Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sending Love.....Cookie Style (Tutorial)

Do you wanna send some love?


Here's some fairly simple cookies to make for your loved ones.

For the envelopes.....outline a square or rectangle cookie in white including the flaps.

 Notice the one on the left.....I did it first. I like the two on the right better. hee hee :)
In them, I made the upper flap go down deeper into the bottom.....making it looking more realistic.

Let the outline dry for 20-30 min.

Then add sections. Start with the outer two triangles. (Dry for 10-15 min between each).

Add the bottom next....and let dry.

Finally add the upper flap. Notice I added more icing on the right cookie. Do that! ;) 
(But don't add so much that it collapses.....just enough to give it that 3D puff look.)

I forgot to take pics of adding the lips. I'm so bad with that! Please forgive me?

Be sure the white has dried overnight! (very important)

Outline the lips and fill....adding red disco dust with a brush later, if you'd like.
I also added a little heart on the bottom (surprise, surprise).


Now on to the postage stamps.....


You'll need a rectangle cookie.... it could be a square cookie, as well.
I used my fluted cutters.....but it can be a straight edge.

Outline with a "bites out" edge....just like a postage stamp.
It's basically straight edge, then half circle.....straight edge, then half circle.

If you want the middle to be a different color, also outline a rectangle in the middle.
I did it both ways so you could see.

After that has dried for 10-15 minutes.....flood the middle....either the whole thing or just the outer edge.
 For a pattern like the two middle cookies, you'll need to add details while the flood is still wet.
I added a rectangle with my darker red to the one on the left.
To the one on the right, I added a rectangle & hearts in darker pink and then light pink polka dots.


I let all of the above dry overnight.

Once thoroughly dry, flood the middle of the outer two stamps with red and white, respectively.
To the red stamp, (2nd from left) I added a white outline and the word LOVE.

Later (especially later for the red middle....since red is bad for bleeding),
add hearts or "Love" or whatever strikes your fancy. :)
Use your creativity. There is so much more you could do with these.
Since I was doing a bunch of other designs.....I didn't take a lot of time with these.
I'm certain they could be so much cuter.





Now I'm sending love to all of you......cookie style! 


Have fun making Valentines cookies.

They are some of the most fun cookies to make all year.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sealed With A Kiss......Valentines Cookies

I've been busy with red, pink & white icing. :)

Want to send some love? How about some love letters sealed with a kiss......









Be sure to put some LOVE-ly stamps on those envelopes.....either red......








or pink ones.......

Tutorial coming tomorrow.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

CookieCrazieBasics: Smooth Even Cookies....EVERY Time (Tutorial)



Who knows how many times I've been asked questions like......"How do you get such smooth even cookies?" or "How do your cookies always turn out the same thickness?" or "How do you get your cookies so thick?" etc etc. 

I wish I could say it was skill.......but no, I have the perfect tool. 



I remember when I first got my DoBord. I was so excited!
I even posted about it on this blog HERE.
That was nearly two years ago.....and my DoBord is still going strong and as good as new. 
Love, love, love my DoBord!

This quality product called the DoBord LTD is featured HERE .....the site where I purchased it.

Yes, it is expensive......but I'm telling you right now that it is worth ever penny.

UPDATE: The DoBord is no longer being made. :(
I've had many people contact me about this disappointing development. 
But I have GOOD NEWS!
I have found another company that makes a very similar product.

Check out Cornerstone Cabinets FB page
They have a board very close to the same product called the Cookie Board!


The outside frame pieces are higher than the inner square.
You get to set the height for your dough.
When you roll the dough with the long rolling pin included.....
your dough will evenly match the height you set.
Brilliant!


One side has a removable panel.
When you undo the two screws......
you can take off the panel to adjust the height of the main platform.




The higher the frame is set, the thicker your dough will be.
The DoBord provides four settings.
1/8", 1/4", 3/8" & 1/2"

I use the 3/8" setting for all my cookies. I like my cookies thick! :) 





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DoBord equivialent found here.

Here's a few suggestions for an alternative to the DoBord:

DoStix

 Adjustable Rolling Pin at Karen's Cookies 




Rolling Pin Bands on Amazon






Happy dough rolling! :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ultimate Cookie Quilt for MeeMaw's 80th Birthday

Not only did I make special quilted birthday related cookies for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday last week, I also created a huge patchwork quilt of cookies for the big birthday party.
This was definitely on my list of favorite cookie projects. :)


Each "quilt square" was unique. Fun. :)







It just makes me happy to see all the patterns and colors together. 
I heard some happiness in MeeMaw's voice when we talked on the phone. I'm glad. She's a very special lady who needs some extra special cookies to represent her wonderful life. :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Update on Pan Lids for Drying Cookies

Learning is a process, right?

Well.....I'm still learning about using lids on my half sheet pans to dry my cookies.

More than a week ago, I did a post entitled "No Pan Rack for Drying Cookies....How about Pan Lids?"

Since then I've learned some things.....and suspect I'll learn more in the coming days. ;)

First of all, I put my lids over wet cookies the other day.....and it seems that is not a good idea.
Look at how uneven the surfaces were the next morning when I took the lid off. :(



Note to self (and to CookieCrazie blog readers):
Let cookies dry for a few hrs before putting lid on pan to cover overnight.
(In other words, don't put lid over very wet cookies.)



Also, one of my readers (Susan) ordered the Nordic Ware lids for her Wear Ever half sheet pans and they did not fit. Here is her comment:
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CAUTION!  My lids just arrived from Nordic Ware and they do NOT fit on my Wearever half sheet pans.  Real close, but no cigar; they just pop right off.

I suggest that anyone thinking of ordering these for other than Nordic Ware or Sam's Club should find a friend who has a cover and test it on your pans.
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So if you don't have Sam's Club or Noric Ware half sheets.....don't assume the lids will fit your pans. (Again, I'm so sorry, Susan!)




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It doesn't seem right to not include some finished cookies in a blog post.

SO.......here's some random cat cookies I did at Christmas time.
They are certainly not my best work (faces.....ugh!......they get me EVERY time).
But then showing you cookies like this let's you know that we are all alike.
We all do things that we are not happy with.
But that's OK.
Because none of us are perfect, right?

OK.....so now I can show you these very UNperfect cookies. ;)






OK.....I'm off to go learn some more CookieCrazie lessons. =)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MeeMaw's 80th Birthday Quilted Cookies Collection

My mother-in-law just turned 80 last week.....so I wanted to do some very special cookies for her.

Since she is a quilter and I love to do quilted cookies......the theme was a no-brainer. :)

I can not tell you how much fun I had taking all the normal birthday shapes and making them with a quilted look! Pure joy.







I just talked to her last night. The crowd at the party devoured the cookies.....and she didn't get one.
But she seemed so happy about them, that I don't think she minded. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CookieCrazieBasics: Chocolate Cut-Out Recipe

Now that you have my basic sugar cookie recipe, let's move to my chocolate cut-out recipe. 

I love making chocolate cookies on occasion......not only because chocolate is AMAZING (!) but because the dark background of the cookies really makes certain designs pop. 

All I've done for my recipe is modify my regular sugar cookie recipe. I didn't want to mess with the success I've had with the original......so I traded out some of the flour in the original recipe and added cocoa instead. It works well.....and is very yummy if I do say so myself. I also add expresso powder to intensify the chocolate flavor. Mmmmmm.....


Notice I use THREE different kinds of cocoa. What did you expect from someone as CRAZIE as me?! I love the black cocoa I get from the Mennonite store in central Missouri because of its rich black color and earthy taste. (HERE is the location if you're interested in exactly where I get it. It's a small store in a remote Mennonite community.) Many readers have said they've had trouble finding black cocoa. You can get it from King Arthur Flour HERE, but it is quite expensive.
Black cocoa is not necessary to make a great chocolate cookie.....so if you can't obtain it.....just skip it. (And if you want that rich black color in your dough, just add some Americolor Super Black gel. hee hee) I believe most of the great flavor comes from the other two cocoas anyway. I highly recommend the Special Dark Cocoa from Hershey's. 





CookieCrazie Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp expresso powder (optional....but highly recommended!)
1/2 cup sour cream
4 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, cocoa, expresso powder & sour cream.
Blend in dry ingredients.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough to desired thickness. Cut into shapes.
Place cookies on un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake approx 20 minutes.
This recipe yields approximately 20-25 medium cookies.
 
 




 
 


Everything else is the same after mixing up the dough.
Here's some of my favorite chocolate cookie designs.....(Click on the photo to see the blog post.)







Hey....and what a lovely way to end the post.....with some Valentines cookies made with the chocolate dough. :)
 
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