‘Being from Leigh-on-Sea, right on the seafront, I’ve got a soft spot for seaside-themed cookies and cakes.’ says Fancy Nancy boutique cakeshop owner Juliet Sear. ‘I love the jauntiness of seaside stuff! I am also a bit obsessed with Rossi’s, a famous ice-cream parlour on the seafront. So it didn’t take me long to come up with the idea for these fabulous fun cookies.’
Great for children’s parties or summer garden party. To create them, use this recipe for basic vanilla cookies and royal icing then follow the step-by-step photographs to decorate. Play about with the colours and sprinkles to make really them your own super sundaes.
* 12 vanilla cookies in ice-cream cone shapes
* Caramel-coloured soft-peak royal icing, in a piping bag with a No. 3 nozzle
* Pale-pink, yellow, mint-green and whitestiff-peak royal icing, in piping bags with star nozzles
* Multi-coloured sprinkles and chocolate vermicelli
Step 1 To create the waffle-effect cones, use the caramel-coloured royal icing to pipe around the edge of the lower cone section of each cookie.
Step 2 Next, pipe parallel diagonal lines across the cones, from one side to the other, in one direction only. Then pipe parallel diagonal lines in the opposite direction to create the lattice effect of a waffle cone. It doesn’t matter if it’s not neat at the top; in fact, continue the cone up a little into the ice-cream section, as this will later get covered over with the swirly ‘ice cream’.
Step 3 Using one colour per cone, pipe the pink, yellow, green and white royal icing onto the top part of the cookies to form the ‘ice cream’. (Or you could choose to do a three-colour ice cream to create a Neapolitan effect!) Start at the bottom, next to the cone, and pipe in a sweeping motion from one side to the other, then back again, all the way up until you have filled the space with swirled-effect horizontal lines. Finish with a peak at the top by pulling the nozzle away from the cookie while still squeezing for a moment.
Step 4 Cover with sprinkles – multi-coloured ones on the pink and yellow ice creams and chocolate ones on the green ice cream to suggest mint choc-chip. Enjoy!