Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monster High Skull Cookies

When a 20+ years long time friend emails you and is in the need of very special set of cookies for her daughter's birthday you say : " Yes, I do(have time to make them for her)!" I just love decorating cookies and making special treats for kids.
Josie turned 7, and though we couldn't be there to celebrate with you, we hope you had a wonderful birthday. I've heard you got a haircut and mommy made you a beautiful cake decorated with the cookies I sent you. I remember when you were just turning 2, sitting in our back yard eating cherry tomatoes from the garden.
Even though I've heard about Monster High before I wasn't really familiar with the designs and patterns associated with this doll franchise. I found simple templates that I customized to fit my cookies and baking was under way.
I made 4 designs.
Today I'm going share with you how to make round Monster High Cookies with simple stripe pattern and white skull image on the top.

To make these cookies you need:

Round Cookie Cutter
Large Skull Template
Sugar Cookies or use Chocolate Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies instead
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Royal Icing Recipe
Royal Icing 15 Second Consistency: Black, White
Royal Icing 10 Second Consistency: Electric Blue, Electric Pink
Piping Consistency : Black, Electric Pink
Baking Sheets - these I use all the time, I love them 
Parchment Paper I love using this one

Check out my video how to make these Monster High Skull Cookies

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Strawberry Whoopie Pies

It's a strawberry season!
I made delicious and super cute Strawberry Whoopie Pies.

STRAWBERRY WHOOPIE PIES (makes 6, recipe can be doubled)

1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tbl room temperature butter
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup  flour
3/4tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1/2cup buttermilk( if you don't have buttermilk on hand make your own : to 1/2 cup whole milk add 1/2tsp white distilled vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes, then gently stir and use in the recipe as directed)
Food Coloring - red, pink, leaf green, yellow)
Preheat oven to 350F
Beat butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy, add egg and vanilla, beat until doubled in volume and creamy, pale in color.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Add 1/2 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, stir on low speed, add 1/2 of the buttermilk, then add rest of the flour, stir and add rest of the buttermilk.
Divide batter into 3 portions. Color largest portions wit red and pink. Second largest with green and small portion with yellow.
Fill the piping bags with the batter. Cut the corner the red piping bag and start piping the strawberry shape on the parchment paper, using a the template. Then pipe the leaves with green and seeds with yellow.

Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.
Let cool on the baking sheet for couple minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Cook completely before filling.

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar(use more if desired)
1tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups diced fresh strawberries

Beat heavy cream, once soft peaks are formed gradually add powdered sugar, then gradually add mascarpone, beat well, add vanilla and then stir in diced strawberries.

Tools you need:
Cake Boss Piping Bags
Parchment Paper- I love this one
Electric Food Colorings
Food Colorings
Baking Sheet- my favorite to use with cookies and for general baking

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