Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered

Look. Listen.  If you haven’t heard of My Favorite Murder (a podcast about true crime, sort of) please go check it out. It’s not entirely what you think it is. I mean, they do talk about true crime cases, but it’s also a lot of meaningless banter that will have you laughing.  My friend Verna turned me onto it in early July and I binge-listened to all 90+ episodes from July – November, so needless to say, I was hooked from the beginning.  We got VIP tickets to a live show in Dallas, TX and I made these cookies for the ladies since the tickets included a meet at greet with the hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Credit for the cookie ideas goes to Verna.

If you’re not familiar with the podcast, Karen mentioned being afraid someone sending her a box of moths, hence the moths.  They also talk about a case in VA (2011 I believe) of a guy going around slashing women’s butts with a boxcutter, who for obvious reasons was termed the Butt-Slasher, represented by the blood-splattered jeans. I took a few pictures as I was making the icing for the jeans, which is achieved with a blend of three different colors.  When I first got into to cookie decorating, I bought all the various colors, but have learned that mixing colors is better for a few reasons.

  1. it’s cheaper. I prefer AmeriColor gel colors and each bottle adds up.
  2. not every color is available when you need it, so make it. And
  3. people like custom colors.  Even when they don’t ask for custom colors, the feedback I get is overwhelmingly positive about the colors.  It does take a little bit of research and time to blend custom colors, but there are plenty of online resources to help you achieve the exact color you need.

The blood-splatter was done using AmeriMist Super Red  and a food safe paint brush to splatter it.  I recommend putting down a layer of parchment when you’re splattering so you don’t get it everywhere, but it’s water-based so it will come out if you happen to get it on your clothes.  There’s also no need to pour it in a bowl just to splatter it.  Just take the cap off the bottle and put the brush directly into the liquid.  A little goes a long way.  You’ll also want to make sure the icing you’re splattering onto is dry though, or it will bleed.

The large MFM cookie I made with my Cannon Edible Printer which came with the sugar sheets.  The MFM logo was way too intricate to ice by hand, so I printed it on a sugar sheet and surrounded the edges with icing to conceal the edges.  I’ve heard nightmares about black printing on sugar sheets, (that they end up looking grey), but thankfully mine turned out just fine. Ever had this happen and know the trick to avoid it?  I’m afraid I’ve just jinxed myself and would like a future tip for my back pocket, should I need it.

Also, sugar sheets are great, but are best executed when your cutout is circular, square or rectangle.  Notice the cookie shape in my name place card blog?  That shape wasn’t ideal for the rectangular cutout, which is why I iced the entire cookie edging so it didn’t look weird. Live and learn 🙂

Anyways, these blood-splattered cookies were a blast to make and, in the end, left an impression on the ladies.  Check out podcast #95, where Karen mentions my moth cookies at the beginning of the podcast.  It was a lot of work for a few seconds shout-out, but totally worth it! Take a listen and let me know what you think of the cookies.  Thanks for stopping by!

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