On New Year’s Eve, I resolved to make fewer cookies in 2014. I blew it on day two. It’s not that I don’t love cookie-ing; I’m just worried that it has become my thing. As in the thing I do.
Seeing as I couldn’t not make cookies for a whole week, it probably actually is my thing and resistance is pointless. And if I’m going to do my thing, I want to do it well. New resolution: make good cookies in 2014.
My colleagues gave me an opportunity to do my cookie thing this week. The staff threw a panda-theme birthday party for our crazy, wonderful, should-be-in-a-sitcom Managing Director. Pandas are her thing. My task was to make cookies (obviously; it is my thing.)
I decided almost immediately that I wanted to incorporate bamboo. Black and white is a bit monotonous and green gives them a good punch of color. I used food coloring to paint bamboo onto the cookies. Here’s a brief tutorial:
Step 1: space the lines. You can do this with a ruler or with your eyeballs. Mark a dot in the middle of the cookie and two dots halfway between the center dot and the edge of the cookie.
Step 2: paint the lines. These lines are ~1 inch long. Paint the lines a little thicker at the ends, leaving a small space between them. They do not have to be perfect. It is bamboo.
Step 3: paint branches. Alternating sides, paint branches originating at the spaces between the lines. In the middle of each branch, paint another branch. Again, they don’t have to be perfect.
Step 4: fill in with leaves.