If I’d known royal icing was so easy, I’d have made it long before now. Two ingredients (plus color) make a gloppy paste easily scooped and squirted onto the baked good of choice, and later, after it dries, it becomes a beautifully smooth concrete. The perfect medium with which to anchor these little Hebrew letters made from a candy mold. The mold is the entire aleph-bet, which means I have to make each batch of nun, gimmel, hey and shin one at a time. Time is the operative word.
But gosh, they’re pretty.
And here, see the little gift plates for a bake sale.
I will not detail the hours I spent trying to package these cookies to maintain optimum visibility while affording some protection from curious and hasty shoppers. I will say that cut-up cereal boxes, shipping boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, packing tape and hanukkah napkins were all tried and discarded.
The little card explains Hanukkah and the dreidel letters, since we might be the only Jewish family in the school.
By the way, the cookies are Martha Stewart’s sugar cookie recipe, but instead of brandy (which I don’t even own, but it sounds interesting as a cookie flavor enhancer) I used orange juice.