Yes it is true dear readers, this year I have had to significantly lower the bar for my traditional Purim extravaganza as there just haven't been enough hours in the day. And you know what, it really is okay, and our holiday will still be wonderful and festive on account of buying certain things we would normally make, or using decorations that we already have on hand.
My daugher on the other hand did have time to continue with her royal icing cookie adventures, and for starters she made these adorable clown hat cookies which I have already wrapped up and will use as gift tags, if you can imagine that? They actually are perfect and will look super sweet hanging off the handles of the bright bags I've purchased to fill with edible gifts for the neighbors.
Now I must warn you, royal icing looks amazing but should only be attempted by folks that have lots of time to devote to such an endeavor. Teenage daughters can and should certainly give it a go, but honestly I don't recommend it for super busy moms. Just live vicariously through your teenager like I am, and all will be well!
These cookies were made by first making a white royal icing ground with beads around the circumferance. After cookies where set aside to dry for 24 hours, hat shapes were piped onto cookie, and red dots were piped inside of hats. Cookies were set aside to dry once again for at least 12 hours, and then hats were filled in with same blue piping. Yup, quite a process, so see my suggestion above!
Wishing you all a wonderful and festive Purim!