Spring Flower Birthday Cookies for Grand-maman

My grand-maman turned 90 this weekend.  That’s a huge milestone! My grandmother is a very classy lady – always dressed to the nines with hair and nails done.  She’s also an incredibly warm, friendly and fun-loving person. Some of my best memories with her involve delicious home cooked food – a warm bouillie with fresh bread and butter, and pie or butter tarts or date squares or home made donuts – or all of them! – for dessert. Grand-maman’s baking is second to none but she doesn’t get to do much of it anymore, so to help celebrate I decide to whip her up a little treat a la Make Cookie. Her birthday happened to fall on the first day of spring, and what better way to celebrate 90 years of a beautiful life than with fresh and friendly spring flowers.

IMG_6265I wanted to try out a new London Fog shortbread recipe that I’ve been eyeing for a while.  To be perfectly honest, the dough was quite difficult to work with and I had to add a lot of additional flour.  In the end, while they were very tasty and melt-in-your mouth, the London Fog-ness was underwhelming.  Perhaps this is a recipe better suited for un-decorated cookies (if I can ever help myself!). IMG_6233IMG_6231As you might already have figured out, my family is French, and grand-maman has proudly earned three titles that I wanted to honour: Maman, Grand-maman and as of 2.5 years ago, Mami.IMG_6241 IMG_6247

IMG_6246IMG_6248 IMG_6249 IMG_6252 IMG_6254 IMG_6255 IMG_6256 IMG_6257 IMG_6258I decided to try my hand at painting cookies for the first time.  I regretted not leaving myself more “blank canvases”. I loved using a brush, mixing colours and seeing what I could come up with.  I love the watercolour effect and will definitely be trying this technique again.  I also realized my border piping needs some serious work. IMG_6234I’m very happy to report that my grand-maman enjoyed the cookies and had a wonderful time celebrating her big day with loved ones. Je t’aime beaucoup grand-maman – gros bisous! xo