What Would Martha Do?

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Decorating camel-shaped sugar cookies sounds like fun, doesn't it? Make a few cookies, break out the royal icing, and spend a few hours playing with sanding sugars. It could, it should, be fun. But right now I'm suffering from some sort of sugar cookie paralysis.

Last month, Chapel Hill food blogger C. of SpiceLines decided to hold a cookie decorating contest. She provided the fabulous camel cookie cutters (the camel is the SpiceLines mascot) and inspiration (the lucky winner will receive a copy of Alice Medrich's Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies). April 25, the deadline for entry photos, looms. Baked, naked camels sit on a cookie sheet in my kitchen, sanding sugars and bottles of food coloring gels at the ready. And I have no clue where to start. My initial impulse: camels-masquerading-as-other-animals. Zebra stripes, tiger spots. Purple sanding sugar doesn't really work with this theme, though.

I can't remember the last time I tried to decorate a cookie. So I'm up the proverbial creek, asking myself, "What would Martha do?" Suggestions welcome!


  1. I don't have a good suggestion (I like your idea!)...just glad you're back to blogging!

  2. I don't know what Martha would do, but I would do them up like Indian camels: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xRssZdpdPL0/TTCCzCuemkI/AAAAAAAAAPc/sQ_UnUczzII/s1600/cam.JPG

  3. Cathy - Many thanks for the kind words. I should get your son to help.

    LG - Fabulous picture! Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. How about the blue camel with raggedy knees, from Raggedy Ann and Andy?

  5. firstbornnovel - I doubt I have the artistic skills required to pull that off, but it's a great idea.