Showing posts with label Cookie decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cookie decorating. Show all posts

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cookie Journey Last Thursday!

This post is really last Thursday's Cookie Journey post. Last Thursday was such a bad start to the weekend for me that I got a little delayed in posting these cookies. As it starts to get warmer in the desert, I start to have major allergies. They pretty much knock me down, and every year it takes a couple days to get it together. So, now that I am back to myself again, I will also post our Cookie Journey tomorrow also, so we will be caught up, and on schedule!!
I wanted to make some spring time cookies because I love spring colors, and I came across some mini melt mints that I couldn't resist, and I wanted to use them somehow.
 Hello Spring! Cookies
When I first starting making these cookies I started with this:
and I added this to the top:
These are the mini melts, but I left them whole, except 
for a couple in the middle, but I didn't like the look of the
whole melts and I didn't particularly like the white icing.
I thought maybe I would try to use the colors of the mini melts.
After all, these are the spring colors I loved in the first place.
So I outlined the first cookie in pink. But instead of just straight pink
I thought I would try something different.
I squeezed all the white frosting from the pastry bag,
and filled it with pink frosting, without making sure the
white frosting was all out. I outlined the cookie, and ....
then filled it in like we did in one of our first posts.
I love the look!
We might want to remember this if we do any
tie dye 60's cookies in the future!
Then I took two mints in each color, and chopped them into
very small pieces, and ...
centered them in the middle of the cookie!
I actually chopped the mints before I decorated
the cookie, so I would be ready to put the pieces
on the cookie while it was still wet. I only used about
half of what I chopped. I used the rest for the next cookie.
Then I made a yellow cookie, and...
decorated it with the chopped melts.
And, you know I had to make a green one.

These are all the colors of the melts.
I think they turned out pretty good.
Here is one important thing I learned: Remember when we talked about filling
in the frosting? I discovered that the outline of the pink cookies show
too much for my liking. I prefer the smooth to the edge look.
The outline showed because, #1-It is very dry here, and everything dries too quick,
and #2-while I was filling in the petals on one side of the cookie, the outline
was drying. So when I frosted the green and yellow cookies, I outlined them,
and then filled in going around the entire cookie, essentially filling in the entire
cookie at one time, instead of a section at a time.
I hope that makes sense!
I really thought the filling would be more effective doing it section by section,
but it is not. That is what this cookie journey is all about~discovering what
works, trying to figure out why, and then practice, practice, practice until
we get it right.
I know we can do it!!

Tomorrow is Cookie Journey Thursday again,
and I'm thinking St. Patrick's Day cookies!!

Thanks for joining me!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cookie Journey ~ Day 4

Today is the last day of our mini cookie journey. Today I decorated cookies while they were still wet. I have done this in the past, but I used a little different technique in the past.
This is really simple to do. The hardest thing to do is to get the 
dots all the same size. In the past when I made these, I used 
a stylus to make the dots. This time I put the icing in 
decorating bags. I think the stylus lets you have much more control,
and I plan to go back to doing it that way.
Here is how I did this.
I outlined and filled in the cookie, just like we did 
in the last couple posts.
I had my bag of yellow icing ready to go. The icing will
dry quickly, so all your colors must be prepared before 
you start. Then, I dropped dots of yellow onto the 
cookie in random spots. The problem is that the 
yellow came out fast. When I used the stylus, I could 
go a little slower. Let them dry overnight.

These would be pretty for spring, or for cookies where you need 
a pop of color to match decor.

Thanks for joining me today.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cookie Journey~Day 3 and a Giveaway!

It is Day 3 of my Cookie Journey. Yesterday I decorated a couple heart shaped cookies. They did not turn out as nice as I wanted them to. But today I took some of the heart cookies, applied the frosting again, with a steadier hand and they turned out pretty good.
This is what I started with. I did the exact thing that I posted yesterday,
but my hand was steadier.
Years ago, I took a folk art painting class. The instructor
taught the basic little touches you could do to
decorate wood pieces. One of the things I learned was to
 make a heart that was simple and cute. I used the same thing
on the heart cookies, only I used frosting.
With my bag of frosting, I piped 2 dots  right next to each other.
They are barely touching. I used a Wilton #2 tip.
With a very small tipped paintbrush,
that I only use for cookies, I pulled the frosting down from
the left side dot. I pulled it to where it would eventually end up
at the bottom of the heart.
Then I pulled the other side down until the heart was formed. 
They turned out fairly well. A few of the hearts have tiny
globs of icing at the tip of the heart. I need to work on that!
This is not the best picture, but I went around the outline of the 
small heart with my frosting bag and the same #2 tip.
I just piped little dots, trying to even space them all the way around.
I am happy with this one. The dots did not get any little points on them,
which I was glad about. The consistency on the icing must have been
right because they were really great dots!
Thanks for stopping by for Day 3 of my
Cookie Journey!

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Our giveaway ends Tuesday at midnight!!
Thanks for joining me today!
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Tomorrow we will be doing some
cookie decorating on our wet cookies!