And I happened to be thinking about cookies as I passed the dollar aisle at Target the other day. I saw these adorable little mailboxes that, I have purchased in previous years. My kids used them to put “warm fuzzy” notes in.
This is when my kind of “a-ha” moment happened! (Someone call Oprah before she goes off the air). I could make sugar cookies that look like mail! Oh yesssss!
Making a simple rectangle cookie is the simple part. I used a ruler and a knife as I rolled them out, so they were roughly the same. Then I frosted with some royal icing. (recipe here) I frosted all the way to the edge. I’m trying to make a cookie look like an envelope…no small task.
As I experimented, I knew making the back of an envelope would be just as cute as the front. So why not do both?
Why not do both on the same cookie?
Friends, I frosted the front and back! Have I gone to far in the name of cookie mail? I don’t know, but I know I liked it. It’s like a reverse oreo. More frosting, more sugar, more cuteness.
In the name of frosting experimentation and my extreme indecisiveness, I made several versions. The first envelope is outlined and then glittered with disco dust.
Envelope #2 is my realistic version.
Just one more layer of frosting for the “flap.” No licking to seal, although it would taste great.
I also experimented with the stamps. I tried piping them right onto the cookie, and not filling it in (left). Then I tried making them on a piece of parchment, letting them dry, then attaching them with frosting (right).
Now that I’m all practiced up, I may make my kids’ teachers a mailbox full of “mail cookies.”
This isn’t a bad idea for someone you visit, as well.
And I for sure won’t forget to make some for my valentine. Included will be a “mushy gushy valentine” note, (as Junie B. would put it).
Okay, this one might be taking mushy, gushy too far. I ate this before my valentine could officially turn me in, to the cheezy police.
So let’s just bring it down a notch.
A simple message in a simple $1.00 mail box will do the trick, eh?
Checking the mailbox just got way more fun! If only there could be cookies (instead of bills) in my real mailbox… I can dream.
p.s. Soon, I will be sharing some recipes and more detailed cookie tips that work for me. Stay tuned if you want more!