Thursday, February 5, 2009

Yikes....Valentines Day is just one week away!

I made my first Valentines cookies this week. I just realized that the holiday is just nine days away. Yikes....how does each season and holiday seem to come faster and faster!

These cookies were made for packages that will be sent to our church's out-of-town college students.....sent by our senior adult group. I was so happy to make them to cheer everyone up. And my two oldest, Jill & Neil, will be in the list of recipients. :-))))))

I'm hoping to make cookies two more times next week to have plenty of cute hearts to share all around. :-)

I've been hanging out on CakeCentral these last few months and have gotten lots of great ideas for Valentines cookies from the awesome creators there. Check it out:
http://www.cakecentral.com/
The site is actually for cake decorators, but it has a little corner just for "cookiers" too, so I hang out in that little spot. ;-)

I fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it and was a bit stunned that I could actual emulate it and it look decent.....so I did lots of them. :-)

I'm very fond of these pink ones too.


Here's some miscellaneous ones that I hope to improve the next couple of times I decorate these hearts. I've grown very fond of the "stitched" look since I love quilts and country things.

Here's a cool swirly design with red and white edible glitter (which looks like little globs from the bad reflections in this pic....lol).


This is a kind of bizarre one I tried with black mixed with red and white. I'm not sure I like this one, so I put it in my "reject" pile.....meaning the family's cookies. Kyle gobbled it right up. :0)

Here's all the "acceptable" cookies (lol) packaged up and ready to go.


I can hardly wait to try them again next week for our Treat the Troops event. :-)

13 comments:

Jillian said...

These are so cute!! Is that done with all Sweet Annie's icing recipe? Do you just put the different colors on top of each other? How are different colors at the same level? Do you pipe all the icing on the cookies? Your help is appreciated!

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Jillian. Thanks for your kindness.

These particular cookies were only done with the Sugar Cookie Icing on Allrecipes.com that I have linked on my sidebar. I didn't use Sweet Annie's icing...but I usually do when I'm piping things on top.

All you do is pipe your background and then pipe all the details right on top of it while it's still wet and it all sinks down to one level. Cool, huh?

I did pipe all the icing on this time, but I'm learning that I can buy squeeze bottles with thinner icing and fill in the cookie once I outline it. I think that will make it a lot easier.

Glad to help. :-)

Trista said...

Wow! These are amazing. I have spent the last 30 minutes looking through your "journey". I think you have reached perfection with these valentine cookies. I can't wait to try them out. Does the sugar cookie icing get hard enough to individually wrap the cookies? Thanks so much for sharing your creations and tips!

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Trista,

Perfection....hardly....but it was very kind of you to say that. :-)

Yes, the sugar cookie icing gets "hard" enough for you to wrap them individually. However, make sure you let them dry for at least 24 hours before doing that. Even then, I try to "poof" the bag a little so that it is not sitting directly on the cookie right away, just in case. :-)

Jillian said...

Proof the bag? I'm sorry what is that? Does the icing still stay soft in the middle? Also how do you get the edges of your cookies to look so sharp? It almost looks like you cut them after they are baked...or is it the recipe you use? Any other tips you could give would be very appreciated!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to answer my questions...sorry there are so many! I am going to give these cookies a try today :)

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Jillian,

Where did you see "proof the bag"? I'm not sure what that means. lol

The icing sets, but it still has a bit of softness to it. The longer you let them set out (at least 24 hours), the less likely you are to mess up the icing.

I don't do anything special to the cookie edges.

I'm glad to help.

Jillian said...

Oh I'm sorry in your last post you said "poof" and my eyes read proof for some reason...sorry about that! Thanks again for your help

Rhonda said...

Your cookies are great!! I'm so glad I found your blog!! I will be back often!!

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Rhonda....it is wonderful to have you here. Thanks for your kind comments. :-)
Pam

Cirri said...

Hi, I´m impressed about your cookie decorations skills, congratulations, I found your blog in Bea´s blog, and now you are one of my fans. =)My name is Cirri, I´m from México City, and I love to decorate cookies too.Have a nice weekend.

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Cirri,

Thanks so much for your kindness. I'm glad you are a fan of my blog. I saw yours and love it too. :-) You do a beautiful job with your cookies. Keep up the great work.

Pam

CookieCrazieLady said...

Hi Jillian,

Where did you see "proof the bag"? I'm not sure what that means. lol

The icing sets, but it still has a bit of softness to it. The longer you let them set out (at least 24 hours), the less likely you are to mess up the icing.

I don't do anything special to the cookie edges.

I'm glad to help.

Jillian said...

Proof the bag? I'm sorry what is that? Does the icing still stay soft in the middle? Also how do you get the edges of your cookies to look so sharp? It almost looks like you cut them after they are baked...or is it the recipe you use? Any other tips you could give would be very appreciated!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to answer my questions...sorry there are so many! I am going to give these cookies a try today :)

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