Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Leaf Cookies

These are my favorite leaf design cookies. They are so colorful and remind me of fall. Well, not my fall. It's currently forecasted to be 101 today again. Hopefully these fall cookies will entice fall to make an appearance in Texas. One can hope.

And this week starts the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies blog hop. I'm a little late to the party but better late than never, right? Thanks to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for hosting the party. I am super excited to baking with you all!

I know it's supposed to be Christmas cookies but this is one of my tried and true cutout sugar cookie recipes and can be easily used in any season. I can also see myself making Christmas trees using this effect with white coloring to create snow on the trees. Ohh, a new idea!! How early is too early to be making Christmas tree cookies? :)


I used a copper color as a base and then took my food coloring and brushed it on to make the various color designs. I initially saw these made using a sponge brush from Ellie's Bites @ http://elliesbitesdecoratedcookies.wordpress.com/ but I didn't have any sponge brushes on hand for food painting. So I thought for a bit and came up with these. So easy and very colorful!




Sugar Cookie Recipe
from All in One Bake Shop

Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
  • Let butter come to room temperature. 
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix until smooth.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix!
  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper and then refrigerate for at least an hour. 
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cut shapes using your favorite cookie cutter and place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until bottoms and edges are slightly brown. 
  • Let cool completely and then decorate with royal icing. 

Makes 36 medium size cookies.




Monday, September 19, 2011

Owl Cupcakes

Aren't these the cutest things? I was so excited when I completed them that I had to run into the next room to share with hubby. I think my favorite is the little guy on the top right. He looks up to no good. :)

I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes and then made one batch of buttercream icing and tinted it three colors: dark brown, light brown, and red. From there on, they were pretty easy to make.

  • Fill three piping bags with each of the colors you have tinted; dark brown, light brown, and red. Attach a tip 21 to the dark brown and light brown bags. Attach a tip 81 to the red bag. 
  • Using the tip 21, cover the entire cupcake with stars to create the fur. Add additional stars on the sides to create the wings.
  • Add another row of stars on the top of cupcake to create more "fur" to hold up the gumpaste eyes. 
  • To make the gumpaste eyes, roll out your gumpaste to about 1/8 - 1/4 inch thickness and using the bottom of any piping tip, cut out circles and let dry. When the eyes are dry or firm (about 5 minutes), use a food coloring pen to make the pupils. 
  • Attach the gumpaste eyes to the cupcakes, setting them into the crusted buttercream.
  • Using the tip 81, make small lips in the center of the cupcakes to make the owl lips. 
I hope you attempt to make these this fall. And if you do, I'd love to see the pictures!

Have a great Monday!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Football Jersey Cookies

Good luck to my team, the Purdue Boilermakers, playing tomorrow against Southeast Missouri State! I just had to make some jerseys to share my support of my team. And they were so easy to decorate with the use of my handy dandy food coloring pens. Love them!

I can't believe I just tried the food coloring pens. They are amazing. I really want to get more colors than black but I'm not sure what kind to get. Americolor (they are the ones I have in black), Wilton, Ateco, Gourmet Writer? Anybody have any suggestions/recommendations?

Happy Friday! Enjoy the upcoming weekend and Boiler Up!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Happy Game Day

Have a wonderful first Saturday of the college football season! I made some football cookies to celebrate game day. My team kicks off in an hour and we'll see how the Boilermakers do this year.

Wishing you and your family a safe holiday weekend! See you next week!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chocolate Cookies



These are my absolute favorite chocolate cut out cookies. They taste like Oreos. I can't wait to make some more with some filling and make a batch of homemade Oreos for my friends and family. But beware, they are addictive!!!

I got the recipe and black cocoa from All In One Bake Shop in Austin. Love that place!!


Black Cocoa Cut-Out Cookies
Recipe from All In One Bake Shop
  • 1 cup butter – room temperature
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup black cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Directions:
  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. 
  • Add cocoa and mix. 
  • Combine flour,baking powder, baking soda and salt and add to mixture. Mix just until well incorporated – but you don’t see any white flour. Make sure not to over mix. 
  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness between two pieces of parchment
  • paper. 
  • Refrigerate the flattened dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. 
  • Peel parchment off of top side. Flip and peel off other parchment sheet. Cut into shapes and place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. 
  • Bake 10 minutes until cookie is stiff to the touch. 
  • Let cool completely and then decorate with royal icing. 
Makes approximately 36 medium size cookies.


 

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