An Apple a Day....

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.......well what about a basket of them?

When I think of Fall I think of pies and of my favorites is an apple pie. Which then causes me to think of that movie Baby know the one where she inherits a baby and moves to Vermont on an apple farm and makes applesauce all day long. I know it's not pie, but it's what I think of.....can't help it.

When I saw these adorable

apple basket cupcakes

on Pinterest, I knew I must make a cookie version.  So off to the drawing board I went.

 I didn't have a basket cutter so what to use, what to use.  I tried to think outside the box and decided to use the cupcake cutter.  It can be made into many different cookies.  I cut out the cupcake shapes then cut off the top.  I'm sure you could leave the top on and just have a higher pile of apples, but I chose not to.

cupcake or basket cookie cutter

light brown royal icing

red royal icing

#3 tip

With #2 tip and light brown royal icing outline basket

Add handles. Let dry about 30 minutes.

With 20 second light brown royal icing fill in every other section of basket.

 Let dry several hours.

After first layer is dry, fill the remaining sections of basket with the 20 second light brown icing.

Let dry several hours.

 Next take 20 second red icing and randomly pipe dots for apples, leaving spaces between. 

If some run together like mine did, it's okay. Those will be covered later. 

Allow to dry for several hours. 

Repeat randomly adding red dots with the 20 second icing. Working in layers, drying several hours between each layer and filling in any empty spaces.

Continue to do this until your desired number of apples are piped.

Then for a little more detail take the light brown royal icing (not your flood icing) and pipe a line at top and bottom of basket.

Allow cookie to dry overnight.