Monday, July 20, 2015

Ice Cream Cone Cookies for a Birthday Party

Did you know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day? Yep, I'm a day late! Seems that everyday is some sort of food day, and I just happened to make these ice cream cone cookies the other day for my grandson's 4th birthday party, at his request.
As you can see they are not difficult cookies to decorate, but they sure are festive! Ice cream cookies are some of my very favorite cookies to decorate!
Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Variety food gel colors (For the cones I used Americolor warm brown, with a touch of yellow.)
Assorted sprinkles (jimmies)
Brown food marker
1. Roll out dough, cut out cookies and bake according to recipe. Let cool completely.
2. Using a #3 tip, fill a piping bag with the brown cone colored royal icing. Outline the cone triangle and fill it with the icing. Let it dry for about 20 minutes, or overnight.*
3. Using different colored royal icing, outline the scoops and fill them. Add sprinkles while still wet. For a double scoop cone, add the bottom scoop and let dry it for about 20 minutes, then add the second scoop.
4. Add bottom borders to the ice cream, where it meets the cone.
5. Let cookies dry completely.

* I allowed the cones to dry overnight and then, using a ruler and a brown food marker, detailed the cones. You may choose to detail the cones at the end, though the cookies must be completely dry.

Have fun!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

"One Smart Cookie" CAKE!

Last year I made some "One Smart Cookie" sugar cookies to celebrate my son officially becoming a CPA. :) There are many versions of this cookie theme (all are cute!), but I have not seen a One Smart Cookie cake, and thought it would make a fun treat for the end of the school year, or even boxed up for a teacher gift.!  
I almost made a pizza-size cookie, but I will save that for next time.
This 9-inch, single-layer cake came together so easily because it started with a Pillsbury chocolate cake mix and store-bought frosting (vanilla).  I also used black candy melts (Wilton) for the glasses and eyes (along with white chocolate chips), and pink candy melts for the cheeks, bottom side, up. The "chocolate chips" are Hershey's kisses. :)
 I ended up using four different food gel colors (a drop at a time: Americolor warm brown, chocolate brown and Wilton ivory, and brown) until I achieved the color I wanted. After I frosted the cake and added the Hershey's kisses, I used a small, offset spatula to imprint the general placement for the eyeglasses (above). 
I added the glasses by putting the melted, black candy melts in a decorating bag, fitted with a #10 tip and applied it directly on the cake. I also used the same tip for the mouth. 
I am sure black (non-melted) candy melts would also work for the eyes, or Junior mints.
Of course, royal icing could provide all the facial details, if you prefer.
 This cake was easy-peasy to make and turned out pretty darn cute! It would definitely be a fun cake to make with your own munchkins and little scholars!


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Mommy and Me Heart Cookies {For Mother's Day}

For Valentine's Day, I used a double heart cutter to make some cute strawberry sweetheart cookies.
I knew it would make a cute Mother's Day cookie, but wanted the "child" heart to be smaller.
So...I found two sizes of heart cutters in my cutter collection and with a little modification (before baking), I had a "mommy and me" sugar cookie. 
I decided to dress up mommy with a sugar pearl necklace and earrings, but probably just earrings would have been fine, or no pearls at all.  I think it would still look like the mommy cookie. :)

(I added the pearls after the royal icing was dry. I made a thin line of royal icing for the necklace and then used a tweezer (for cookies only) to adhere the candy pearls.)
They were very simple to make, especially with the sprinkles (red hearts, and small, red confetti sprinkles to connect them, for the bow ties and hair bows)). This time I made the eyes with royal icing instead of store-bought candy eyes. I really wanted to make the two cookies look at each other. It was easier for me to make the small one look up, but for some reason I had a harder time making the other eyes look down.
The other facial details were made using a black FooDoodler marker.
Hopefully, you get the idea that mommy and child are looking at each other with adoring eyes. :)

Happy Mother's Day! XOXO

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