Apple Basket & Bucket Decorated Cookies

There's something about a pile full of apples in a basket or bucket that just screams FALL to me. I've attempted this shape year after year because I just can't get enough of this look. 

The gift cutter from Sugarbelle's ShapeShifters set is the perfect shape for a basket or bucket full of apples.

To give the metal bucket a more 3D feel, cut out a thinner duplicate, cut off the top of the "bucket" using the curved edger also found in the Shapeshifters set, and lay it on top of the bottom full shaped layer. Roll small "apple" balls and press them firmly into the top of the bucket. (see photo below)

For the basket, first cut out a plain full gift shape. Then using the molded dough method (shown in this blog post), mold thinner dough with a basketweave mat and cut out the same shape, but cut off the top of the "basket" using the curved edger found in the Shapeshifters set, and lay it over the original plain gift shape. Roll small "apple" balls and press them firmly into the top of the basket. (see photo below)

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, brush the molded basket portion with dry golden leaf dust.

Next brush the baskets with dry caramel and/or deep brown dusts to give it a richer hue.

Make a mixture of red rose dust and vodka (or clear extra, i.e. almond) and paint the apples.
[You can also use cut kiwi dust to make green apples, but I disliked the wrinkly-look that was emphasized with that color. It reminded me of brussel sprouts! haha]

For the metal buckets, outline and flood the bucket portion with gray glaze.
[I apologize that I failed to take photos of these steps.]
After at least 30 minutes, add the bucket handle.
Allow it to dry overnight.
Paint the bucket surface with a mixture of nu silver dust and vodka (or clear extract; i.e. almond).

Add stems and leaves to the "apples" in the baskets and buckets.

Since I disliked the painted green apples, I covered the dough balls with green glaze.
After drying them overnight, I dusted the apples with dry caramel dust.
Also, once the silver dust has dried, dust the bucket portion with dry turkish black dust.


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Basket of Spring Flowers Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

With this awesome basketweave mold, it's fairly easy to make basket cookies just in time to "fill" them with spring flowers.

Place the mold face down over sugar cookie dough.
Using a rolling pin over the top of the mold, impress the dough with basketweave.
Take the cutter of your choice (I chose a tall rectangle) to cut out the cookie.
Feel free to leave the top portion of the cookie smooth for adding flowers. (see photo below)
Bake and cool the cookies as normal.

Cut out flowers using mini cookie cutters. I like to make the dough fairly thin so the flowers are not too overpowering on top of the basket cookie. Decorate these beauties as desired.

Brush chestnut dust over the basketweave portion of the molded cookies.

Add a greenery background on top of the basket by outlining and flooding it with green glaze.

Adhere the flowers on top of the basket with more green glaze. Add additional flowers and vines as desired.


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Poinsettia Basket Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

At the last minute last Christmas, I made a basket cookie with a poinsettia, and decided to revisit it this year with a tutorial.

The sweet part about the time lapse is that I have acquired an even better basket weave texture mat. :)

Rustic Basket Weave by Karen Davies (favorite)
Basketweave Embosser

There are two ways to achieve the basket weave effect on the cookie.

  1. Impress the weave into the cookie dough before baking
  2. Flood the cookie with glaze and use the mat once it is partially dry


To impress the dough, you'll need to initially roll the cookie dough thicker than usual, and use the rolling pin on top of the mold to impress the weave deeply into the dough.

(see photo below)

Once the dough is molded, use your rectangular cookie cutter to cut the desired shape.

After the cookie is baked and cooled, brush dry cappuccinodogwood, and caramel dusts over the cookie for a more dimensional look.

(Note: I used these lighter colors on the dark chocolate cookie.
If the regular sugar cookies are used, you will need to use different colors of dust.)

Add the first layer of the poinsettia with red glaze.
(see photo below)
Add a second layer of petals at least 30 minutes after the first.

Carefully place yellow pearls within the center of the poinsettia.


For molding partially dried glaze, outline and flood the cookie with brown glaze.

Allow the cookie to dry for 4 hours and then press the mat into the glaze.

Dry the cookie overnight.

Brush over the dried glaze with dry chocolate dust.

In the same way as above, pipe a poinsettia with red glaze over the top of the basket.
Then add the yellow pearls to the center.


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Rustic Thanksgiving Pumpkin Decorated Cookies

I can never decorate too many pumpkin cookies during this season.
I love dreaming up as many designs and textures on cookies as possible.
This year was no exception.

We're getting our Thanksgiving "on" in a rustic pumpkin-kind-of-way.


Check out this Textured Pumpkin Decorated Cookie Tutorial for one of the techniques shown in some of the pumpkins above.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with lots of pumpkins!

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Textured Pumpkin Decorated Cookies (Tutorial)

Here's some super easy textured pumpkin cookies that look fairly realistic.

The dough was rolled onto texture mats and then the shapes were cut out. Try some of these fantastic molds:

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, brush on some dry color dust. Here's the dust colors I used for these cookies:

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