Mustache Cookies

For some reason my niece and nephew really like mustaches. They are little hipsters. When we were in Chicago a few weeks ago, I saw some mustache cookie cutters and I had to get them. I finally made a batch last week, and added sticks so they could hold them up before eating them. I brought a few to our Easter party this weekend – they were a big hit!They are perfect for a party and you can buy some in my etsy shop!

Easter Treats

I am baking for our family’s Easter party this weekend, and I made these Easter Egg sugar cookies yesterday. Usually I decorate actual eggs, but these are much tastier. I have a few more things on my list to make, including some of this good stuff:

The Secret to Chocolate Chip Cookies via America’s Test Kitchen

– This Asparagus Gruyere Tart from Martha Stewart has been on my list of things to try for a while, and I had it at the shower I went to last weekend – it was amazing!

Jello in Real Eggs from Just a Taste is hilarious, and I am thinking of giving it a try.

– If you’re crazy, you might try this tutorial from Shauna Sever – How to Make Your Own Marshmallow Peeps.

– This Arugula Pistachio Pesto from Love and Olive Oil looks delicious.

– I have a huge craving for these Mussels in White Wine Sauce and might give them a try next week.

– The 100 Greatest Cooking Tips of All Time from The Food Network.

Have a great (and delicious) weekend!

Tetris Cookies!

I gave Anthony a very late Valentine’s Day present this morning – Tetris Cookies. What they lack in timing, they make up for in awesomeness.

To make the cookie shapes, I printed out the tetris shapes on paper, cut them out, then set them on top of the rolled out cookie dough and used the paper shapes as a guide to cut out cookies. It was a little bit more involved than using cookie cutters, but not too bad.

For frosting, I piped the black outlines on the cookies first, then flooded the insides using a thinned-out royal icing. Next time I make them, I will probably coat the whole cookie with a color first, then pipe the black on top.

Anthony had fun setting them up on the table this morning, playing a game of cookie Tetris. He usually only gets to eat my rejects from cookies that I make for other people, so he was super excited to have a batch all to himself.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I made these cookies over the weekend and I am in love with them.There are a few different things going on.

For the small hearts, I used a small fondant cutter to make the cookies, then decorated them with light pink disco dust, hot pink sanding sugar and metallic silver spray.

For the medium hearts, I went freestyle with the love script, stripes, curves and silver dragees.

And for the large hearts (my favorite), I followed this tutorial, and they are much easier than they look.

I loved the way they came out so much, I almost packed them up and put them in a box to save forever. But the most fun part of making cookies (for me at least) is sharing them with other people, so I gave them all away before Anthony could finish them.

I hope that you are having a wonderful Valentine’s day! I am celebrating by finishing up some invitations for a wedding, shipping some glitter letters for another wedding, and making lasagna in cupcake tins. Tomorrow is my 32nd birthday, so if I get all of my work done in time I am going to take the day off and relax, do my nails, eat some junk food and watch some scary movies on Netflix.

Valentine’s Cupcakes

I spent a ton of time baking over the past few days, cookies and cupcakes for customers, plus some treats for my family. The first thing I made were some chocolate cupcakes with Swiss meringue buttercream.

If you have the time, patience, a hand mixer and a stand mixer, this frosting is THE BEST. It is light and perfectly balanced between buttery and sugary, plus it is really beautiful piped with a big star tip. I also made some small heart-shaped sugar cookies, which I decorated with my new pink glitter disco dust. I can get enough of this stuff – it is so pretty. I did some brighter pink ones too that I coated with hot pink sanding sugar.The recipe for the frosting can be found here, or in the Joy of Cooking (if you don’t have a copy, you should – it has everything). I’ll post more pictures of the cookies tomorrow – I made some really great ones.

Simple but Beautiful Christmas Cookies

I spent a lot of time decorating sugar cookies this week, and decided to experiment with some different techniques. I made these pretty little cookies that reminded me of boxwood wreaths, and the process was pretty simple.

First, I flooded the surface of small round sugar cookies with white royal icing. Then, while the white layer was still wet, I added a circle of small dots with dark green royal icing.Next I dragged the tip of a clean toothpick around the circle to spread the dots into each other.

So pretty!

No Sleep til Christmas

This week has been crazy busy getting a ton of stuff ready for Christmas. My biggest project was the Christmas cookies boxes that I made for my sister and aunts to give as teacher gifts from their kids.I made 30 of them, and there were 7 different treats inside.My favorite thing in the box was a chocolate chip cookie with a pretzel baked inside, packed in a glassine bag with a pretty little label.I was so happy to pack everything up in the pretty red boxes and send them off. I am frantically finishing up some last minute crafting, shopping, wrapping and baking, and looking forward to a very quiet and relaxing week once all this work is done.