Friday, July 29, 2016

CookieCrazie Chatter...... Friday, July 29, 2016


CookieCrazie's Week in Review


Personal Side

We're moving into the most exciting time of the Ukraine trip......
those last couple of weeks of prep and packing before we leave.
The anticipation is definitely the best part.
The time has come so quickly, and thus, I know the time we travel and work will fly by too.
So today is the day to enjoy and be thankful.
And thankful I am!

I finished some really cute chic autumn cookies last weekend.
My husband took them all to work this morning for their "birthday" day.
haha......His co-workers get random themed cookies all the time.
They don't seem to complain too much.

This weekend I am decorating 200 small round cookies for the Ukraine trip.
I have two simple designs in mind.
Stay tuned for photos and tutorials. :)
I always try to pick a very simple "unbreakable" shape for the trip cookies.
I have to bubble wrap them all and take them in my suitcase,
so I want to make sure they arrive in good condition.
My past experience has been very hopefully this time will comply with the norm.

I am trying to wrap my mind around the cooler weather in Ukraine when we are there.
My wardrobe will have to change dramatically for 15 days. haha
Then I come back here to the blazing hot end of summer weather.
But the fall will be just around the corner.
Oh how I love the coming seasons!


Instagram photos for this week:

Happy Friday!

Getting school supplies together.....

Happy Sunday!

Happy Tuesday!

Cherries Decorated Cookie Tutorial....

Have a frog-y good Thursday!

Lattice Cherry Pie Decorated Cookie Tutorial


Last CookieCrazie Chatter....

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lattice Cherry Pie Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

Let's continue with the cherry theme by making a lattice cherry pie.

The lattice portion of the pie is formed with cookie dough in a similar fashion as a real pie crust.
Sugar cookie dough can be a bit finicky to work with, so it may take more than one try to
roll it out (don't roll it too thin), cut long strips and weave those strips together as shown below.
Make the total weaved dough area bigger than the round cutter you are using for your "pie".

Cut the weaved dough with the round cutter and using a pancake turner,
carefully transfer it to the cookie sheet for baking.

You can decorate the baked weaved dough all by itself to represent a cherry pie,
or you can create a crust and base for the cherry pie.
I did both so you could see the difference.
Below is a base cookie on the right.
To make the crust, cut the same shape again, but use a smaller round cutter to cut out the center
(see bottom right cookie).
Carefully lay the "crust" on top of the base cookie before baking (top left cookie).

Once baked, it's time to add the "cherry pie filling". :)

For the base pie cookie with crust, fill the center with red icing.
(see photo below)

Place the weaved crust over the top of the base cookie,
and then add icing in between all the weaves.

If you are only going to decorate the weaved dough (and not have a base cookie underneath),
place it on parchment paper before adding red icing in between all the weaves.
This will catch all the icing the falls underneath the cookie, 
and allow for easy removal of the dried cookies from their surface.

Dry the cookies overnight.

Brush dry caramel luster dust over the crust to given it a "golden brown" look.

2016 Summer Decorated Cookie Collection

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cherries Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

Probably one of the best things about summer is all the available fresh fruit.
And cherries are top on my list of favorite summer fruits!

I was hoping to have a custom cutter for this shape (the photos show hand cut cookies),
but it didn't work out.
Here's a similar cherry cutter you could use for this design.

You'll need red, dark pink and green icings for this design.

Outline one of the cherries as seen below. While it is still wet,
add a dark pink swirl line around the stem attachment area and down one side of the cherry.

Wait about 15 minutes to add the second cherry.

Outline and flood the leaf and add a stem as shown below.
After the cherries have dried for approximately 1 hour,
use a cake tester to poke a hole where the stem will come out and 
make a line up to the top of the cherry for the stem to "lay" in.
(see photo below)

Allow the leaf to dry for about one hour, and use a cake tester to make vein lines as shown below.

Add stems to each of the cherries and join them to the leaf at the top of the cookie.
Add a small brown dot above the stems and leaves.
(see photo below)

2016 Summer Decorated Cookie Collection
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