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Making Hot Air Balloon Cookies

posted Friday Feb 22, 2019 at 08:13 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Guys, the wet-on-wet icing technique is MAGICAL (and deceptively easy). See how it elevates these balloon to the WOW-zone!

Wondering about the 200K? I made these balloons for my friends at Bluprint to celebrate that they reached 200,000 followers on Instagram! But that pennant banner could be personalized in many different ways. 

[Side Note: curious about Bluprint. It's an online subscription to literally HUNDREDS of creative, crafting, baking, and decorating classes - including three of my online cookie decorating classes! CLICK HERE to check it out with my affiliate link!]

COOKIE YIELD:

This is a larger cookie size at 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/4" wide. You can plan to get 18 cookies (or 9 balloons and 9 clouds) from a single batch of dough. CLICK HERE to get our cookie recipe and to get rolling and baking tips.

 

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 divided the icing evenly between the colors (reserving just a small 1oz amount for the black and white). For more tips on planning icing amounts 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, Navy, for the Slate Blue - a very small dot  of navy for the light shade, Fuchsia (a very small dot for the light pink ), and Teal. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.

TIPLESS BAGS:

We now have TWO sizes of our tipless bags: 10" (medium) and 13" (large). Find them here!!

 

In this video I'm using my Hot Air Balloon cookie cutter - click here to find in shop!

Up up and away!!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne 

 

 

 

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BEST 9 YouTube Cookie Videos!

posted Thursday Feb 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

WOOHOO!!! We are celebrating 200 cookie videos on the Flour Box YouTube Channel!! So I picked out my 9 favorite cookie designs to feature in this compilation video. HAPPY WATCHING!

 

Plus, check out the exclusive CUTTER SET - 9 cutters for $9.99 - to make each of these cookies! CLICK HERE - to find the cutter set here!

Here's a view of the finished cookies

 

My husband Topher is our video creator - super thanks to him for all his hard work!!!

We try to post 2 to 3 new tutorials a month on our YouTube channel. And in 2019 we are working hard to make them a better learning experience! Subscribe and post any suggestions!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate We Go Together Valentine's Cookies

posted Thursday Feb 07, 2019 at 08:13 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

We Go Together Like ... cookies and stencils! No more tedious piping for creating amazing text on cookies! Check out this quick look at layering two stencils to make this We Go Together cokie. Stenciling makes fast, beautiful, and easy accent cookies to make cookie sets more complete! 

Check out this Instagram video to see how I stenciled these cookies:

 

 

 

These cookies feature FIVE colors: white, sky blue, deep pink, buckeye brown, and fuchsia (that's it! You can view all Chefmaster colors here - CLICK HERE!

Recreate this look - click on cutter/stencil title to view in shop:

LATTE COOKIE CUTTER

3" CIRCLE CUTTER (DONUT)

LILALOA PLAQUE CUTTER

WE GO TOGETHER LIKE STENCIL

MEDIUM HEARTS STENCIL

Here are a few other FUN Valentine's Day Cookies I have posted this week! Might have to turn these into tutorials next year because I love the results.

The cookie took TWO icing colors - I'm holding fast to my resolution to keep decorating simple in 2019! 

Find this Gumball Machine Cutter in the Sugarbelle Shape Shifters Two cutter set - click here to view set in shop!

And I also shared these chocolate dipped Valentine treats!

The strawberry cutter is also from the Shape Shifters Two cutter set.

That pretzel is so cute and you can find it in the Sugarbelle Snack Time Cutter Set - click here to view in shop.

How about some A-MAZE-ING cookies?

 

 

I found these cute tags on on the Rainy Lain Designs Etsy shop!!

One last fun inspiration - my daughter and I worked on these classroom treats together - You're SEW much fun (tags purchased from Lucy Lu Digital Designs Etsy Shop).

This cookie came together pretty easily using the Sewing Machine Cutter from our shop - click to find it here!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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Making Valentine Animal Cookies: Pig, Skunk, and Hedgehog

posted Tuesday Jan 29, 2019 at 01:28 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments


If you love puns, then animal cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day! And just in time for the holiday, the new Sugarbelle Animal Shape Shifters Set just landed. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you the step-by-step of the Pig, Hedgehog, and the Skunk. Take a look!

Check out this video tutorial for an in-depth look at these 3 designs.



KEY TOOLS

This video features the cutters from the Animal Shape Shifters Set. This set includes 12 cutters that can be flipped into multiple designs!



Not only are the cutters sturdy, creatively designed, and dishwasher safe...the really neat thing about the Sugarbelle sets is that it comes with instructions cards for each cutter and a nifty templates to help make the decorating process easier. So with a quick flip….a new design can be created! FIND IT IN THE SHOP HERE!


YIELD

Typically the Sugarbelle cutters are approximately 3.5”. Due to this consistent size, it’s easy to plan the baking. I find I can get 18-20 cookies from a single batch of dough with most Sugarbelle Cutters. CLICK HERE to get our cookie recipe and to get rolling and baking tips.



ICING COLORS and AMOUNTS

This tutorial showcases 3 animals…all simple in color scheme. I love using the color directly from the bottle when decorating (no color mixing) to speed up the process. CLICK HERE to view the full line of Chefmaster colors. I used these colors on the cookies:


Skunk – super black (my preferred method of achieving a gray icing is to use a small dollop of black icing in white), bright white, and deep pink (but in a pastel shade)

Hedgehog – buckeye brown (for the medium brown color), buckeye brown + ivory (for the light brown body color), and deep pink (but in a pastel shade) for the heart.

Pig – Georgia peach in 2 shades and deep pink (but in a pastel shade for the heart on the chest)

ICING QUANTITIES – For each cookie, I planned on an ounce of icing, so I made twelve pigs and made 12 oz of the peach. I had a bit of icing leftover (but I don't like running out. I'll either toss the leftovers or store in the fridge/freezer). For an in-depth look at icing planning CLICK HERE to read this blog post. CLICK HERE for a ROYAL ICING RECIPE.

 

DOWNLOAD FREE TEMPLATES

CLICK HERE to download the hedgehog template.

CLICK HERE to download Skunk Transfer Sheet:

CLICK HERE to download Heart transfer Sheet

 

Special Tips and Tools

There are two ways to add the kisses to the hogs...markers or a lips candy!

I also tried two different versions of the Hedgehog. One with a Royal Icing Transfer and the other with a mini heart cookie. I liked both! But, my daughter loved the cookie stacker! It does have more dimension! 

Just Flip It!

The coolest part of this cutter set is the versatility of each cutter. Take a look at the skunk...same icing colors, but just flipped and you can make a cat! It's purrrr-fect for cutter lovers!



Packaging, Boxing, and Treat Toppers - Oh My!

If you want to just decorate cookies, but avoid piping too many words, use fun packaging to get the message across. I did a quick search on Etsy and found these cute options:

This Hogs & Kisses topper comes from Drawn By Krista.

You're Stinkin Cute Tags from Polka Dot Designs

Hedgehug Valentine's Day Card from HappeninHooligans (this is the 9" white window box from www.brpboxshop.com)

And you're boxing up a dozen...I suggest the 14" White Window Box from BRP.


Materials List

DECORATING TOOLS:

 

That's all for today. Post questions!!! Signing off with a cute HedgeHUG! 

 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Make Valentine Paint-Your-Own Cookies

posted Tuesday Jan 15, 2019 at 03:37 PM by Anne Yorks — 7 comments

The most perfect Valentine cookie activity for kids has to be painting cookies. These are commonly called PYO cookies - stands for Paint-Your-Own.

 

Not only are these cookies super easy to make and fun for kids to paint, there is virtually no clean up at the end of the party. They are great for a sleepover activity, birthday parties, and classroom parties. 

Check out this in-depth cookie tutorial to learn what supplies you'll need, how to make these cookies, and tips for painting. Plus, below, see the guide for matching up the right sized cutter to the stencil! And get some easy packaging and painting party tips!

 

PREPPING THE COOKIES 

It's time to take the guesswork out of matching up the stencil to the cutter. We are working on a guide for each holiday, but here is an easy cheat sheet to help you Valentine's Day. Generally, I have found that these 6 cutters work with MOST (not all) PYO stencils. You probably have these already in your cutter bin: 3.5" Circle, Photo Plaque, 3.5" Square, Square Plaque, LilaLoa Plaque, and Rectangle.

On each Valentine PYO stencil product page, we have added a photo of how the stencil looks like with a cutter. We have also linked to the cutters in the product description.

 

STENCILING TIPS

I like to use stiff icing when stenciling and apply it with a scraper. You probably saw in the video that I generously spread on the icing, but remove the excess. This not only keeps that image clear and crisp, but it makes it possible to reuse the stencil multiple times (you can probably do 6-12 - or more - cookies before you need to clean it).

SUPER IMPORTANT PYO COOKIE TIP: I don't recommend airbrushing these images for a PYO cookie. During painting, the color really smudges and makes a mess of the cookie.

 

PACKAGING AND BOXING TIPS

I used a white 9" box from BRP Box Shop for two cookies and one palette.

The single cookie box is perfect for one cookie, one palette, and one brush.

I put a little crinkle paper in the base and placed a wrapped cookie (I wrap for freshness), a palette, and a brush inside each box. 

 

I used a white 7" box from BRP Box Shop for one cookie and one palette.

For an in-depth look at PACKING YOUR COOKIES, click here to check out this blog post with links to my favorite cookie packaging products!

COOKIE PAINTING PARTIES

I have hosted and taught dozens and dozens of cookie classes, and Cookie Painting Parties by far was the easiest. They are easy to prep and set-up and soooooo easy to clean up. Plus the kids LOOOOVED IT!

Check out these for tips on hosting your own Cookie Painting Party!

Once the cookies are stenciled and ready (use above tutorial to learn how to make them), it's time to prep for the party. Let's break down each step of the process: 

1. First, set the table. I created a work station for each painter. I used a wipeable decorating mat, but you could easily use a paper plate! I put out the cookies that were ready to be painted. And I had a few examples for them to get inspiration. Set-up your work stations. I gave each painter a small dish of water, paper towel, and a couple edible paint palettes. 

3. Do a DEMO cookie so the painters can see how to use the palettes. I gave the painters tips on make their projects successful. The two best tips are: don't add too much water to your brush (or cookie surface) AND stay inside the black lines of the designs. These tips will REDUCE SMUDGING and keep the cookies looking pretty.

 

5. Active painting time. We did 4 cookies per person and the painting fun lasted about 45 minutes. This activity is really fun for children of all ages! My 6-year-old loved it and was very successful, but the older girls were also totally into it!

6. Packing up the cookies and taking them home...the results were impressive! These girls were 10 years old and I think they did an amazing job. I carefully put the cookies on a paper plate (don't stack them!) and covered them with tin foil. You could have boxes ready, but the paper plate was just easier and cheaper.

MATERIALS LIST:

So here's what you'll need to make PYO cookies (these are just suggestions):

White and Black Icing 
Tipless Bags
Scribe
Scraper
PYO Stencils


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