Tuesday, July 21, 2015

tomato sugar cookies

being crafty, my friends' ask me for creative ideas all the time. which for me, is truly an honor to help, but for some reason when they ask me for something creative, 
my brain automatically freezes.

they'll say, 
"lisa what do you think i should do about so and so's bday gift?"
BRAIN FREEZE.
"hey can you help me think of something for so and so's party?"
BRAIN FREEZE.
"do you have any original ideas about blah blah blah?"
BRAIN FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE.

sigh.
i dunno why it does that. 
i guess it's the pressure of coming up with something right away to blow their mind or whatever that i just go 
completely blank?! 
go figure.

then when i get a chance to be alone, my brain is like a floodgate of ideas.
go figure.

anyway, such was the case when a friend asked me to make something for a patient of her's who recently became a widow to a very successful tomato farmer, and that's the only thing she told me about this woman, other than that she was depressed and my sweet friend wanted to cheer her up.

dang! the pressure was on!
but when i calmed myself down i decided to make her some tomatoes.

different kinds of tomatoes like these:
i made some tomato sugar cookies.

weird?
i dunno.
but she sure liked them.
let's see how i made 'em shall we?
i used this recipe which was really an easy one to follow and the dough worked great.
i actually colored 90% of it red, 7% green, and left the rest plain.

ok ok i know those percentages are goofy but just so you know i totally guessed on the amounts to color.
hopefully you'll get a better idea of how much to color too after you read the whole post...

now where were we?
oh yeah, let's take a look at the inside of a tomato.
yikes! i thought.
how the heck am i gonna do this?
so i got to thinking again and came up with the following 
(thank goodness i was able to thaw out my brain freeze!)

first i rolled out the red dough and cut circles with a 3 inch round cutter.
next, i did this:
then i cut over the cookie cuts again with the cutter, removed the circles, cut a few in half, and got some candy seeds.
(oh the original cookie cuts make it easier to center the middle part of each tomato). 
ok i got my tomato slices.
let's make some whole tomatoes now.
now they're ready to bake. 
ta done!
yippee!
the cookies actually worked-thank goodness i didn't have to royal icing these since i am the poorest piper i know! 
but hey...what about the icing part? 
are these cookies sweet enough?

no prob. 
i got some store bought cookie icing and did this:
make sure you ice/frost the BOTTOM of the cookies cuz, hello!...
and there goes my tomato treat basket.
something you could make for a summer barbecue picnic or a fruit and vegetable/farm party.

just don't put these tomatoes on any hamburger or salad...
:>O





20 comments:

  1. Lisa, these tomato cookie of yours are incredible - what a darling idea! Who knew your brain would ever freeze up while trying to come up with an idea... I'm sure the woman receiving the cookies will be touched!

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    1. thank you Kim! i've given up on the idea of making cookies like you because it would take me the rest of my life! LOL ;)

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  2. What sweet and creative cookies! These along with your sweet gesture are sure to make her smile. I know they did me! :)

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    1. i would have never thought of eating tomatoes as a cookie until my friend asked me to help her! lol the things we come up with under pressure :>O

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  3. These are so fun... :) I am sharing this.

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    1. YIPPEE! thank you oh so much Gentle Joy! :>D

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  4. These really do look like tomatoes! They are unusual and darling! I think the dear lady who receives them will be very touched by your efforts!

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    1. my friend told me she said she'said never gotten anything like it before! i think that's good lol! ;)

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  5. Nicely done. I really like the technique you used to get the lighter colour on the inside of the tomato, very inventive.

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    1. thank you Linda! i was a little stressed out trying to figure it out but it all came out in the end. i think i work better under pressure! :>O

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  6. Fun times in the cookie department, adorable. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. thank goodness they came out Kathy or the fun times wouldn't of happened! LOL thanks for coming by! :)

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  7. What a cute cookie idea. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with j & J this week!

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    1. thanks again Julie's Lifestyle! i guess you could make anything a cookie if one tries hard enough? lol ;)

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  8. These cookies are awesome! Your brain obviously thawed out because this is such a cute idea! So glad you shared with us at the Summer Family Fun party. Pinning to my Cookie board.

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    1. haha! wish i could have it thawed all the time Shirley-it freezes up pretty quick! and YAY thanks for the pin too! :)

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  9. Hi Lisa, Hope your having a great summer.Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

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    1. thank you Little Miss! i SO appreciate the pin and the sharing! i'll be back for another party of yours! :)

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  10. Ha! These are SO cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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your comment warms my heart on any winter day :)