Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mini Football Cookies

I'm not really much of a football fan.  Once in awhile there is an exciting game that a family member is emotionally invested in in some way.  I've gone to a couple of Rose Bowl games and my favorite part was before the game started, when everyone stood up (some of us with hands over our hearts) and sang the National anthem.  It's a "lump in your throat" experience to be singing The Star Spangled Banner with 100,000 other people on a glorious California afternoon, the first day of a new year. 
So anyway, I had a lot of fun making some "Game Face" Football Cookies last year in January, and thought it would be fun to make a mini version.  They come together pretty easily and have a high cuteness factor! :) 

Mini Football Cookies
Small, football-shaped cookie cutter
Sugar cookie dough 
Royal icing
Black and brown gel food coloring
Black food marker
1.  Roll out dough about 3/8-inch hick and use small cutter (mine is a about 1.5 inches) to cut out mini footballs and place on baking sheet.
2.  Bake according to recipe. Let cookies cool completely on cooling rack.
3.  Tint some of the royal icing brown, until you have the shade you'd like.
4.  Use a decorating bag with a #2 tip, and with the brown royal icing, outline and fill the footballs.
5.  Let cookies dry completely or overnight.
6.  Fill a decorating bag (#2 tip) with the untinted royal icing and add the white details to the cookie, including the eyes.
 7.  Immediately follow with the black royal icing for the eyes.
8.  Using the food marker, add mouths and eyebrows.
9.  Let cookies dry completely.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

3-ingredient {Whole Wheat} Nutella Cookies

There are many Nutella lovers in my family, so when I spotted this recipe for 3-ingredient Nutella cookies on Pinterest, I pinned it right away.  Doesn't get much easier than this!  I decided to use the cookies for ice cream sandwiches. :)  
They were sooooo good!  
I found the recipe on one of my new favorite blogs, Gluesticks.

3-ingredient Nutella Cookies
One 13 oz. container Nutella
1 large egg
1 cup of whole wheat flour (or AP)
Mix the ingredients together well.
Roll dough into walnut-size balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Flatten cookies with a flat-bottomed glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.
Let cookies set for 2-3 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rustic Watermelon Cookies

You know what? I LOVE watermelon!  I have been known to buy a watermelon and have the whole thing polished off the second day:)  I also love cookies, so naturally watermelon cookies are a favorite of mine.  Something about them just makes me happy:)
These particular cookies were inspired by an awesome design created by Sweetambs.  She decorated her cookies entirely with royal icing and I meant to do the same, but at the last minute decided to "paint" them using gel food coloring and food markers.
 No two are exactly alike and their primitive charm appeals to me.
  To achieve the rustic look, after I applied the red coloring I used a toothpick to scrape the entire red area, back and forth, until I achieved the look I wanted. 
I like how they turned out, if I do say so myself. :)
I'm pretty sure I will be trying this technique again on more cookies.
Rustic Watermelon Cookies

Round Sugar Cookies (mine are 3-inch)
White royal icing
Decorating bag with a #3 tip
AmeriColor Gel Paste Food Colors: Bright White, Electric Green, Super Red
Wilton Icing Color: Pink 
AmeriColor Food Markers: Green and Black
Small paint brushes (used for food only)
Cotton Swabs
Round cookie cutter, smaller than finished cookies

1. Using the decorating bag and #3 tip, outline the cookies with the white royal icing and then immediately fill with the same icing. Let cookies dry overnight.
2. Use the smaller round cookie cutter and trace around the center of the cookie with the green food marker.
3. Color in the outer green band with the green marker. (It doesn't have to be completely precision and perfect.) 
3. Add a little bit of pink gel into a small "glob" (technical term) of red gel, and mix well.
4. Using a small paint brush, paint a big round circle in the middle of the cookie, leaving a small, white border around the outer ring of the red.  (If you need to, use a cotton swab to remove some of the red gel to make it more round, and to help achieve the thin white border.)
5. Using a very small paint brush, apply a thin, white border around the red.
6.  Using a very small paint brush, apply the electric green along the outside border of the white.
(None of these applications need to be precise, as you can see in the photos.)
7. With a toothpick, scrape the red area completely with a back and forth motion, scraping off any excess gel, until it is "dry".
8.  Apply the black dots (seeds) with the black food marker.

Have Fun! 

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