Life was a little too hectic to get a cake complete for Audrey's Baby-Shower-Brunch, but Stormie and I did some really extremely simple, yet truly delectable sugar cookies (made with real butter) on sticks (slightly varied from pastry chef Michelle Bommarito's recipe) and popped them into clear treat bags (as favors) and then into vases, creating non-arranged "bouquets."
Real-Butter Sugar Cookies. Each recipe makes about 12-14 nice-sized, 5/8" thick cookies for sticks.3 Cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 sticks unsalted, softened butter 1 Cup granulated suagr 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract ^^^^^ Sift together the flour and baking powder and salt. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and both extracts. ^^^^^ Slowly add flour mixture, about 1 cup at a time and stir until well incorporated. ^^^^^ Form the dough into a disc and refrigerate for about 15 minutes (while oven heats up). ^^^^^ Pre-heat oven to 375-degrees F. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to approx. 5/8" thickness and cut shapes. Place the cookies on a parchament-lined cookie sheet. Poke skewers into the cookies (carefully, kind of twisting). I used 2 different lengths, but for a vase arrangement, the longer the skewer, the better. ^^^^^ Bake for 10 minutes (edges will just be starting to turn slightly brown). Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before picking them up. This helps the stick set fully. Glaze and decorate.
I am anxious to try it with lots more decorating sometime, but these were very delicious!
Audrey was, of course, beautiful and glowing. She got lots and lots of great gifts. She is due on May 1st, also-known-as May Day and it is The National Day of Prayer! A good day for a baby to arrive, I am thinking!
Bake yourself some cookies!…Jeanie
NOTE TO BEN & AUDREY: Looking forward to the May flowers brought on by the April Shower! (Keep up with Audrey-Ben-Alyssa news here: http://audreykesler.wordpress.com/
NOTE TO SELF: Remember to take more pictures at parties. Yikes!
pictured: (click on the thumbnails to see full picture better!) cookies on sticks and Audrey; cookies in process; a couple of views of the diaper cake and the guest-list/guess the baby stuff sign-in; the outdoor sign which beckoned guests, Audrey opening gifts, April Showers bring May flowers