Tag Archive | cookie decorating

Sign up to win my New Craftsy Online Class- Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies

I’m so thrilled to announce my Craftsy class, Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies!!!  Shooting a video with Craftsy was such a wonderful experience. The people at Craftsy are so incredibly nice, fun and funny too. Click here and sign up to win to take this class for free!

Drawing will end December 10 at 5:00 pm EST

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I start with the basics and go over cookie recipes. Next I talk about choosing cookie cutters, rolling dough and baking the cookies. Then I’ll talk briefly about designing your cookie.

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Run sugar is the most popular cookie decorating technique students want to learn. I’ll take you through different icing consistency and show you how to make your icing perfectly smooth. Then I’ll show you different outlining and marbleizing effects.

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I’ll show you how to cover your cookie with rolled fondant and also how to add some cool textures.

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Next I’ll talk about some feminine techniques like brush embroidery, eyelet lace, and a stained glass effect.

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Learn how to paint and flock on cookies too!

Sign up to win this class today, and learn so much more!

Drawing will end December 10 at 5:00 pm EST.

Sparkly Christmas Trees

These Christmas tree treats in girly colors with sparkle were made for my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. Cayman, a great friend of my daughter and my sister-in-law, Kelly, decorated these treats. This was one of the two projects that got cut from the book. Buttercream is used to pipe leaves on the tree cookies (tip #352)and the tree cake (tip #366). The trees on the cupcakes are made using the tree cutter from the Winter Cutie Cupcake Set. Disco dust is used to provide the most vibrant sparkle. Disco dust isn’t food approved, so technically, the ornaments and star on the tree and the trees on cupcakes should be removed before consuming.

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Zombie Cookies

Zombies seem to be everywhere these days. Could it be because Halloween is in a couple days? Possibly, but it seems as though zombies dominate all areas of media throughout the year. My husband’s favorite show is Walking Dead. All four of my kids love zombie video games. I happen to have love zombie movies. One of my favorite all time movies is I Am Legend and I really enjoyed the latest zombie big pic, World War Z. On my retail website (Country Kitchen SweetArt) “zombie” is currently one of the top search terms. These cute, not scary, zombie cookies are perfect for celebrating the undead! They are baked using cookie cutters from FRED. Order them here, then decorated with run sugar.

 

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Skeletons and Pumpkins- Bright Treats for a Halloween Party

The following Halloween projects are perfect for simple treats that kids can help make. Bright colors were chosen, but you can give the treats a spookier look by using black and white instead. This was one of a project that was cut from my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids. My son, Simon and my mom decorating a skeleton face cake, skeleton face and pumpkin cookies, skeleton bone caramel pretzels, and pumpkin donuts.

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Donut holes were sprayed with orange food color spray. Green rolled fondant was shaped for the stem.

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Ready-to-go caramel was shaped and gently pressed on the ends of pretzel rods. After the caramel was shaped, the bones were dipped in bright colors of chocolate candy coating.

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Skeleton face and pumpkin cookies were covered with rolled fondant . The eyes were made using mini round cutters and round plunger cutters. The mouth and nose were piped using tip #1.5.

Check out my book, Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies with Kids for more fun projects! cover

New Book Available- Decorate Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies with Kids

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I had a ton of fun writing this book. I was fortunate to have many of my friends and family willing to participate with their kids. I also had all four of my kids in the book. Even though my older boys were nearly 16, they agreed to be part of the book. Dan Brand was once again the photographer and did an amazing job photographing the kids and projects. He has quite a way with kids! Two of his own beautiful girls are in the book. The book contains a couple hundred photos, but Dan took thousands! I’ll post some of my favorites that didn’t make the book soon.

The book can be ordered from Country Kitchen SweetArt or pre-ordered from Amazon.

Sneak peek- Cupcake and Cookie Texture Sets

After many long months of waiting, I finally have the Cupcake and Cookie Texture tops almost ready to go! By next week I will have three of the six sets ready to sell. The following are the sets that will be available:

Geometric
Scroll
Whimsy Blooms
Floral
Christmas
Winter

Samples using the Geometric Cupcake and Cookie Texture Top Set:

Geometric Cupcake Tops. Elegant on their own!

1st birthday cookies with cupcake texture tops

Flower cupcake with Geometric Textures

Bunny Cupcakes with Cupcake Texture Tops

About the Texture Sets:
The texture sheets are made of a lightweight clear plastic. Either side of the mat can be used. One side will give a raised impression, while the other will give a recessed impression. Each set comes with three mats. Each mat has a design that is repeated four times. Below is a sample of the geometric set.

3 sheets- Each with a design repeated 4-x's (12 textures total)

Instructions using the cupcake texture sheets:
Bake and cool cupcake. Generously ice cupcake with your favorite cupcake icing. Lightly spray texture mat with a cooking spray. Wipe excess grease with a paper towel. Roll rolled fondant to approximately 1/16” thickness. Place the smooth, rolled side of the fondant face down on the texture mat. Place the rolling pin on one end of the fondant with the mat underneath. Firmly roll over the fondant, rolling to the opposite end. Do not double roll. Lift the mat and the fondant. Flip over the mat so the fondant is on the bottom and the mat is on top. Peel back the mat. Cut fondant using a circle cutter from Autumn Carpenter Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. Place textured fondant circle on top of the iced cupcake. If icing has crusted, brush a thin layer of piping gel onto the icing or slightly dampen icing with a small amount of water from a squeeze bottle to adhere the fondant circle.

Coordinating Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters:
The diameter of baked and iced cupcakes may vary according to recipe, amount of batter, and amount of icing used. Choose a cutter sized to completely cover the top of the iced cupcake. Use the texture sets in conjunction with my Cupcake Top Fondant Cutters. The cutter set contains 3 stainless steel cutters, 2¾”, 3” & 3¼” for standard size cupcakes.