Winter-Themed Bunco Night Cookies| Manu
Prepared for Bunco Night with my friends

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The little trees with the handpiped date measure about 2cmx2.5cm.

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This is my third "Bunco" set. There are still "gift with handpiped lettering naming the prizes" cookies, so I copy and paste what I said in the comment to the previous set I made two months ago.

•The handpiped lettering naming the "prizes" on the "gift" shaped cookies, is not my idea.
I am pretty sure I saw a drawing online of three pink presents with something written in black, last January looking for Bunco rules, and then I cookie-fied the concept. Since I couldn't find that image anymore anywhere online, I guess this is the reason why in the previous set (Jan 2016) , I hid the gifts behind the house, as I couldn't give attribution. And 8 months later I think I just forgot about that, while taking the picture of this new set. I have been looking for that image online for days but I couldn't find the image of that drawing online in the clip art or in the Bunco merchandizing, nor I found Bunco cookies in the shape of a gift inspired to the same idea.
•The bows are inspired to the amazing bows of @Delorse Swordsugar... though you wouldn't really tell that by looking at mine...

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Beautifully done, Manu.   The little trees are really little.  If I were you, I would burn them in my oven, misplace them or eat them.   I am going to be really irritated if I ice that small thing and write letters on.   

pip posted:

Manu, you're ingenious!   This is outstanding.   Did you make  a template for the 'Bunco' cookie?  A fabulous set.        Pip

Thank you, pip, your comments are always kind! I handcut each Bunco letter after making a template with Camera Lucida. The idea was to make something like the recent cookies I made for Zara. Then once they were lying on the table and iced I made an arch and glued them with royal icing. The day after the arch was solid and I added the snow. The recent class I had with @Evelindecora helped me a lot to brainstorm something like this.

Once I had this standing arch I "glued" the little trees and piped on each one a letter and number to make up DEC 2016. I wanted to give the look of trees under the peak of a mountain.

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Beautifully done, Manu.   The little trees are really little.  If I were you, I would burn them in my oven, misplace them or eat them.   I am going to be really irritated if I ice that small thing and write letters on.   

As you can see all the cookies are way too "golden"! Maybe because I used a different brand of butter. I baked the little trees separately though.

I also use the same cutters to make little trees with briseé dough to decorate some mini quiche that I also brought to the Bunco Night. I left them in the oven a second too much and I burned "a forest"

swissophie posted:

Woah, I bet it was not easy to get the Bunco letters to balance like this, Manu! Awesome set!

Thank you, Sonja! As I said to pip, I glued them while they were lying on the table, and thst made everything easier. I am glad it worked out!

Evelindecora posted:

Stunning!!! Love these soft and pastel colors too, amazing cookies as well! 

Thank you, Evelin! The hardest part was taking the picture and capture the real colors. The white was really white and the grey was like silver. The overall outcome was very delicate. I sent a sneak peek to my Bunco group and when they saw the set "in person" they told me that the picture doesn't give justice to it... and that was a nice compliment. 

As I said to pip the class with you (pink house) helped me to brainstorm the Bunco Cookies with the snow.

Manu posted:
pip posted:

Manu, you're ingenious!   This is outstanding.   Did you make  a template for the 'Bunco' cookie?  A fabulous set.        Pip

Thank you, pip, your comments are always kind! I handcut each Bunco letter after making a template with Camera Lucida. The idea was to make something like the recent cookies I made for Zara. Then once they were lying on the table and iced I made an arch and glued them with royal icing. The day after the arch was solid and I added the snow. The recent class I had with @Evelindecora helped me a lot to brainstorm something like this.

Once I had this standing arch I "glued" the little trees and piped on each one a letter and number to make up DEC 2016. I wanted to give the look of trees under the peak of a mountain.

You did amazing job, Manu! 

carouselselsel posted:

Such a beautiful set, Manu! So pretty and original, love the softness and the whole feel of it! 

Thank you so much, Zara! I wanted to make an "elegant" set and give that feeling of the softness of the snow... The big challenge is always to take a decent picture. 

Wow! You did an amazing job, Manu!  I've read what you have written, and I can honestly say that I see silver and white. The colour combination really makes this set stand out, and your presentation is perfect!

Sweet Prodigy posted:

Wow! You did an amazing job, Manu!  I've read what you have written, and I can honestly say that I see silver and white. The colour combination really makes this set stand out, and your presentation is perfect!

That's so kind of you, Christine! ❤️

Well, what can I add what has not been said already in the other comments?

Maybe this: Your skill in hand-cutting cookies is ****ing awesome (pardon my french ). Can I coax you into making a tutorial for how you do that? Whenever I hand-cut, they come out kind of bumpy...

Laegwen posted:

Well, what can I add what has not been said already in the other comments?

Maybe this: Your skill in hand-cutting cookies is ****ing awesome (pardon my french ). Can I coax you into making a tutorial for how you do that? Whenever I hand-cut, they come out kind of bumpy...

Thank you, Leoni.❤️

I use a sharpened cutter after drawing the template with Camera Lucida. Before cutting letters I make sure the dough is cold (I leave it in the fridge after rolling it out). Then I put everything back in the fridge and get rid of the rest of the dough only before putting them in the oven, then I just pray that they won't spread! Lol!!! If necessary I file here and there imperfections with a zester. Everything I know I learned here and there on CC.

Manu posted:
carouselselsel posted:

Such a beautiful set, Manu! So pretty and original, love the softness and the whole feel of it! 

Thank you so much, Zara! I wanted to make an "elegant" set and give that feeling of the softness of the snow... The big challenge is always to take a decent picture. 

Yes, I know what you mean...sometimes photos can not show the look of real thing...but still, there's always that special feel in your pictures...

Magadiuz posted:

Great set! I love the colors and the piping. But what's Bunco Night?

Thank you!

Bunco is a dice game, with no skills or thinking involved, we can chat while playing. We gather at one friend's house, bring some food to share, we have dinner, we play two turns, we have dessert, we play the last turn and that's it. A different way to spend time with friends... and it is fun and laugh.

https://www.google.it/amp/m.wi...mp%3D1?client=safari

Manu posted:
Evelindecora posted:

Stunning!!! Love these soft and pastel colors too, amazing cookies as well! 

Thank you, Evelin! The hardest part was taking the picture and capture the real colors. The white was really white and the grey was like silver. The overall outcome was very delicate. I sent a sneak peek to my Bunco group and when they saw the set "in person" they told me that the picture doesn't give justice to it... and that was a nice compliment. 

As I said to pip the class with you (pink house) helped me to brainstorm the Bunco Cookies with the snow.

 @Manu and @Evelindecora, may we see the pink house?

pip posted:
Manu posted:
Evelindecora posted:

Stunning!!! Love these soft and pastel colors too, amazing cookies as well! 

Thank you, Evelin! The hardest part was taking the picture and capture the real colors. The white was really white and the grey was like silver. The overall outcome was very delicate. I sent a sneak peek to my Bunco group and when they saw the set "in person" they told me that the picture doesn't give justice to it... and that was a nice compliment. 

As I said to pip the class with you (pink house) helped me to brainstorm the Bunco Cookies with the snow.

 @Manu and @Evelindecora, may we see the pink house?

Yes, @pip, Evelin's pink birdhouse is the one you have seen very often in the Top 10. After I took her class I learned how to "add the snow" and to use the right consistency. If you look at the Bunco set and at Evelin's house you may not see any similarities. It is not easy to explain how inspiration takes place and the whole process of brainstorming. In this case the snow on the Bunco letters it is an addition to the set, the letters look like a mountain and then came the idea of the small trees under the letters, and then the idea to write the date on the trees... But everything started from the snow...

Here's the link to the pink bird house:

http://cookieconnection.juliau...ookie-pink-birdhouse

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