Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cookie Valentines Day Chocolates





Making cookies into chocolates is quite fun.
And there are limitless possibilities of shapes, sizes, colors, designs you can create.

Start out cutting & baking lots of small shapes with your cookie dough.
You can add variety by using colored dough too. I used red dough and pink dough.
Use mini cutters like these and these for the varying shapes.

Cover the cookies in medium brown (for "milk chocolate") and dark brown (for "dark chocolate").

After the flooded cookies have dried for 30 minutes or more, you can add designs on the top.
This is the BEST part!




Coming soon...... packaging these "chocolates" for your Valentine. :)

Textured Lacy Valentine Heart Cookies (Tutorial)
Envelopes & Lips.....with Valentine Heart Cookies

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homespun Tree Cutter Valentines Cookies





I wanted to find some ways to use
CookieCrazie's Homespun Tree Cutter for Valentines Day.

It makes sense to have a Valentines Day tree, right? ;)

And if you cut the cookie just right, you'll have a perfect homespun heart cookie.

 


All proceeds of the sale of these cutters go to our Ukraine mission effort.



Now go make some Valentines trees and homespun hearts. :)

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Monday, January 28, 2013

CookieCrazie Custom Cutters: Cupcake Cutter



CookieCrazie started a line of custom cookie cutters last fall.
The proceeds from the sale of the cutters supports
 the Ukraine missions effort we do with my church each year.

A couple of months ago,
I asked several cookie friends to design a cookie with the homespun tree cutter.
We had such a good time working together on that project,
that  this month I asked them to make something with the cupcake cutter.

Are you ready for this?!
You're going to be amazed. :)



1 Jacinda - Ali's Sweet Tooth
2 Shannon - Artfully Delicious
3 Laurie – Cookie Bliss
4 Andrea – Cupookie
5 Nicole - Life's A Batch
6 Lorraine – Lorraine’s Cookies
 7 Melissa – The Baked Equation
  8 Nancy – Seasons of Joy 
9 Michelle Jones
 11 Tricia – The Cookie Loft Girls
 12 Heather – Sugar Nosh Treats
14 Pam - CookieCrazie

Who would have thought that you could make all these things with a cupcake cutter, huh?

Do me a favor and go check out all of these talented cookie decorators and their wonderful sites.
You will be so glad you did.

And if you'd like to see how to make the snowy snowman I did for the collage....... tutorial.

Here's some fun photos of cupcake cookies decorated by CookieCon participants in November.




And don't forget......you can always decorate this cookie like a plain old cupcake. haha


If you'd like to get your hands on my two custom cutters,click on the links below:





And if you make cookies with these cutters, please send a photo my way.
I would LOVE to see what you come up with. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Simply Valentines Cookies: Colored Dough & Simple Designs (Tutorial)





Coloring your cookie dough can make really cute cookies without all the decorating fuss.

Once you've mixed up your cookie dough,
add some food coloring gel directly to the dough and combine with your mixer or with your hands.

WARNING: Not wearing gloves during this step might cause the following!



But trust me....adding color to your dough will be well worth it when you
see these fun colorful cookies baked up on a cookie sheet. :)


I chose to make small hearts with holes so I could hang them with ribbon or twine.


For some, I painted Americolor gels and airbrush colors on them
to give them an even more intense color.

For others, I added a few simple details with glaze to add a little variety.

There are so many fun ways you can present these simple Valentine cookies.


Stay tuned for more ways to used colored dough cookies.

Simply Valentine Cookies

Friday, January 25, 2013

CookieCrazie Chatter...... Friday, January 25, 2013








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CookieCrazie's Week in Review











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Personal Side


Another productive Valentines cookie week.....Yeah!
This week I did a bunch of cookies in my favorite style.
I did lots of plaid and patterns.....made a few "quilted" cookies....
and generally just had a blast with dusty rose and turquoise glaze. :)

Our Ukraine plans are now on the calendar and it looks like I'm going to be gone most of June.
I'm going to stay an extra week in Ukraine this year to spend more time with my precious friend.
I'm so excited about all the opportunities that God is opening up.

My newly married son, Neil, and his wife, Becca, are coming home this weekend.
We're excited about spending time with them (relaxed time compared to the holidays/wedding time!)
and celebrating my oldest daughter's birthday.
Good times.....


Instagram photos for this week:

Expectations exceeded. :)

Simple, yet very Valentine-sy :)

Valentine chocolates..... cookie style :)

 Glaze roses!!

Generally my style is not elegant.....but I went outside my box for this one....

There is something so inherently beautiful about a heart cookie just simply decorated.
I love making cookies for Valentines Day. :)

Details, details. :)

Just a simple touch with glaze roses. I like it. :)

Lacy details. Isn't Valentines Day so fun? :)

Having a fun photo shoot with lots of great natural light. :)


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Last CookieCrazie chatter....


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Textured Lacy Valentine Heart Cookies (Tutorial)





To add texture to your glaze icing cookies you will need texture mats.
I used this floral texture sheet set for this project.
Generally these are for fondant, buttercream, or chocolate......but I've found they work with glaze too.

Patience is the key here. 
And you have to find what works best for your particular kitchen/bakery conditions.

Start off by covering your cookies with glaze.
You can outline and flood the entire cookie or just a portion of it.

 Now here's the tricky part.
You have to allow the glaze to dry considerably before applying the texture mat.
I found in general, that 1-1/2 hours worked best.
But the amount of dry time will depend on your conditions, thickness of glaze, size of cookie area, etc. 
You will have to experiment with this to find out what works best for you.

Once the glaze has dried sufficiently, you lay the texture mat on top of the cookie and press firmly
in every area where you want an imprint.
If the glaze sticks at all......you'll need to let it dry more. Then repeat this step.


P.S. I had to go back and "re-texture" several of my cookies after they had more dry time
because the glaze was still too wet.


There are so many ways you can decorate these textured hearts.
Here are some examples.







Have fun and let your imagination go wild. :)





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