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Embossed Cookie Dough Valentines Decorated Cookies

As this Valentines season drew close, I really wanted to incorporate texture into the cookie dough before baking... to take advantage of that beautiful 3D look. Once you've rolled it into the dough and baked it, all you have to do is dust it to emphasize the impressions.

The most important part of this process is rolling the texture into the dough before baking. Here's a video (of a different project) showing how to place the texture mat face down on the dough and use the pressure of the rolling pin to make the impressions into the dough before baking it. The relevant part is at the very beginning of the video.

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, brush food coloring or dust over the surface to bring out all the details. For these Valentine cookies, I used Americolor Bright White gel for some and gold dust mixed with vodka for others.

After completing the dusting of the textures, embellish the cookies with layered patterns, mini cookies, or cut-out edible clay pieces.

The background texture really makes these cookies "pop". 


Embossed Valentine Gift Tag Decorated Sugar Cookies YouTube video HERE        Tag Cutters found HERE

This set shows the same mold or texture shown on two different cookies. One cookie has impressed dough before baking, and one uses a edible clay mold added on top of a plain cookie. YouTube video HERE


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Lantern Decorated Cookies (Tutorial)

Lanterns.....they are all the rage right now. It's funny how things come and go in popularity. I remember when my son and daughter-in-law got married FIVE years ago. The bridesmaid "bouquets" were lanterns. I loved the idea of something completely different than just flowers. 

So I probably shouldn't go through my house and count how many lanterns I have right now. haha There are several......most have a battery operated candles in them. I love having little "candle lights" all over the house for fall and winter. It makes everything so much more homey and cozy. :)

Here's a lantern cookie tutorial made from this cute cutter from BobbisCookiesCutters.
I've also recently purchased this lantern be on the look out for an alternative lantern design. Yeah!


Refer to the video and photos for this decorating tutorial.



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Hot Cocoa Mug Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

Hot drinks in the cold winter months are my favorite way to warm up.
Hot cocoa and hot tea are my go-to drinks when I come in from a blustery frigid day.

Let's make a hot cocoa mug cookie!

Here's a new mug cutter from BobbisCookiesCutters.

For this tutorial, refer to both the video and the photos below.


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Semicircle Snowman Decorated Cookies (Tutorial)

Snowmen are not something that I can get enough of. 
Every holiday season, I usually create a multitude of designs, because you can never have too many snowmen. haha

Here's a simple version using an oval cutter with one of the longer sides trimmed off.

Refer to both the photos and the video for this cookie tutorial.

Warning.....this will NOT be the last snowman cookie you see from me this season. :)


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Homespun Christmas Tree Decorated Cookies (Tutorial)

This is one of my favorite Christmas cutters.
Several years ago, I designed this shape with some good cookie friends and the cutters were made in mass quantity. But eventually, they sold out of the cutter and it was hard to place another order. Thankfully, my good friends at Creative Cookier agreed to offer this shape in their shop. You can find the "Homespun Christmas Tree" cutter HERE

Refer to the video and photos below to learn how the two homespun tree designs were made.

And there you have it......two fun homespun Christmas tree cookie designs.


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