The weather Down South has been absurdly hot. Humid, sweaty, hovering in the mid-nineties, and simply atrocious. Just par for the course for summertime south of the Mason Dixon line. I think we all need some refreshment, don’t you? And what’s more refreshing than watermelon and lemonade?
This week I’m going to show you the process for making these sweet Watermelon & Lemonade Stand cookies. They go great with the Picnic Blanket Cookies I showed you how to make last week.
So, first we’re going to do the Watermelon cookies. These can be done in either halves or rounds, and both are shown below.
- Using Pink 20-Second icing, flood in the flesh of the watermelon. On the rounded edges, come to 1/5-1/4″ from the edge of the cookie. For half-circle, bring the icing all the way to the straight edge.
- Optional: Using an airbrush with red color (or ColorMist spray in Red), dust the curved edges of the pink icing.
- While the icing is still wet, pipe a white circle (or half-circle) directly against the pink using a White 20-Second icing.
- Again, while wet, pipe a green circle (or half-circle) directly against the white using a Bright Green 20-Second icing. You can use this to fill in any gaps between the edges of the icing and the edges of the cookie.
- Once dry, use a Black Writing-Consistency icing to add the seeds. I begin by placing a ring (or semi-circle) of dots around the edge (I did eight around the circle, five around the semi-circle), then use a scriber or toothpick to draw out a point toward the center of the cookie.
Next, for the lemon:
- Using a White 20-Second Icing, pipe a circle (or half-circle) onto the cookie, and divide that circle into segments. I did this on the circle by making a cross, then an X to create even sections. For the half-circle, I made a perpendicular line from the middle of the straight edge toward the outside edge, then from that center point out to 45* angles.
- Using a Bright Yellow 20-Second Icing, make a circle (or half-circle) around the outside of the white circle. Allow to dry.
- Using the Bright Yellow icing, carefully flood the segments so that they do not over-fill (if they spill over, they will merge with nearby segments and ruin the effect).
- While still wet, add dots of White 20-Second Icing to each segment. I added three in a triangle arrangement.
- Using a toothpick or scriber, draw a line through each dot toward the center of the lemon to create a slightly fleshy effect.
- Repeat this process with a darker Yellow 20-Second Icing, adding dots…
- And then drawing a toothpick or scriber through the dots, toward the center.
Finally, I wanted to make a sign that looked a little childlike to bring these two elements together. Here’s the process on how to make the “Lemonade & Watermelon” sign:
- Begin with a flooded and dry white cookie. Using the 20-Second Bright Yellow, create a small lemon in one corner. I did this by making a circle, then adding a dot on each end. They merge together and create that distinct lemon shape. (Alternatively, you could create a miniature of the sliced lemons above.)
- Begin creating a watermelon slice in the opposite corner. Create a semicircle in Pink 20-Second Icing.
- Add a rim of White in 20-Second Icing.
- Add a rim of Bright Green in 20-Second Icing.
- Once dry, use Black Writing-Consistency Icing to create seeds on the watermelon (using the above technique).
- Using the Black Writing-Consistency Icing, create the script of the sign. I went for a childlike look, but feel free to play with the “font” to create your preferred look. To make it look childlike, I used a mix of capitals and lowercase letters, changing up the relative sizes of the letters. You could change the amount, as well, depending on what seems appropriate to you.
- Finally, using a paint of Leaf Green gel color and alcohol (one drop color to 8-10 drops alcohol) and a food-safe paintbrush, add a decorative frame to the edge to pull it all together. 🙂
I hope this was informative and fun for you! I certainly enjoyed this sweet set. Feel free to ask any questions. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again next week!