A message from Anne:

“My blog is a collection of tidbits about the things I love... sugar cookies, baking, great food, cute stuff, and life in Happy Valley. Check back often for updates!!”

Get Your Cookie Fix:

Follow us: Become a Fan: Subscribe: Find us: Subscribe:

Blogs I Enjoy

Playing around with Fonts on Cookies

posted Tuesday Nov 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM by Anne Yorks — 15 comments

The past few months, I have been seeing a lot of amazing cookies with super cool text. I really wanted to figure how people were doing it because I wanted pretty writing too. I guess, most use their Kopykake. So I started to experiment a little bit with fonts and my Kopykake.

   

   

   

All of the above cookies were fun to make. This is what I learned bit about fonts. 

First, getting the font just right is critical if the cookie is a logo or something very specific; like the Centre Church cookie, Seven Mountains Wine & Cellars cookie, and The Journey cookie.

I also like using a specific font to match a party theme, like the Daisha cookie that went with a Little Red Riding Hood collection. I used the same font that was on the invitations and paper goods.

The Kopykake is clutch when making sure the words will fit on the cookie. I always think of that 'plan ahead' example where everything fits on one line except the 'd' in the word ahead. I'm not the greatest at spacial relations (I hit a parked car once)...so I really need all the help I can get. 

Plus, sometimes (actually all the time) they just look prettier than my regular icing handwriting. Maybe I could have done that Happy Birthday cookie once...but to do it over and over for an order would probably kill me.

So then I decided I really wanted to try experimenting with a trickier font. So I found this one on www.1001freefonts.com.

It's called D_Old_Modern. I really liked the detail on the letters. I used a #1 and #2 Wilton tip to create the letters and flooded the thicker parts of the letters. 

Then I thought it would be fun to match a font type to a certain concept.

So I dreamed up this cookie to go with the set...

I could not have done this cookie without the Kopykake. Again, I used a #1 tip, but probably could have used a #0 if I had it.



I used a chunky block letter on the sewing cookie and added the stitching with a food marker. The letters were outlined with a #1 tip and then flooded. P.S. the zipper on this cookie was fun to make. 



I wanted to do a glitzier cookie. So I picked an easier font, but added pink disco dust to the letters with a paint brush. I blew on the cookies to get extras off and then I had glitter on my face for the rest of the day. Gotta love disco dust. 



Here are all four of my font cookies together. It's amazing what a big difference the font makes for a cookie design.  


Have a sweet day,

Anne

Leave A Comment:

Thanksgiving Dinner, Flour Box Bakery Style

posted Friday Nov 18, 2011 at 11:40 PM by Anne Yorks — 46 comments


Can you guess what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving dinner? 

Thanksgiving dinner, in cookies of course! It is officially the sweetest turkey dinner, ever!



I have been cookie dreaming over this idea for weeks and weeks. I think I have looked at hundreds of turkey dinner photos to get inspiration for my table. I really loved the colors of this table setting from partydigest.com.



I decided to create a delicious dinner for six with all the trimmings. Here is a bird's eye view of the spread. 


I liked this idea of the candles spelling "Giving Thanks" from countryliving.com.


    


I modified it a bit to suit my needs and made some 'Give Thanks' leaves that decorated the corners of my Thanksgiving table. 


   

I loved the coloring of these serving bowls from chefscatalog.com. I thought they fit right in with my color scheme.

I used those serving bowls as the inspiration for my mashed potato and corn dishes. 


  

I found these place cards from theweddingreceptiondecorations.com

I thought it would be fun to have place cards at each table setting. I used a piece of fabric for my tablecloth and scrapbook paper for my place mats. The place cards of course were 100% cookie. 


   

I wrestled with my ideas for a table centerpiece. In the end, I decided the middle focal point of the table would be the big roast turkey cookie. I found these gorgeous candles at thesavyevent.blogspot.com with a small floral arrangement and wanted to flank my turkey with two of these. 

The cookie that I thought would be my greatest challenge, ended up being my favorite cookie. I liked that big orange flower.



I can never stop eating on Thanksgiving Day. And one of my favorite dishes is good old fashioned green been casserole. This photo is from the cookingage.com

I put the cookie version of the casserole in the center, right in front of Tom (turkey that is).


Then there were a few other details that I decided would make my table complete.


A nice bottle of vino. Salt and Pepper.


Dinner rolls in the bread basket.


The gravy boat and the cranberry sauce. Personally, I don't care for either. But Mom does, so I wanted to make sure she would enjoy dinner!


I'm so thankful this year for all my blessings; for Topher and my girls, our big families on both sides, our great group of friends and church family, coffee, circus peanuts, the diaper fairy (aka Mom), and COOKIES!

Have a very wonderful and sweet Thanksgiving!!!

Anne

Leave A Comment:

Heat Gun Round Table

posted Tuesday Nov 15, 2011 at 09:48 PM by Anne Yorks — 9 comments

Normally, I read just the post on a blog. I don't always have time to scroll through all the comments. Especially on Sugarbelle's site. She gets 72,000 comments every time she posts her amazing cookies and tips. But I think it was on one of her posts that I read a comment about a heat gun. I don't remember which post and I don't know who wrote it. The idea stuck in my head.

Fast forward 6 or 12 months and I find myself in the paint aisle of Wal-mart. The heat guns caught my eye and so did the price tag. It was $19.99. Seemed like a minimal investment to test out a new cookie idea. 

Here is Dorothy, the first heat gun cookie I made....




Here are a few tips that I have learned since starting to use the heat gun:

  • The heat gun gets freakin HOT. Watch out! I accidentally touched the metal part and got myself a nasty little burn. Ouch!

  • If you overheat the cookies, the icing will crack. While you're using it, your mantra should be: gentle heat, gentle heat, gentle heat. Keep the gun 8 - 12 inches from the cookie and don't rush it. I do one tray at a time to keep from focusing too much on one cookie. You can tell by the sheen on the cookie when it's starting to dry. I also gently touch a cookie with my finger to see if it has formed that 'candy shell' layer. I find it takes about a minute or so. 

  • I don't 'heat gun' all cookies. If I'm not in a rush and there aren't any small areas, I just let the cookies dry on their own overnight. This saves a little time and if the humidity is just right, I still get the shine I like. 

  • The heat gun only dries the top layer of icing. So take care when adding detail to a cookie right away. It's like thin ice and you can poke your icing tip right through that thin dried layer of icing (I did this too, oops!)

  • The cookie itself seems to soften when heated with the gun. Don't move the cookie for fear of it breaking. Once cool, I think the cookie is sturdy again.

  • I am using this gun (see photo below) from Wal-mart for $19.99. Other decorators are using similar guns from Amazon, Home Depot and Lowes. There are even a few women that have told me their scrapbooking heat gun is working for them too.



    Since my original heat gun post, I have received quite a few messages and facebook posts of other cookiers that have tested out the heat gun. Here are a few of their experiences. I think they give some good advice.

From Susan at The Painted Cookie




Susan's heat gun experience: 

The cookie on the left dried on its own. The cookie on the right was dried with the heat gun.

Here are my observations using a heat gun....
  • Love the sheen on a base coat, but must let cookies sit for about 10 minutes to settle to avoid uneven surface. Do not move cookies afterwards to avoid cracking them. 

  • You do not need to heat for a long period of time. I did for my AKA pearls and the centers never really set. I was very concerned about shipping and them arriving okay. Lesson learned....only need 5 seconds per area.I have heated my cookies laying on parchment paper on a tray which seems to absorb the heat and I sit the tray on a marble and have no issues moving the tray when done.

  • I have heated my cookies laying on parchment paper on a tray which seems to absorb the heat and I sit the tray on a marble and have no issues moving the tray when done.

From Nancy Cavagnaro

Shutterfly Page: nancyscookies.shutterfly.com.
 



Nancy's heat gun experience:

This cookie was a combination of other things I have seen. I used LilaLoa's recipe but with Dutch process cocoa, espresso powder and black cocoa from King Arthur's. I only needed the tiniest bit of food color to get the cookies black, and they were deliciously dark chocolatey tasting!

I had to run right out to buy a heat gun after I read the blog. I was very excited. For Halloween, one of my cookies was a bubbling cauldron, so I used the gun to dry the bubbles which I put on in layers. The bubbles looked great, and there was no collapsing of the royal icing (if you know what I mean). I did think that the heat gun changed the taste of the royal icing just a bit, so that it tasted like the royal icing on "store bought" decorated cookies. I think that the heat gun idea is AWESOME for when you want the shiny look or are in a hurry with your layers. 

I will continue testing with how long to wave the gun over an area. I was doing about ten seconds. 


Sherrene of The Sugar Tree

Blog: www.sugartreeblog.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sugartreecookies




Sherrene's heat gun experience:


I'm working on a set of nautical cookies this weekend. I used a heat gun on some of the cookies where necessary and it definitely helped!

I didn't have any crevices. I've attached a picture of a life preserver ring that I did. I didn't use a heat gun on the flooded base so it has a matte finish. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the contrast between the matte base and the shiny super smooth life preserver ring makes it look almost "plasticy" just like the real thing! I love the way it turned out. I was able to use a thicker white icing for filling the ring to get nice height and definition. I also noticed that crevices started to form almost immediately on the red part so I made sure to blast it right away and as you can see in the picture, no dents!

I also ran the heat gun over a tray of anchor cookies once they were all done. The last one I put on the tray is shiny because it got the heat gun right away, while the first ones I did are matte because they had already had time to dry. However, NONE of them have crevices.

What I've learned NOT to do: don't get too close -- the cookie will get all soft and I've found that with darker colors, the surface will get flaky-like cracks on it. Keep the gun moving like a hair dryer and it doesn't have to be for too long, just a minute or two.
used one on my Dia de los Muertos cookies over Halloween weekend. I'm not even sure I am using the same one you used but it did help. (im using one that I had for embossing in scrapbooking) I was pressed for time and it helped with the thicker sections so I could layer my next color. I also thought it helped with bleeding. Surprisingly I didn't have any bleeding issues. Maybe it was because of the weather or maybe it was because of the heat gun. Not sure.

From Hillary Ramos of The Cookie Countess



Hillary's Heat Gun Experience: 

I made these bowling party favor cookies last week and normally they would have included everything I would be plagued by craters from.... scalloped edges, large dots, and small spaces that need to look puffy.  But the heat gun did the trick!!!!! And I loved the extra sheen it added.  The royal icing recipe I use usually dries pretty fast, so that has not been a problem for me, but the small craters have plagued me like the plague!!


From Teresa at Sugar T's


Teresa's heat gun experience: 

I took your advice and used one on my Dia de los Muertos cookies over Halloween weekend.  I'm not even sure I am using the same one you used but it did help.  (im using one that I had for embossing in scrapbooking) I was pressed for time and it helped with the thicker sections so I could layer my next color. I also thought it helped with bleeding.  Surprisingly I didn't have any bleeding issues.  Maybe it was because of the weather or maybe it was because of the heat gun.  Not sure.


THANK YOU TERESA, HILLARY, SUSAN, SHERRENE, AND NANCY for sharing your beautiful photos and experiences. I hope these notes will help us all out as we continue to test out new decorating skills.

Have a sweet day,

Anne


Since then I have received quite a few messages and facebook posts of other cookiers that have tested out the heat gun. Here are a few of their experiences. I think they give some good advice.

A few notes from me before we move on:

  • The heat gun gets freakin HOT. Watch out! I accidentally touched the metal part and got myself a nasty little burn. Ouch!

  • If you over heat the cookies, the icing will crack. Your mantra should be: gentle heat, gentle heat, gentle heat. Keep the gun 8 - 12 inches from the cookie and don't rush it. I do one tray at a time to keep from focusing too much on one cookie. 

  • I don't 'heat gun' all cookies. If I'm not in a rush and there aren't any small areas, I just let the cookies dry on their own overnight. This saves a little time and if the humidity is just right, I still get the shine I like. 

Leave A Comment:

I Bake, therefore I Am

posted Saturday Nov 05, 2011 at 08:43 PM by Anne Yorks — 11 comments

I am finding that a mom's world can be somewhat like a black hole. The pull from changing diapers, fixing lunches, singing songs, playing outside, wiping tears and cuddling at bedtime is so strong that it's impossible not to get sucked in completely. Which honestly is fine with me. I love motherhood, my girls, and my husband. I'd be a sad, sad girl without my sweet little family. 

But, once in awhile, it's nice to feel like just Annie again. Not Mommy-Annie or Wifey-Annie, just me, Annie Cabannie. And cookies are my total escape. My creative outlet. It's my one thing that's just my own. I can slip into a cookie dreamland and be blissful for just a few moments. And then it's back to my happy, hectic reality. 

During one of my cookie daydreams, when I was contemplating my life and my love for baking, I came up with this cookie:


You might be familiar with Rene Descartes' famous statement "I think, therefore I am." Proof of one's existence. Well, the proof of my existence is most definitely my baking adventures. (click here to read more about Rene Descartes on Wikipedia. I found it to be a nice refresher of what I had once learned a long time ago.)


I made a few 'sweets' themed cookies to go along with my 'I bake' cookie. The classic cut-out is and always will be the gingerbread man. I kept his design simple. 

I had a birthday in mind when I made this two-tier cake. 

Here are some delicious cupcakes. I tried to create a little extra dimension with my icing colors and outline. I wanted it to look like it was decorated with one of those closed star tip. Not sure if it worked completely, but I was happy with it.

Doesn't this donut look like Homer Simpson's? This was my favorite of the four sweets cookies and it was by far the easiest! 

      

    

I had fun sketching these cookies out before I started decorating.

This collection took a lot of different icing colors. Since I'm only making a few cookies at this time, I used small containers to mix my colors. I think cleaning these up at the end is the thing I like least about decorating cookies. 

Here is the whole set together. I donated these cookies to a local bake sale. I loved the font on the "I Bake therefore I Am" cookie. It's called D_Old Modern and I found it on www.1001freefonts.com. I didn't freehand this, I got by with a little help from my friend kopykake.

Speaking of fonts, I'm working on a blog post for next week dedicated to fonts on cookies. I can't wait to share a few other cookies I made. 

Also coming this week is a follow-up post to the Elmo, Dorothy, and Heat Gun post - click here to view the original post if you have no clue what I'm referencing. I have received so many comments and messages that I think it warrants a follow-up. Several other decorators have tried it and have some great feedback, so I'll be sharing that later this week. If you have experience with using a heat gun on your cookies, please email me what you think works, doesn't work, and what you're still testing. Include an example cookie photo and your blog/facebook/flickr address to be included with the post. My email address is anne@flourboxbakery.com. I look forward to collecting this information and sharing it soon.

Happy Decorating! Happy Sweet Week!!

Anne


Leave A Comment:

Trick or Treat

posted Wednesday Oct 26, 2011 at 02:19 PM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

Did it snow this weekend where you live? It snowed here in Happy Valley (central PA). Of course this was the only weekend I was going to a Penn State football game. It was Cold. Wet. And Snowy. But I braved the elements because there is nothing like a game in Beaver Stadium. The game can be summed up as 4 quarters of forgettable football with 3 minutes of amazingness at the end. Here is link to a youtube video in case you missed the excitement. 

With house guests in for the weekend, the time seemed to fly by. We have an even busier week ahead of us. But one thing that we are making time for is Trick or Treat night. It will be the first time we take our daughter out to the neighbor's houses. She is very excited. And so am I because she promised to share her treats. 

Here are a few fun trick or treat cookies I made: 

Teddy bears in costumes and lots of candy!!


Everyone needs a nice big bag to collect all their goodies. No apples please, just snickers


My favorite Halloween/Fall treat is candy corn. Mmmmmm.



I liked both teddy bears, but the Jack-o-lantern costume was my favorite of the two.



The teddy bears aren't the only ones dressing up. My brother and I took my girls to an amazing 'costume-required' Halloween party. I went as the Cookie Queen. I have a tiara and spatula wand. Can you guess who my brother is? He's the lounge singer Robert Goulet. He serenaded the girls and I on the car trip to the party. I was laughing so hard I could barely drive straight. Too bad his beige loafers were cut-off in this picture. They really completed the ensemble. You can barely see Cecelia in her carseat in the background. She was a little Jack-o-lantern. So cute!!



My big girl went as the Beautiful Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We made the wings and the skirt and it ended up being a very cute and affordable costume!!

If you're venturing out tonight for some sweets have fun and be safe!!

Anne


Leave A Comment:

138 39 40 41 4271
Sale

Unavailable

Sold Out