March 11, 2016

How to Use Cookie Dough with Molds

If you haven't guessed yet, I love all things cookie related. I mean ALL things! When I find something that I think can be used for cookies, I buy it. Sometimes I don't buy just one. Sometimes I feel the need to buy several. Okay, maybe more than several. But just in case my husband sees this..............we will stick with several.

This little big cookie obsession has led me onto another obsession........... silicone molds. That's right, molds.

Here is just a few from my collection:

Sometimes I even make my own!! Usually, I purchase my silicone molds from several different shops on etsy. All of the molds I purchase are food safe. So when you are searching for silicone molds, make sure your search for "food safe silicone molds". Mold's can be used for so many different things. I have used molds mainly for just marshmallow fondant and modeling chocolate. Not anymore!!!!!  Did you know you can use cookie dough with molds? Why yes you can.

I have been experimenting with my molds and cookie dough for a few months. My problem seemed to be that the dough never maintained the shape of the mold after baking. I would always loose most of the details.

A few days ago, I decided to start searching on how to prevent a cookie from spreading. One of the first blogs I came across, was one of the very first cookie blogs I followed.  Marian from Sweetopia.
She did a post on the Top 8 Tips on Preventing Cookies from Spreading. Make sure to read this post! She explains so much in these 8 tips.

Using a few of her tips, I was able to finally use my molds with cookie dough and bake without loosing the details.

How to Use Cookie Dough with Molds

1. No Baking Powder!! This is the one step that worried me the most. I am not a scientist, so I have no idea what baking powder does. All I know, is when a recipe calls for baking powder, I use it.

Here is what I discovered when I did not use baking powder:

  • It did not change the taste of the cookie (duh)
  • The cookie still remained soft (my preference)
  • There was very minimal spreading. Almost NONE!

2. When making your dough, try not to over mix the butter and sugar (creaming). Mix them until they just come together. Then slowly add the rest of  your ingredients. Again, trying not to over mix. Mix each ingredient until it is incorporated. Then stop!

3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking!

That's it! These three steps were the only steps that I did differently.

After making an entire batch of dough (remember, there is no flavor change and they still remain soft) following the steps above, grab a small amount to color.

Here is the flower mold that I decided to use. This mold has a little more detail than some of my other flower molds. With that in mind, I knew this was the mold I wanted to use in my little experiment.

Use a very small amount of flour and flour your mold (sorry, I forgot to take a picture). Then place the dough in the mold and press into the mold evenly.

Here is the flower as soon as I released it from the mold:

Place your creations in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then bake!

Here is a comparison:

Please tell me you are as excited as I am!

March 07, 2016

How to Create a Marbled Cookie

Last week I showed you how I like to decorate a cookie without icing. Today I wanted to give you another option for decorating without icing.

Please, please don't go hating me! I need want you to like me. I really love decorating with icing. I really do. I just prefer to eat a naked cookie. Plus, I'm all about decorating cookies with different options.

Here is a thought...........Maybe you are just starting out and you do not want to invest in some of the supplies needed for decorating with icing. You want to bake cookies, but you want a super fast, easy cookie that looks great and taste amazing! Well I have got you covered! Let me show you how to create a marbled cookie that requires no icing and taste amazing!

How to Create a Marbled Cookie

Supplies needed:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie dough.
  • Gel food coloring in your choice of color (I use Americolor)
  • cookie cutter 

Start off with a small amount of dough to color. I would say to take a golf ball size of the dough. (I will explain later why such a small amount is better.) 

Place a small amount of the gel coloring (I'm using Electric Pink) on a toothpick. Then drag the toothpick across the dough.

Start folding the color in with your fingers.

You do not want to completely combine the color with the dough. This is a good stopping place.

Roll out your dough to create the marbling effect.

Arrange your cutter over the part of the dough that created the most marbling.

Pictured below, you will notice the small amount of dough that I have left. This was perfect for me. The more you work the dough, the less of a marbling effect you will get. This is why it is best to start off with a small piece. I found that I was able to get 2-3 good marbled cookies out of a small handful of the dough. Of course this is going to depend on the size of the cookie cutter and the thickness you roll out your dough.

Here is another method for marbling dough:

On the right is dough that is colored with Regal Purple Americolor Gel. The left is just plain dough directly out of the mixing bowl.

Remember, start small.

Combine both together.

Be careful to not overwork the dough.

Roll out the dough to create a beautiful marbled look.

Cut out your cookies and bake!

This was probably my favorite marbled look!  I combined the dough that I had leftover from both the purple and the pink. Then added in a little of the plain dough.

It reminds me of a galaxy cookie!!

Now that you have the marbling down. Stay tuned for my next post. I can't wait to show you how I create flower cookies out of dough!

February 29, 2016

Decorating a Cookie Without Icing

It's been a while huh? I decided since it's been so long since we have talked, I would share something super easy. You know, kind of like a peace offering.

Remember last year when I let you in on a little secret? I thought it was time that I showed you another way I like decorating cookies without icing. Gasp!! I icing. Let us face the facts, it's way less calories right? Well if not, please let's just pretend.

Here are a few bonuses for decorating a cookie without icing:

  • less sugar = less calories (please don't burst my bubble)
  • super fast, like speedy fast
  • no 24 hour dry time before packaging

Now I am not one to play favorites with my cookies. I don't want to hurt their feelings. I LOVE decorating with icing. But I also LOVE decorating without. And give me a cookie? Yep, I'll eat it.

Let me show you how you can decorate a cookie without icing.

How to Decorate a Cookie Without Icing

The first thing you will want to do is color your cookie dough and bake those cookies. I created a great tutorial on coloring your dough. Or you can watch the video below. Hurry and go take a look.

I used Americolor Gel in Forest Green for the cookies pictured.

The only supplies you will need are:

  • baked and cooled cookie of your color preference
  • corn syrup
  • sanding sugar of your choice
  • brush used for food only

Brush (paint) a very light coat of corn syrup. I chose to only do the top portion of the pot of gold.

Using sanding sugar, sprinkle or pour the sugar directly over the cookie area where you brushed on the corn syrup. **Tip - Use a bowl underneath your cookie to catch the sanding sugar. This prevents the sugar from getting everywhere!

That's it!!! I know!!! Super quick and easy right? The corn syrup will dry. Actually it dries pretty quick when you are only using a thin coat. Give it an hour or less. The corn syrup on this cookie was dry to the touch in 15 minutes! Yes, I timed it.

Now comes a moment of clarity. After I was done with the above cookie, I thought "hey, lets airbrush the bottom". You do this to correct? Always thinking of something else you could of done, when you are finished.

Normally I would have airbrushed first, THEN added the corn syrup and sanding sugar. But guess what? It really didn't matter.

I used my Stencil Genie and a stencil I purchased from The Cookie Countess. I also used some new airbrush coloring called Dinky Doodle in White Matt, which you can purchase at The Cookie Countess. If you have never tried Dinky Doodle, you really need to. I seriously love this stuff. It dries the minute it hits the cookie!! If you do not have an airbrush, no worries. You can purchase Wilton's Color Mist. You should get the same results.

I really love the way this turned out! 

If you would like to see another cookie that I decorated without icing, you can watch the video below. This video shows how I color my dough AND how to decorate a cookie with no icing.