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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Queens



 I don't even know where to start with this post... I have so many Cookiecon pictures to share! Between the people I met and the incredible cookies I saw, I'm a little overwhelmed. I'll have to do a post just chock full of pictures of everything, but in the mean time I want to share one of my sugar show submissions. This one was for the "anything goes" category. While this submission didn't win anything it's still my favorite set that I did! I recently stumbled upon this amazing artist. I literally love everything I've ever seen of hers and it's not often I can say that about someone! So I want to make it clear that the original artwork for this card set is not my own. And if you want to see some wicked awesome artwork go check out her page, her name is Brittney Lee

Here is the picture the first caught my eye:


 And I just thought...that would make such a cool cookie! Because isn't it totally normal that when I see something interesting I automatically start trying to translate it into icing? Well she is just so very much my style, I had to try! So here is my Queen of Spades cookie...

I had a lot of people asking me how I made them, and I did find one photo I took during the process:


 I didn't want the icing layers to end up too high so I painted on thinned icing as the background, and when it was dry I painted on the shading details. After that I just outlined and filled in the area I wanted raised... and here is the final result:


That was just about the worst "tutorial" ever written, but hey it's what I've got! Pretty much the rest of the details were hand painted. Some of which are hard to see because while I am pretty decent with an icing bag... I am not the best at photographing things. So... sorry about that.


What do you think? 


If she doesn't mind, I'll definitely be translating more of her work into icing!

I'll be back soon with my other show submission, and lots of other awesome things. In the meantime I'm giving away free cookies! So don't forget to enter!
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coming soon...

 
 
 
I just wanted to do a quick post to say that a real post is coming soon! I've had lots of new traffic (hello!) ever since the con and my most recent post was before my move (which is to say: way too long ago). Unlike most I'm still not home from Cookiecon yet but I'll be home this weekend with lots and lots of pictures! Until then... a peak at one of my Sugar Show entries...
 
 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

feathers and such


 First of all I have to say that these are some of my favorite cookies that I've made.
 I mean seriously... feathers! I'd never done them before, and to be honest it was hard finding a cutter for them (especially one that didn't look cartoon-y to me) so in the end I made my own. I didn't want to hand cut them because I had a lot to make...


These were for my friend Kelsey's wedding. She was doing a magpie theme so we went with a combination of feathers, footprints, and their initials.


She even had a cool font picked out for their initials. 


 I liked the addition of the footprints because the feathers and initials are bold, and the footprint cookies have a simpler feel to them.


A couple more of those feathers, just because I liked them so much... in fact I must have liked them, because they were packaged up in Valentino boxes. Because apparently I'm that fancy...


 And here they are at the wedding (I love seeing my cookies "in action", so to speak)



Monday, July 15, 2013

catching up


Life is busy - as always - so I've been neglecting this site. Although if you follow me on Instagram you'll know I haven't stopped baking! But I am way behind on pictures. Some of these will look familiar to those who do follow my Instagram, but not everything. Since this is a picture heavy post just click on the link at the bottom to see all of the pictures.  Ok no more talking, here is a brief view of some of  what I've been up to over the last 3 months or so (I'm saving a couple of my absolute favorites for posts of their own).


Sunday, April 21, 2013

tutus and leopard print


I'm getting so far behind in my posts! I have so many cookies I haven't posted, so I'm going to try  getting several short posts over the next week! These were for a baby shower, here is the invite...


I'm a sucker for girly themes - I just don't have enough pink in my life! Not with having 2 boys anyway. This zebra was one of my favorites...


And I got a lot of feedback when I posted the leopard print on instagram!


This little lion was another of my favorites, I love the leopard print in his mane!


I loved these zebra print cookies as well... with a name like Killer Zebras I feel like I should do more of this kind of thing but I really haven't done many animal prints! (so many possibilities there, I'll have to explore it more!)


And here are all of the characters... seriously I could never resist a combo of pink, tutus, and cute animals. So sweet!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

the best chocolate chip cookies


I've been baking all my life. I mean as long as I can remember! I still have this vivid memory of being maybe 6 or 7 and deciding I was going to make cookies. I pulled out one of my mom's recipes and the first direction was to "cream butter and sugar together". For the life of me I could not imagine what "creaming" meant. That was the first time I ever read a recipe on my own and no one had ever mentioned the term before! I went and knocked on her door and I remember yelling through her bedroom door (I think she was sleeping) "Mom what does it mean to cream butter and sugar!?"

Anyway.

When I was about 16 I decided that I had never had a chocolate chip cookie that was exactly the way I imagined one should be... so I decided I had better come up with one. Chocolate chip cookies are tricky... everyone has their own idea as to what makes one ideal. Is it chewy? Crunchy? Cake-like? Maybe dark chocolate or milk chocolate or with sea salt sprinkled on top? I spent years coming up with this recipe, and even then I still tweak it every so often. This is my most recent version, to which my husband has claimed is better than the recently famous NY Times chocolate chip cookie recipe. That's his opinion, but I'd love to hear yours!
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) dark brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
1  5.1 oz. pkg vanilla instant pudding
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups (240 grams) all purpose flour
1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
  1. cream butter and brown sugar
  2. add egg, milk, and vanilla. beat until fluffy
  3. add pudding mix, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. beat on med to med-high until fully incorporated and mixture if fluffy
  4. add flour all at once, beat on low until fully incorporated but but no more than necessary
  5. add chocolate chips and mix on low or by hand until chips are distributed evenly
  6. refrigerate dough for 3-4 days for best flavor, but feel free to cook them right away!
  7. shape into balls about golf ball size and bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes 
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I love the way these cookies look... if you look closely you can see the outside is almost crackly looking... these are chewy but they have a sort of crunch to them on the outside!

Some notes about this recipe... 

1. Do not use the "cook & serve" vanilla pudding mix instead of instant. One might think it wouldn't be that different... and one might end up with a very weird consistency of cookie that doesn't hold it's shape!
2. You don't have to use dark brown sugar, regular brown sugar is fine, but I find the stronger flavor very complimenting of this cookie. 
3. Some people like to sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on their cookie before baking... you are welcome to do what you want, but in my experience it doesn't go well with this particular recipe. 
4. Letting your dough sit for a few days can be hard... and it will certainly taste good if you bake it right away... but to me it is worth the wait. The flavors really develop and the consistency is smoother.
5. This is my personal preference - I like to make a double batch of this, let it sit a few days in the fridge, then roll it into balls and freeze them. Then you can just pop a few in the oven any time you want fresh cookies!


**I'd like to note that this is the third batch of cookies (and I make double the amount in the recipe!) I've made ever since deciding to put this recipe up! I had to make three batches because the cookies disappeared so fast I never had a chance to take any pictures!**


Matthew was very afraid of not getting one of these... so I promised him I'd set one aside for him but he was convinced that if it didn't have a note then it would get eaten anyway (he dictated exactly what the note should say so that there would be no...


Friday, March 22, 2013

free cookies anyone?



That's right - for those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post yesterday... I have had a few ideas in my head that I've wanted to play around with but I really don't need more cookies sitting around my house... because I will eat them! And I'm supposed to be losing this baby weight! So come enter my giveaway!

PS this giveaway ends Sunday night so be sure to do it soon!