Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Heat Gun....Part 2.....And Christmas Cookies!

I just realized I had taken some additional cookie photos specifically to share about details on the heat gun....thus Part 2.

One thing I learned pretty quickly this last week about the heat gun.....you need to dry the cookie right after adding the icing.......BUT.....don't move the heat gun in sweeping motion too quickly over the cookie. The wet icing can be moved in waves, and it is NOT pretty.

Gasp......gingerbread men with wrinkles. :(


 Here's a pic to show you how you can do the same to all cookies and still a get a different result. I dried all of these holly berries equally. Most had no craters, but a few did. Go figure!

Here's one of the main reasons I love the heat gun......those snowmen squares would have been full of craters had I no dried them with the gun.


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One of my dream cookie orders this month......make a bunch of quilted squares heavy in red. Yippee......I equated that to a patchwork Christmas quilt!!!

I loved how those little squares looked in the box all piled together. :)

And finally......one of my most favorite Christmas tree cutters.....from Ecrandal HERE.  These cookies are over 7" tall. (Oh....and note to self......extra large cookies take lots of extra large time to decorate. ha ha)

I'm sure you all are busy busy busy getting ready for Christmas. Me too. I have a pile of cookies to decorate today.....and then I will done decorating for 2011. I've decided to make next week completely free of cookie decorating. I have to admit, these last few weeks have taken their toll. I'm a bit burned out. But next week is my birthday week.....so I plan to do lots of other fun things to rejuvenate and get ready for 2012. :)

Happy baking, preparing, and planning for such a wonderful time of year.....

Heat Gun: Part 1

28 comments:

Carrolls Cookies said...

Beautiful cookies, Pam. Enjoy your week off and happy birthday!

Anita Cristina said...

These are awesome. You must have all the patience in the world. Amazing cookies. Happy birthday.

The Plaid Cookie said...

These all look awesome Pam.  I love the quilted ones so much. Enjoy your birthday...mine was this month as well. Celebrated in amongst all the scurry of Christmas orders. :) Enjoy the break.

Christina Fox said...

You cookies are always absolutely gorgeous! I always look forward to seeing what cookies you will make next. I love the quilt cookies! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sue said...

those quilt cookies are adorable.

Anne Yorks said...

I just love your cookie craziness and creativity! Your decorating just makes me smile!!

Shannan Selsor said...

Thank you SO much for the info about the heat gun.  I also do cookies with corn syrup icing and have had a horrible time with craters, but just assummed it was "operator error".  I'm going to give this a try...after Christmas...;).  Thanks for your willingness to share what you do with all of us. Your cookies are beautiful!  

Stacey said...

OMG Pam Ill bet you had fun. I know you love those quilting patterns and rightfully so. You did a fabulousjob as usual. I hada quick question and it may be hard to answer because you may have done thisaheadof time or had it on hand. So I looked at all 30 cookies. you used 2 shades of red2 of green also white. So if say I wanted to make 30 cookies with all those colors you used. How many batches of frosting is that?? or how many recipes of frosting for that many colors  broken up after making the naked icing. I hope  Iam making sense here. LOL!!!!! Im not making these cookies cause Im not wuirte near as good as you are . Not closeyet. but Im am just trying to get a general idea of quantities when amking batches of icing if you have to break up into say 5 colors of any pallete. I hope you havea joyous Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful gifts you give us each week a place to come to and learn and grow our passion. You are too kind. Best,Stacey M.

Stacey said...

what is up with those weird words  I typed above?? Wuirte??/ what the stink is that? Im crazy. somehow that was typed instead of anywhere Maybe it translated from google or something. PFTTT .Nope its my crazy typing. Thoughtthat was funny when I went back to read my comment. Please excuse the typing errors. I hope I can still be a suscriber/ LOL!!!! Thanks for putting up with the errors. !!! bestto you Pam Stacey M.

Debbie Roberts said...

How do you get such a glossy look on your icing??  When my icing dries it has more of a matte finish,\.

cookiecrazielady said...

Stacey.......I actually did 150 of these cookies. I'm sure it was just one batch of icing (2 lb powdered sugar).

cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Debbie. I usually take my photos when the icing is still wet.....so that's why there is extra shine. But the heat gun adds a little shine to the dried icing too. Merry Christmas to you!

Anne said...

Thank for you for the posts about using a heat gun. I love mine but I did have an icing color "splotching" problem with some cookies recently and couldn't figure out why some were and some weren't. My guess was the buttery goodness from the cookies seeped through the icing. But after reading your first post, I'm sure I was a little overzealous with the gun! Thanks for all you do, Merry Christmas and happy birthday to you!

Stacey said...

Pam oh my they look like perfectly wrapped presents. Wow one batch of icing. Cook. Thanks for lettting me know, Trying to gauge things for the cookies  iam making. But wow you made all these cookies. Where on earth do you find the timeto do all this?? I am freaking out because of my new site  for the the beginning of the new year. I see how gorgeous you and the otherladies make your blogs amd how much you post and decorate. You have 5 kids I have one. I do not know if it is because he is 10 and requires more of my time but I am freaking thatI just wont be able to keep up. He is yr round school. Which means every 9 weeks he gets out for about 3-4 weeks with no schooling. we chose that for him and we love it. it is his last year. But I cant even use that as an excuse because you homeschooled 5 kids decorated cookies and worked. So Im just doing alot of praying and thinking no sleep fora while maybe. maybe I need to treat this likea newborn fora while till it gets going. And then do scheduled posts. You amaze me in all that you do. When I grow up I want to be just like you. LOL!!!! Best to you and yours. havea safeand happy holiday with your family an hope the new year brings you nothing but happiness.Stacey M.

cookiecrazielady said...

Hey....I'm not wonder woman by any means....so don't think more of me than I am. Yes, I homeschooled my kids.....but I'm done with that now. And I didn't do cookies and a blog like now when I was still homeschooling. Now I have lots of free time since my kids are all grown, in college, etc......so life is MUCH different for me now than even two years ago. And as far as working goes.....I work VERY part time. I only work on Saturdays. So there you go, I have a totally different life than you. So don't put so much pressure on yourself. Have a blessed Christmas and savor this time of your life. It won't ever be like this again.....

Cristin Sohm said...

LOVE all your cookies. Yes, the bigger cookies take FOREVER to decorate, but they are so fun too! How fun that you will be having a birthday WEEK ;-) Happy Birthday early! and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Pam!

cookiesnob said...

I have a heat gun for embossing for rubber stamping, have you ever used one of those?

Cookiecrazielady said...

I believe someone else said they used a embossing heat gun and it worked fine.

Jbabyjill said...

Hi, your cookie designs are awesome! Just curious, how did u package the square cookies individually? Like the ones inside the box in the pic u posted above. I always have trouble packing my cookies bcoz of their different sizes...thanks!

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks so much for your kindness. I package my cookies using cello bags and heat seal them with a flat iron. It works awesome! :)

Lisa Thebearfootbaker said...

I love that quilt of cookies Pam! It has your signature all over it! I bet you were grinning from ear to ear singing away while you decorated these!! I love the gingerbread men also! Even with wrinkles they are cute!! Thanks for adding them to the link party!!

Luv2crft36 said...

Love your tips and ideas.  You said you use cello bags and a flat iron to package your cookies. What do you mean by flat iron?  My first thought was the one you use for hair.

CookieCrazie Pam said...

You're first thought was right. Yes, I mean the hair kind. Buy one specifically set aside for sealing cookie bags. It works wonderfully! :)

DZShort said...

Where do you get your cello bags and do you package all your cookies every order individually? I am wondering because I typically use RI and it is hard so all my cookies stack easily. Is it not the same with glaze? I did try glaze today. Tasted just as great as my RI (I don't use meringue which tastes horrible). It was sticky and definitely different to work with but I loved the shine. Harder to work with on the air bubbles though.

cookiecrazielady said...

I buy my cello bags from Hobby Lobby.


For the most part, I package each cookie individually. My cookies dry hard enough to package them......it just takes longer than RI.


Yeah for trying glaze!


For air bubbles.......are you mixing it only on the low setting? I had problems with bubbles when I mixed the glaze to fast.



Happy baking. :)

DZShort said...

Not the very lowest, I will try that. Thanks again!

VeCosta said...

Hi Pam I've been following you here and on instagram.ready love you cookies!I use your glaze recipe :-) thank you for sharing all this with us

cookiecrazielady said...

What a nice note to come home to. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I'm thrilled to have this blog and inspire others to enjoy decorating cookies. :) ♥

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