24-and-giveaway.html

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  34. Really knocked it out of the ball park with these cookies!! I love the little ants!! Great Job!

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  35. Thanks for linking up, I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/bloggy-bootcamp-st-louis/
    Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  36. Oh wow!! Cutest.cookies.ever!! Love the gingham. And the ants are darling! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  37. so that's what the pattern is called! gingham! Thanks for letting me know! I've always wondered!

    Amanda

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  38. I think I have already told you a million times how wonderful these cookies are but thought I would say it again! They are wonderful!!! Thanks for adding them to the link party!

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