Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bear Cookie Treats

I made these bear shaped cookies as an experiment. They are a somewhat healthy variation of the sugar cookies I usually make.

Instead of using butter and white granulated sugar, I replaced them with peanut butter and organic cane sugar. I rolled the dough out as I usually do and then cut them out into mini bear shapes.

I thought they would make a fun snack or treat for those who love to eat cookies.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Camoflauge Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie Men with Matching Gingerbread Dogs

I made these camoflauge gingerbread cookie men, sugar cookie men and gingerbread dogs for my brother in law's birthday. He loves to go hunting and has a dog so I thought it would be fitting to make camoflauge men and dog shaped cookies to go with them. Everyone ate most of the cookies before dinner, but my sister was sure to save the giant cookie men for them to enjoy later. I used the giant persson cookie cutter from my Wilton 101 Piece Cookie Cutter Setfor the big cookies and for the regular sized ones, I used the dog and regular size person from the same set.

I usually don't use such dark colors since I usually make bright girly cookies, but this was a fun experiment. My brother in law's eyes are blue and I had already mixed about six colors for these cookies so I took a shortcut and used my wonderful edible ink markerfor the blue part of the eyes. I just waited for the icing to dry and then drew on the blue parts.

I also used the same blue edible ink markerto monogram the dog collar with a D, which is the first letter of the dog's name. I kept the icing on the dog simple since it took so long to make the many many camoflauge cookies. I can't even remember how many I made! :) I was also thinking that some people may not like too much icing on their cookies and would enjoy these cookies as well. Apparently I was wrong, because this group loved for the sweet royal icing to cover the whole cookie!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sparkly Purse Shaped Cookies

I made these purse shaped sugar cookies for my friend's birthday. She absolutely loves sugar cookies with royal icing and her favorite color is purple so I thought I would make these pretty treats for her speical day.

I piped black royal icing onto the cookies and then let the icing dry overnight. The next day, I added purple icing designs to them and covered the wet icing in purple sanding sugar to add that pretty sparkle to them.

They would also make wonderful bachelorette party favors or girls night out cookies!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ice Cream Cone Cookies

These are some ice cream cone shaped sugar cookies that I made and decorated with royal icing. I thought I would have some fun and put sprinkles on them too. The colorful flowers are just royal icing that I had leftover. I piped the icing onto parchment paper in the shape of little flowers and let them dry (24 hours) before removing them from the parchment paper.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bright Butterflies

Since spring seems to be right around the corner, I thought I would share these bright and colorful butterfly cookies. They are sugar cookies decorated with royal icing.

The royal icing recipe I used can be found here and the sugar cookie recipe can be found here.

I noticed that using the best ingredients, such as real butter and a high quality vanilla will produce the best tasting sugar cookies. When I was a child, we always used grocery store bought vanilla and I could never really smell it after the cookies were baked.  I didn`t know the difference at the time, but after using Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and some other premium varieties, the cookies were more fragrant and I could really taste the vanilla.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheel Cookies

My friend had made the dough for these peanut butter pinwheel cookies before coming over, so all we had to do was shape the dough into 1' thick squares.

Then roll them each of them out onto parchment paper. The chocolate dough (below) was rolled over crushed peanuts.
We then placed the peanut butter dough over top of the chocolate dough.

Using the parchment paper, we rolled the dough into a log.

We trimmed the rough ends off each end of the log.

Sliced the log into 1/4 inch rounds and placed them each an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then we baked them.

Here they are, baked and ready to eat!

The chocolate peanut butter pinwheel cookies turned out very well. I am glad my friend chose to make these, because I have seen them before, but would not have attempted to make them on my own. It was fun and I can't wait to try experimenting with different flavors!
The full recipe can be found here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bear Cookies

I made these adorable cookies for my nephew, but didn't have time to tint the icing and decorate the cookies. I made a basic plain white royal icing and piped it onto the cookies. I let the icing dry completely, then I used some Gourmet Writer Food Pens to draw the pictures onto the bears, baseball hat and ice cream cones.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coconut Almond Crescents

These crunchy cookies are a delcious treat to have with some tea or coffee. The flavors of the coconut and almonds make a great combination.


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 icing sugar, sifted

1 large egg

2 tsp. almond extract

1 cup toasted almonds, finely ground

For the coating:

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tbsp. water


In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Put aside.

Using and electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and icing sugar until pale and fluffy.

Mix in egg and vanilla.

On low speed, mix in the flour mixture and almonds just to combine.

Refrigerate the dough for about 25 minutes.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll dough by heaping tablespoons into crescents. Place each crescent about 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake crescents for about 18 minutes.

While the crescents are baking, heat the water in a small saucepan, then melt the granulated sugar in it. Remove from the heat.

Brush the sugar mixture onto each crescent, then sprinkle coconut on them. The sugar mixture will help the coconut stick to the crescents and also add some extra sweetness.

Allow the coconut almond crescents to cool on wire racks.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cupcake Cookies

I got some new icing gel colors by AmeriColor and wanted to try them out. They are very bright and fun so I thought cupcake shaped cookies would be perfect to use them on.

The colors I used are from the AmeriColor Electric Color Soft Gel Paste Pack and include electric pink, electric purple, electric green and many other bright colors.

The cupcake cookies are sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. (As usual!)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Corset and High Heeled Shoe Cookies

I purchased a Corset Cookie Cutterseveral months ago, but didn't ever get the chance to use it. When my friend told me she was hosting bachelorette party, I jumped at the chance to make some decorated sugar cookies for the party! There were so many designs I wanted to try out, but stayed with a few simple designs since I am not very good at drawing.

I just had to make some high heeled shoe cookies to go with them!

I had a lot of fun making these cookies and can't wait to make another set in different designs and colors. 

Friday, March 11, 2011


This is another set of chocolate cookies decorated with royal icing. The big flowers and little dragonflies were a nice little treat for my niece and nephew. They liked the chocolate cookies a lot, but say the prefer the regular vanilla sugar cookies. I was quite surprised since I thought they would definitely prefer chocolate.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Duck Cookies

I made a few baskets of thank you cookies in the shape of little ducklings. The duck cookeis were so simple and fun to make and I turned out really cute. These are a good idea for baby shower thank you gifts or favors. Also, just to have them on a platter at a baby shower would be nice too.

When I was coloring the icing, I thought I put in too much yellow gel paste since the ducklings turned out very dark yellow. However, after they had dried, the shade of yellow turned out quite well.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate Butterfly Cookies

These chocolate cookies were really fun to make. I rolled out the dough from a chocolate cookie recipe and then cut out butterfly shapes. I then decorated them with royal icing. It was a nice change from the typical vanilla sugar cookies that I usually make.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Smiley Flowers

I made these cute smiley faced flower cookies for my niece and nephew. I was in a bit of a hurry making them so they didn`t quite turned out the way I wanted them to. That`s okay though, the kids ate them so fast, they didn`t even notice!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bunny Cookies

I made these adorable shortbread bunny cookies just for fun since Easter is coming up next month. I can't wait to make some in other shapes as well.