Baking date: August 29, 2016
Each year, the cousins on my mom’s side of the family get together in the Summer for something we call Cousins ‘n Crabs. There are 13 of us cousins, and we are far-flung. A few of us live in Maryland, and the largest contingent (4) are in California – divided between San Diego and San Francisco. Florida (Port Orange), Illinois (Chicago), Arlington (Virginia), Richmond Hill (Toronto), and Italy are also represented.
While we all aren’t able to be at the event each year, we try to get as many as possible together. The event is hosted at my sister’s house, where we steam crabs and cook hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. Folks bring side dishes and desserts to round out the meal.
Of course, I’m on dessert duty. This year, I made outrageous brownies (sorry, no picture was taken before they were all gobbled up!). I also made shortbread cookies because my mom’s brother is allergic to eggs. Whenever we gather, I always make an eggless dessert to he can have something sweet.
Here’s the recipe I used for the cookies:
Because this is a mini-reunion of sorts, I went with a Maryland-inspired color theme for the decorations. I made royal icing in white, red, black, and golden yellow.
The cookies were in star shapes along with COUSINS N CRABS spelled out using alphabet cookie cutters.
I tried to make Maryland flag-inspired designs on the letters:
But I made the royal icing a bit too runny. This is how COUSINS N CRABS turned out:
The cookie in the middle is the family name Fenwick. Again, you see that the icing was a bit runny and didn’t hold its shape too well:
All the cookies tasted great in spite of the icing not turning out exactly as I had hoped!
I used the remaining icing to decorate the stars. There was so much left over that I got to use it for special retirement goodies I made the following day for a co-worker.
Here are the stars:
And close up:
Every year, I look forward to Cousins ‘n Crabs. It brings those of us who can attend back to our roots. And we get to spend time with family, which is the best reason of all to get together.
Meaty crab backfin – delish!
My Uncle Bill feeding his grandson Max freshly picked crab while my sister Diane holds him
My Uncle Bill feeding his oldest grandson Jack freshly picked crab