Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cardinal in winter - cookie featured in Food Network Magazine

Cardinal in Winter cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Way back in August, I got a request from a Food Network Magazine editor to send them two designs of Christmas cookies (6 of each) for their December issue. They needed 4 inch circle sugar cookies, reflecting my home state. I was in trouble. I do gingerbread and I am Hungarian. I could not tell one Holiday thing that would be specific to Kentucky and I did not have a go to sugar cookie recipe either. But I like challenges, and this was one for sure.

Luckily I have great cookie friends who could help me out with the recipe, so this part was easy.
The design was a little harder, because it had to be Kentucky, Christmas and I also wanted it to reflect my style.

One day, I looked out the window and saw a cardinal on the tree. Cardinal is Kentucky's state bird. I figured the cardinal would be perfect for this design. I created 6 different lace base, then painted the bird on the cookies. I sure have to work on my painting skill. This was the firs time ever I painted on a cookie. Actually, I did not paint much since preschool at all. But I will learn it eventually. So here is my design, far from being perfect, but a little Christmas, a little Kentucky and a little me.

Cardinal in Winter cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Probably I would have chosen the other design because of the imperfection of my painting, but the editors picked this one. 

If you have a chance, get the December issue of Food Network Magazine and check out this article! It's so much fun! It has a cookie design from each state, here is a sneak peek of the page where my cookie is featured:

Cardinal in Winter cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

They also have 25 cookie recipes in this issue.

Have fun and happy baking!

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  1. I am soooooooooooo elated for you that FN contacted you for your tremendous art! I love everything about you oand all that you do. I just wish I could be you. lol I'd have to do a lof wishing and hoping on that one; wait! maybe in my next life! lol hahaha

    I love the design perfect and it befits you as for painting i can't see what you refer to i love it i wish i could do it to me its a fluke if i do anything good lol

    btw i have sleigh cookies baked waiting i did a little bit of work on them and walked away why? because now i have to apply royal icing lol piped at that ohhhhhhhhhhhhh woe i'm in trouble hopefully they come out appealing enticing alluring lol once done if ok to me i'll post pic on cc citing you of course bravooo to you

    1. Got a little busy, so I am late with the reply. I can't wait to see your sleigh cookies!


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