Cookie Idea Needed - India - Pls. Help

Baking By bonniebakes Updated 24 Apr 2009 , 8:11pm by GeminiRJ

bonniebakes Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 2:33pm
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I need some idea help, please!

My husband's company has some people visiting from India and I want to make him some decorated cookies to take in. I thought it would be nice to decorate them in some kind of "Indian theme," but I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas for the decoration. I want to be sure it's something I can do (I'm not a good artist), but also want to be sure it isn't anything offensive. They are from Bangalore, if that helps at all.

Any ideas?

thanks in advance!!

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bizatchgirl Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 2:45pm
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All I could think of was those beautiful Mendhi type designs. One was on the home page yesterday, and there's an awesome one in someone's avatar. She was busy on the Weird Bakery thread these last few days.

Hope someone else can be of more help!

LeanneW Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 2:55pm
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If you can't think of a good Indian cookie idea you could do the opposite, like "welcome to Maryland" and make cookies decorated like some local landmarks.

TracyLH Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 3:01pm
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Maybe the Taj Mahal, the flag of India, an elephant the the Indian style blanket on it. I love Bizatchgirl's idea! That would be just lovely! I would try looking up "India clip art" on the internet. I only had time to do a quick search, but here is a link to some to start with, if it helps:

http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&hl=en&q=india+clip+art&sa=N&start=0&ndsp=21

Once you find the theme, then I would google that word specifically with "clip art" attached. Have fun! These will be really nice! icon_smile.gif

TracyLH Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 3:09pm
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Actually, if Honeydukes sees this, you will be all set! She is a wealth of great ideas!

mawagner Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 3:57pm
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I have a pic of some Indian elephants that I made in my photos. I used fondant, but they could easily be done with royal icing. I found the idea in a Lindy Smith cookie book I have...Bake Me I'm Yours, Cookie. HTH

cookiemookie Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 6:28pm
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Have you tried stenciling?

These would be great to do.


http://www.culinarystencils.com/product/C395

bonniebakes Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 8:29pm
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thanks everyone, for your suggestions.

I also thought of the beautiful Mehndi designs, but as I researched them I saw that they are for women for weddings, and that didn't seem quite appropriate....

I had thought of elephants, but wasn't sure if that was too "kitchy" - I don't want to offend anyone with something that I think would be representative, but would be offensive to someone from that country. Is anyone out there from India that could tell me what they think?


thanks!

DeKoekjesfee Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 9:06pm
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I would make indian dresses with all their beautiful colours and a little gold.

MaisieBake Posted 18 Apr 2009 , 10:39pm
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could do the opposite, like "welcome to Maryland" and make cookies decorated like some local landmarks.




I like this idea, a lot.

Honeydukes Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 6:49am
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Originally Posted by TracyLH

Actually, if Honeydukes sees this, you will be all set! She is a wealth of great ideas!



icon_redface.gif You're too sweet!

I agree with leannewinslow and MaisieBake. I like the idea of Maryland and/or USA themed cookies. If I'm visiting Australia, I don't want USA cookies. But that's just me. icon_rolleyes.gificon_biggrin.gif You do amazing work and whatever you decide will blow them away!


I found these gorgeous cookies:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oasisarts/2088608245/in/set-72157603381146496/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oasisarts/2088621361/in/set-72157603381146496/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oasisarts/2088620737/in/set-72157603381146496/
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2156/2088608245_02f7cab127.jpg?v=0

Ideas for color and designs
http://catalogs.indiamart.com/products/georgette-silk-fabric.html
http://www.wholesale-beadedjewelry.com/fancy_sari.htm
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IULx8v4bhW8/RzKoInmN4qI/AAAAAAAAAJg/kcHTxHkmyIU/s320/istockphoto_1701546_mehndi_paisley_designs_vector.jpg

bonniebakes Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 12:47pm
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thanks, everyone!

My sister-in-law has several friends who are Indian, so she's going to check with them to be sure the elephants wouldn't be offensive in any way.

Thanks for the wonderful links and suggestions!

GeminiRJ Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:05pm
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I'm sure that whatever you come up with will be wonderful...I have faith in you! Just don't forget to post pictures!

bonniebakes Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 10:42am
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thanks again for your suggestions everyone! I decided to do some elephants and then also some paisley designs in "henna' coloring in case anyone didn't want to eat an elephant. I posted a pic of a few samples of both in my pictures, but here's one of the elephants. thanks again - I really appreciate the ideas and support!
LL

Rylan Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 11:00am
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the cookies. Other than that, I'm speechless.

GeminiRJ Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 11:39am
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I'm glad you made the paisley design cookies, too, because it's going to be hard for them to eat those elephants...way-y-y too cute! Those are some amazing cookies!

verono Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 1:20pm
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OMG !! They are amazing !!!

Charmaine49 Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 1:46pm
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Your elephants are absolutely stunning, out of this world gorgeous!!
and so colourful as well........well done!!

arwa Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 2:05pm
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Hi... I hope im not too late in posting this... Im Indian... I really liked ure cookies but I think if i was visiting someone, Id prefer getting something thts unique to Maryland... I really liked the welcome to Maryland idea n including some of the main attractions of the place....

HTH.....

bonniebakes Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 7:54pm
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Thank you so much for your nice comments! I was really feeling nervous about these!

My husband said that everyone loved them - they even took pictures of the cookies with their cell phones! No one was offended at all by the designs and a couple of people took an elephant and a paisley, because they wanted to save the elephants as souvenirs! - How crazy is that?!?!

GeminiRJ Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 8:11pm
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...couple of people took an elephant and a paisley, because they wanted to save the elephants as souvenirs! - How crazy is that?!?!




Not crazy at all. "Too cute to eat", remember? It's a huge compliment, and I'm not surprised in the least. Those elephants were exquisite!

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