As most of you know, my beloved hometown, Minneapolis, just hosted Super Bowl LII. While I’m not a big football fan, I am a very proud Minnesotan and loved celebrating our “Bold North” heritage. As Minnesotans, we embrace winter and everything that comes with it, including single-digit temperatures, multiple layers, and the peaceful quiet that accompanies every snowfall.
When I was thinking about cookies, I knew I wanted to capture the quirky essence of my home state, which includes our vernacular. If you’ve never been to Minnesota, you should know that our Scandinavian roots linger, leaving us with a number of distinctly Minnesotan phrases, such as “Uff-da”, “You Betcha”, and “Oh, fer cute”. And yes, we play the game as “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck”.
I was inspired by Caribou Coffee’s “North” campaign — I thought the buffalo plaid combined with quintessential Minnesota phrases was the perfect meld of style and colloquialism. I combined that with cable knits, icicles, fair isle, and snowflakes to create an authentic Minnesota winter theme.
I love the way these cookies turned out. I won’t lie — the cable knit stencil was more problematic than I expected and airbrushing buffalo plaid is always *fun*, but the results were worth it. I’m finding myself increasingly liking a combination of airbrushed and royal icing stencils — the various textures add a really nice touch.
Now, come to Minnesota! Yes, it’s cold, but it’s a vibrant, kind, amazing place to live.
- Buffalo plaid and fair isle stencils from THE COOKIE COUNTESS. Cable knit, icicle, and snowfall stencils from KILLER ZEBRAS.
- I swear by Dinky Doodle airbrush colors. They’re getting harder to find, but I got mine from The Cookie Countess (see link above).
- This post is not sponsored by any of the suppliers listed above.