I am sure that everyone is beginning to make all of their cookies and other edible holiday gifts and I just wanted to share some of the behind the scenes photos of our Sweet Treats photo shoot and development for our current December issue.
It was Christmas in July at Everyday Food and as you can see from the photo above, I did a little bit of baking. Hundreds and hundreds of cookies were baked, iced, glittered, sugared, dusted and anything else I could think to do to the poor things. I have to admit, I could decorate sugar cookies all day. I love playing with sprinkles and icing and colors and paintbrushes. I feel like I am in elementary school again and it's time to finger paint.
I probably chopped and macerated about five pounds of dried fruit for fruitcakes and used about ten different jars of jam and jelly to make the jam stars and diamonds. Truffles were rolled in five or six different shades of gold dust and as many different brands of cocoa powder as I could find in order to get different shades of brown truffles.
The trick to the holiday photo shoots is to have enough of the finished cookies, truffles, etc. in enough shapes, sizes, colors, shades and flavors that we can play with them and combine them in different ways on set until we come up with something that we love.
Below are before and after pictures from when I was developing the recipes and the final photo that you will find in the December issue. I have added some reminder tips for when you make these at home.
The holiday baking rush is upon us and should be a fun and exciting time for everyone. If you have any questions related to holiday cookies, candies or any other sweet treat....don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help and one of us will have an answer!