In my family, we make a big deal about any holiday – birthdays, father’s day, anniversaries – they’re all accompanied by some sort of family gathering and plenty of presents. Ryan has noted that we might go a little overboard, but I love taking the time to think of something my parents or brother would love, and surprising them a few times a year. I’m a self-proclaimed master gift-giver, and so I gladly accept the challenge each holiday. Last week was a biggie – my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. For their 20th (I was 14), I somehow managed to organized a surprise party with all of their friends and family – a pretty awesome feat for a high school freshman if you ask me. I kind of knew I’d never beat out my 14-year-old self this year, but I did my best. I sent a bottle of champagne and flowers to their room on a cruise they went on in Europe, and made these special anniversary cookies for when they got back.
Since I don’t have a printer that is compatible with edible frosting paper, I opted to order the photo transfers from a supplier (I used gogocakes.com) and was super excited with the result. I ordered a sheet of their wedding picture and a sheet of a picture of the two of them from their cruise this summer. Looking good 30 years later, wouldn’t you agree?? I wanted to create a fun collage of cookies, so also added some monogrammed cookies (with piped flowers similar to these cupcakes) and little “30” cookies. I really loved the end result, as did my parents – I’m pretty sure I saw a tear in my mom’s eye. Any ideas for their 40th? I’ve certainly set myself up!
My parents mean the world to me, and the fact that they’re still pretty into each other too makes me gush with happiness. Raising a child with special needs increases the chance of divorce by some crazy amount, but they’ve outshone the statistics and haven’t let any stress related to Scott come between them. (Not that I was the easiest teenager either, but we’ll just ignore that for now.) I went to college 600 miles away, but now that I’m back in dental school within 20 miles, I never want to leave. They’re pretty ecstatic about that too, but that might just be because I make really good cookies…
Photo Transfer Anniversary Cookies
- Prepare cookie dough and chill over night.
- Roll out and cut dough into desired shapes. Bake and let cool completely.
- Prepare royal icing.
- Pop the photo transfers into the freezer for a few minutes in order to separate them from the non-edible paper.
- Spread a small smear of icing on the cookie and press photo transfer gently onto the cookie.
- Decorate as you wish! I used a medium-sized round tip and medium-sized open star tip for the borders around the photos and an Ateco 81 for the little flowers.
No, this is not a sunglasses ad…