Pantone 2014, Radiant Orchid Paint Chip Cookies: Color Challenge!

When Radiant Orchid was announced as the Color of the Year for 2014, I wasn't sure what to think.  
radiant orchid paint chip cookies ... pantone of the year 2014
I LOVE color.  LOVE.  (I have a bright yellow piano in my family room. Like I said, I love color.)  I just wasn't sure "Radiant Orchid" had a place in my life.

That is, I wasn't sure until I started looking at all of the tones of Radiant Orchid.  It's really beautiful.  Maybe it doesn't fit in my house, but a handbag?  A pair of shoes?  An eyeshadow?  Cookies?   
Yes.  I'm sold!

radiant orchid paint chip cookies ... pantone of the year 2014
When Mandi suggested our next Color Challenge be "Lilac" or "Radiant Orchid" for spring, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  I've made paint chip cookies before, and always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to make them again.  Before I knew it, six years had gone by and I'd never gotten around to it.  TIME FLIES, doesn't it?!?  *sigh*

radiant orchid paint chip cookies colors photo paintchipradiantorchidmaking-2.jpg make Radiant Orchid royal icing, you'll need a few AmeriColor food colorings
I used equal parts (I eyeballed it, no measuring) Deep Pink, Electric Purple, and Regal Purple.

radiant orchid paint chip cookies icing photo paintchipradiantorchidmaking.jpg
I started with the middle shade, then scooped some of it into one bowl and stirred in more plain icing to lighten it.  I scooped some more into another bowl, then added more food coloring for the deeper shade.

The cookies are easy.  I used my crayon cookie cutter for the long rectangle, and lopped off the pointy end.  Before I divided the cookies into sections with icing, I used a food coloring pen to mark on the cookie where I wanted to the lines to go.
radiant orchid paint chip cookies photo paintchipradiantorchid.jpg
If you look closely at that front cookie, you can see a little of that food coloring pen mark peeking out from the icing.  Shhh....don't tell.

radiant orchid paint chip cookies paper photo paintchipradiantorchid2of6.jpg

Alright, be sure to check out all of the fabulous ladies and their homages to Radiant Orchid (or Lilac).  I think it'll grow on you, too!

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