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How to Decorate Graduation Cookies

posted Monday Apr 15, 2019 at 02:01 PM by Anne Yorks — 5 comments

Graduation cookie season can be intense, am I right? All the more reason to keep these cookie designs full of punch, but simple! And let's face it, it doesn't get easier than planning cookies with school colors - the color palette is planned for you!!

So let's take a look at how to make these graduation cookies...perfect for high school or college graduations!

The three most popular graduation cookies are by far the easiest to make: the diploma, grad cap, and gown. I also mixed in a plaque cookie with 'congrats'. Take a look at the video and then check below for additional tips on how to make these cookies!

PREPPING THE COOKIES and YIELD:

COOKIE YIELD: For a single batch of dough I was able to make 20 of these cookies, 4 of each design. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

 

DECORATING TIPS: 

TEMPLATES: In the video, you might have noticed that I use a bluetooth projector to guide the piping of the text. I don't use a projector often, but it is very helpful with piping words! 

CLICK HERE to view the projector (on Amazon) I use in the video. And CLICK HERE to view the tripod. **These are not affiliate links.** There are tons of projector options. I'm just sharing what works for me with my ipad. In the video I chat a little about getting my image sized, etc. But, if you have specific questions about how to sync your devices and set-up your tech, I suggest reaching out to the customer service from whom you purchase the projector from.

 

 

You don't always need a projector. You can make royal icing transfers ahead of time to use on your cookies, like I did on these ribbon/medallion cookie.

This project was pretty straight forward and not in the video. But you can see the numbers on the center of the cookie. I made them the day before (piped and flooded on parchment paper). After they had 18-24 hours to dry, I peeled them off and popped them on the white icing while it was still wet. No projector needed :)

This is another effective way to create consistent cookies!

Download the zip file for both grad templates and a royal icing pattern sheet for these cookies - CLICK HERE

 

CUTTERS (click on the cutter title to view in shop): This set features the Photo Plaque, Grad Gown, Grad Cap, Diploma, and Medallion

 

 

PROJECT KIT:

They are also available as a set with the stencils in the Graduation Cookie Decorating Kit - Click here to view in shop!

There are so many FUN goodies in this BOX! This kit includes: FIVE cutters (photo plaque, graduation gown, grad cap, diploma, and medallion), Congrats Stencil, Grad Cap Repeat Stencil, TWO Speciality Icing Tips (Tip #44 and Tip #301), a Boo Boo Stick, and 10 Tipless Bags (5 of the 10" and 5 of the 13")!

This kit is $24.49. Here's another view of the contents of the kit:

 

STENCILS and AIRBRUSH: 

This set features two stencils: Grad Cap Repeat and Congrats.

I used the Cookie Countess Airbrush System and Luck's Silver Airbrush Color to add the caps to the party hat. 

SPECIALITY TIPS: 

I have a special place in my heart for the diploma cookie. It's just so cute and easy and that tip #44 really does the trick to create the ribbon. I love the texture of it! I also love tip #301...it's a little mini version of the #44. It's great for the tassel on the grad cap and the accents on the gown. 


PREPPING THE ROYAL ICING:

ICING PREP: For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing and split it in half (reserving half for another project).

I used mostly navy and white for this project. I portioned 8 oz of white and 6 oz of navy. Then I used 1 oz of black and 3 oz of gold. A total of 18 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.

ROYAL ICING RECIPE: For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.

ICING COLORS: On this project I used ChefMaster food gels: Bright White, Diamond Black, Navy and Gold. It is VERY helpful to make colors like navy and black the day before you decorate (see my schedule below). You will add less gel and the color will deepen over night. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.

PLANNING YOUR PROJECT TIMELINE:

(I like to break up the decorating process as follows. It fits better in my life than tackling everything in one day. Times based on a single batch of cookies, increase as needed):

 

Day 1 PREP COOKIES AND ICING: Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors - it is helpful to make the colors (especially black and navy) the day before you decorate because the color will deepen overnight (1 hour)

** Make Royal Icing Transfers - (optional) on Day 1 (30 minutes). After you make your icing, make the transfers so they can dry overnight. 

Day 2 DECORATE: Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the cookie stenciled with royal icing), Piping details and stenciling (1-2 hours)

**ALLOW COOKIES TO FULLY DRY 18-24 BEFORE PACKING. STORE IN A COOL OVEN OVER NIGHT.**

Day 3 PACKING COOKIES: For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.

 

PACKAGING AND BOXING YOUR COOKIES:

When I was at CookieCon I scored some fun box samples from BRP Box Shop. Check out these new boxes. The white box is 12" x 5" x 1 1/2" (love this long box for a 3-cookie set).

I love this photo because it show the simple version of the cookies on the right (no text), and the 'next level' cookies on the left (extra piped text). Both versions look great. It's up to you to decide how much time you want to invest in your project.

If you're looking to pack a dozen, try the 14" white window box!

MATERIALS LIST:

Graduation Cookie Decorating Kit: Pick up the stencils and cutters as one kit. Regularly $27.14, but save 10% when purchased as a bundle for $24.49. CLICK HERE to view in shop.

 

DECORATING TOOLS:

 

I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @Flourboxbakery on Instagram and Facebook and use #flourboxbakery so I can see what you create!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate a Mermaid Cookie

posted Tuesday Apr 09, 2019 at 11:42 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

Is it mermaid season yet? Maybe mermaids are popular all year long! In any case, this mermaid is great for any under the sea celebration.

 

I love this cutter from Ann Clark. This mermaid has a such a serene, floating look to her.

A little different than some of the more whimsical mermaids I've decorated in the past (see below for BONUS mermaid inspiration!)

Check out this video tutorial where I'll show you step-by-step how to make this cookie!

Here are some helpful tips for recreating these cookies!

PREPPING THE COOKIES and YIELD:

COOKIE YIELD: For a single batch of dough I made 24 cookies, 12 mermaids and 12 seashells. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

 

DECORATING TIPS: 

TEMPLATE: In the video you might have noticed that I freehanded these cookies. I felt pretty confident just jumping in. But, you can print the template and trace guidelines directly on the cookie if it is helpful - especially for the body. The template can also be used with a projector. This takes the guesswork out of piping those areas and makes cookies look more consistent. 

Download the file for the FREE template - CLICK HERE

CUTTER (click to view in shop)This video features the Mermaid Cutter

 

Check out these additional coordinating cutters that would go well with the mermaid! 

 

ADDING THE SPRINKLES:

This is totally optional. You can definitely pipe the seashells. But I consider this working smarter, not harder...and I love the look of the purple candy seashells.  On the mermaid, I used Sugarbelle Mermaid Sprinkle Set

And on the shells (accent cookie for this project), I used the Mermaid Mix (bulk pounch)

I couldn't decide if using sprinkles was lazy or smart...maybe both.

But they certainly add a quick color, texture, and sparkle to the cookies!

Check out all our sprinkle sets and mixes - click here! 

PREPPING THE ROYAL ICING:

ROYAL ICING RECIPE: For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.

ICING COLORS: On this project I used 5 icing colors and colored directly from the bottles with my ChefMaster food gels: Turquoise, Violet, Fuchsia, Buckeye Brown, and Fleshtone. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.

ICING PREP: For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing and split it in half (reserving half for another project). I used a total of 18 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.

For the hair and skin, I used the 20-second icing consistency. This consistency is thinner than piping icing and thicker than flood. It's great for small icing areas because you can pipe and flood all with one icing. I used 1 oz of brown and 1 oz of skin colored icing (see notes on skintones below),

Then I made a piping and flooding consistency of the following icings...4 oz of pastel fuchsia, 4 oz of turquoise, and 4 oz of violet.

Are you looking to create a variety of skintones for your project? Check out this very helpful blog post with a skin-tone color palette from Georganne Bell of LilaLoa - CLICK HERE TO READ!

 

A FEW OTHER SPECIAL TOOLS:

Before we wrap things up I wanted to point out a few other special tools I used to create the mermaid. On her face, I used a black and red Foodoodler. These are ultra thin and are great for adding the delicate face details (plus I didn't need to mix extra icing colors). And I blushed the mermaid's cheeks subtly with Carnation Pink Crystal Color (FDA approved petal dust) using a thin Silverwhite brush

PLANNING YOUR PROJECT TIMELINE:

I like to break up the decorating process as follows. It fits better in my life than tackling everything in one day. Times based on a single batch of cookies, increase as needed:

Day 1 PREP COOKIES AND ICING: Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors (1 hour)

Day 2 DECORATE: Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the face area before using a marker), Piping details, etc (1-2 hours)

**ALLOW COOKIES TO FULLY DRY 18-24 BEFORE PACKING. STORE IN A COOL OVEN OVER NIGHT.**

Day 3 PACKING COOKIES: For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.

 

MATERIALS LIST:

DECORATING TOOLS:

 

I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @Flourboxbakery on Instagram and Facebook and use #flourboxbakery so I can see what you create!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Mermaid Tail Tutorial and the Mermaid (sundae dish) Tutorial. Just click on the photo!

   

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate Unicorn Birthday Cookies

posted Tuesday Mar 19, 2019 at 01:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 5 comments

You know it's going to happen. You're going to get an opportunity to make adorable Unicorn Party cookies for a precious little girl's birthday. Here's everything you need to know to make that little girl's eyes sparkle!

Check out the in-depth YouTube video tutorial and then see below for hints and tips to recreate this cookie set. This video features SEVEN cookies…and some of them are so quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll see: Unicorn Head, Cute Unicorn, Rainbow, Cake Slice, Present, Party Hat with Pom Pom, and Cupcake.

Although these cookies are pretty straight forward, I provide templates for the Unicorn Head, Cute Unicorn, Cake Slice, and Cupcake below. These are helpful in recreating these cookies!

PREPPING THE COOKIES and YIELD:

COOKIE YIELD: For a single batch of dough I made 21 of these cookies, 3 of each design. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

 

DECORATING TIPS: 

TEMPLATES: In the video you might have noticed that I traced guidelines on the unicorn and cute unicorn. This took the guesswork out of piping those areas and made my cookies look more consistent. 

 

You can trace guides or even use a projector. Download the zip file for all four of the FREE templates for these cookies - CLICK HERE

CUTTERS (click on the cutter title to view in shop): This set features the Unicorn Head, Cute Unicorn, Rainbow, Cake Slice, Cupcake, Party Hat with Pom Pom, and Gift Box

 

PROJECT KIT:

They are also available as a set with the stencils in the 'Unicorn Party Cookie Decorating Kit'.

There are so many FUN goodies in this BOX! This kit includes: SEVEN cutters (Unicorn Head, Cute Unicorn, Rainbow, Cake Slice, Cupcake, Present,  and Gift Box), Stars Stencil, FOUR Speciality Icing Tips (Tip #67, Tip #44, Tip #13, Tip #129), a Boo Boo Stick, and 10 Tipless Bags (5 10" and 5 13")!

This kit is $24.99. Here's another view of the contents of the kit:

 

STENCILS and AIRBRUSH: 

This set features the Stars Stencil.

I used the Cookie Countess Airbrush System and Chefmaster Gold to add the stars to the party hat. 

SPECIALITY TIPS: 

I love the texture of this set, created by exploring with different tip sizes. I used Star Tip #13 for the ruffle at the bottom of the party hat - 

The cute drop flower on the cake slice is created with tip #129. The pink bow on the gift box is created with tip #67. And the wide yellow ribbons is created with tip #44. 

ADDING THE SPARKLE:

This is totally optional. The rainbow will look cute without sprinkles. But I decided to add sprinkles to the clouds on the rainbow. I did two different versions and love them both. On the first cloud, I used the stars from the Unicorn Sprinkle Mix. One the second cloud, I used a sprinkle mix. Quick, fun, and yummy.

Check out all our sprinkle sets and mixes - click here! 

PREPPING THE ROYAL ICING:

ICING PREP: For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing and split it in half (reserving half for another project). I use approximately 8 oz of white icing, 4 oz of pastel fuchsia, 1 oz of stiff dark fuchsia (drop flowers) 4 oz of pastel teal,  3 oz of pastel golden yellow, and 1 oz of black icing. A total of 21 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.

ROYAL ICING RECIPE: For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.

ICING COLORS: On this project I used ChefMaster food gels: Bright White, Super Black, Fuchsia for both the light and dark pinks (a very small dot for the light pink and a larger dot for the darker pink), Golden Yellow and Teal. Since i'm using pastels, I add only a drop of food gel to keep those colors light. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.

 

PLANNING YOUR PROJECT TIMELINE:

(I like to break up the decorating process as follows. It fits better in my life than tackling everything in one day. Times based on a single batch of cookies, increase as needed):

Day 1 PREP COOKIES AND ICING: Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors (1 hour)

** Make Drop Flowers on Day 1 (15 minutes). After you make your icing, make the drop flowers so they can dry overnight. Use stiff icing and tip #129 to make these cute swirled flowers (see the video).

Day 2 DECORATE: Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the cookie stenciled with royal icing), Piping details and stenciling (1-2 hours)

**ALLOW COOKIES TO FULLY DRY 18-24 BEFORE PACKING. STORE IN A COOL OVEN OVER NIGHT.**

Day 3 PACKING COOKIES: For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.

 

PACKAGING AND BOXING YOUR COOKIES:

I just got home from CookieCon and scored some fun box samples from BRP Box Shop. Check out these new boxes. The white box is 12" x 5" x 1 1/2" (love this long box for a 3-cookie set). . The Blue box is 9 1/2" x 6" x 1 1/4".  And the Pink Box is 6" x 6" x 2 1/2" (cookies are stacked in this box).

If you're looking to pack a dozen, try the 14" white window box!

 

 

MATERIALS LIST:

Happy Love Note Decorating Bundle: Pick up the stencils and cutters as one kit. Regularly $24.95, but save 10% when purchased as a bundle for $22.45. CLICK HERE to view in shop.

 

DECORATING TOOLS:

 

I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @Flourboxbakery on Instagram and Facebook and use #happylovenote so I can see what you create!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate Happy Easter Bunny Cookies

posted Tuesday Mar 05, 2019 at 12:28 PM by Anne Yorks — 12 comments

I love decorating EASTER cookies!! And this year, I had the pleasure of DESIGNING my own Easter cookie cutter with Ann Clark Cookie Cutters - a cute bunny face! So, I've created this amazing tutorial to teach you how to make this cute cookie set. And...you can recreate it with the NEW Easter Cookie PROJECT KIT (see details below). 

Let's jump in! Check out the in-depth YouTube video tutorial and then see below for hints and tips to recreate this cookie set. This video features the bunny, carrot, basket, and 2 stenciled eggs. I provide templates for them below. These are helpful in recreating these cookies if you like to use a projector! But you'll see in the video that I'm piping them freehand because it's a faster way of decorating.

PREPPING THE COOKIES:

COOKIE YIELD: For a single batch of dough I made 20 regular sized cookies (4 of each design). I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

 

DECORATING TIPS: 

 

TEMPLATES: Does it help you to have some guides with your decorating? If you want to trace guidelines or use a projector download the zip file for all three of the FREE templates for these cookies - CLICK HERE

 

 

CUTTERS (click on the cutter title to view in shop): This set features the 3" and 4" Egg, the Bunny Face, the Carrot, and the Easter Basket.

 

 

PROJECT KIT:

They are also available as a set with the stencils in the 'Happy Easter Cookie Decorating Kit'.

There are so many FUN goodies in this BOX! This kit includes: FIVE cutters (bunny face, carrot, basket, 4" Egg, and 3" Egg), TWO stencils (Fair Isle Easter and Happy Easter with Bunny), Boo Boo Stick, Tip #65s, Ultra Fine Black Foodoodler, 10 Tipless Bags (5 10" and 5 13")!

This kit is $24.99! Here's another view of the contents!

 

STENCILS: This set features the Fair Isle Easter Stencil and Happy Easter with Bunny Stencil. They fit best on the 4" egg. The stencils are also available with the cutters in the 'Happy Easter Decorating Kit'. I used a scraper tool to stencil both images. 

 

SPECIAL TOOLS: In this set I use Wilton Tip #65s to make the bows on the bunny's ears. The bows work best with a thicker icing because it will hold its shape. I used the Ultra Fine Black Foodoodler to make the whiskers. Be sure to let the base icing dry 4-6 hours, otherwise that tip might poke through the surface.  

 

PREPPING THE ROYAL ICING:

ICING PREP: For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. I separated the icing in equal amounts for each color, except the black. I needed just an ounce of that. I don't measure icing exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.

ROYAL ICING RECIPE: For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.

ICING COLORS: On this project, I wanted my PASTELS to have POP! So, I used ChefMaster food neon gel set + Bright White.

The Neon set includes: Neon Brite Purple, Neon Brite Yellow, Neon Brite Green, Neon Brite Pink, Neon Brite Blue, and Neon Brite Orange. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.

 

PLANNING YOUR PROJECT TIMELINE:

(I like to break up the decorating process as follows. It fits better in my life than tackling everything in one day. Times based on a single batch of cookies, increase as needed):

Day 1 PREP COOKIES AND ICING: Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors (1 hour)

Day 2 DECORATE: Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the cookie stenciled with royal icing or if using the foodoodler), Piping details and stenciling (1-2 hours)

**ALLOW COOKIES TO FULLY DRY 18-24 BEFORE PACKING. STORE IN A COOL OVEN OVER NIGHT.**

Day 3 PACKING COOKIES: For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.

 

PACKAGING AND BOXING YOUR COOKIES:

A set of 3 cookies fits really well in the www.brpboxshop.com 9" white window box.

If you're looking to pack a dozen and have a mix of small (like the 3" egg and carrot) and regular sized cookies, try the 12" white window box!

If you're looking to pack a dozen or more regular sized cookies, try the 14" white window box!

 

MATERIALS LIST:

Happy Easter Decorating Kit: Pick up the stencils and cutters as one kit. Regularly $28.64, but save 10% when purchased as a bundle for $24.99. CLICK HERE to view in shop.

DECORATING TOOLS:

 

 

I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @Flourboxbakery on Instagram and Facebook and use #flourboxbakery so I can see what you create!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Make Easter Cross Cookies

posted Thursday Feb 28, 2019 at 03:47 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Let’s kick off the Easter decorating season with a beautiful cross proclaiming He Is Risen!

 

Airbrushing with the scribble rose stencil in two tones creates an impressive, painted look without the stress. Also, mixing airbrush colors can create new and interesting shades!

This cutter would also be great for Baptisms and First Holy Communions. I hope to share inspiration in the near future!

 

Fancy Cross Cutter - https://www.flourboxbakery.com/products/cross-fancy-cookie-cutter-by-flour-box-bakery

This cross is so pretty!

I almost stopped at the outline!

But I wanted a spring pastel pop of color. So I pulled out my scribble roses stencil.

 

Scribble Roses Stencil - https://www.flourboxbakery.com/products/scribble-roses-stencil

With a little practice, text can be handpiped! But here is a free download in case you want to use a projector! CLICK HERE (or on the graphic below!)

 

 

Materials List

DECORATING TOOLS:

It would make me so happy if you recreated these cookies! Be sure to share photos and tag @flourboxbakery or use the hashtag #flourboxbakery. Happy Decorating!

Anne

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