After the terrible earthquake and tsunami shattered the lives of so many people in Japan this year, many people donated a lot to help those in need. My daughter’s pre-school is located in a town with a large Japanese community and a bake sale was quickly organized. I was excited and was looking forward to this fun little project. I decided to make simple, but delicious decorated sugar cookies for this occasion: as I call them “Help for Japan” Sugar Cookies. (You can find the recipe in the “Recipes” section)
Since the money collected from this bake sale benefited the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, I wanted to decorate the cookies with the Japanese flag. I mixed up the dough for the rolled sugar cookies and cut out heart shaped cookies. After these cookies were baked and completely cooled, I outlined them with a white border made out of thick consistency color flow icing, using the Wilton Color Flow Mix. Next I filled in the borders with thinned white color flow icing. I let all the iced cookies dry overnight, to make sure the color flow icing was hard enough for the last step.
The next day the white color flow icing was completely dry. Using a thin paint brush I painted red circles on the cookies to resemble the Japanese flag. For this I used Wilton Gel Icing Colors in Red. The previous week I bought a big pack of clear treat bags at the local Michael’s store, which are perfect for bagging cookies. I filled each bag with three “Help for Japan” Sugar Cookies and…Voila: We were ready for the bake sale! Thanks to all who made and bought all the delicious treats. The school collected a lot of money, which went to the American Red Cross.