Saturday, June 3, 2017

Thank you cookies






After many months of hard work in High School, uncertainty and prayer, little by little everything is coming to place!


I would  like to make these "thank you cookies", for so many people near and far that help us through this college search and application process for our daughter, that I think my neighborhood super market will run out of butter : ) JK. 

 My husband and I went to the University in Mexico, and we are not familiar with all the process and requirements that our daughter will need to be able to go to college here in America.  So we had to ask for a lot of help.  She had the most talented and lovely teachers she could ever had, and help us a lot during this process, they were always willing to write her numerous letters of recommendation and their support and advices will remain in her forever.  

For my husband and I, her education has always been a priority and we have try that she can attend to the best schools that we can afford, that she can cultivate her artistic side, with music, painting or dancing ballet and most of all that she can learn about her religion and live her faith in all her aspects of her life. 

For this occasion I will share how I did some Thank you cookies for her teachers and  school's counselors.  Without their help, mi nenita, wouldn't be accepted to the University of her dreams. 

For each letter I made a little design, that you can change upon your choice.  


For this cookies you will need:

1)  Letters cookie cutters
2)  Favorite cookie dough, click here
3)  Royal icing, click here
4)  Food coloring
5)  Edible markers 
6)  Sprinkles and edible glitter 
7)  Tooth picks
8)  Pastry bags, couplers and decorating tips
9) Parchment paper and baking trays

PROCEDURE

1) Cookie letters are always a little bit tricky, they are not so easy to cut out, so the temperature of your cookie dough is crucial.  I find out that certain cut out cookies come out nicer when the cookie dough has been in in the fridge for 10 + hours, and the letters is one of them.

2)  Line you baking trays with parchment paper and place the cookie cut outs on it and bake at 350º F for 13 min and let them cool. 


3)   Using medium consistency icing, outline the letters in a contrasting color and flood your cookies with natural or light ivory tinted icing and let them dry.

4)  With outline consistency icing in the color of your choice and in a piping bag, trace the figures as shown in the photos bellow.  You can add different school related figures as you like.


5)  Using flooding icing fill up the outlined figures and let them dry.   You can add several sprinkles or glitter as you desire.  




6)  When the cookies are completely dry, you can write down messages using your edible markers. 




For this cookies the presentation will be a very nice touch,  I put some of them in a cello bag, some others in a clear box and the one that I like the most, was placing the cookies in a tie gift box, click here from the container store, the "Thanks" cookies fit in there perfectly!





Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Whimsical Easter Cookies

Whimsical Easter Cookies




Here in Texas the signs of Spring are starting to pop up everywhere, the Texas flowers (Bluebonnets) are starting to bloom and so many other wildflowers are decorating the roads, I wish I can stop in every corner and take pictures of all the flowers, but we have come to the conclusion that their beauty is just for the human eye. I think the camera lenses cannot show the beauty of their own nature. 

We are so blessed to live in this part of Texas where you can enjoy so many natural beauties that indeed provide me with lots of inspiration for my cookies. 

Maybe you have seen on Pinterest, Instagram, etc, how popular the whimsical hipster unicorn cakes
are, so with the Spring in bloom and the unicorn
mania inspiration I made this LOVELY EASTER COOKIE set for you to enjoy. 






These cookies are very simple, but you may need to plan extra time to prepare your firm consistency icing in an arrangement of colors, because the more colors  you use  the prettier your cookies will be. 




A  long time ago I purchased a double seam pastry bag, that until now I used to put 4 colors of icing in the same pastry bag to create multicolor icing flowers




The decorating tips to make the little flowers, such as Wilton #15, #16, #28, #224, and Ateco # 225.




You can make the flowers and let them dry and then add them to your cookies or pipe them directly onto your flooding cookie. 



One very important part of these cookies are the EYES! I love to make these kind of eyes, they are so easy and the cookies look very cute. I used edible markers to draw them. 




Sparkles and gold details are a MUST on these cookies as well, I just add them randomly wherever I felt it needed a magical touch. 


I wish this lent season gives you the chance to grow in your faith and prepare your hearts to celebrate a LOVELY EASTER with your family and friends. 


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beauty and the beast cookies




We can wait to see the new production of Beauty and the Beast movie, this movie has been my daughter's favorite princess movie and was always a favorite on our road trips.  


I wanted to make a Beauty and the Beast cookie set
inspired on the movie, there are so many characters and there is a lot of inspiration that I did not know where to start.  Like all the characters are so intricate, I was a little afraid to start and  I decided to make the Belle and the Beast cookie
with silhouettes, lots of gold icing and gold luster dust.



You always have to remember that your cookies will be eaten and have in mind to whom you will be decorating the cookies for, if your cookies are for a wedding  you can spent more time in decorating them, but if it is a kid's birthday party... you will be sorry looking at the kiddos eating your cookies in a BITE! So I recommend not to spent too much time in the decorating stage, you can spent more time in making a delicious cookie. 

Here is the whole cookie set, hope you find my cookies inspiring. 



For the mirror I started with the center of the cookie and used some silver spray. I used gold luster for the rest of the cookie. 




One of my favorite scenes of the movie is when Belle is in the library, I want one of those bookcases in my house!!
Love the book cookie, it is so easy, I used edible markers and then add some details with gold and black firm icing.
 Lumiere is really simple, as you can see. 



Don't let me started with this cookie!!! I LOVE Chip and Mrs. Potts cookies!!! I wanted to design this cookie inspired in a real china cookie set, I used edible markers and gold luster dust, LOVE IT!!!



These couple are my favorite!!!


To make the magic rose I used a birth cage cookie cutter. I know it could look better, I will try to make it again with a best finish. 


For the clock and the wardrobe, I used a tomb cookie cutter. 


Hopefully this post will inspire you and please tag my blog if you used some of my inspirations.  


















Monday, February 13, 2017

Sweet Valentine's cookies





I have been posting Valentine's cookies every day since February first, well almost every day and I haven't realized how many valentine's cookies designs I have made through the years!



My costumers are a very important part of my business and I am very thankful for all their inspirations and ideas that keeps me motivated to make original cookie designs. 


I recently made some heart and candies cookies
for a Valentine's Day party and here are some pictures for you. 






Tinting red icing always has been a challenge for me, I remember one of my first orders were some red apples and it was so hard to have an even bright red icing. 

Sometimes when you do not mix very well your icing using red food coloring when your cookies dry they may have some darker spots and this will not look very nice.

The quality and the expiration date of your food coloring is something that you' ll have to pay a lot of attention to. 

Some of my favorite brands of gel colors are Chefmasters, Atheco  and Americolor. I love Tulipan red from Chefmasters and the Red Red from Atheco. 

But my secret to achieve a very nice even bright red flooding  icing is to tint firm icing with equal parts of Americolor Deep Pink and  Atheco Red Red, and then when the shade of red is right for you, then adding water to thin out the icing. 







I posted some videos on how to decorate some of these cookies on my Instagram, you can check them out. 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mason jar flower bouquet cookie

Mason Jar Bouquet Cookie

The mason jar cookie cutter is one of the most versatile cookie cutter that you can ever own. You can make so many different cookie designs and you can follow the Mason jar trend in your decorated cookie designs. 


When I have an idea in mind I do not let anything stops me and I try to think out of the box if I do not have what I need at hand. 




Piecing cookie dough is very handy when you don't have the correct cookie cutter and for this cookie I used a mason jar  and a flower cookie cutter.




When you piece the two cookies together you need some egg mix to use as glue, putting the two pieces together. 






Bake and let your cookie cool down, before adding the royal icing. 


I started flooding the cookie with white royal icing and let it dry for couple of hours. 



I tinted leaf green and red red firm royal icing and assembled  two decorating bags with a decorating tip #1 to make the  flower's stems and the roses. 







As a final touch I added a big red bow!



I made this cookie like 3 years ago and I included this cookie in a post for Mother's day cookie ideas, click HERE







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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Valentine's day banner



I found this Valentine banner cookie cutter set browsing in 
the internet the other day, and I could not resisted to purchased it right away.  It has some cookie cutters
similar to some I already have, but it is about time to replace them,  they are so old and are about to break ( They are like 30 years old, first cookie cutter I purchased back in the day...) post signature
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Hot air balloon ride for my Valentine




Can I say I love, love, love Valentine's day cookies? I think YES!!!  

I think Valentine's day is an opportunity to be creative and  honestly homemade Valentines are the best. 

Many years ago, I bought a kit to make Valentine's Day Cards
for my daughter and every time we took it out of the closet we got super EXCITED, but sadly last year was the first year we didn't take out the kit, but we made COOKIES instead...it is also a lot of Fun!!! 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Comenzando el 2017 con un toque de coquetería ; )


2017, es un numero que desde hace varios años ha estado en mi mente y que se ha vuelto muy popular en mi familia y en el mundo en general. 


Se vienen cambios para todos y tenemos la oportunidad de empezar un año mas y depende de nosotros con que actitud estemos dispuestos a comenzarlo, por mi parte yo he decidió de empezarlo con un toque de coquetería!


Tengo muchísimas fotos de muchos diseños de galletas  decoradas de San Valentin
que he hecho a través de los años pero por falta de tiempo no he podido compartirlas con ustedes. 

Estas galletas fueron un regalo del día de San Valentin, que mi hija hizo a sus amigos de su ronda de la escuela (carpool). 



Son super fáciles de hacer y están super coquetas, que creo que van muy bien con el día del amor y la amistad.

Lo especial de estas galletas son las caritas y como puedes las hice con glaseado negro de consistencia media y lo puse en una maga pastelera y con una duya de Wilton # 1.

La galleta roja llena de brillantina, la hice utilizando disco dust rojo(El disco dust no es muy recomendable para consumo).  Puedes usar azúcar de color rojo, CK and Wilton tienen unas muy brillantes. 

La boquita roja la hice usando un sprinkle de corazón. 

Te comparto otros diseños que hice con el mismo cortador de corazón y con mil grageas. 





Como puedes ver el toque especial de estas ultimas galletas son las mil grageas, o sea los sprinkles, así que cuando vayas a Michaels o a Hobby lobby, compra muchos sprinkles que van a facilitar tu decoración de galletas y les darán un toque super especial. 



Te deseo un año nuevo lleno de realizaciones y crecimiento! 
Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog!


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