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.
I 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!). As 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.
I 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. I’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