Valentine’s Day Cookie Boxes

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The past two evenings have been super busy as I’ve been baking up a storm over here! Β Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to:

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For the sugar cookie boxes I cut out 5 large hearts, and then used a smaller heart to cut out the middles of three of them. Once baked, I stacked them using royal icing and connected them to a base piece.

Sugar Cookie Treat Boxes

For the chocolates, I made peanut butter filled milk chocolate hearts, and peppermint filled dark chocolate hearts.

Valentine's Chocolates

And finally, my newest creation: cookie confetti! It’s a great way to use up cookie dough, and you only have to bake them for 5 minutes πŸ™‚

Cookie Confetti

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Valentines Day Treat Boxes

Sugar Cookie Confetti

What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?
I wanna hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand?Β 
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2013 Holiday Baking

I promise this is the final post in my 3 day posting binge! I had an extremely jam-packed holiday schedule this year (last year..?) and as a result, haven’t had time to write posts until now…as it is already two weeks into 2014 I figured I would just publish them all at once before it is too late! Don’t worry, knowing me, I probably won’t get around to another post for at least 2 months :).

The night that I finished writing my last exam, I started a baking marathon that involved 14 dozen sugar cookies for my Dad’s work. 14 dozen might not sound so bad (or maybe it does), but I can assure you this was a very time-consuming endeavor! Keep in mind I used a standard sized oven, and decorating was a multi-step process. In the end, the effort was worth it, as everything came together on time, and my “clients” were happy with the result!

On a whim I decided to make some last minute mini cupcakes on Christmas Eve. The flavours were chocolate and gingerbread, and the icing was ginger-cinnamon. Delicious! All of the toppers were made out of fondant and decorated with edible markers.

Christmas Mini Cupcakes

I also made 3 different kinds of chocolate bark this year: Peppermint, Dark chocolate with pistachio and cranberry, and milk chocolate with mango, papaya and coconut. I failed to temper the chocolate, so the bark was in perfect condition as long as it was in the fridge, but had some unfortunate blooming if left out at room temperature too long. Lesson learned!

Rubber Ducky Sugar Cookies

Last weekend I got to do some baking for a baby shower! For this task, I was very excited to be provided with an adorable duck-shaped cookie cutter. The little ducklings started out all yellow, but this seemed too boring so I added a few blue bubbles on the bottom of each one πŸ™‚

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I also got to make some chocolate cupcakes for this order, which I decorated with a swirl of yellow icing using a 2D tip, white nonpareils and sugar pearls. They were easy to make, and I am really happy with the way the turned out.DSCN6153-horz

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Robin Egg Sugar Cookies

Happy Easter everyone!

Unfortunately I have no cake or cupcakes to report following the long weekend, however I did manage to make these cute and easy cookies!

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To make your own Robin Egg Sugar Cookies, here’s what you will need:

  • 1 batch of sugar cookies, baked and cooled
  • 1 batch of royal icing, divided and tinted
  • squeeze bottles (or piping bags)
  • brown food colouring
  • clean paint brush
  • glove (optional, but very helpful!)

After the cookies have baked and cooled, divide and colour your icing. Water the icing down with water, until it is runny, but thick enough to hold its shape when squeezed/piped onto the cookies (this will be pretty obvious…the icing will either maintain a clean edge along the cookie or it will drip off of the side…if it drips, just return it to the bowl and add more icing sugar, until you get the right consistency).

Typical sugar cookie directions online will recommend piping an outline on the cookies first and then flooding with runnier icing…my cookie piping skills are amateur at best, so I just used a squeeze bottle to ice the entire cookie :).

Let the cookies dry for several hours or overnight, and then you can add the speckles! (you probably want to do this next part outside, unless you don’t mind brown speckles all over your kitchen).

Robin Egg Sugar Cookies

Mix a small amount of brown food colouring with a small amount of water. Dip the brush in the diluted food colouring, and flick the brush bristles using your index finger (just like the good old days of Kindergarten splatter painting!), until you are happy with the amount of speckle on your eggs. I used a medical glove for this step, so that I didn’t have one tanned finger :).

Let the speckles dry and you are ready to eat!

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Happy Easter!