Thursday, October 22, 2009


Ok, so I didn't grow most of the ingredients for this frosting, but I did make my own food coloring from onions and beets from my garden. These chocolate molasses cookies have been a halloween tradition in my family for at least 2 generations. My mom makes them with a beautiful pale orange frosting and candy corn jack-o-lantern faces.

I don't have any food coloring in the house, because it creeps me out and I rarely need it, anyway. But I just couldn't see making these cookies without orange frosting. They're almost not worth eating with plain white frosting.

A quick google search suggested onion skins for yellow, and beets for red. So I boiled some onion skins and added the teensiest, tiniest bit of bit shaving to attempt orange. It worked! The water turned a beautiful shade of orange. Sadly, when I made the frosting, the color diluted quite a bit and I ended up with more of a beige color. It's actually a lovely shade, very autumnal, and it does the trick for me.

It's the wrong time of day to get good shots of the icing, so I apologize if you can't see the color well. Has anyone else mastered the homemade food coloring? Maybe I should have boiled the liquid down further?


Benjamin Kalish said...

The folks that make cute bento lunches spend a lot of time trying to get the color just right. Check out this list of natural techniques from JustBento.

Benjamin Kalish said...

By the way, I know that those recipes aren't food coloring as such, but they are awfully neat, so I thought I'd share!