February 25, 2015

Using Edible Markers on a Cookie

 I am sure by now, you are all aware of my love for stamping on cookies.  When Krista from Cookies with Character announced that her designs would be available through Whimsy Stamps, I could not wait to get my hands on one. Okay, so maybe I didn't get just one.

I want to show you how easy it is to create a beautiful cookie using a stamp and edible markers!

First you will need your image stamped onto your cookie. You can either check out my Stamping on a Cookie post or you can watch my YouTube video on Stamping on a Cookie.

Using Edible Markers on a Cookie

You will need a small bowl of water and whatever edible markers you have on hand. I just so happen to have an unhealthy amount of edible markers. For this project I chose FooDoodlers.

 Begin by making a few lines with your marker. Just a few, you really do not need to color with them.

Dip your paintbrush into water and wipe off as much water as you can on a paper towel. You just want your brush damp. With your damp brush, start blending your lines. It's really as easy as that. The water on the brush activates the marker, which makes it very easy to paint.

If you find that you have added to much water to your canvas cookie, use a dry brush to dab off the excess.

The more water you add helps to lighten the colors. Think of the water as an eraser. It really can be used to erase any mistakes.

If you are really good at blending, then this would be a perfect way to create dimension. I am still trying to get the hang of the whole blending and dimension thing.

On the bride, I added just a dot of pink for her cheek.........

then blended.

Here is a video if you would like to watch the process.

I hope you give this technique a try. I know you will love it!

Please check out all the stamps that are in Krista's Collection. If you're like me, you will have to have one of each.

February 20, 2015

Unfrosted and Un-iced Sugar Cookies

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I'm about to tell you a little secret. As much as I love decorating sugar cookies, I love to eat naked cookies. There, I said it. I LOVE naked cookies. I can have a dozen decorated sugar cookies sitting around and a few dozen undecorated hiding in the freezer. I will always go to the freezer to grab a cookie before grabbing one of the decorated ones. Please tell me I'm not alone here.

A few weeks ago, I seen a video on my Facebook feed that had my mind spinning with possibilities. The Rainbow Heart Cookies "Euginie Cookies" -Euginie Kitchen. Isn't that the coolest thing ever? So I decided to give it a try, putting my own little spin on it.

My favorite thing about these cookies are the fact that no icing or frosting of any kind are required. Which means, you don't have to wait for these cookies to dry before packaging. Just let them cool down and they are ready to go.

Since I do a small amount of cookies at a time, I always have leftover dough in my freezer. The rainbow portion of this cookie does not require a full batch of dough. Unless you are making a ton!

Coloring Cookie Dough

Start out with a small handful of your favorite flavored cookie dough. These just happen to be orange/cardamom flavored.

Add one drop of gel coloring. You can add more or less depending on the desired shade. If the color is darker than what you want, add more dough.

Using your hands, start folding and kneading until the color is completely incorporated into the dough.

You can do as many color combinations as you would like. I decided to stick with just four.

Rolling Your Dough Using the Dough-EZ

Using my Dough-EZ, I rolled each color to 1/4" thickness. Don't forget you can purchase your own Dough-EZ from the right sidebar of my blog. Make sure you use coupon code trcookies (all lower case) to receive $10 off through the month of February.

Place 1/4" guide sticks under the Dough-EZ mat.

Place dough on silicone mat.

Fold over the mat and start rolling. No guide rings on your rolling pin are needed!

Perfect thickness every time.

Rainbow Pattern Cookie

Once all your dough is rolled to 1/4" thickness. Use a knife and cut your dough into a rectangle or square. The one pictured is approximately 3" wide and 4" long. Trust me when I say this will be plenty.

Using your first square as a guide, cut your remaining colors of dough, stacking them one on top of the other.

When all your dough is cut, it will look like this:

Using a knife, cut your 3" x 4" square in half.

Place the half's together.

 Now you can begin slicing. I just eyeballed a 1/4".

Using any mini cutter you have on hand, press your cutter into your rainbow colored dough.
You can turn your cutter any direction you want, to create a different pattern.

Use a regular size cookie of your choice and cut out whatever mini cutter you are using for your rainbow design. (Did that make sense?) Sorry, forgot to take a picture of that!

Place your mini rainbow into the cut out portion. Then bake.

Just think of all the cookie designs you can come up with!! And they are pretty with NO ICING!!!

I must say, the chocolate cookie dough along with the orange/cardamom dough was the BOMB!! So not only can you mix up your flavors you can now mix up your dough flavors!!

If you will please excuse me now, I have a cookie to eat :)

February 16, 2015

Mixing up your Flavors

You know the old saying, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it"? Well I applied that to everything I did, even recipes. I soon realized that saying wasn't the case if I had a good sugar cookie recipe. Why couldn't I just change up the flavoring a little?

It's really no secret that I love chocolate cookies. My "go to" recipe has always been Lilaloa's. If you have never tried her End-All Chocolate Cookie recipe. Please do that now! This recipe is great just as it is. But a few years ago, I decided to add a few flavors. The result was fantastic!!! I'm sure you are dying to know the flavors that I used right? I would love to share that with you. Try adding 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (red) pepper to the recipe. Yes, that says cayenne (red) pepper. The cayenne gives it a little tiny bit of something extra special. It's one of those ingredients that people will be asking about. But the cayenne is an optional ingredient, just like the cinnamon.  Just adding those two simple ingredients sent me on a tailspin. So what did I do? I purchased all of these:

I have to admit that I have become a little obsessed with emulsions, extracts and oils. This is just a few I decided to show you. Please don't judge. 

So what I am trying to tell you here is, don't be afraid to mix up your flavors. If you have a great sugar cookie recipe that you use, just change the flavors. You will be pleasantly surprised. Here are a few combinations I have tried with my favorite sugar cookie recipe.
  • 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. orange
  • 1 tsp. lemon, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 3/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. orange, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 3/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. raspberry and 1 tsp. vanilla

Flavor Combinations for Sugar Cookies

Vanilla sugar cookie flavor combinations:

  • almond/raspberry
  • lemon/raspberry
  • lemon/vanilla and add crushed lemon drops
  • coconut/vanilla
  • coconut/lime
End-All Chocolate Cookie flavor combinations:

  • raspberry/vanilla
  • raspberry/almond
  • coconut/vanilla
  • add andes mint

As you can see, there are so many different flavors that I think would be very pleasing to the palate.

Have you tried mixing up your flavors with your favorite sugar cookie recipe? What flavors have you tried? I'm dying to know!!!