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How to Decorate a Unicorn Cookie

posted Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 at 06:04 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Let's kick off 2017 with a magical cookie tutorial -the unicorn! Then starting next week, on to some fun Valentine tutorials! 

Here is a video tutorial on how to create this design. Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry icing and what tips to use. 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!

The cutter used to create this design is this unicorn cutter. Before I cut out the cookies, I did stretch the cutter to make the horn wider. This makes the cookie easier to decorate and also easier to cut out. Plus that horn isn't so fragile when it is wider.

I added just a hint of shimmer to the unicorn horn with the Crystal Color gold. This is completely optional, but I liked the added sparkle! I mixed the gold dust with a little Everclear. This has a high alcohol content and evaporates quickly leaving behind a beautiful shine.

The tip used on the small flowers is star tip #13. It's great for small quick rosettes and creating pretty borders. 

The fine details, the eyelashes and nostril, are added using a fine point black foodoodler. We have a set of 10 pens.

We also carry a 2-pen set with a black and yellow marker here!

If you're looking to recreate this look, I used the following Americolors: bright white on the body, soft pink for the hair, sky blue for the flowers, gold on the horn, and super black for the eye.

I hope you enjoyed this unicorn tutorial. Up next week is a Valentine's Day project. In the meantime, if you're looking for some Valentine inspiration, click here to check out this tutorial page from some fun and cute ideas! 

Happy Decorating!!

Anne

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SMART COOKIE - new Craftsy class now available

posted Monday Nov 21, 2016 at 06:53 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments



NEW Online Craftsy class now Available!! 

Hooray! My NEW online Craftsy class, Smart Cookies, is now available! Smart Cookies is all about navigating the cookie process better, faster and more efficiently! It covers so many topics including: designing cookie sets, creating a cookie timeline, planning for icing, saving time with quick techniques, all while keeping the JOY in decorating! Plus, it is packed with lots of fun cookie demos!!! Read more below for a sneak peek into a few of my favorite class lessons!
 
Check out the video trailer to get a sneak peek at the class!


Here's a breakdown of the class by lesson: 

Lessons 1 and 2

The first two lessons focus on designing and planning cookie sets that not only look great but take less time to complete! I'll walk you through my design process from brainstorming to sketching. Then in Lesson 2, I'll show you how I set up my cookie timeline, whether I'm making a few dozen cookies or 200 cookies!

Lessons 3 and 4

After I walk you through the planning process, lesson 3 will focus on some of my favorite time savers for decorating all while keeping designs consistent. Lesson 4 is all about the icing. I'll review icing consistencies, how to plan how much to make by color, and drying cookies! 

Lessons 5 and 6

Lesson 5 is one of my favorite lessons of the class. I review airbrushing and royal icing stenciling and show how it can save you time and add beautiful, yet easy, projects to any cookie collection. Then, once the cookies are complete, lesson 6 focuses on packing and presenting your cookies, including my best tips on how to ship your cookies anywhere!

Lesson 7 

Cookie demos are mixed in as I move through each lesson. But Lesson 7 is JAM PACKED with cookie tips as I finish showing how to create each cookie from my three class sets!

How Craftsy works!

If you haven't taken a Craftsy class yet, I think you're going to love it! Both of my classes are organized into 7 lessons, each broken down by topic. The Craftsy platform allows you to watch, stop, re-watch and make notes as much as you need! Plus, you can ask ME, the instructor, questions. I'll be checking in frequently to make sure all questions are answered.

The class also features my icing and cookie recipes, templates for several of the projects, icing practice sheets, and a materials list. 

Save 50% on registration - click here!

About Me

I left the "real world" in 2007 to be a stay–at–home mom. As a self–taught baker, I spent years decorating cookies and tweaking my recipes for loved ones' weddings, parties, baby showers and beyond. All that practice finally paid off when I opened the successful Flour Box Bakery in my home town of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Now, I'm happy to share my tried–and–true tips and cookie techniques with you, right here on Craftsy.

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Happy Dog Video Tutorial (and Veterinarian cookies!)

posted Wednesday Sep 07, 2016 at 06:13 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Last week, we celebrated my youngest daughter's 5th birthday. Five is a big deal, so I had to make her cookies of course! She loves to play veterinarian and requested Vet cookies and happy dogs and cats for her big day. This was a fun set to create! 



Check out the video on how to create this cute happy dog cookie!



I used the dog cutter from the new amazing mix and match animal set available in our online shop! 



Master cookie decorator, Autumn Carpenter, designed this animal cookie cutter set so you can decorate dozens of adorable animal cookies at an affordable price and just a few cutters. I love it!


You could also use the cat face cutter from the mix and match set to create this pretty cat design. Remember this design from Valentine's Day? I did this same design above in gray :)

Check out the video of the Happy Cat cookie!

 
Here's the rest of the Vet cookies...



For the Vet cookies, I turned my daughter into a cookie! That's her with her purple Vet glasses next to the dogs and cats. Do you recognize the dr. bag cutter?? It's the CAKE from the new Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Set!


And this cat...is actually the cute fox cutter. 



Just in case you're wondering if my daughter liked her cookies...


 


Happy Birthday, sweet little one!! 

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Back to School Cookies with Sugarbelle Cutters!

posted Tuesday Aug 30, 2016 at 01:06 PM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

It's Back to School week in our house. After two Meet the Teacher events...we are ready for another sweet year! 

I had a blast exploring with my new Sugarbelle cutters to create these fun collections. Can you pick out all the cutters? How about in the set below?

Pictured above is the pencil, bus and apple. Easy!

In this collection, I used the snow globe to create the world globe. And the large rectangle from the nested set.

Check out the new video that shows a start-to-finish look at the Happy School Bus!

Wishing everyone a BRIGHT new school year! These crayons were super easy to make using the stencil from the Back to School cutter set!

Did you know we offer a bundle deal....

Back in stock just in time for back to school is the Sugarbelle Bundle. Bundle your savings with this Sugarbelle set. Regularly priced at $48.94, buy as a bundle and pay $44.05! The bundle includes: Shape Shifter Set and 6 specialty sets. No substitutions.  Check out the bundle deal here!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

 

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Big Bang Theory Cookies

posted Wednesday Aug 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

 

Friends, this is crazy!!!! Jim Parsons (4-time emmy winner, funny dude, and all-around great guy) has a sweet friend that got to go see a taping of the Big Bang Theory this week. She wanted to bring a sweet treat for the cast and crew...and then THIS happened!!! Thanks, Pam!!!

 

 

And this!! 

 

 

I'm just flabbergasted! 

Making these cookies was so much fun! I had to do each character!

Sheldon is my favorite, but leonard is a close second!

And Soft Kitty. Purr Purr Purr.

And, the cookies wouldn't be complete without the Bazinga!!! 

I can't believe the Big Bang Theory is entering it's 10th season! Incredible! Can't wait!!!!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

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