I planted sunflowers in a half whisky barrel in the front of my house. They got really tall, but the blooms were small and a bit disappointing. It's not that they didn't have enough water, my dad did a great job watering this summer. I think they needed more food, and I didn't feed my plants well this summer.
Fairbanks is a great place to grow sunflowers, especially if we have a warm summer. The long days help them grow really big. People are posting pictures of their giant, big sunflowers all over Facebook right now, and I'm feeling a little jealous since mine were so small and sad. So I decided to make some of my own sunflowers in cookies.
|I baked 3.5 inch round cookies and let them cool completely.|
Then I used a smaller cookie cutter and etched a circle for a
|I added a smaller circle for a frosting guide.|
|Brush away the crumbs left by the etching tool, those crumbs get|
stuck in the frosting and make a mess.
|I made the first ring of petals using a 103 tip.|
|Then the second ring of petals. Then let the|
cookies dry for a couple hours.
|I added the center frosting, filling as full as possible and making |
a little mound.
|Covered the center with chocolate jimmies, turned upside-down|
to get rid of the extra, and pushed them into the circle and
off the petals so they wouldn't stick.
|A plate full of sunshine!|
I used this cookie recipe and a very stiff royal icing recipe from SemiSweet Designs, except I added 3/4 cup water and not the full cup (because I wanted a really thick royal icing). Next time I will a little less water as this was still softer than I wanted.
I found the idea from SweetAmbs.
|6 cookies drying|
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September 2, 2013 Sunrise 6:33 am Sunset 9:05 pm Temp. H 71/L 50°F