“Happy as a Clam” Decorated Cookies!

I’m always thinking one season ahead. 

Decorated Clam CookiesDecorated Clam Cookies

This past Sunday we took a leisurely drive up Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from Laguna up to Newport Beach.  For fun we even took the ferry (a few minutes float) from Balboa Island over to the peninsula and drove over to the wedge.  

Even though I’m a west coast- SoCal gal, born and raised, when I think summer and the beach my heart hops a plane and heads straight to Cape Cod. 

Decorated Clam Cookies

I long for New England summers.  Every year.  And with these clam cookies the yearning has officially begun.

Decorated Clam Cookies

These cookies are so simple to cut and decorate you only need to follow a few steps:

Use my sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe and tips.

  1. Make a clam shaped template to hand cut the cookie dough. 
  2. Use thinned white royal icing to cover the cookie.  Outlining is optional.  I chose not to do it with this batch. I think it makes them look a little more rustic which I liked. 
  3. When the white icing has dried, brush purple luster dust on the inner edge of the cookie to give it more depth.  Rub it in with your finger for a deeper color.
  4. Use softened purple royal icing (not thinned, but softened with a little water from the original consistency) (I used Wilton purple paste color which is a true purple). 
  5. Pipe a purple outline and dashes and dots on the cookie surface using a #2 or #3 plain round tip depending on your cookie size. Done!

For presentation, I used a small tin pail filled with raw sugar.  I think you can get the drift(no pun intended )of the sweet clam digging effect I was going for.

Decorated Clam Cookies

What gets you dreaming about summer in the spring?

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  1. How’s bout you and Gidget come on over and we’ll have us a Shrimp Boil!? Oh, you bring THE cookies!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten…aka…Madame Spoiled

  2. Hello God Mother!! I was going through my pile of business cards and reunited with your lovely little designs. Cute clam cookies! Love your creations. If you ever need a professional cookie-taster…..

    With Love, Diana. 🙂

  3. Mrs. K – now how fun would that be? Do you know I have never tasted a shrimp boil? That might be something for me to look into hosting the summer. 🙂

    D squared! So lovely to hear from my favorite god daughter in the world! Ok, you may be my only one but that doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t be my favorite! ;). Sending you lots of love! xoxo

  4. Love this! I’m a cape cod girl too!

  5. Your talent knows no bounds….very very cute!

  6. Now this kind of clam I could eat a bucket of!
    xo Cathy

  7. Hi Marilyn, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. hopflower says:

    Those are adorable. I would like to see a few more sea creature friends as well. You are very talented; and the idea of putting them in buckets is too cute!

  9. Hi Chris -So nice to have you with us. 🙂

  10. Tina, kind as always. 🙂

    Hop flower, if you look on the side bar under Nantucket you’ll find other creatures too. :). Thank you for your nice compliments. They’re nice to receive. 🙂

  11. Thanks Marilyn – you’re the best God Mother ever!! Feel the love!

  12. D squared – I hope God didn’t read your comment. I swear I heard thunder. 😉 xoxo