Recently I made monkey cookies and macarons for a baby shower. I have been obsessed with cute animal food lately and wanted to try making some iced sugar cookies. I am not as into baking as cooking savory food, so this was a new learning experience for me. Last year I made my first batch of elephant and cloud sugar cookies for my talented designer friend, Patricia Chang‘s, son’s first birthday or “doljanchi” as we call it in Korean.
Sweetopia was a great resource on everything to do with sugar cookies- how to get the icing consistency right, how to fill a icing bag, how to use a coupler work, etc. I used Sweetopia’s cinnamon and molasses sugar cookie recipe and loved the spicy flavor, so I used it again for a recent baby shower with monkey theme. 2016 is the year of the monkey in the Chinese zodiac, so this time I made monkey cookies and macarons.
The macarons were a tedious process and I had to make four batches before they finally came out OK (and I still have a long way to go with them). I was relieved they came together at the last minute the morning of the baby shower. Below are photos of the monkey cookies and macarons, and the different batches I went through. I did not realize baking macrons on a humid day is not easy because the skin will not form on the macaron as it rests. I later found this wonderful macaron trouble shooting guide from foodnouveau which I wish I had really read before baking macarons….