Thursday, January 29, 2015

Strawberry Sweetheart Cookies

I just love making Valentine's Day cookies!  I mean, it's all about love, hearts, the color red, and sweethearts!  I have a lot of sweethearts...my husband, my kids, my grandkids...that's 16 1/2 (grandchild on the way:)) sweethearts right there!
So...staring at my double heart cookie cutter and brainstorming for something other than just regular hearts, I came up with another red heart, from nature...strawberries!  I'm sure you've noticed that strawberries are heart shaped, right? It may not be crazy creative, but I was excited to make these cute couples.  
And of course, these strawberries don't have to be a romantic pair, but can be pals, or grandma and grandchild, or...you get the picture.
I'm pretty smitten with how these turned out! You know me...simple and cute is my cookie mantra, and these are both.
I hope all my sweethearts know how "berry" much I love them when I give them these cookies for Valentine's Day. 

Strawberry Sweetheart Cookies
Ingredients
Double heart cutter
Sugar cookie dough
Royal Icing
AmeriColor soft gel paste: Super Red, Super Black and Electric Green
Black and red FOODoodler food coloring markers, fine point
Black sugar pearls
Directions
1. Roll cookie dough out about 3/8-inch thick.
2. Cut out cookies from dough and transfer to cookie sheet with spatula.
3. Place baking sheet in freezer for about 10 minutes to help cookies hold their shape.
4. Bake according to recipe.
5. Let cookies cool.
6. With the red marker, outline the hearts.
7. With the red tinted, medium consistency royal icing, outline one of the hearts on the cookies, and let it set for about 10 minutes.
8. Outline the other heart with the red royal icing.
9. Fill a decorating bag fitted with a #1 tip with some untinted (white) royal icing, with the same consistency as the red. Set aside.
10. ill the hearts with the red royal icing and a #3 tip.  Use a toothpick or other touch-up tool, to fill the icing to the edges.
11. Immediately add small dots to each heart with the set-aside bag of white icing.
12.  Allow cookies to dry for a few hours, or overnight.
13.  With the green icing (on the thick side) and a leaf tip, add the leaves.
14. Add small "globs" of white royal icing for the eyes with a #1 tip.
15.  With tweezers (used for food), add the black sugar pearls(try to position them so that the strawberries seem to be looking at each other).
16. Use the black marker and add the smiles.

HAVE FUN! 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mini Melting Snowmen Cookies

Well, I finally got around to posting these little fellas.  You have probably seen many a bazillion versions of the melting snowman cookie, right? He is very popular, and rightly so! Well, did you know that the original "Mr. Melty", his proper name, was created way back in 2008 by Meaghan Mountford, The Decorated Cookie?  Click on the link to read all about it.
This is a simpler version, since it utilizes mini marshmallows for the heads and food markers for the arms. The cookie cutter is just a 1.5-inch round cutter and then the "melted snow" is applied freehand.
I had so much fun making these little guys, and they came together quickly!   
I think they ended up pretty darn cute! 
I love minis!  
There aren't any snowmen in my neighborhood, because that would require snow, haha, and we don't have snow in my neck of the woods.  Cookies, however, are plentiful here... 
...even snowmen cookies! :-)

Mini Melting Snowmen Cookies
Ingredients
1.5-inch round cookie cutter
Confetti sprinkles
Black food marker
Orange edible marker
Directions
1. Roll out sugar cookie dough about 3/8-inch thick.
2. Use a 1.5-inch round cutter and cut out circles from dough.
3. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake according to recipe.
4. While the cookies bake, use the black edible marker to make the eyes and mouth of the snowmen and the orange marker for the nose. 
5. After cookies cool, fill a pastry bag (fitted with a #2 tip) with untinted royal icing and free form the icing on each cookie to look like melted snow.
6. While the icing is still wet, place the head and the confetti sprinkles (buttons) on the icing (I used tweezers-for food only-to do this).
7. Allow cookies to dry overnight.
8. Use the black food marker to make arms on the snowmen.

ENJOY!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Hug Cookies

A BIG Christmas hug to each of you!

{Cookies inspired by my talented friend,  Samantha of Flour De Lis}

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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