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How to Decorate a T-Rex Cookie

posted Monday Feb 08, 2016 at 07:48 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

These Valentine cookies are DINO-mite! They are perfect with this bag topper from the Drawn with Character etsy shop!

Would you like to see a start-to-finish look at this cute design? Check it out!

On my first attempt of this design, I did not outline the mouth in black and I felt like the teeth weren't as defined. I love how that simple detail can make a big difference.

One of the cute details is the blue spine. I love the texture that the leaf tip adds to the cookie.

The tip used is actually a mini-leaf tip, Wilton #65s and it is available in our shop!

Click here to check it out!

We also carry the T-Rex cookie cutter, too!

 

Now, I'm off to work on my Valentine cookie orders! So much white, red, and pink icing in the bakery! Makes my cookie heart happy!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Mason Jar Cookie

posted Thursday Feb 04, 2016 at 06:49 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

The mason jar is one of the most popular cookie cutters we carry in our online shop. Not only is a great design for weddings and bridal showers, it's also a perfect design for Valentine's Day. Check out these charming pink and gold mason jars!

See the video on how to decorate this cookie. This is an EXTENDED video and shows how to use one bowl and one spatula to mix the five shades of pink icing. The icing is already at the flood consistency when I start mixing the colors. 

The video also shows all three jar designs, too!

Once I had the consistency at the flood stage, it really took me about 10 minutes in real time to make the colors. I decorated 24 cookies with the below icing. 

 

I have used the  Mason Jar cutter several times - mostly for bridal showers and weddings. I have posted a photo of a more traditional take on the mason jar cutter at the end of this post. 

 We do carry this one in our shop!

To add the gold shimmer, I used Crystal Colors Antique Gold. I like the color of this one. (and it's FDA approved too!) We carry this antique gold and several other pearl dusts here, click here to check it out.

It adds such a pretty shimmer to the gold icing!

 

I used the Americolor soft pink to make the shades of pink.

 

I only mixed 5 shades, but I think it is fun to see how many colors can come out of one bottle.

 

So pretty to see them all lined up! (do like you this scalloped heart? It's part of the Wilton 4 pc heart set - only $4.79 for four cutters. I love this set!).

And, finally as promised, here is a photo of a previous mason jar project - 

 

I hope you enjoyed this peak at the mason jar! Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate an XO Valentine Cookie

posted Wednesday Feb 03, 2016 at 12:58 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

What better way to give hugs and hisses than to give the X-O in a cookie! I love how these fun XO cookies turned out. 

I had some extra dough when baking this week and wanted to take the opportunity to explore a unique cookie design with negative space. 

Here are the steps to create this cookie: 

 

Step 1: Cut out a large 5" cookie.

Step 2: From the 5" cookie, cut out a smaller 3" heart cookie (leaving the center of the heart open).

Step 3: Using the heart cut-out, use mini cutters to cut out an X and an O from the dough.

Step 4: Match it up on the inside of the large 5" heart. Be sure the ends touch the large heart to allow these areas to bake together.

Step 5: Using the 2-1 tool, pop the small X and O out of their cutters.

Step 6: Gently press and seal edges of X/O with large heart together.

BAKE COOKIE :)

Step 7: Outline heart and X and O.

Step 8: Flood the large white heart white. Allow this area to dry for 2-3 hours in front of a fan. Then airbrush with Luck's Gold color with the Narrow Strips stencil to create the background.

Step 9: Flood in the small red X and 0. I added 'hugs and kisses' to the heart in a fun font - but this is optional. I think the design would be cute with or without the text. 

(TIP: if packing cookies in a heat sealed bag, allow to dry 18-24 hours before packing)

Here are two variations using a wet-on-wet technique.

To create the wet-on-wet heart, drop red polka dots on the wet white background. Pull scribe or toothpick through center of dot to create the heart shape.

 I used this Wilton nesting hearts cutter set (available in our shop for $4.79 - not bad for four cutters) for the large heart and the cut-out.

This set of mini cutters was perfect to create the section inside the heart. This set is also available in our shop and is $3.49. I also used the lips cutter and the heart with arrow on the two variations.

I loved how these turned out and I can't wait to give them to my special Valentine's! And, I'm excited to explore this idea again for another holiday. I bet this technique would be fun with an Easter egg!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

 

 

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How to Decorate A Cupid Cookie

posted Friday Jan 22, 2016 at 04:09 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away and I'm already getting in the mood with some really cute cookies, like this Cupid!

 

Here is a video showing a start-to-finish look at how he is decorated.

I used a Kopykake (a cookie projector) to help guide my outlines on the cookie. It's not necessary, you can freehand, but sometimes it is nice to have a guide when you're not following the outline of the cookie shape exactly.

If you don't have a KopyKake, don't worry, you can also cut out the sketch and trace it on the cookie.

It doesn't take much time, and if you use a light colored, food-safe marker, it's a great alternative to the expensive projector!

Plus, I made a slight modification to the cookie shape. I trimmed just the 'fringe' from the end of the scarf.

Let me break down the details and tip sizes.

 

  1. Use a snowman with scarf cookie cutter - flipped upside down.
  2. Use a KopyKake or food marker to help guide the outlines.
  3. Outline the hair (lemon yellow, tip #2) and tunic (sky blue, tip #2). I kept the top of the tunic open so I could control the round shape of the cupid's face.
  4. Outline and flood the face (copper, tip #1.5). I used a 20-second icing for this color (thinner than piping icing, but thicker than flood) to do the small arm and legs areas. The smaller tip size gives me a little more control. Allow these areas to dry for an hour or two in front of a fan before flooding the next areas.
  5. Flood the hair and tunic. Allow to dry at least 2 hours before piping details. 
  6. Add hair lines and a little heart shaped hair cowlick with tip #2.
  7. Add using tip #1 for these fine details, add black line for arrow, string for bow, string belt with heart bow and loose strings, eyes and smile.
  8. With pink piping icing and tip #3 (adds a little beefiness to this detail), pipe the bow handle and arrow tip.
  9. With white icing and tip #3 and good hand pressure, add heart wings.
  10. With soft pink icing and tip #2, add small heart on chest. And the cuteness is complete!

 

I love finding new ways to use cookie cutters. I have used this snowman with scarf several times. Check it out! This cutter is available in our online store here

 

Looking for some fun new Valentine cutters and sets, check out these great options now stocked in our online shop!

 

 

 

 

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How to Create a Rainbow Heart Cake

posted Sunday Jan 17, 2016 at 12:05 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Have you seen the NEW cake on stand cookie cutter? It's divine! Right?

I have created two different designs with this cutter. The first is a cute rainbow heart cake.

Check out the video on how easy it is to make this design. I am using royal icing to decorate this cookie. Click here to check out my recipe.

To create the design, I used the small hearts stencil and the royal icing scraper.

Mixing 8 different icing colors can take about an hour. So, if you're planning a rainbow cookie project, it might be worth it to mix your colors the day before. That's what I did! I mixed the following icing colors:

White (pipe and flood consistencies)
Red (pipe and flood consistencies)
Deep Pink, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green, Sky Blue, and Regal Purple (stiff pipe consistency for stenciling)

Steps to create this cookie:

  1. Outline and flood the white cake base. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours before stenciling. I like to use a fan to help dry my cookies. 
  2. Squeeze or smear out a rainbow of icing on a piece of parchment. Keep the 'rainbow' covered with a damp paper towel to keep the icing from drying out and a crust from forming. The icing should be a stiff consistency so it holds it shape when stenciling. Also, make sure the width of the 'rainbow' is at least as wide if not wider than the space that is being stenciled!
  3. Scrape up a small section the icing rainbow onto a scraper or offset spatula.
  4. Place stencil on cake with about 5 hearts across the bottom of the cake.
  5. Spread evenly across the stencil on the cookie. Remove excess. Peel off stencil.
  6. Outline and flood heart topper and pedestal in red. Add a white accent mark on heart topper while still wet. Allow to dry before packing.

  

We are officially in the Valentine cookie season. To celebrate all stencils, scrapers, airbrush color, and the stencil genie are 10% off until Friday, Jan 22.

More Valentine's fun to come!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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