September 15, 2015

Cookie Stamp and the Dough-Ez

Do you have one of those products that you just absolutely love? Well I now have two products that I absolutely love and honestly do not know how I have ever lived without them! 

Did you know that Dough-Ez is offering a FREE SHIPPING promo code? Now you do! Sit tight and I will share with you the link and promo code so you can get your very own Dough-Ez. You are really, really going to want this product.

First I want to introduce to you the cookie stamp from Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters on etsy and how I use my Dough-Ez to stamp the bottom of my cookies. It's so fun and easy. Other than Oreo cookies, who else has their name on a cookie :) Well I do now!!

Place your cookie dough in between the pastry mat. Remember with the Dough-Ez you do not need to add the extra flour to roll out your dough. **Quick disclaimer: if you have a "stickier" dough, you may want to add a light brushing of flour. Just a very small amount should do the trick.

The Dough-Ez kit does come with 6 guides to help you roll to your desired thickness. I have a Joseph and Joseph rolling pin (another favorite product of mine) that I prefer. But if you do not have a rolling pin with guides, these guide sticks are excellent!

Open one side of the pastry mat and notice how there is NO sticking! It's a miracle......really it is.

Use your cookie cutter and cut out your cookies right on your mat.

Lay the mat back over onto your cut cookies........

then flip your mat completely over.

You will now be looking at the bottom side of your cookies. THIS is where the cookie stamp comes into play.

Using your cookie stamp, gently press it into the dough and use a rocking motion for the impression.
See how clean it stamps!

Your cookies are now ready to bake.

Place the stamped side of the cookie onto your baking pan and bake as normal.

When the cookies have cooled, turn them over to reveal your very own name! Guess what else? You don't have to just have your name on a cookie. Nope! Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters even makes stamps that you could add your own sentiment. Words like "Thank You", "Baked Just for You".......etc. You can even get a stamp that tells what the flavor of the cookie is. An example would be just a simple stamp that says "vanilla"........."orange"........."lemon"..........well you get the idea.

Remember earlier when I was telling you about the promo code for free shipping with the Dough-Ez? Well let's make this easy okay? Just click here and add 1 to your cart. In the promo code use: trcookies and get free shipping!! How cool is that?

If you prefer to watch these products being used in video form, well of course I have that covered to.

Have you purchased the Dough-Ez yet? What do you love about it? What will you put on your cookie stamp? I'm dying to know!!

**The DoughEZ is an affiliate link, therefore I will be compensated for purchases made through this blog. Compensation = more cookie dough and supplies, so I can make more tutorials!!

May 01, 2015

Piping a Circle

I'm not sure about all of you, but piping a circle has to be one of the single most frustrating things ever. Is there a perfect circle? NO! Can you make it look like a perfect circle? Well, you can sure try.

I have heard where some people find it easiest to go counter clockwise with their icing. Then there are those that are able to achieve a circle by going clockwise. How about those that are able to master a turntable? Obviously I do not fall into any of these categories. So I thought I would show you how I do it.

For me the easiest way is to use Ateco 5457 12-Piece Stainless Steel Round Cutter Set, Plain like pictured below:

These cutters are my all time favorite!!

Piping a Circle

Begin by choosing a circle cutter of the size you need. Then center the cutter onto your cooled cookie. Later you get to see how I did not do a very good job centering this cutter :(

Using a scribe tool, go around the inside edge of the cutter to make a small impression. You could also use an edible marker. The main reason I use a scribe?  The icing seems to "fall" into the impression easily.

Brush off any excess crumbs to reveal your circle.

Using this circle as a guide, let your icing fall into the impression while piping.

Now flood your cookie, being careful not to add too much flood to the already piped line.

Using your scribe tool, push the icing towards any uncovered impression. It still might not be perfect, but with a little help from the scribe, all should be good.

As I said, no circle is perfect. But to make it appear as perfect as possible, try adding a beaded border.

This is about as good as it is going to get for me and circles. I sure wish I would have centered my cutter better!! But you get the idea, right?

You can see how I made this easy royal icing dogwood flower by visiting my youtube channel.

For those of you who would rather see this in video form, here you go:

Is there an easier way? I don't know, but if you do, please share!

April 27, 2015

How to Make Button Cookies and a Free Bag Topper

This past week someone asked if I could share how to make button cookies. I have never made button cookies before, but I had an idea floating around in my head and wanted to give it a try. Of course, once I started working on this project, I quickly discovered that my idea was not all that unique.

As always, I tried to put my own spin on these by adding a few designs to the cookies and creating a bag topper. I found the image on Wikimedia Commons and thought it was super adorable.

Just place your cookies into a ziplock bag and attach the bag topper using double sided tape. Regular size ziplock bags work great, but I personally love the snack size bags. Super cute!! If you would like to print or download these bag toppers, just click on the picture below:

Free Bag Topper

How to Make Button Cookies

Begin by dividing and coloring your dough in as many colors as you would like.

Roll each of the colors into two different thickness. I used 1/4" thickness and 1/16" thickness.

Using a set of Ateco 4845 Geometric Shape Cutter, Set of 24

cut out your shapes using the largest cutter from each shape, on your 1/4" rolled dough. Then use the medium or small cutter, whichever you prefer, and cut out the center.

Then using your 1/16" rolled dough, cut out the same medium or small cutter shape. Place this shape into the center of the cut design.

Using a Wilton tip #7 place the button holes.

Bake as normal.

To decorate, use stiff consistency icing to add the thread to the button holes. You can also add swirls and dots to the outer edge of the buttons.

You can use any cookie cutter you have and add some holes using the end of a brush, straw or piping tip. Buttons come in all shapes, colors and designs. Just have fun with it!