We’re very inspired by cookie activist and Food Network champion Jasmine Cho, and we hope you are too! Jasmine, who runs the online bakery Yummyholic and is also pursuing a degree in art therapy from the Pratt Institute, joined us for a live cookie decorating demo during CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home. She’s also created portraits of some of the historical figures in the Asian Americans series, as well as a flour facsimile of Ali Wong for CAAM’s Getting Real with Ali Wong benefit event. During her demo, Jasmine showed us how she designs a “pandemic Ali” cookie based on the comedian’s shelter in place Instagram posts.
Read on to learn how to become a cookie activist and enter our contest for a chance to win a free copy of Jasmine’s book…
But don’t worry if your creations don’t look as perfect! Jasmine had some helpful suggestions for bakers of all skill levels, even tips for parents who would like to decorate cookies with little ones.
Cookie Decorating Tips from Jasmine Cho
- Get Jasmine’s Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing recipes at her website (she did win a Food Network challenge with this!)
- Use an X-acto knife to cut baked cookie dough into precise shapes
- Edible paints and markers from Wilton or Americolor are Jasmine’s favorites
- For kids, simple gingerbread cutouts or even a t-shirt design are easier
- Most of all, relax… and practice mindful baking
How to Enter the Contest
Now it’s your turn. Choose someone who is a hero to you and decorate a cookie in their honor. There are no requirements on presentation or professionalism–let’s have fun and celebrate our own personal role models.
We’ll be giving away copies of Jasmine’s picture book Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans Who Made History to four lucky winners!
Submit your cookie by posting it on Instagram and tagging #CAAMFestOnline
Deadline: May 31, 2020, 3 winners will be selected randomly and announced the first week of June