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Elegant Scroll Royal Icing Scrolls on a Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Elegant Scroll Royal Icing Scrolls on a Sugar Cookie

Royal icing decorative scrolls always grab your attention. Decorating dainty scrolls can transform any ordinary cookie or cake into a show stopping piece. This simple circle shape cookie has a new presence once the scrolls have been piped. Royal icing is the one medium that seems to intimidate a beginning (sometimes seasoned) cake/cookie decorator. However, with practice, time, and the willingness to fail and than learn from the mistakes you can be a wonderful royal icing artist. The Chandelier piped onto the cookie above is a series of “C” scrolls, with a little decorative...

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Lemon Meringue Tart Transformed into a Cookie

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Lemon Meringue Tart Transformed into a Cookie

Bobbie Bakes at 5th Avenue Cake Designs shared this enchanting lemon pie/tart tutorial. Just looking at the photos enticed my tastebuds, with those adorable royal icing blueberries, charming lemon slices decoratively placed on the meringue and encompassed with an icing crust. Tart cookies would be a wonderful desert to serve at a 4th of July picnic, easy to transport and one sugar cookie recipe would enable you to display a plethora of the lemon tart cookies! Surprise your friends and family by flavoring the cookies and icing with lemon. Now your cookies will not only look like mini lemon...

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Learn the Secrets to Painting Flowers on Icing

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Learn the Secrets to Painting Flowers on Icing

Edible painting is a wonderful cake decorating technique, that can be a relaxing artistic expression for clients and friends. However several of my readers have contacted me to let me know they are frustrated and although they think hand painted cookies (cakes are beautiful) they hate painting. I want everyone to be successful edible painters; therefore I have created a video tutorial breaking down the strokes and expelling how to achieve elegant painting without frustration. I will show you how to properly load your brush, the paint consistency, and how to use your brush to create several...

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Easter Basket with Royal Icing Needle Point

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Easter Basket with Royal Icing Needle Point

Needlepoint royal icing piping is a unique technique to take your sugar cookies or cakes (even cupcakes) to the next level. I adore the intricate piping skills that can be achieved with a cornet and nozzle. Although piping a needlepoint pattern onto a sugar cookie or cake is pretty straight forward it is time consuming. A detailed needlepoint royal icing cookie can take several hours to finish. The end result is a sensational work of art. Anikó Vargáné Orbán has amazing needlepoint royal icing work, visit here site ,I promise you will not be disappointed! With Easter just a about a month...

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Fondant and Royal Icing Frill Sugar Cookies for Easter

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

Fondant and Royal Icing Frill Sugar Cookies for Easter

Easter is just around the corner and every year I create special Easter baskets filled with custom cookies,candies, and other treats. I found this large egg cookie cutter and visioned an exquisite frilled sugar cookie with a light ombre effect. After applying the design I realized it resembled a Halcyon Day’s egg DF had given me yeas ago. (I collect them). My china cabinet has become a place of inspiration for cake decorating lately. Easter Sunday is April 20th, and will be here before you know it. I thought I would be fun to give an Easter tutorial to help inspire your creative...

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Brush Embroidery Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 4 comments

Brush Embroidery Tutorial

I thought it might be fun to learn a new method of brush embroidery..Victorian brush embroidery. Although the name sounds fancy the technique to create victorian brush embroidery is quite simple. Victorian brush embroidery generally is applied with two colours of royal icing to each petal. The embroidery is raised and lightly petal dusted or painted with petal dust for an elegant finish. This technique is prefect for special occasions such as bridal showers, wedding favors, and wedding cakes! I finished the cookies off with a few ivory tone vines for a delicate effect. Victorian Brush...

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Super Bowl XLVIII Game Time Treats

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Super Bowl XLVIII Game Time Treats

Tomorrow at 4:30 kick off will begin for Super Bowl XLVIII. Payton Manning and Russell Wilson will be face to face in New Jersey at the MetLife stadium (freezing there tush off). Unlike Super Bowl I, where The Green Bay Packer’s quarterback Bart Starr and The Kanas City  Chiefs quarter back Len Dawnson were face to face at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the temperature in Los Angles a balmy 79 degrees. For the past two weeks the news casters (on most channels) have talked about the freezing temperatures for tomorrow’s game and how the cold will affect each team. The wait is...

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New Year’s Haute Couture Cookies

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

New Year’s Haute Couture Cookies

Nicolas Jebran’s designs are cutting edge yet classic; his dresses flow with movement. Sydney and I were looking at his Winter 2014 collection when we both were drawn to the same dress, although neither Sydney nor I can purchase the dress for New Year’s Eve we can create an inspired fashion fondant and royal icing cookie. Fashion inspired cakes and cookies have become popular for weddings and other special occasions. In honor of both Nicolas Jebran and New Year’s eve I have prepared a video showing you how we recreated an inspired  Nicolas Jebran Haute Couture dress on a...

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Winter Wedding Cookies

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Winter Wedding Cookies

I was looking at cookie cutters when I am across Blossom’sWedding Cake – Roses Cookie Cutter & Stamp Set. I placed an order and waited for my cutters (plus a few other fun cake decorating materials). I baked a batch of the wedding cake cookies the night they arrived in the post! The stamp is pretty cool tool and I will show a tutorial on how to use it soon. Bobbie’s Almond Royal Icing: 907 grams / 2-pounds icing sugar 247 grams/ 2/3-cup egg white 1-teaspoon lemon juice 1/2-teaspoon almond extract or flavoring of choice 1-teaspooon lemon juice Prepare your mise en...

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Candle Lights On a Lactose-Free Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Gluten Free, Home, Products, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Candle Lights On a Lactose-Free Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie

I have been wanting to create a tutorial on the art of scroll piping with royal icing. It is easier to learn on a sugar cookie prior to an entire cake, piping an entire cake can take hours (even days depending on design and layers), while a cookie is not as time consuming.  The candle light cookie was inspired by Eddie Spence’s book The Art of Royal Icing: A Unique Guide to Cake Decoration by a World-class Tutor (this would be a delightful holiday gift). Bertolli contacted me early this month wondering if I might be interested in exploring baking with their extra light olive oil. I...

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Wet On Wet Royal Icing Poinsettia Tutorial

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Wet On Wet Royal Icing Poinsettia Tutorial

I wanted to share a quick royal icing technique, wet on wet. Wet on wet  is a method of using a royal icing constancy of 10-12 seconds to top outline, coat, and decorate your cookies  in a few minutes. For the poinsettia cookie above it literally took me 3.5 minutes to outline, cover, and decorate. Once the wet on wet method was finished I allowed the sugar cookie to dry for about 2 hours, piped a snails trail boarded, and  allowed the cookie to completely dry. The results are not only beautiful, but simple. Royal icing Fresh Egg Recipe:  907 grams / 2-pounds icing sugar 247 grams/...

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Learn How to Create A Gumpaste Bows on Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Card

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Gluten Free, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Learn How to Create A Gumpaste Bows on Gluten Free Sugar Cookies Card

I was asked by a friend if I could bake him a batch of gluten free sugar cookies. I have baked several pastries in the past that were gluten free (mostly bread and pastries), but I realized I had never tried to bake a batch of gluten free sugar cookies. I realized their must be a plethora of children who are unable to have gluten in their diet and would love to be able to receive decorated sugar cookies. I felt compelled to be able to devise a well decorated cookie as well as yummy and gluten free. I had been planning to  create Christmas Sugar Cookie Cards decorated with royal icing brush...

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Poinsettia Brush Embroidery Sugar Cookie Card

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Poinsettia Brush Embroidery Sugar Cookie Card

I wanted to compose a unique Christmas video tutorial to start the holidays off with you. Sugar  cookie christmas cards seemed to “fit the bill.” Who wouldn’t want a sugar cookie card? It is edible, personally designed for a special person in your life. This past Valentine’s Day I created sugar cookie cards tutorial, it was amazing to see each recipient’s eyes dance as they opened the gift box with the sugar cookie card inside. The possibilities to sugar cookie cards are endless. You could place your own unique words inside the card with the aid of Icing...

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Airbrushed Sugar Cookie Oak Leaves

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

Airbrushed Sugar Cookie Oak Leaves

With Autumn fully here I decided it might be fun to create some sugar cookie oak leaves with autumn colours. An airbrush is a wonderful method for cake decorating fondant or royal icing. With the airbrush method you have the option to layer a multitude of colors and give a realistic look. The oak leaves have four colours yellow,green, orange, and gold. each colour is visible and subtle, just like a an autumn leaf in nature. This is a continuation of edible airbrush techniques from the Airbrushed Cornucopia Sugar Cookies Tutorial.  In the cornucopia tutorial, I showed how you can add...

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Airbrushed Cornucopia Sugar Cookies Tutorial

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Home, Tutorials, Videos | 2 comments

Airbrushed Cornucopia Sugar Cookies Tutorial

I wanted to create cornucopia sugar cookies for edible place cards on our Thanksgiving table; only I found I did not own a cornucopia cookie cutter. I wasn’t going to let that stop me I went into my cookie cutter storage drawers and found two cookie cutters to design DIY cornucopia sugar cookie. I used a witches hat and circle cookie cutter. I couldn’t be sure if my idea would work, I needed a trial run. Besides it was time to send a care package to Sydney and I knew she would find these cornucopia cookies adorable. Once the cornucopias were baked and cooled I covered them in...

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Learn Designer Fondant Ruching on a Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Learn Designer Fondant Ruching on a Sugar Cookie

Fondant fabric techniques have become brilliantly  popular in the past few years and ruching is no exception. Ruching is a French term which means to gather, ruffle, or pleat; the term is a sewing technique in which fabric or ribbon is gathered in a repeating pattern to form ruffles, scallops, or petals. Ruching also happens to be an extremely fun technique to recreate with fondant. I have designed  two separate ruching techniques that resembles Haute-Couture dresses, and both approaches can be created on cakes and cupcakes as well. This past weekend Sydney was surfing on Pinterest and...

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Fondant Bamboo Sugar Cookie and Flowerpaste Asian Orchid Spray Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Spray, Tutorials | 6 comments

Fondant Bamboo Sugar Cookie and Flowerpaste Asian Orchid Spray Tutorial

For quite sometime I have been waiting to create a bamboo framed sugar cookie with Spathoglottis orchids, better known as Asian Ground Orchids.  I had promised Sydney I would wait for her to come home in order for us to design the sugar cookie frames together. She has a love affair with orchids and had seen Asian ground orchids in a photo with a friend in Sri Lanka. I had originally placed  five orchids in a Mariposa lily spray, however we have received several requests asking to show a Asian Orchid tutorial. All orchids are similar in design, each orchid consists of an anther, throat, two...

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Roses From Piping to Full Blown Sugar Paste Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 0 comments

Roses From Piping to Full Blown Sugar Paste Tutorial

While preparing fondant covered sugar cookies to send to Sydney I realized there are several mediums, in cake decorating, for creating decorative roses. From easy and fast rosettes, piped royal icing roses, gumpaste fabric roses, to full blown sugar paste roses. All of these techniques are beautiful on cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and sugar paste sprays to keep forever. The plaque sugar cookies above become an extra special favor with the addition of piped royal icing roses and leaves. The piped royal icing roses would be also be stunning on a cake or cupcakes as a border. Rose flavored cupcakes...

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Fondant Linen Sugar Cookie Dress Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Fondant Linen Sugar Cookie Dress Tutorial

A fashionable 3-D fabric fondant sugar cookie dress!

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Romantic-Vintage Royal Icing and Fondant 3-D Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Products, Tutorials | 7 comments

Romantic-Vintage Royal Icing and Fondant 3-D Sugar Cookies

I was organizing my cookie cutters, and I came across a beautiful copper corset cookie cutter Sydney had given last summer. I couldn’t believe I had not used it yet. Since Sydney loves fondant I covered them in strawberry flavored and mocha-cinnamon fondant, from Fondarific. The decorative details are piped in royal icing. While  Sydney and I were FaceTiming she suggested they would look best 3-D on a fondant molded stand with royal icing string work. Corset Sugar Cookies: Equipment: Corset cookie cutters Square cookie cutters Jewel mold PME icing bag stand Fondant smoothers Fondant...

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3-D Ruffled Ombre Dress Sugar Cookie

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Products, Tutorials | 12 comments

3-D Ruffled Ombre Dress Sugar Cookie

I have been watching General Hospital for 48 of the 50 years it has aired on ABC, my grandma and I would await for every new adventure each day at 2:00 pm CT. I skipped school on November 17th 1981 to watch Luke and Laura”s wedding, I actually missed a few more days leading up to the event. I cried in 1994 when Maxie Jones needed a heart transplant; her recipient being her cousin BJ and again in 1995 when Stone Cates died. I inadvertently turned Sydney, my daughter, into a GH fan in 2006 when Luke remarried Laura on their 25th wedding anniversary. This past week in half General Hospital...

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Victorian Two Tone Brush Embroidery

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, featured, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

Victorian Two Tone Brush Embroidery

I was showing Sydney a two tone royal icing brush embroidery (that is a mouthful), and she thought the cookies would be a wonderful dessert to create for Mother’s Day. I must say I agree,  the cookies would look exquisite in a clear top box with a blush pink ribbon. In fact I am planning on remaking the exact cookies for my  99 year old grandmother, she taught me my early culinary skills. I can remember when I was in college my grandma would send me care packages of treats. The treats, I admit, did not last long in my dorm or sorority house! I find it apropos  I am sending care...

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Vintage Easter Basket

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 0 comments

Vintage Easter Basket

It was wonderful having Sydney baking and decorating with me this past week, however I admit saying goodbye has become harder as she visits more often. I began realizing our relationship will be a series of visits and goodbyes. She loves living in D.C. and will probably go to graduate school at George Washington University. I am happy to see her become a self assured adult able to live on her own, but I would be lying to myself if I didn’t also admit each time she leaves I have this empty feeling (my heart hurts). While she was here we were able to bake and design a plethora of...

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Easter Egg Cookie

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 9 comments

Easter Egg Cookie

I was inspired to create a sugar cookie with frills from a Craftsy video and a beautiful fluted egg cookie cutter I purchased at Copper Gifts. The design is a collaboration between Sydney and myself, we wanted something different and frills seemed perfect. The fondant is a monochromatic pink-purple color as are the frilled wrapped roses. To add an elegant touch we subtly colored the edges of the frills with antique gold lustre. While frilling the section Sydney thought this would be a fun project to create with your children. For a complete step by step tutorial      What at least 2...

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Valentine Sugar Cookie Card

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Home, Tutorials | 4 comments

Valentine Sugar Cookie Card

Every year D.F. romantically buys a dozen roses and chooses a card in which he meticulously underlines the words he feels is a representations of his feelings for me. He buys Sydney sweet cards for an daughter and 2 roses as well. This year I thought I would create an edible Valentine’s card for him, and  for Sydney (I am sending most of the cookie cards to her & her roommates). While the sugar cookie dough was chilling I began to design the look for the cookie cards; royal icing brush embroidery kept creepy it’s way into my brain. The look is elegant, romantic, and...

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Holiday Baking: Fondant Kitchen Mixer Fun

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Family Hour, Tutorials | 14 comments

Holiday Baking: Fondant Kitchen Mixer Fun

With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching  Sydney and I thought it would be adorable to create some treats of baking essentials. Over the summer I had found an awareness ribbon cookie cutter for pinktober, and I  just happened to come across a kitchenaid cutter with inset and a matching rollin pin cutter. Bonus they are all handmade copper cookie cutters, and will last a life time, (you can find the cutters here!) Sydney’s palate is addicted to fondant so we decided the mixer cookies would be completely decorated with fondant. I used my kitchenaid professional 600...

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Pinktober, Ribbons of Hope

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Cookies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Pinktober, Ribbons of Hope

The month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and most states, cities, and towns decorate the highways, buildings, and universities in calming pink ribbons, but breast cancer is the furthest thing from calming. We as a caring society need to do whatever it takes to assure the women in our lives have a mammography; one of my closest friends, AL, saved her own life by her persistence to have a mammography, at age 32, after finding a lump. I remember the day AL was given the horrifying news that her test was positive. (Medical tests are the only tests where positive is bad news)....

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Pansy Garden

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Candies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 6 comments

Pansy Garden

I had been waiting to experiment with a technique I had read about, but had not had the opportunity  to work with, when Sydney and I were approached to create an edible party favor for a six year old’s birthday. The birthday theme was pansies. Lighting bolt: what could be more perfect than a pansy garden, a sugar cookie pansy garden? With bright beautiful colors and the elegant simplicity of pansies, the cookie blooms into an eye catching delight! The technique requires working with two or more colored icings in one pastry bag, placing the colors strategically in a specific order to...

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Butterfly Lavender Cupcakes, Two Kind of Techniques

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Candies, Cookies and brownies, Tutorials | 7 comments

Butterfly Lavender Cupcakes, Two Kind of Techniques

I seem to find myself in a more relaxed state during the long warm summer months. Sydney and I find time to lay in the sun and catch up on our lives. Although we are blessed to work together with an “occasional” lunch, Sydney’s life is busy with friends and preparing herself to transfer across the country to another university, and I am busy preparing pastry classes and scheduling our clients. The alluring sunshine with summer sounds of a light breeze blowing through the grass and butterflies fluttering on aromatic flowers propels my senses to relax and take a a break. While...

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Ladybug Sugar Cookies, For Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 0 comments

Ladybug Sugar Cookies, For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has a plethora of meanings to many people, for me it is about being a mother. I question from time to time if I was and am a productive mother, with mistakes and all. I find myself looking through old photographs and memories, hoping Sydney felt and still feels love and safety through her life. I remember Sydney’s third mother’s day, she asked me when was Children”s Day. To which my reply was everyday, of course I knew she meant a special day set aside for children. From the moment she was first placed in my arms we had a special connection; of course...

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Vanilla-Yuzu Whoopie Pie

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, x | 6 comments

Vanilla-Yuzu Whoopie Pie

I was in Starbucks grabbing a green tea grande, and saw they started selling whoopie pies shaped like French Madeleines with buttercream in the middle. I was inspired to bake up my own whoopie pie, however I just could not shape it like a French Madeleine. So as I was saying I felt compelled to bake a batch of whoopie pies; I couldn’t decide on flavor, Sydney thought vanilla bean with a tart yuzu crème frâche filling would be good. Yuzu is an amazing flavor it is tart, but unlike a lemon or lime. The amazing fruit originates in Japan, it is small and  yellow with a huge seed in the...

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Almond Sugar Cherry Blossom and Rose Cookies

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, x | 10 comments

Almond Sugar Cherry Blossom and Rose Cookies

Sydney and I were asked by a special friend if we would cater a wedding shower for his fiancé, Carrie. I’ve met Carrie a handful of times, but felt we needed a girls night, in order for Sydney and I to really have the chance to know her, by the way she is a lovely person. We felt honored to be apart of her special time. She wants a luncheon with two entree choices, sides, and a large dessert table. Carrie had mentioned that cherry blossoms were very intriguing to her. Since this was more of a girl’s night I scheduled a date to talk in more detail about the shower. Sydney was...

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, x | 6 comments

Triple Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies

Anyone who has children is familiar with the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” well DF, my husband is a mirror of that little mouse when it comes to chocolate cookies. His absolute favorite cookie is a soft triple chocolate chip cookie, to cut some of the chocolate I add macadamia nuts and ivory chunks. Sydney caught him on Saturday having quite a few for breakfast; she tried to explain nutritionally triple chocolate chunk cookies might not be the best choice. I was around the corner and busted out laughing, my almost 20 year old daughter is expelling to her father how to have...

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Macadamia Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie-Cake

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, featured, Home, x | 8 comments

Macadamia Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie-Cake

Wow, I think this is the longest amount of time I have been away from my blog. Sydney utilized her spring break to visit the colleges she wants to transfer to, NYU, Goerge Washington University, and Georgetown University. I never knew visiting three colleges in two states could be as excited and exhausting as it was. I had intended on writing an article during our down time; however we really did not have any down time. It had been a very long time since I visited our nation’s capital, the feeling of pride and patriotism was almost overwhelming! We lucked out on the weather, which was...

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Brownie Boats

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 2 comments

Brownie Boats

Every once in a while I’ll have an idea, that mesomorphs into another design. Sydney and I thought brownie bites would be a perfect snack for a party or school lunch; we placed the batter in a flexipan half- sphere. Once the brownies were finished baking we realized the half-sphere shape was bigger than we originally thought. Coincidently we had been working with fondant and began turning the scrapes into character chickens; I thought they might be adorable in the brownies. Sydney called them brownie boats; she thought the baby chicks looked as if they were going for a brownie...

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Almond Marshmallow Meringue; for the Oscars

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Gluten Free, Home, x | 3 comments

Almond Marshmallow Meringue; for the Oscars

The 84th Annual Oscars, Academy Awards  began this evening at 5:30 PST, Billy Crystal is hosting for the 9th time.. anything is possible. In 1992 he surprised us all as Hannibal Lecter going as far as shaking hands with Anthony Hopkins still in Dr.Lecter’s mask and inviting Sir Hopkins to “dinner.” His grand Titanic entrance in 1998; 2000 Oscars “What are the stars thinking?”, and 2004 the year of Lord of the Rings too many parody’s to write. Not only will the Academy be entertainingly funny, but the Academy will be hosted with class and respect.  Sydney...

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Decant Brownies, Just Having Some Fun

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 4 comments

Decant Brownies, Just Having Some Fun

Brownies, almost everyone loves them and DF probably more than most. Sydney and I were feeling  a little mischievous today and decided to play around with brownies. We cut them in 1 1/2-circles, placed them on a stick and glazed them with a decant ivory chocolate, colored red. DF simply went crazy for our brownie pops. Decant Chocolate Brownies: Adapted from the Soho Charcuterie cookbook   453 gram/1 ¾-cup unsalted butter 453 grams/ 2 2/3 bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine 170 grams/ ¾-cup white chocolate chunks 170 grams/ ¾-cup semisweet chocolate, cut mini size 300 grams/ about6...

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Sugar Cookie Dress For the Oscars, The Joke is on Me

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 3 comments

Sugar Cookie Dress For the Oscars, The Joke is on Me

It would seem the Oscars forgot Leonardo DiCaprio’s nomination and my invitation again. I was sure after last year’s Tuxedo Mousse Cake lost invitation the Academy would have taken extra precautions to ensure my invitation would arrive. With only twenty two days left to the Oscars it is time to realize The Academy has over looked me and once again over looked Mr. Dicaprio’s wonderful portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover; I suppose I am in excellent company. It is a shame I spent days working on two wonderful dresses; I wouldn’t want to wear the same dress as Meryl Streep or...

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“Masquerade Paper Faces on Parade,” Mask Almond Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 1 comment

“Masquerade Paper Faces on Parade,” Mask Almond Sugar Cookies

I have a friend/client who every year hosts a Mardi Gras Party; this year she wanted a change to refresh the party, and asked Sydney and I if we could put a few ideas together. The Phantom of the Opera was both mine and Sydney’s first thought, and we began discussing an array of ideas. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of  the Opera has magical mystic to his operatic play; that leaves a lasting impression to the audience. We started envisioning a party in which the guests would have a similar experience. Sydney and I began designing invitations that were shaped like masks and...

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How to Decorate Champagne Sugar Cookies and Roses

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 0 comments

How to Decorate Champagne Sugar Cookies and Roses

I must admit Sydney and I are once again writing a post at 1:00 am; we must sub-conscientiously  enjoy the hour. Yesterday I explained the romantic and loving memory that  The Champagne Sugar Cookies  represents for both Sydney and myself. We actually began planning how we would decorate our individual bottles and glasses; when it dawned upon me anyone in a relationship would have a bottle of wine or champagne (with or without alcohol ) representing a heart felt experience . Here is how we decorated our glasses and bottles. Champagne and Roses Sugar Cookie Royal Icing  with Fresh Egg...

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Champagne and Roses Sugar Cookies; A Sweet Romantic Treat

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 2 comments

Champagne and Roses Sugar Cookies; A Sweet Romantic Treat

With Valentine’s Day just a month away, Sydney and I found ourselves discussing what our version of a romantic night would be. We both agreed a nice bottle of champagne with raspberries in the glass was a nice start. Both both of us have had the opportunity to indulge in our favorite champagne with a special person. I was completely blown away: as we were confining to each other I realized we had describe almost identical versions. The brands of champagne  were different. DF for the past 25 years has bought home a bottle of  Belle Epoque. Our introduction to this prodigious...

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“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Have Some Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 0 comments

“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Have Some Gingerbread Cookies

There is something about the crisp clean snow and the smell of warm gingerbread cookies baking in the oven that screams the holidays are here. The week after Thanksgiving is when Sydney and I start the gingerbread baking; hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies warm you from inside even on the coldest days. This week Colorado’s temperature dipped below zero, the snow began to fall early.  Each morning DF, Sydney, and I piled on layers of sweaters, coats, and gloves, with the hope that the snow will last through Christmas, except of course get warmer than it is now. While decorating our...

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Sweet Dreams of Mini Pumpkin Pillows

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home | 4 comments

Sweet Dreams of Mini Pumpkin Pillows

I have been dining daily for lunch at “Sushi Den” for over twenty years, through the years I have become friends with some of the staff. Sydney and I bring them treats to show our gratitude. About two years ago, Travis, a server at Sushi Den, asked if we could bake pumpkin cookies. We both answered in unison “yes.” I proceeded to ask what type of pumpkin cookie did he like. We both were taken back by his answer: “I don’t like pumpkin.” Puzzled I asked why he wanted to know if we could bake a batch of pumpkin cookies, if pumpkin was not a flavor he...

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Sugar Cookies, Baked This Way part 11

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 1 comment

Sugar Cookies, Baked This Way part 11

When we left off Sydney and I had created a satire for the baking sugar cookies; I promise my singing is finished. Time to talk about the processes of decorating sugar cookies. Once the cookies have completely cooled, we can begin to to outline the cookie. The outline has two purposes, first is to define the shape (in this case Halloween cookies) and secondly to hold the flooding color from dripping all over the cookie. There are a few steps to prepare for outlining, decide what product will be used for the cookies, sprinkles (which could be added prior to baking) fondant or icing sugar. I...

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Sugar Cookies, Baked This Way- Part 1

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 3 comments

Sugar Cookies, Baked This Way- Part 1

In the kitchen, baker always working on something, till I talked to Sydney and she said “bake this way.” She said “you haven’t tasted anything till you taste my sugar cookies.” Than your sure to be changing your dough. So I tried her sugar cookies, Oh I wish you could smell them, Cause the best taste about them were the almond and the lemon and it Only started with a little taste, Like this. Sugar and butter creaming away. Adding an egg and extract. Singing “yummy, yummy,” with your palate dancing. Like you haven’t had sugar cookies like this...

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Mother’s Day Shortbread, Edible Serving No Dish Washing!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 15 comments

Mother’s Day Shortbread, Edible Serving No Dish Washing!

Eggs on a Spoon with White Frâiche Oatmeal The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com! Mother Day is may 8th straight on the heels of my birthday, generally it is the Sunday of the week of my birthday, unless my day falls on a Sunday. Why even mention my birthday at all for a Daring Baker, I also...

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Just a Spoonful of Lemon Meringue, No Medicine Required

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 11 comments

Just a Spoonful of Lemon Meringue, No Medicine Required

Lemon Meringue Spoons!! Time flies by so quickly, it has already been over year since Sydney and I took our mother-daughter vacation to Paris. Its April, the first week has almost past, and Easter is just around the corner. Speaking of Easter Sydney and I have been trying to compose an Easter Dinner for family and friends, we have tested and eaten quite a few recipes and treats (no complaining here). Most of the celebration menu is filled with DF’s and Sydney’s favorite foods, but this year I insisted on a lemon pie or tart. My favorite flavor of all time is lemon; I have been...

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Just A Few Notes on a Card

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home | 9 comments

Just A Few Notes on a Card

Not long ago Sydney was looking through some “old” family pictures and letters. Yes, there was a time when pictures were printed on photo paper. While she was laughing at my high school yearbook picture, she found a family envelope filled with partial recipes. My husband’s grandmother wrote scribbles of family recipes on napkins, torn pieces of papers, the back of receipts, etc. When DF and I were married she gave them to me; I distinctly remember thinking one day I would ask her if she knew about the missing pieces of the recipes. I filed them with all the family mementos,...

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Mini Panna Cotta Bombes

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, Mousses and Pudding, x | 14 comments

Mini Panna Cotta Bombes

Mini Panna Cotta Bombes I always look forward to the first of the month, I know there will be a new Daring Baker’s challenge. The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies. Not only was this challenge  convivial, but it ended up saving Sydney’s reputation in her super club. She is apart of a monthly super club with her university buddies. This month she was responsible for the dessert course, but she had two major...

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A Birthday Gift: Tangy Rose-Vanilla Bean- Panna Cotta with Red Current Coulis Gel

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, Mousses and Pudding, x | 15 comments

A Birthday Gift: Tangy Rose-Vanilla Bean- Panna Cotta with Red Current Coulis Gel

PANNA COTTA BOMBE My sister’s birthday is this week, actually it falls on the heels of Valentine’s Day. Generally the people in her life combine the two events, it has become a yearly tradition that Sydney and I  create a special pastry for her birthday. This year Sydney and I chose a comfort dessert: Rose-Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with a Red Currant jelled Coulis. Tush, that truly is her nickname. (Sydney started calling her “Tush” from the age of two and it just stuck). As I was saying Tush loves anything vanilla flavored, I thought why not turn the panna cotta into...

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