11.10.2010

Monogram Wedding Cookies

It seems like only a few months ago, just 4 and a half really, that I was headed to the first wedding of my adult life. Until Boyfriend’s brother got married in June, the last wedding I had been to was my cousin’s close to 2 decades ago. Not even a teenager at the time, I had no idea how much went into a wedding. I thought you just bought a dress, showed up at a church with some flowers, and said “I do”. I had no clue about things like wedding planners and florists, fittings and cake tastings, rehearsal dinners and favors. But attending 3 weddings in the past 4 months has shown me there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than my younger self would have ever imagined. There’s probably a whole LOT more than my right-now self even knows about. But getting just the tiny glimpse of what goes into a wedding that I’ve had in the past few months, it makes me feel completely honored that someone would ask me to be a part of it.

When my best friend Kelli’s cousin, Ashley, got married, she asked if I would make cookies for their favors. Of course I said yes, and was totally excited to come up with some really awesome designs. Ashley and her husband Tim had met at a Halloween party, and wanted to incorporate the theme into their wedding, which they held on Halloween weekend of this year. We decided on pumpkins and an additional monogram “M” cookie for their last name, made with sugar cookies, cinnamon butter cream frosting, and topped with fondant. 

I haven’t worked with fondant too many times, so I’m still learning, especially about how much fondant really goes into things. I thought 2 and a half pounds was a huge amount. Definitely enough to cover a little over 200 cookies... Wrong. That was enough to cover a little over half. I had to make an emergency fondant run to finish the rest! And coloring that much fondant? I didn’t think I was going to be able to use my hands the next day. Talk about working through some pain. How in the world do those of you who use fondant regularly do it? Is there some trick to coloring 2 pounds of fondant that I don’t know about? Please share!


Despite a crazy work schedule that had me working on days I normally don’t, at times I’m normally home, waking up at the crack of dawn and not sleeping until well after midnight for almost a week straight, I surprisingly got everything done on time! Well almost on time. Never underestimate how long it takes to tie ribbons. Because it’ll take at least a half an hour longer than you think it will, making you a half an hour late for delivery… But in the end, after 7 hours of baking, 4 pounds of fondant, 3 pounds of butter, and 200 cookies, I had some absolutely beautiful wedding favors to deliver. Unfortunately, in my rush to get out the door, I didn’t have time to take pictures of them all packaged up, but believe me when I say they looked great!

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11 comments:

sarahe said...

wow--that is quite an undertaking! you did a great job!

Mara Bakes said...

When I want uniform coloring for big batches of fondant, i always color little batches at a time, them knead it into the white, that way You won't have to color one big pile all at once. Also before adding any drying agent (powdered sugar, corn starch etc...) you could actually throw it in a kitchenaid mixer and use the dough hook to color it as well, but it's much easier to just roll your sleeves up and knead like there is no tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

They were so beautiful and yummy too! I may have had about 4 cookies... Oops! I made sure to brag about you to anyone who would listen! It sucked that you had to work & couldn't make it =( ~Kelli~

oneordinaryday said...

Wow, that's a big job! The cookies look perfect. Good for you!

bigFATcook said...

Hey Busty baker:)) Your cookies look so adorable!!! :)) Just love them

Greets from BFC!!!

JehanP said...

So simple and classy, good job!

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

I came here from Foodgawker admiring your beautiful cookies. Then I went to click on "about me" I about fell out of chair because I recognized you from Gahanna. We went through school together! :) My maiden name was Lamneck. Love your blog....looks great! I will definitely be following! :)

Erin said...

I'm still too timid to try to work with fondant, but you did a beautiful job. Love the idea for weddings or really any party- it's the little details that make it so much more fun!

sana said...

Lovely your cookies!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get the tool used for the monogram? Love the cookie, I'm gong to try this for my daughters wedding.

Danae - The Busty Baker said...

@Anonymous I used a scrapbooking stamp for the monogram. It is actually this set that attaches to a clear stamp block that I purchased at my local Michaels craft store.

http://m.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/mProduct-Show?pid=sb3553

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