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Monogram Wedding Cookies

29 Oct

One of my very favorite projects is making cookies for a wedding. I recently had the opportunity to create some beautiful monogram cookies as a wedding favor. The brides colors were eggplant and granny smith apple green and they were so lovely together!

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Monogram cookies are something I absolutely love doing because while they always look elegant and lovely, they are very versatile. A monogram cookie can be anything from whimsical and artsy, to clean and professional.

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The bride wanted something that was a combination between artsy and elegant. I did half of the cookies in purple and the other half of the cookies in green.

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18 dozen cookies is quite the undertaking, and it takes careful planning and execution. If you ever decide to take one on, make sure to plan accordingly!

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These cookies turned out great and I was really pleased. Purple and green is such a great combination and compliment each other well! I’m sure the bride looked beautiful and the colors of the wedding really set everything off!

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18 dozen cookies packaged and ready to go!

Happy Baking!

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Monkey Cookies and #2 Cookies – Use A Cookie Cutter In A New Way {A Tutorial}

14 Sep

I just love little kid’s birthdays. Don’t you remember the pure and lovely joy that pours out of every pore of a child on their birthday? It’s all about the dessert, the games, the decorations, the presents, and yes, the family and friends that are ALL there to see you and celebrate you! Gosh, to be 6 years old again. I was recently asked to do some special cookies for a Kari’s son celebrating his 2nd birthday. His theme was “monkeys” and she went all out! I caught some of her pins on Pinterest as she prepared for the party and I’ll just say she put some serious effort into the festivities. I was excited to be a part of it!

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If you want to make monkey cookies of your own, I have a couple of tips prepared for you here.

First, I’ll just tell you that of all the cookie cutters I own (I’m ashamed to say how many) I do not have a monkey shaped cookie cutter. So when I got Kari’s request, I needed to improvise.  While I didn’t have a monkey, I did have a balloon.

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And I had a small circle.

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I simply cut out the cookie  dough with the balloon cookie cutter, turned it upside down to make the balloon “tie” the monkey’s hair,  cut a circle out, then cut it in half, and placed it on either side of the balloon on my cookie sheet. Once baked, the finished product looks a bit like this:

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As you can see from the above photo, I then proceeded to draw on the monkey’s face with a food writer (edible) marker. I sketched one of these out on the front of each cookie and then began icing.

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I outlined and flooded the dark chocolate-brown icing first. I just followed the lines I had drawn previously. I let that dry for a few hours, and I then went back in and flooded the remaining portions with the flesh toned icing. If you have problems with your icing colors bleeding, you may want to let the brown dry overnight instead. I am, however, impatient. It’s my downfall. Ask anyone!

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Once the base layer is done drying, go back in and add the monkey’s face and his little tuft of hair at the top. Voila! You can’t even tell that it used to be a balloon huh? Well, at least I hope you can’t!

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Kari said the cookies were a hit at the party and everyone really enjoyed them. Now I just wonder who enjoyed it more… them eating them, or me making them!  These #2 cookies were a ton of fun to make as well and the dark brown icing on them is the same color as on the monkeys to help them coordinate with each other.

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Happy Baking!

Decorative Monogram Cookies {A Tutorial}

9 Sep

So… I got a new cookie cutter. Isn’t that how all of my posts seem to start? I’ve always been super jealous of Lilaloa’s plaque cookie cutter, and finally Karen’s Cookies came out with one and I snatched it up immediately… and then proceeded to wait forever to actually bake anything with it. That’s just how I roll really. I did in fact get around to making some cookies with my new plaque cutter and decided to do a bit of tutorial on these cookies while I was at it. Here’s the finished product.

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Decorative monogram cookies. I of course chose to do “C”s this time around, but really any letter would work with this technique. I think.

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Using 10 second black royal icing, I piped the border.

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Immediately flood the interior of the cookie with the same color. In my case, black. You can tell from the finished photo that I did some in white too, to alternate the color scheme. Give the cookie a jostle across your work surface to flatten out any bumps or lines. Then… you wait. Dry time. I gave these guys overnight simply because I was using black and white as my color scheme and those two colors tend to bleed into each other pretty easy if you don’t allow proper dry time. If you want to learn more about royal icing bleeding and how to prevent it, check this out.

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Once proper drying time has taken place, i then used a #2 Wilton tip to pipe on my first section of decal. I did the little “flower” first because it helped give me a base to work out from to make sure everything stayed proportionate and as close to the center of the cookie as possible. Since I was placing my flower on the left hand side of the C, the flower is of course placed off to the left on the cookie.

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Then, I added the first layout of my C. I used 10 second icing here, because I knew I was going to be going back and thickening the letter to give it a more robust feel, and i didn’t want to have lines in my C when it was all said and done. I did do some sketches on paper to get a feel for how I wanted my C to be designed and thus already had a plan for where to put the curls, etc.

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Without allowing the white to dry AT ALL, I immediately went back and thickened the C in the areas closest to the flower. I then gave it a shake to even everything out.

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Next, I went in and added some little stems onto my flower with leaves coming off. Given that it’s not a typical flower color or design, it can look like a flower with stems, or it can just look like part of the design, but the beauty is that is doesn’t really matter when you work with all one color as it blends together nicely. To get the look for the little leaves, you simply place your tip where you want the base of the leaf to be, and squeeze a round dot out and while still squeezing slightly, you pull away and up. It makes it end in a point as you can see above.

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I then went around the outside edge with a solid border. Often times I like to do dots because I prefer that look, but dots give a more “fun” feeling while a solid line gives more of an “elegant” feeling. Course maybe that’s just me, and I AM a bit cooky, so take that with a grain of salt I suppose!

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My very last step was to add the ribbon rose. These roses are made out of fondant. That’s a different tutorial for a different day. I attached them by simply putting a dollop of the color I did for the letter on the bottom of the rose and then placed it in the center of my flower. I thought it gave a nice formal touch.

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These would be great for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, graduation, you name it! I loved them.

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Thanks for checking them out. If you want to get the plaque cookie cutter, you can buy it from Karen’s Cookies, here.

Happy Baking!

Puckering Lemons Cookies {A Tutorial}

24 Aug

Sometimes you want to just play around and create a cookie that serves no real “eventful” purpose other than to well, just be kind of awesome. I got a new lemon cookie cutter from Karen’s Cookies and wanted to play around with it and do something really adorbs. Here’s what came out…

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Aren’t those the funnest little stinkin’ things? I had so much fun making these little guys, so here’s how:

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Bake the lemon shaped cookie and then edge the border with 10 second icing in yellow. I use Electric Yellow by Americolor with just a hint of Electric Green. I also used a #3 Wilton tip.

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Immediately flood the interior of the cookie with the same color and the same 10 second icing. I’m still using the #3 tip here. The photo above shows you what it looks like immediately following the flooding.  Notice how you can still see all of my lines from the icing as well as the gaps between the flooded center and the border.

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Then you’ll want to give the cookie a little “shake” or “jostle” across your work surface to get the icing to smooth over. Then wait. And wait. And wait some more. Okay, maybe not that long, but you’ll want to let the yellow set pretty well so that your black face doesn’t bleed onto it. I let mine rest about 4-5 hours, and then I piped the yellow border. You could have let the cookie set before flooding to get a border, but I wanted mine to have an extra layered “3-D effect” so I waited and added it on later.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the process of drawing on the faces, but I used Americolor black, and made it about a 15 second consistency. Draw on your eyes first, then eyebrows, then mouth. Then go back in and put your yellow dots for the lemon texture in the corners. I just made these random. Remember, odd numbers are more appealing to the eye.

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Voila! Fun little Puckering Lemon Cookies.

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If you want to get this lemon cookie cutter, you can buy it from Karen’s Cookies here.

Happy Baking!

Baptism Cookies

18 Aug

As you can tell by these colorful cookies, Leiloni is 8 and in her church, it’s the age for baptism. Can you guess what her favorite colors are?

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Why hot pink and yellow of course.

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I really loved how these turned out, with the 8 in the center and the rest of the words around the border. In case you can’t make it out in the photo, they say “Leiloni’s Baptism November 24 2012”. When I got this request, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage to fit all of that on a cookie. The key to making a lot of text fit on a small cookie surface is to use a thicker royal icing. This icing is 20 second icing, while the body of the cookie is done in 10 second icing.

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Leiloni and her family enjoyed the cookies, and I hope you enjoy the post!

Happy Baking!

Thank You Cookies

11 Aug

My husband and I recently moved to a new home. Needless to say, it was quite the ordeal that ended with us still moving at 1am the following day. I’ve never been so exhausted in my life, and my husband, amazing as he is, worked twice as hard as I did. He even did the last load by himself. Color me lucky. What made us both feel even MORE lucky, was to have an amazing “welcome to the neighborhood” feeling from everyone in our new cul-de-sack. We borrowed tools, moving supplies, were invited to a fourth of July party, AND given a bottle of champagne. Talk about amazing. So, needless to say, I needed to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU.

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So I whipped up a batch of these bad boys.

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I have an order for a few hundred cookies for a wedding coming up, and can you guess the wedding colors? Yep! Peacock purple and pale green/yellow. I thought this would be the perfect time to try out some icing color combinations and get it just right.

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They were fun to make! Not that any batch isn’t. I plan on doing some more “thank you” variations in the future. Something tells me i’ll have plenty of reasons to make them!

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Summertime Beach Balls

12 May

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Beach Ball Cookies are fun and just in time for summer. It’s supposed to finally be warm and sunny here in the coming weeks and so these are just what the doctor ordered.

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These could be great in so many different colors!

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I hope to have a post soon with a tutorial. Enjoy your summer!