Aunt Susan is Andy’s (our future son-in-law) mother’s sister. As I mentioned last week, both Jane and Susan joined us at Kleinfeld for wedding dress shopping. Aunt Susan made these fabulous and delicious wedding dress cookies.
Aunt Susan’s Story
I love to bake but my early tries were not that great until my Mom got a cookbook by Madia Heatter. Her recipes always turn out great.
Madia talks about the importance of exact measurements, for example, the eggs should be at least 1/4 cup. Her recipes and advice made a big difference in my baking and it became less of an experiment and more enjoyment.
For Margot’s cookies, I bought the biggest cookie cutter I could find and then went at it with my pliers bending it into just the shape I wanted. I made a pattern to follow. I thought the shape I made would look best as a dress with straps as well as strapless.
A word of advice, don’t bend the cookie cutter at the seam as it may pop open, and be sure to scrape off any loose paint; I couldn’t find a big unpainted cookie cutter.
My biggest problem was that the cookie dough spread, distorting the form. I thought my egg was too big so in the next batch I used a smaller egg. The cookies still spread. Finally, I cried out to my friends on Facebook looking for a remedy and received a recipe that was exactly like mine except it called for three cups of flour instead of two. Working in that third cup of flour was the perfect solution.
Another trick I learned from Madia was to use two different types of vanilla in a recipe! I used McCormick, an old stand-by of my Mom, and a Madagascar type. I think that makes the flavor better.
Thank You Aunt Susan!
Well I agree on the flavor – and I certainly appreciate Susan’s diligence in finding a solution to her recipe. The cookies contributed a lovely touch to a very special day – I wish I had more than one! And Margot was very appreciative.
– the snow is gone! Last week’s rain melted the last piles and the sunshine over the weekend is helping bring forth the yellow forsythias, crocuses and daffodils;
all the signs of spring. Now if the rain holds off on May 2nd, we may finally get the tent people here!