No, not Art the person- Art the culture of creativity and love.
Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make cookies for my sister Renée and her friend Peg to serve at their Studio, as part of the Stanislaus County Artists Open Studio Tour. This was a super fun and exciting project. And I salute Renee and Peg's wonderful art with these Artist’s Pallet cookies.
Oddly enough, when once I had the mis en place (premeasured ingredients) set up for two double batches of this cookie, it hit me what a white pallet was going into this artist’s pallet! My (baking) art was looking pretty bland at this point, but as they say, never judge a book by its cover!
For those of you who enjoy making or eating pretty cut out cookies, but who maybe prefer a not-so-sweet and not so firm cookie, this recipe comes out on the low end of sweetness, and cake-y. Once you add frosting, however, you have lots of sweet!
The recipe is from Food TV’s Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman). She calls it the “Christmas Cake Cookie” and you can get the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/christmas-cake-cookies.html
The ingredients are basic pantry ingredients such as flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with the added richness of sour cream. The recipe also calls for vanilla bean seeds. I tried it with both the seeds scraped out of a vanilla bean, and a second time with vanilla paste (which includes the seeds) and it comes out well either way. If you substitute the vanilla paste, use 1 ½ tsp paste in place of both vanilla extract and seeds.
Like many rolled and cutout cookies, this recipe required refrigeration before rolling. Then the fun begins as you can see here.
Once you start cutting the cookies out (with Mr. Bee’s help) you can begin to see what the finished product will be like. Cut, bake, cool, then you have a chance to decorate. True fun there, and I can pretend that I too am a baking artist.
For this batch, I used Royal Icing made with pasteurized egg whites. You can easily find recipes on the web, and I like Julia Usher’s recipe found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO0_aNbL6Do
I love working with color, and in this cookie that is a double entendre, because the colored frosting gets to mimic paint colors. So much fun! Especially when you begin to see the final product below!