Learning to take better pictures is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. This summer, I borrowed a camera, took a course, and learned how to use a DSLR. When the time came to give the photo camera back to its owner, I wanted to show my gratitude somehow. My first idea was to get him some booze, but I learned that he didn’t really drink that much alcohol. So, why not cookies? Everyone loves cookies, right? So I decided to bake some photo camera cookies for the photography loving guy.
In case you are convinced that you must bake some camera cookies of your own, here is how to:
1. Make cookie dough. Use a small thin glass to cut out rounded shapes from your dough. These will become the camera lens later on.
2. Cut rectangular shapes that are somewhat bigger than your circles. These will become the camera body. Bake them (according to the instructions of your cookie recipe) and let them cool down.
3. Make royal icing. Use it as edible glue to attach your circles to your rectangles.
4. Use a piping bag (or plastic wrap with a tiny hole) to outline your cookies. You can emphasize whatever part you want. I made two circles on each lens, an outline on the camera body and a horizontal line on about a quarter of the height of the camera body. Let your icing dry so it hardens.
5. Divide your icing over two bowls. Add food colouring to one bowl. Fill up the outlined spaces of your cookies with running icing (add a bit of water to your royal icing). You can vary what parts you fill up and what colours you use. Just play with it. Leave the cookies alone to let the icing dry.
6. Tadaaa! Take imaginary pictures with your not-imaginary-and-very-real-plus-delicious-edible-camera-cookies! Give them to a friend or eat them all in one sitting and pretend there never were cookies.
For now, I am back to my old point-and-shoot-camera. But I am definitely considering buying a proper camera to continue to implement all the lessons I’ve learned.
What other cool cookie shape idea should I try?