Monday, July 14, 2014

Sandcastle Cookies: Guest Post on Hungry Happenings

I am excited to be guest posting on Hungry Happenings today!  Click on the link to find the directions for making these 3D sandcastle cookies...

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

m&m Cookies

Two of our grandsons recently stayed with us for a few days and we had a lot of fun!  
One activity that they really wanted to do was make cookies:) They kept eyeballing the bag of mini m&m's in my big "goodie" drawer, so I knew they'd love these cookies. 
(I used the iPad to follow the recipe online.)
Look at all those mini m&m's and mini chocolate chips!

They're a drop cookie and came together quickly, which was a good thing since the boys were anxious to try them.  I must admit, I was too!
 I found the best looking m&m cookies on Picky Palate, so used her recipe.
With the dough as an indicator, the boys and I knew the cookies would be delicious! 
Two things I will do differently next time:  Trust the baking time (do not overbake!), and do not flatten the cookies at all before baking. 
This recipe adds a "secret ingredient" to ensure that the cookies turn out chewy in the middle, but crispy on the edges. They were especially good when they were fresh:)
These happy faces don't lie! :)

Visit Picky Palate for this yummy recipe and so many others!


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

American Flag Cookies {Simple and Speedy!}

Once again, I was inspired by Melissa of My Cake School.  She posted an American flag cake using simply buttercream frosting and a clam tip.  It looked so pretty, and simple too. Definitely a "must make"!
These cookie flags were made even simpler by using pre-made buttercream frosting from a bakery:) I already had the cookies baked and in the freezer so it took a mere few minutes to complete each flag, and I love the results! They even have 13 stripes:)

American Flag Cookies
1.  Whip up your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
2.  Purchase (or make) buttercream frosting.
3.  Divide frosting into thirds and tint one part blue, one red, and keep the other white. (Mine were already purchased in these colors.)
4.  Mark where the blue part is going to be on the cookie. (I lightly etched into the cookie with this professional needle tool.)
5.  Using the #18 tip (Melissa used a #21 tip for her cake), pipe blue rosettes.
6.  Using a #18 tip, pipe the red stripes and then the white stripes.  Start and end with the red. (Practice on wax paper with the cookie cutter drawn on it.)
{For the piping refer to this link.}
7.  With a #3 tip, apply small dots on the blue area to represent the stars.

TA DA!  Let's hear it for the red, white and blue!

Linked to:
Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday
I'm Lovin' it Party
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