Ephemeral Art: Cookies
You have to have a special character to make ephemeral art from cookie dough. Unlike fancy dancy decorated wedding cakes which couples will pay thousands of dollars for, cookies, not so much. They’re smaller, generally simpler and not on the radar as “must have” edible artwork. There are cake decorating competitions on the Food Network, and another show on cable called Amazing Wedding Cakes, but no shows devoted to cookie decorating.
One reason for the lack of love may be that you can buy cheap royal-icing decorated cookies at almost any supermarket these days. They’re basically going to be cute pre-fab sugary cardboard. Buy them for the kids, they’ll take one bite and then throw the rest away. But some cookie bakers have kicked the genre up a notch, and this weekend they’re celebrating their work at the CookieCon cookie art convention in Salt Lake City.
And don’t forget about our favorite, the Chocolate Chip Cookie. New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel, who invented Cronuts (a cross between a croissant and doughnut), has recently done something simply brilliant with our old friend. Scroll down and see!
In this video, Pastry Chef Julia Usher shows how to make cookie baskets that are perfect for Easter. Much effort goes into crafting these special cookies. Well done cookie artists, well done!