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How to Make Quick and Easy Plaid Shamrock and Celtic Knot Cookies

posted Wednesday Mar 01, 2017 at 06:53 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

The last few weeks have been super busy. I have been spending much of my time preparing for CookieCon! CookieCon is a huge cookie convention held March 9-11 in Salt Lake City. I'm teaching three pre-event classes and I can't wait! I hope to post updates throughout the week!

So with all my prep work going on, my tutorials are about making cookies EASY. There is nothing easier than stenciling cookies. It is the best way to add a precise design or pattern QUICKLY!

Check out the video on how to make the Celtic Knot and Plaid Shamrock cookies!

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos! Plus, check out our Airbrushing 101 video and how to use a Stencil Genie for more tips on airbrushing on cookies. 

Anytime I am airbrushing with a stencil, I use the Stencil Genie. It's a magnetic frame that clicks together and holds the stencil in place while airbrushing. It's a game changer. The results with the genie are so much better.

Here are a few tips for good results when stenciling with royal icing:

1. Use STIFF Icing. This is the icing that comes straight out of the mixer! The icing will hold the shape and won't ooze or smudge into areas it shouldn't be.

2. Gently spread icing with spatula to cover stencil.  I like to allow the base icing layer on the cookies to dry 4-6 hours so I don't poke my finger into the surface of the cookie. I don't push too hard when spreading the icing because I don't want to squish the icing under the stencil.

3. Scrape off excess icing, but don't scrape it clean! So, when you are removing the excess, gently run your spatula or scraper over the stencil. I reuse stencils at least 6-12 times (sometimes more!) before I need to wash and dry the excess icing. If icing gets on the underside of the stencil you'll need to clean that before doing the next cookie.

4. Carefully pull up stencil. Don't wiggle the stencil or it will smudge your image.

5. If there is excess icing on the edges, clean up it up with a scribe, toothpick or fix-it stick.

Here's one more quick look at stenciling with royal icing.

These stencils and more are available in our online shop! 

For more St. Patrick's Day inspiration, check out the free video tutorial page - click here!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

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How to Make a Rainbow Birthday cookie set

posted Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 at 01:50 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

I made these cookies for a very special girl. And, you guys, can I tell you these were so much fun to make!! 

This set features the following Americolor gel pastes: Soft Pink, Bright White, Sky blue, Regal Purple, Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow, and Orange. ALL the cutters are from the new LilaLoa cutter set. See our entire LilaLoa product line - click here!

I just love the cake on stand cookie. Here's a video showing how that one comes together.

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

I have such a soft spot for rainbow details. Do you want to know the secret of this cake....

These were made possible courtesy of the PME tip #1.5. This is the tip that I also like to use for piping text (or even #1 if the text is tiny).

 

Because all that piping was intense, I needed to break up the set with a few 'accent' cookies (or cookies that are easier to make). Like this rainbow Happy Birthday cookie. I used a stencil...can you believe it!?

Here's a quickie Instagram video on how I made it. You'll want to try this. It's cool and easy! 

 

Having fun making rainbow birthday cookies 🌈 💗

A post shared by Flour Box Bakery (@flourboxbakery) on

 

Create this cookie using the Happy Birthday Script Stencil and the Icing Scraper.

Then there is this cake slice. Nom nom nom.

But the cutter that really stole my heart was this tall, skinny present. I just love it like a pig loves mud.

To make those simple loopy bows on top...check out Wilton Tip #44 to make those. Yes, they are as easy as they look.

So now that I have paraded these adorable cookies in front of you, you may wish to check out these cutters for yourself! They all available in the NEW LilaLoa cutter set!! I can wait to try out the rest, like that bird!!!! 

I'd love to hang out and chat more about cookies, but I'm super busy packing and planning to teach at CookieCon in two weeks!!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

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How to Decorate a Mardi Gras Mask

posted Monday Feb 06, 2017 at 07:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

 

Let the good times roll with these Mardi Gras cookies!

Boy do I love cookie sets with just three colors!! It makes everything easier: the planning, the decorating, and the clean up! This set features Americolor Regal Purple, Lemon Yellow, and Leaf Green. 

Check out that new mask shape! Here is a video showing three different ways to decorate it. 

 

 

 

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

 

All three of these cutters are NEW and now available in our online shop! Click here to check them out!

In the video I used tip #2 for the outlining (before flooding). But to pipe those finer details on the mask, I scaled down to a tip #1.5

I think I like the crown as much as the mask. A simple flooded background with some fun fonts for the text. I used tip #2 on the yellow lettering and tip #1.5 on the green.

If you like this text...click on the photo below to view and print a downloadable pdf file!

 

Did you notice the fleur de lis cookie? It's also a new shape, too!! Sleek and elegant and easy...the perfect accent cookie since those masks took some time to pipe!

One last note before I wrap this up.....

Are you on Instagram? Check us out - @flourboxbakery. We love posting behind the scenes photos of what we're up to on Instagram. Plus, we'll be hosting a cute giveaway soon!

Happy Decorating,
Anne

 

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How to Stencil Valentine Cookies

posted Monday Jan 30, 2017 at 08:58 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

It's been a super busy week with cookie work and family fun, so the timing of this tutorial is perfect, because these are three QUICK and EASY designs! Quick and easy - my favorite ways to decorate cookies! :)

I love using stencils because they create very precise cookies. This video features several of our best-selling Valentine Stencils.

Check it out!

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

A few airbrush tips that reduce blurring: 

1. Use a stencil genie. I have to admit, this is one 'gadget' that I love. It keeps that stencil in place and gives amazing results every time I airbrush!

2. Stay low. Keep a 2-3" distance between airbrush gun and cookie surface 

3. Aim at a 90 degree angle (pointing down at the cookie, not across) You definitely want to blow the color down at the cookie. If you aim across, the color can blow up and under the stencil.

4. Keep your airbrush machine on the low speed (helps control the amount of color coming out).

5. Go slow. Use very light pressure on the trigger and take your time

For more airbrushing tips - check out these two videos: How to use a Stencil Genie and Getting Started Airbrushing.

A few tips for STENCILING WITH ICING (like the cupid and Happy Valentine's Day cookies)...

1. Remember to keep the icing consistency stiff. This will help the icing to hold its shape. If the icing is too thin, the image will blob out a little bit. Plus, if the icing is too thin, the stencil will be messy (reducing the number of times you can reuse it). I can usually stencil 6-12 cookies before cleaning the stencil. 

2. Also, and this is very important, before stenciling with icing, I like to let the base layer of icing dry for at least 6 hours. This gives the icing a chance to firm up before putting any pressure on the surface. I normally wait 1-2 hours if I'm just piping details or airbrushing. But I have dented too many cookies by rushing. I find it best to wait 6 hours.

I like to use the royal icing scraper, but an spatula works well too. 

The stencils featured in the video are: XOXO, Scattered Hearts, Happy Valentine's Day, Arrows, and Cupid. (click on the stencil title to view each one in our shop or check out our full Valentine's Day collection HERE!)

Here is a good sample of what is in this collection, some really fun stuff! 

Looking for a little more stencil fun? Check out this favorite video from last year on created a rainbow heart cake!

This video features the Small Heart Stencil and the icing scraper

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a LOVE Cookie

posted Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 at 07:14 AM by Anne Narber — 1 comments

It’s the season of love!  What better way to show it than with this pink polka-dotted LOVE cookie?!

 

This cutter is one of my favorites! I have used it every Valentine's for as long as I've had it!

And now there is a short video tutorial to show how to decorate it. When I first started making this cookie, I felt like I needed to use a projector to outline. But then I realized that by following the shape of the cutter, I can do this freehand - and it's a lot faster!! I outline this cutter the same way every time. I always start with the L, V, and E...then save the O for last. Watch and see...

 

 

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

On this cookie, the colors I used are Americolor Deep Pink and Bright White.

This is this the LOVE cutter used to create this cookie- 

 

I have done this one in rainbow colors...

 

As a wedding favor...

 

 

With cute heart cakes...

 

As a soccer team party favor...

 

a football tailgate treat ...

 

And part of a Philly cookie set for a corporate order...

 

So how will you spread the LOVE this cookie season? Are you looking for MORE Valentine's cookie inspiration? Check out our tutorial page here for tons of fun (FREE) ideas!

Happy Decorating!!

Anne

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