Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chocolate Easter Cross Cookies

For the Easter themed "Family Fun Night", at church, I baked 6 dozen chocolate cross cookies for the children to decorate after dinner.

At the beginning of the activity, the children were told :

  • The large pink flower stands for Jesus' love for us. 
  • The yellow flowers remind us what Jesus did for us. 
Toward the end of the activity, the children were asked if the remembered what the pink and yellow were for.



I learned a few things during this activity.
  1. Make thinner frosting so the smaller children can use less effort when decorating. 
  2. Use tips with larger openings so the smaller children can squeeze the frosting out of the pastry bags with less effort. 
  3. Close the pastry bags with twist ties because rubber bands break easily. Six out of six were broken within the first three minutes

Basic Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 lbs. of confectioners sugar

Directions

  • Beat all ingredients until smooth.
  •  Divide into bowls and tint with desired colors. 

To decorate the cookies I used the following decorator tips:

No.16 open star tip
No. 27 closed star tip
No. 67 leaf tip
No. 195 large star or specialty tip. This tip is too large to use with a coupler.
No. 224 drop flower tip