Today is my Erin Maureen's birthday--she's 11!
I made cookies for her to take to school based on the monogrammed cuties I posted about at Family.com. I thought cookies would be a nice change from the usual cupcakes that everyone sends for birthdays.
I used royal icing for the cookies and colored them with a packet of unsweetened drink mix. I did this accidentally when I made the batch for Cookies to Caviar. I needed a really red color for the cookies and was completely out of red food coloring; way to plan ahead. I searched the cupboards and found a tropical punch flavored packet of drink mix and it was the PERFECT color. Not only was the color great, my kids told me the cookies tasted like SweeTarts.
So, knowing I would be making these cookies for Erin, I decided to go with the SweeTart flavor and used cherry and orange to color and flavor the cookies. It's a decidedly delicious difference that you really should try.
Here are her cookies and the cake I made with cheated store-bought letters.