Nautical Anchor Cookies

Anchors…

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Boats…

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Nautical.

 You guessed it… its a nautical party! A couple of weeks ago, an old colleague asked if I could make some nautical-themed cookies for her friend’s birthday. Nautical?! Yes… I love nautical… so cute… as you guessed, I happily obliged. Coming up with design ideas for the cookies was fun because there are so many different possibilities! After gathering some inspiration on Pinterest, it was actually a little challenging to narrow it down to just two designs because there were so many cute and unique ideas.

The anchor was a given, because I mean… who doesn’t love anchors? Plus I felt that the anchor really conveyed the nautical theme well. Was on the fence about the red border around the cookies for a while… literally one minute I was thinking no, then yes… caved in the end and kind of glad I did because I think without the border, the cookies would look a little plain (especially next to the more colourful boat cookies). Border or no border, doesn’t really matter… still super cute!

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In terms of the cookie itself, I used a 7cm round-scalloped cutter (makes a good size for party favours). Picking colors was easy because red, blue, and white seemed to be a given for the nautical theme. In terms of piping, I piped and flooded the whole cookie in white (#2) and left that overnight to dry. For the anchor detail (#1), I made the navy icing slightly stiffer compared to the white icing because I wanted the icing to hold its shape a little more and not spread too much. Tip: try not to make the icing too stiff when piping details because its not only harder to control, but the icing also tends to leave little raised bumps where you stop piping/ pick up the tip. Lastly, finished it off with a border of red dots (#2) to add a little color and contrast to the cookie.

Stay tuned for part two of the nautical cookies… boats!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! 

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