Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kari's Baby Shower

My cousin Kari had a lovely baby shower in January and I was in charge of making a favor for the guests. I was a bit weary of making and decorating 40+ sugar cookies but with my mom's help and a very simple idea, it really wasn't that big of a project. I like round cookies the best, plus, I think they are the most fun to decorate so, round it was. I found miniature cookie cutters in an animal theme, picked up some fondant and started decorating. EASY! Plus, I think they turned out pretty cute!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Santa Cookies

As usual, my assignment for Christmas Eve dinner is to bring sugar cookies. They do take quite a while but I don't mind making them. And actually, I chose a simple pattern this year and it didn't take too long at all. Of course, I had my lovely sister, Megan helping out a little to put on Santa's belt buckle.

I got the idea for these cookies here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cookie Decorating Giveaway!

Check out this site for a totally cool book with 1000 ways to decorate cookies and cupcakes! YUM! With 1000 decorating ideas, you can never go wrong!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Candy Corn Cookies

I guess I haven't made or attempted any new cookie projects or treats lately but now, it's kind of getting back in season....Halloween delicious treats, then Thanksgiving delicious treats and then of course, Christmas delicious treats. These delicious treats mainly include sugar cookies, but yesterday, I tried out some Candy Corn Pinwheel cookies. These cookies don't look like candy corn, but I did use the same colors - yellow, orange and white. I used my mom's recipe for Candy Cane cookies (a personal favorite) to make there:
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Then, I split the dough into thirds, colored them, rolled them out. I stacked all three colors together, rolled them a little more to squish the colors together and then I rolled the whole thing into a big log to slice up. And there you go - Candy Corn Pinwheel cookies.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Flour and Sugar Giveaway

Here is a totally cute blog that is giving away something else totally cute - a cupcake kit. Check it out here:

Here is just one of the cool kits you can choose from!

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Cookie Bouquet

This year for the 4th, I decided to try out a cookie bouquet. While doing this I realized that there are two different types of cookies, a delicious cookie and a beautiful one. Beautiful ones are the kind people make to build bouquets (though I think mine are pretty nice, there is room for improvement - I'm still learning!). Delicious cookies are the kind I like to eat! I still made my normal recipe for cookies but I think the true secret in my cookies is the butter-cream frosting. I have been looking at other people's cookies and I determined that there is absolutely no way they use butter-cream frosting. Everyone uses royal icing - the kind that turns rock hard and doesn't taste good - hence, the beautiful cookie but not the delicious cookie. So I added almond flavoring and a little bit of shortening to my royal icing to add flavor and softening power! We'll see if it works!
Happy 4th of July everybody!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baby Shower

Okay - so I haven't updated this blog in forever and this update doesn't contain cookies OR cupcakes. But, it does have delicious treats and I wanted to remember them for future use.

On Saturday, my friend Bri and I hosted a baby shower for another friend who is due in June. I made a strawberry topiary for refreshments and also for decoration. I got this idea at a family girls night. One of my cousins made one and I loved it. She served it with sour cream and brown sugar. I've heard it is quite delectable but I won't touch sour cream unless it's baked into something so instead I made a fruit dip out of:
1 jar Marshmallow Puff
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
I know lots of people will use strawberry cream cheese but I just like it plain.
I love these topiaries because they really do look good once they are finished. Some of the downfalls of the topiary are:
1. It takes a TON of strawberries - well, not really a ton but about 4 pounds so try to get them when they are on sale.
2. Nobody eats the strawberries, they think it's just for decorations. In fact, some people at the shower thought it was fake - though the smell of strawberries was quite strong all around!

Put the two together and you end up with a lot of strawberries after the party! Luckily, I had another party that I was hosting after, so I just filled in the openings and re-used it. I've been eating strawberries daily since, but I absolutely love them so I'm okay with it.

This other picture is of the party favors I handed out. I got this idea from my cousin. They are Junior Mints wrapped in colorful paper. She used "It's a Girl" wrappers but my friend doesn't know what her baby will be yet so I just used pink, blue, and green papers.