This weekend, my family and I made a trip down to New Jersey to attend a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed birthday party. Growing up as a fan of the TMNT live action movies, I was pretty excited. Upon arrival, EVERYTHING was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the plastic ware was green, there was a giant Leonardo balloon, a TMNT Happy Birthday banner hung across the fireplace, and we all wore green as well.
Did I forget to mention that this was my older brother’s 30th birthday party?
When it comes to my brother and I, one of the few things that we have always bonded over was anything “nerdy”: video games, Star Wars, cartoons and superheroes – with my brother as my guide, I grew up as your typical nerd.
(#NerdLife and proud!)
Regardless, we were all excited for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed birthday party. It might seem juvenile to some, but when else do you get to have fun, be silly and celebrate?
(Even Peanut got into the TMNT spirit!)
Being that it was my brother’s 30th birthday, I wanted to do something special. After purchasing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles visual history book and a memorial plaque of Spike (our first family dog), I felt like something was missing.
And then it hit me! If there was one thing my brother loved, it was rainbow cookies.
When I first shared this idea with my mom, she had her doubts, and to be honest, so did I. I was a little intimidated by these cookies; normally, I just throw everything into my mixer and hope for the best. For my brother’s 30th birthday, though, I was up for the challenge.
After reading the recipe over countless times, I was ready to dive in. All I can say is thank God for technology and my friend, Michelle. When Michelle isn’t teaching at Hot Yoga 4 You RVC, she works at a bakery where her specialty is rainbow cookies. Michelle was patient, kind and encouraging as I bombarded her with a play-by-play of my rainbow cookie escapade.
Every step was done with great care: double checking the difference between a soft peak and a stiff peak, boiling down the raspberries and blackberries for the the jam-filling, carefully dividing the batter equally among the three pans, and finally assembling and compressing the cookies. This was certainly the most involved cookie I have ever made. Even as I awoke the next morning, there was still more work to be done, for what is a rainbow cookie without a chocolate ganache topping? Finally completing all of the steps and gazing down at the final product, I was really proud of the outcome.
I knew the effort had been well worth it after seeing my brother’s reaction. He enjoyed every bite of the rainbow cookie, and I could not have been happier. I am really glad that I challenged myself and made these cookies for my brother. I would like to think that it helped make his 30th birthday a little bit more special. Now, that’s Turtle Power.