Baptism Cross Cookies

Posted on October 11th, 2014 in Cookies

I hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday!

Even though I loved making the Monogram Cookies and my new favorite Rose Cookies for my cousin’s Baptism, I really wanted to add a final touch that would celebrate the occasion. Truth be told, the cross cookie was the first cookie that came to my mind when I started to sketch my ideas for the Baptism set.

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Tools Needed

  • Cross Cookie Cutter
  • Mini Fondant Flower Cutter
  • Wilton Pink Gel Color
  • Ateco Tips (# 1.5 & # 2)
  • Piping Bags
  • Royal Icing (Pink & White)
  • Small Fondant Rolling Pin
  • Fondant Ball Tool
  • Fondant Shaping Foam
  • Gum Paste
  • Toothpicks
  • Small Brush
  • Baked Cookies

Lets start out by making the gum paste flowers!

Take a small amount of gum paste and with a toothpick add a small amount of the Wilton pink gel color. Kneed the pink gel color into the gum paste until you can’t see any streaks. Using a small fondant rolling pin roll out your fondant. Take your mini fondant flower cutter and cut out as many flowers as you can. Transfer your fondant flowers to a shaping foam and with your ball tool press down on the center of the flower so that the petals wrap around the ball tool. Leave your flowers to dry overnight.

While your gum paste flowers are drying, outline your cross cookie with stiff white royal icing using an Ateco tip #1.5. Make sure to leave a small border all around.

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Now flood your cookie with flood consistency white royal icing using an Ateco tip # 2. Let your cookies dry for 24 hours.

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Using medium consistency pink royal icing and an Ateco tip # 1.5 add small dots all around the border. Let the dots dry 4-8 hours.

Tip: If any of your dots have a peak you can remove it by dipping a small brush in water and gently patting the top of the dot.

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After the dots have dried, add a dot of stiff white royal icing (which will act as a glue) at the center of the cross and place your mini fondant flower. At the center of the flower add a dot of white royal icing.

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Before packaging your beautiful cross cookies, let them dry out for 2-4 hours.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

I also wanted to share with you a picture of the complete packaged Baptism cookie set that includes the Monogram Cookies and the Rose Cookies.

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The cross cookies would also make an adorable thank you gift for your guests at any Baptism party. Just place the cookies in a cello bag and tie the tops with a pink satin ribbon and you’re all set!

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

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Rose Cookies

Posted on October 8th, 2014 in Cookies

Let me introduce you to my new favorite cookie, the rose cookie! I have seen these cookies all over Pinterest and the web, and they were like love at first sight! I fell in love with them since the moment I saw them.

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I knew I wanted to add the rose cookies to the Baptism cookie set. If you want to read the first part of the Baptism cookie set check out How to Make Monogram Cookies with Royal Icing Transfers. These rose cookies were so much fun to make! Not only were they fun but so incredibly easy! I love the big puffy swirl it looks so pretty!

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Tools Needed

  • Round Cookie Cutter (I used 2.5″)
  • Stiff Royal Icing
  • Wilton Pink Gel Colors
  • Piping Bag
  • Ateco Piping Tip #846
  • Pink Disco Dust
  • Toothpick
  • Small Spatula
  • Baked Cookies

 Directions

  1. Place you stiff royal icing in a clean bowl and with a toothpick add pink gel color to your royal icing. With a small spatula mix the gel into your royal icing until you can’t see any streaks.
  2. Place your Ateco piping tip #846 into your piping bag and add your pink royal icing.
  3. Starting at the center of your cookie pipe a star but without releasing pressure continue a clockwise swirl moving towards the outer edge of the cookie.
  4. As you are about to complete the swirl gradually release pressure and pull the royal icing so that the swirl becomes thinner.
  5. Sprinkle pink disco dust over the top of the swirl.

I have included a GIF below to show you how it’s done! (or should I say my wonderful husband made it for me)

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Can you imagine the possibilities with this cookie? You can change the color for Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays and even the Super Bowl!

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I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! If you have any questions please leave me a comment below.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

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How to Make Monogram Cookies with Royal Icing Transfer

Posted on October 5th, 2014 in Cookies

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I got invited to the baptism of my cousin’s daughter. I had already purchased a gift but I also wanted to give her something really special made by me. So I drew up a couple of cookie sketches and off to bake I went! I envisioned that  the cookies would be in a white box with a clear window. Therefore, as I was drawing up my cookie sketches I came up with three designs: a monogram cookie which would sit at the center of the box, a beautiful cookie cross and a rose flower cookie. Today I am sharing with you how to make the monogram cookie with the royal icing transfer.

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Tools Needed:

  • Baked Cookies
  • Royal Icing
  • PME Tips: #1, #1.5, #3
  • Gel Color: Pink
  • Icing Bag
  • Wax Paper
  • Borderless Cookie Sheet
  • Plaque Cookie Cutter
  • Light Pink Sanding Sugar
  • Small Brush
  • Light Pink Disco Dust
  • A Print Out of the Chosen Letter on a Sheet of Paper

Let’s start out by making the monogram royal icing transfers. Using a borderless cookie sheet tape the four corners of your wax paper to the cookie sheet. Most people like to print the monogram letter over and over again. I feel that’s a waste of my precious and expensive ink therefore I just like to print out the letter once and move my paper around. As you can tell in the picture below I printed out the monogram letter in two different sizes. I decided to use the bigger one as it would fit better on the cookie. Using stiff royal icing add a small amount of pink gel color, mix well with a small spatula. Add your pink royal icing to your icing bag that is fitted with a PME tip #1.

Tip: Royal icing transfers brake easily therefore always make more letters than you will need.

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Trace the monogram letter with the stiff pink royal icing.

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Because I was applying sanding sugar to my monogram letters I used the same stiff royal icing to fill in the letter. If you are not applying sanding sugar fill your letters with a medium consistency royal icing to achieve a smoother look.

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With a small spoon cover your monogram letter with light pink sanding sugar. Wait about 20-30 minutes and then gently remove the sanding sugar off your monograms.

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With a small stiff brush remove the excess sanding sugar off the sides of the monogram so that the letter retains its shape. Let the letters dry 6-12 hours before you remove the wax paper off the back.

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Once the letters have dried I like to practice the position of the monogram on an un-iced cookie so that I know exactly how to place it on the final flooded cookie. Remember, you only have one shot to place the monogram on the wet royal icing! So you want to make sure you know exactly where to position the monogram.

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Once you know where to place your monogram outline the plaque cookie with stiff white royal icing using a PME tip #1.5.

Tip: I like to add super white coloring to my royal icing to make it look even whiter!

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Next, lets fill our cookies with flood consistency royal icing using a PME tip #3.

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Now carefully place your monogram onto your cookie.

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Wait about 1-2 hours and outline the cookie.  Add disco dust to the outline and inward from the outline to create a sparkly effect! Have I ever told you guys how much I love disco dust!

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Let the cookie dry out for 24 hours. Carefully shake off your excess disco dust and your monogram cookies are completed!

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And what better way to show me how much she loved her gift than by eating the cookies right away! The smile on her face was priceless! If you take a close look at the picture you will see what is coming up later this week to the blog!

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Thank you for stoping by!

Stay sweet,

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Buttery Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in Cookies, Recipes

As I was going through my pantry I noticed that I had half of a vanilla bean pod left. I couldn’t believe that I let my little stash get so low! Never the less I knew I could make something with that half. Many ideas popped into my head but I was really in the mood for something buttery, crispy and not too heavy.

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There is something about shortbread cookies that I love. They are light but they pack in a lot of flavor and you can eat them alone or they go great with with a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream!

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I do have to warn you, you can’t eat just one!

Recipe:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1/2 vanilla bean pod

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a bowl sift together flour and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer combine butter and sugar. Using a sharp knife cut a vanilla bean pod in half and then cut that half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds to the bowl with the butter and sugar.
  4. Mix the butter, sugar and the vanilla seeds using a mixer on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. On low speed slowly add the flour mixture, until large clumps of dough form. Transfer that to a smooth work surface to combine and form into a disk.
  6. Place the disk in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough 2mm thick and using a square scalloped cookie cutter cut out the cookies.
  8. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake the cookies for 15 – 25 minutes or until they are a light golden color.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

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Red, White and Blue Velvet 4th of July Cupcakes

Posted on June 30th, 2014 in Cupcakes

Our annual 4th of July BBQ is right around the corner and I just had to share with you the yummy red, white and blue velvet cupcakes that I whipped up! This year I wanted to make something different, something a little more colorful and with a little more shine! After all it’s 4th of July and the fireworks are the star of the night!

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I made my gum paste stars ahead of time. They are simple to make and you can store them away until you are ready to use them.

Tools Needed:

Directions:

  1. Color your gum paste red
  2. Using your small rolling pin roll out your fondant about 2-3mm thick
  3. Using your star cutter, cut out as many stars as possible. Continue to do this until you have all your stars
  4. Allow your stars to dry out 24-48 hours on a piece of wax paper
  5. With a small brush apply a small amount of edible glue on the stars
  6. Immediately sprinkle the red sanding sugar over the top
  7. Wait a few minutes and tap off the excess sanding sugar
  8. Place them on a clean piece of wax paper to dry out for 24 hours

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For the cupcakes I used my favorite Red Velvet Cupcake recipe.

But since I was inspired by the red, white and blue theme I decided that instead of red food coloring I would use the Wilton Royal Blue gel food coloring so that I would have Blue Velvet Cupcakes!

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4th-of-July-Cupcake-Blue-Velvet2Tip: When adding color to your cupcakes make sure to use bleached cake flour because unbleached cake flour can alter the color.

The Wilton Royal Blue food coloring gave the cupcakes the perfect blue hue that I was looking for!

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I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

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Father’s Day Bow Tie, Tie and Mustache Cookies

Posted on June 14th, 2014 in Cookies

This is a bit late but I have been busy baking up some Father’s Day cookies! What dad doesn’t like a nice bow tie, tie or maybe even a mustache? A bow tie or a tie are the perfect accessories to finish up the look on dad’s suit! Now you might be asking yourself what about the mustache? Well I am just loving all the funky mustache shapes out there and Father’s Day was the perfect time to create and share this one!

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Tools Needed:

Ateco Tip # 2

PME Scriber Needle

Rectangular Cookie Cutter

Disposable Decorating Bags

Royal Icing

 

Step 1:

Outline and flood your rectangle cookies. Then let your flooded cookies dry out for 12 – 24 hours.

 

Step 2:

In the center of your cookie use royal icing to outline and flood your bow tie and tie design.

 

Step 3:

Add yellow dots to the bow tie.

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Step 4:

Add yellow dots to the tie.  Then using the scriber tool, start from the outer edge of the dot and drag the scriber tool to the center. Do this a couple of times around the dot to create a flower effect.

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Step 5:

In the center of your cookie use royal icing to outline and flood your mustache.

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I hope everyone has a Happy Father’s Day!

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

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How To Make A Gum Paste Hydrangea

Posted on May 30th, 2014 in Fondant

I don’t know about you but I love Hydrangeas and for my mom’s birthday I decided they would be the perfect flower to complement the overall theme I was designing for her party.  Hydrangeas are beautiful, soft, delicate flowers that come in bunches. They come in a gorgeous array of soft delicate colors.

Because Hydrangeas come in bunches I knew I couldn’t just make one of them to place on top of the cupcake but that there should be at least a few.  Therefore, I decided to add three hydrangeas for every cupcake.  Making these hydrangeas was not only fun but also relaxing and relatively simple to do.

List of items that you will need:

Roll out your gum paste as thin as possible and then use the Hydrangea cutter to cut out the flowers.  I used the largest Hydrangea cutter that my set came with to do the cut outs. Cut out as many Hydrangeas as possible.

 

Apply a small amount of edible glue to the center of the Hydrangea.

 

Insert the toothpick with the Hydrangea bud through the center of the Hydrangea and let the petals fall over the bud.

 

Place this on a non-stick silicon mat to dry out a bit. The petals shouldn’t fall back down when you pick them up, but they shouldn’t be too stiff because they will break off.

 

Once the petals have dried out a bit pick up the stick and arrange the petals by hand so they overlap and stick out.

 

Let the Hydrangea dry out overnight and they will be ready for you to apply the petal dust.

 

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay sweet,

Making the Center Bud of a Hydrangea

Posted on April 8th, 2014 in Fondant

If you have read my last two posts about making Peonies for my mom’s birthday then you know where I got my inspiration for making the Hydrangeas.  If you haven’t read my last two posts and would like to, click here to read part 1 and click here to read part 2.  Before I started making the center bud of the Hydrangeas I searched the Web to get some ideas.  From everything that I saw one of them really stood out the most.  Have you heard of Jacqueline Butler of Petal Sweet?  She is an amazing and talented sugar flower artist.  What attracted me most to the buds that she makes is that they look so real and she adds dimension to the flower.  The buds look like they are 3-D.

List of items that you will need:

 

Take a piece of gum paste and form it with the palms of your hand into a small ball.

 

Dip the tip of a toothpick into edible glue, wipe off any excess amount.  Insert the toothpick halfway into the gum paste ball.

 

Grab a blade/knife tool which is going to help you make the indentations.

 

Hold the toothpick with your left hand and support the back of the ball with your finger.  With the blade/knife tool pointing down, begin to make your indentation. Start making your indentation at the bottom of the ball making your way to the top.

 

Continue to make 3 more indentations all the way around.

 

You’re all done!  Let the buds dry out overnight or for 24 hours.

Once the buds have dried out you are now ready to add some color to them.  Place a paper towel on your workspace to catch the petal dust.  Dip the tip of a small brush into the petal dust and tap any excess off the brush.  Apply the petal dust into the indentations of the bud and spreading out into the bud itself.  Once you are happy with the color, boil some water in a pot and pass the colored bud through the steam of the boiling water to set the petal dust.

Your buds are now ready to use!  Stay tuned for the completed Hydrangea flower!

 

Thank you for stopping by & stay sweet,

How To Make A Gum Paste Peony: Part 2

Posted on June 19th, 2013 in Fondant

This is the second part of the tutorial, today we will finish off the peony flower.  If you haven’t read the first part click here.

 

Get the second largest petal cutter and cut out five petals.  Use the foam pad and ball tool to thin out the edges and curl them inwards.

 

Apply edible glue to the bottom half of the petal and place the petal in between the existing petals.  Once the petal has adhered, add some more edible glue to the upper sides of the petal only, so that the petals curve inwards. Continue adding the remaining four petals in the same way.

 

 

With the largest petal cutter, cut five petals and use the foam pad and ball tool to thin out the edges and curl them inwards.

 

Apply edible glue to the bottom half of the petal and place the petal in between the existing petals.  Continue adding the remaining four petals in the same form.

 

Let the completed flower dry for 24 hours.  Once it is dry feel free to decorate your cupcake or cake with the flower.

 

Keep your flowers in a cool and dry place. Also keep them away from the sun, the sun tends to fade the color away.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Stay tuned for the hydrangea flower bud and hydrangea flower.

 

Thank you for stopping by stay sweet,

How To Make A Gum Paste Peony: Part 1

Posted on June 10th, 2013 in Fondant

Hello everyone!  Two weeks ago we celebrated my mom’s 69th birthday.  Because my brother was going to be here from out of town I decided to throw a surprise birthday party for her!  After looking around at different birthday party plates my sister and I decided on one that we both really liked.  After that the planning started and so I decided to get a little creative and match the flowers of her birthday plates to the flower that I was going to place on top of the cupcakes.

List of items that you will need:

  • Gum paste
  • Peony Cutter Set
  • Non-Stick silicon mat
  • Edible glue
  • Small rolling pin
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Small paint brush
  • Food paint
  • Ball Tool
  • Foam Pad
  • Freezer safe zip lock bag

Here are two pictures of what the birthday plates looked like and where the inspiration came from!

 

 

 

Color your gum paste and roll it out as thin as possible on a non-stick silicon mat.

 

Using the smallest petal cutter from the set, cut out four petals.

 

Store the petals that you are not working with in a freezer safe zip lock bag so that the petals don’t dry out.

 

Using the foam pad and the ball tool thin out the edges of the petals.

 

 

 

Next we are going to apply the first petals to the styrofoam ball.

 

Using some edible glue and a small paint brush, add the edible glue to the entire petal. Place the first petal close to the center.

 

Place the second petal directly across from the first petal. Its ok if the second petal overlaps a little on the first petal.

 

Next, place the other two petals on the opposite sides.

 

Add a second layer of petals on top of the first set of petals. Don’t put them directly on top of the others but in between.

 

Using your second smallest petal cutter from the set, cut out five petals and thin out the edges.

 

Now you are going to add a third layer of petals but this time you don’t want the top edges to touch the second layer.

 

Also the petals are now going to overlap one another.

 

Now we are going to let this dry out overnight or 24 hours and then we will continue to add petals.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Thank you for stopping by & stay sweet,

 

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