March 30, 2015

Unable to Sell Cookies

I wanted to take a quick break from some tutorials and offer some suggestions on what you can do if you are unable to sell your cookies. Even if you can sell your cookies, you may have a few extra's that are looking for a home.

I do not sell my cookies. I know, sad right? Illinois does have a cottage law and I have looked into every possible avenue in order for me to sell cookies.  But here is what I have discovered:  every county in Illinois handles this cottage law differently. At least that is what my county tells me. 

Even though I do not sell my cookies, I don't let it prevent me from doing what I love, and you shouldn't either! 

I want to share with you some ideas if you are unable to sell your edible creations. Now you can continue to do what you love. Even if you are just getting started and don't know what to do with all the creations your are making, these ideas will come in handy.

What to do if you are unable to sell your cookies or edible creations


Cookie swaps!!!! That's right, cookie swaps. Find a group of people that share your same passion and swap those cookies. These cookie swaps are so much fun. You are not only able to taste others recipes, you are able to see their decorating techniques. And here is an added bonus: I have formed some pretty amazing friendships during these cookie swaps.




Holidays and birthdays are another great way to practice your decorating skills. Your family will be so impressed! Take cookies or your edible creation to any event. It can be a cookout, holiday gathering, birthday gift, baby shower, baptism or anniversary. Just be warned, you will be expected to bring your creations to ALL upcoming events.




Organizations and Auctions are probably my favorite way of sharing my cookies. Cookies for iPads and the GOBO! Foundation are some of my all time favorites. Just go to their Facebook pages and make sure you "like". You will be able to see when the events are being held and donate.

But please do not limit yourself to just these two organizations. There are so many great causes out there. A lot of these organization have bake sales with items that are donated. Become someone who donates to these. Help them raise the funds they need.

Contact a church in your area and see if they are having a bake sale where you can donate your creations. Schools sometimes have "silent auctions" to help raise money. I was recently involved in a silent auction for someone who was in need of medical expenses. I donated a set of cookies to be auctioned. I can not begin to tell you how wonderful it makes you feel on the inside, to know that you have helped in some way.




Random Acts of Kindness is another of my favorites. There is always someone who needs an extra special something. Give someone a smile. I guarantee your creation will be the smile they needed that day :)




Thank you or a Just Because, can also be considered a Random Act of Kindness. Has someone done something kind for you and you don't know how to repay them? There is nothing that says "Thank you" more than something you created.



These are just a few of my ideas for being able to continue to create cookies and not being able to sell. Do you have any ideas you would like to share?



March 27, 2015

Using Frosting Sheets without a Printer

How many of you out there want to try frosting sheets, but do not want the added expense of buying a separate printer? Please don't get me wrong, I don't want to take away what awesome things you can create using printable images. Last year I made cookies for the Celebrate Life Project using my printer and frosting sheets. I shudder when I look at those cookies now.

I have seen some beautiful cookies using frosting sheets and a printer. But for some reason I always seem to have problems with my printer printing those beautiful images. So there it sits, unused. To top it off? I have several boxes of frosting sheets waiting to be used. 

Last week one of my youtube subscribers asked if you could use embossing folders for frosting sheets. WHAT?????? I NEVER would have thought of that!!! So I quickly decided to give it a try and share my results. 

Now before I go on, I have to say that I was feeling pretty lazy and did not want to make a batch of cookie dough for one cookie. This is where the Notta Cookie comes in handy!! Even if I did decide to make a batch of cookies for this project, this cookie would have taken me less than 30 seconds to decorate!! SCORE!!!




How to Use Frosting (Icing) Sheets without a Printer


Start out with some icing sheets. I purchased mine from Icing Images. You can purchase regular sheets, rectangle sheets or circle sheets. The circle sheet circles can come in sizes from 1.25" - 8". The one I am using for this project is a 3" circle.

You will also need an embossing folder. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure you can find them in any craft store in the paper isle. Just make sure that your embossing folder is used with food only. We don't want any cross-contaminiation going on. 



Peel the frosting (icing) sheet from the plastic backing (sorry for the blurry pictures).



Lay the frosting sheet inside the embossing folder.

Under the embossing folder place a Cook's Kitchen Non-Slip Utility Mat.  You can use this mat to prevent the plastic embossing folder from slipping around when you begin rolling. Otherwise, you may be chasing that plastic folder all over your counter or work surface.



Using a rolling pin and your super human strength, begin rolling on the top of the embossing folder. You will need to press and roll very firmly.




Open the embossing folder to reveal your impression :)







Use petal dust to really make that impression pop! I used Petal Dust Moss Green and Petal Dust Mushroom.







At this point you will need to pretend with me a little. Pretend this is a cookie that has been iced and completely dry okay?

You will need to brush the service of your dried royal icing with water. Notice the water droplets on my notta cookie? Just trying to keep it real here.




Place your icing sheet onto the wet service and press until it adheres.



To make sure your icing sheets edges do not lift, add a border to the side.



You can stop here, or you can add some extra details to the icing sheet itself.



These frosting sheets taste yummy and it's a super fast, easy way to decorate a beautiful cookie. All without using a printer.

You can also watch me use the embossing folder for this cookie on youtube!








Now if you will excuse me, I have some more embossing folders to buy!!!















March 23, 2015

Easy Easter Egg Decorated Cookies


I have been having a lot of fun lately with my edible markers. So I thought I would show you how I created these easy Easter egg cookies.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Cookies that have been flooded and completely dry
  • Edible Markers of any kind
  • paint brush (used with food only)
  • small bowl of water
  • Modeling Chocolate or fondant accents (optional)

How to Make Easy Easter Egg Decorated Cookies


Start with a cookie that has been flooded and completely dry.




Using an edible marker, draw a line wherever you wish to add color.




Dip your paint brush in water and wipe off excess on a paper towel. Begin blending the line with a slightly wet paint brush.

Continue this process for as many different colors as you would like your egg.








You can overlap your colors while blending. I really like the effect it creates.




Now you can totally stop here. But I decided to add a few more details. 

Using a black edible marker you can create stitches.






Add some buttons using fondant or modeling chocolate. I used this mold from Wilton.




You can use either corn syrup or royal icing to attach the buttons to the cookies.



Stiff royal icing can be used to add the "strings" on the buttons.








That's all there is to it. Fun right!?

Watch my youtube video for another version of this cookie. Speckled cookies anyone?