Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scoops of Ice Cream Cookie (Tutorial)



After sharing the Ice Cream Cone Cookies with you the other day,
I decided to break the tutorial up into two parts.

First I'll show you how to make ice cream scoop cookies
....along with the easiest way to serve them on an edible cone.

Next time I'll show you how to build a cookie ice cream cone.




To make ice cream scoop cookies you will need:

Take a portion of dough and knead some gel coloring into it.
(Use gloves.....unless you want to have very "pretty" fingers/hands!)
It takes a little time to get the color incorporated, so be patient.

Notice the dough in the photo below is only about half way mixed in.
Mix it until the dough has a consistent, smooth color.

You can go CRAZIE like I did and add all kinds of different colors.
You can even do "fudge" blends (see photos below).

Just try to imagine your favorite ice cream flavors and 
add colors and embellishments accordingly.
And to make it even more fun, add flavorings to match.
I highly recommend Spices, Etc for a ton of different natural flavorings.

 Once the coloring (and flavoring, if you choose) is thoroughly mixed into your dough, 
it's time to make the scoops.
I tried this several ways, and found this method to work best.

Roll your scoop-sized piece of dough into a log and stand it on end.
Then smash it down with with the scoop
to make a perfect "ice cream scoop" shape.



If you want to add chocolate chunks/chips to the scoops,
 I recommend adding them AFTER the baking.
As soon as they come out of the oven,
poke the chocolate into them while they are still warm.
(Do it quickly or you will have a melted chocolate mess.....
or maybe that's a good thing. ;))

You will need to bake these scoops a little longer than regular cookies
because of their thickness.

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Once your scoops are baked and cooled, you have a few options for their display.
  • Put them on IC cone dishes like at Tradewind Tiaras, Inc. (my inspiration)
  •  Make cookie ice cream cones (Tutorial coming soon!)
  • Or  place them on regular 'ole store-bought ice cream cake cones. (Thanks for the tip, Callye!)




To make these easy ice cream cone treats you will need:
  • Cookie Ice Cream Scoops (see above)
  • Ice Cream Cake Cones
  • Rice Crispy Treats
 Be sure to have your scoops and cones sitting out ready for the assembly.
Make up rice crispy treats.
While they are still warm, pack a small amount into each cone.
(You may need a bit of butter on your fingers to prevent sticking!)
Add ice cream scoops to the top.



Easy Peasy. :)



And just as cute as they can be. :)






Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ice Cream.....You Scream....We All Scream for COOKIES!

Ready for some ice cream cone......

COOKIES!



I went ice cream CRAZIE last week. 

Here's the first set.... cute little cookie cones with cookie scoops.
Yep.....they're ALL cookie. :)


They were very photogenic little guys.





Oh.....I didn't have fun now, did I????


Haha.....that's like saying I don't like ice cream.....or COOKIES! ;)

Past Ice Cream Cookie Posts:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Graduation Diploma (Tutorial)




To make Diploma Cookies you will need:


 to make your diploma scroll cookies.

Outline and flood the end and body of the scroll.

Since it is white, you'll want it to dry for a couple hours
if you are adding a dark ribbon color like
navy, red, or black.

Outline and flood the ribbon cross piece.
Add a white outline to the entire diploma,
including the rolled up side lines.

After the cross ribbon dries for an hour or so,
outline and flood the bow.

I was extremely happy with how these turned out.

....especially since the ones I did for Neil's graduation
were ridiculously lame!
And yes, I'm showing you cookies I dislike VERY MUCH! ;o)

 I was determined to come up with much better graduation diplomas. 
Nothing like a failure to spur on good ideas. :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Morgan's HS Graduation Cookies






A very special set of graduation cookies for Morgan.
You may remember, 
I made 18th birthday cookies for Morgan a few months ago.


Morgan is attending Shenandoah University in VA in the fall.
Many congratulations go to her and her family! :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

CookieCrazie Chatter.....Friday, May 25, 2012



I'm back with a bunch more CookieCrazie chatter.



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ONE WEEK from today, Friday, June 1, 2012,
Many cookiers will be busy busy busy signing up for



If you are nervous about getting one of the 200 spots for the event,
check out Mike's tips on helping you secure a spot.

There's some new things on the CookieCon site:


Set your clocks for June 1, at 7:00pm Mountain Time (6:00pm West, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm East). Tickets will be available for purchase through Karen's Cookies,
but a link will be provided on the CookieCon website.

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CookieCrazie Fave Pics/Tutos of the Week

Rock Cookies by Andrea of Cupookie

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CookieCrazie's Week in Review


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Personal Side

My college graduate son just got a job doing what he loves to do! 
Yippee. That's a huge answer to prayer. :)
I'm gearing up for the Ukraine Women's Bible study that I'm going teach
in July. I got a huge chunk written the other day. Still lots more to go.


Can you believe the summer is here?
It's going to be hot, hot, hot here all weekend.
Enjoy the long weekend.
I'll be inside staying cool and working on my UA Bible study. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Simplified Cookies on Sticks (Tutorial)



Who said that cookies on sticks for a cookie bouquet had to be difficult?




When I first started doing cookies seriously,
I'd see these tutorials for cookie "pops" or cookies on a stick.
I'd cringe at all the extra details that had to be done in order to make cookie bouquets.
And when I tried it........UGH. First Cookie Bouquet

First of all, every cookie must be planned on a stick from dough to finish.
Then you have to get those sticks implanted in the cookie shape. (Yikes!)
During baking, you can only fit a few on the pan at a time.
And THEN......you have try to decorate the cookie with a stick in the way!

After all that, I decided cookie bouquets were NOT for me. ;)

But then I read where you could just tape the stick on the back of the cookie bag.
Genius!!!!!
Suddenly, cookie "pops" seemed reasonable.
It opened up a whole new world. You don't have to plan ahead.
ANY decorated cookie can be put on a stick.
Everything about the actually decorating is the same as always.
The only difference is how you package it.

So here you go......
a very easy way to put cookies on sticks.

SIMPLIFIED COOKIES ON STICKS (Tutorial)
For making cookie "pops" you will need:
  • decorated cookies
  • treat bags
  • bamboo skewers
  • clear shipping/packing tape
  • clothes pin
  • ribbon
1. Place decorated cookie in bag so "bottom of bag" is on top.
2. Lay stick across back of cookie.
3. Cover top of stick with clear shipping/packing tape.
4. Scrunch bag around bottom of cookie and hold with clothes pin.
Add ribbon and tie bow.

Some notes about cookies on sticks:
  •  You can also use cookie/sucker pop sticks, but I found that the bamboo skewers are much more versatile. They are longer (so you can cut them to size) and they are much cheaper than the specialty sticks. I bought mine in a huge pack at Walmart. (And since the sticks don't actually touch the cookie, you don't have to worry about splintering.)
  • Heavier cookies require more reinforcement. You may need to add additional tape or even use two sticks.
  • If you want to get "fancy" for flower cookies on sticks, you can color the sticks green.
 Add coloring gel to water and let the sticks soak for a few hours.

Floating sticks.......

Please excuse this lame BLURRY photo.
Since my sticks wanted to float, I placed some heavy
kitchen utensils on top to keep them submerged.
 I only let mine soak for about 5 hrs. They were not extremely green.
Maybe additional soak time or additional color
would increase the intensity of the green on the sticks.

Once you've got your flowers on sticks,
you can put them in a vase....

or in a box for a bouquet in a box.
(This is a trial box from BRP Box Shop that I love!
Hopefully they will be available soon.)


Other Cookies on Sticks Posts (all using simplified method):


Recent Rose Cookie Posts:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rose Bud Cookies (Tutorial)






To make Rosebud Cookies you will need


 I made three different shapes of rosebud cookies. 
My favorite is using the lady bug cutter. :)
Other cutters needed: Tulip, round, tear drop.














 
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