Archive | Holiday Cookies RSS feed for this section

Peek-A-Boo Rainbow Shamrock Cookies {A Tutorial}

14 Mar

Do you ever have one of those ideas that seems so perfect in your head? You get it all laid out in your mind and you think, “Voila! That’s it! Perfection.” Maybe you do, but then again, maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this tutorial was one of those ideas that later didn’t turn out at ALL how I had imagined it. I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to make these cookies twice! It was just one of those days… icings weren’t flooding right, colors weren’t looking right, and shapes just looked… wonky. (It’s a word, I promise!) I was trying to come up with something like these!

IMG_1736

To complete these cookies you will need:
• A square cookie cutter
• A shamrock cookie cutter (smaller than the square)
• 10 second icing in: Blue, Green, Yelllow, Orange, and Red
• #2, icing tips (one for each color, or you can keep washing it out)
• white non-pareils

The first step is always to cut out your dough. Roll out your cookie dough on a flowered surface and then use a square cookie cutter. Now here’s a trick I figured out through the process: Place the cut out square on your cookie sheet and then proceed to the following step. It makes the transfer much easier and you run less of a risk of warping the shape of the cookie. Once you’ve done that, you’ll use another cookie cutter in the shape of a shamrock and lay it on top of the square cookie. Eyeball it to make sure it’s pretty center. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Bake your cookies and they should look something like this:

IMG_1726

Next is time for the stripes. I just eyeballed by distance between the stripes, but you can always use a food writer marker to make hash marks on the cookie to properly space your stripes so that they end up straight and even and not…well…wonky! Make your stripes. Alternate your icing colors so that they aren’t touching. I.E. do blue, space, yellow, space, and red. Then let it sit for oh… a while (which is code for ½ an hour). The longer you wait the less chance you have of the colors bleeding, which is a good thing. Make a metal note: Green is a pretty common culprit of something as terrible as bleeding into poor little yellow.

IMG_1727

Then go back in and fill in your remaining colors.

IMG_1729

There you have it! You’re done with the Peek-A-Boo Shamrock Rainbows!

IMG_1748

Now, if you are an overachiever (or just crazy like me), you would have gone ahead and baked the shamrock shaped “negative” space from your cookie dough. I then made little shamrocks decorated with white nonpareils just for fun.

IMG_1742

IMG_1744

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial- Enjoy your St Patrick’s Day!

Oh, and Happy Baking!

Shamrock Cookies

18 Feb

Now that we’ve made it through Valentine’s Day, guess what? You guessed it! It’s time to gear up for the next holiday, St Patrick’s Day. First, let me just say, I really love classy cookies. Simple, yet beautiful. I wanted to create something sort of like that (or as classy as I can be) for St. Patty’s day. Here is what I came up with….

Fun huh? Maybe it’s classy, maybe it’s not, but I had a lot of fun making them and they were actually amazingly simple to do.

To create these little guys, I used my “dogwood” flower cutter from my Wilton flower making kit. They are basically four-leaf clovers without the stem. Since I wanted to create my own unique stem style anyway, it was really what I was looking for. You could also create a stencil, or use a clover cookie cutter.

I just flooded the cookie in white, waited for it to try a few hours, traced the dogwood with a food writer marker, and then piped my own little curly designs inside. 

Afterwards I just piped some green dots around the edge and voila!

Happy soon to be St. Patrick’s Day!