Haniela's: January 2014

We "Click" Valentine Cookies by Sue from Munchkin Munchies

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guess what?  One of my very first blogging  friends is visiting today. I'm so excited!
Meet Sue from Munchkin Munchies. Sue is a super talented blogger and  I'm not exaggerating when I say that everything Sue posts on her blog makes me smile. It does. That's the truth.
Do these make you smile?  (Bunny) Cookies and Milk, how about these Game Face Football Cookies or  these Strawberry Jam Jar Cookies.  I told you, you'd smile.
Today, Sue is hanging out here, with  her super sweet  We " Click" Cookies for Valentine's Day.  
When my friend, Hani (Haniela's), asked me to guest post on her blog, I was over the moon!  My excitement was followed by a bit of nerves...If you are familiar with Hani, you know that she makes exceptionally beautiful and creative cookies (among other things)! Gulp.     
Trying to think of just the right cookie, I must have changed my mind at least five times! I was in a quandary...until I visited one of my favorite blogs and found some CUTE camera cookies there. 
Some inspiration was sparked as I remembered that I had some plain camera cookies (along with the round cookie lenses) in the freezer:) I knew I could dress them up for Valentine's Day. 
Yippee! I was pretty happy with how they turned out.
You really can't go wrong with red, pink, hearts and ribbon. I love Valentine's Day! 
My two-year old grandson was more than happy to pose with his cookie camera and say "Cheeeeese" for my camera.  Picture Perfect!

Make some fun cookie cameras for all the Valentines you click with.

Valentine Camera Cookies
Black, red, pink food coloring
Red and pink sanding sugar
Jumbo red and pink heart sprinkles
Coordinating ribbon (for camera straps)
Black edible marker
1.  Roll out cookie dough.
2.  Cut out cameras with a camera cutter and a round cutter for the lens.
3.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
(For cameras that will have straps, make holes in the top corners with a straw.)
4.  Bake according to recipe.
5.  When the cookies are still warm, use a straw to make a hole for the strap, if the hole has closed. Let cool.
6.  Make the royal icing.
7.  Divide up the royal icing and tint some with red gel coloring, some with pink and some with a couple drops of black to achieve gray.
8.  Using a #3 tip, outline the main body of the cookie, leaving a thick strip at the top for a contrasting color.
9.  Fill the main section with the royal icing and let set for about 15 minutes.
10.  Outline the next section with a #3 tip and let dry for about 15 minutes.
12.  Fill with the royal icing. Let dry for about 15 min.
13.  Outline and fill the very top section with white or gray. 
14.  When all the sections have dried, outline again with the corresponding colors to add dimension.
15.  Also add any other icing details at this point. Let dry.
16.  Decorate each lens~first the outer ring, with gray royal icing. Let dry.
17.  Fill the middle of the lens with white royal icing. 
18.  Let cookies dry overnight.
19.  Use the black edible marker to add lines to the outer lens for details.
20.  With the pink or red royal icing, and a #2 tip, add a heart to the middle of the lens.
21.  Place the cookie on wax paper, and sprinkle liberally with the matching sanding sugar. 
22.  Let sit for about 15 minutes and then gently dump off excess sanding sugar onto the wax paper.
23.  While it dries, add the white line detail across the body of the camera.
24.  Add the jumbo heart sprinkle details to the camera with a small dab of royal icing.
25.  Place royal icing on the back of the lens and gently place it on top of the camera.
26.  Let it adhere to the camera until it is stable.  
27.  Thread ribbon through the camera holes and tie a small knot at each hole firmly, but gently.

Hani, Thanks so much for having me! I had a great time. You are one of my cookie heroes and I appreciate your talent, and the inspiration you share with all of us!

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Simple Decorated Valentine's Day Cookies

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We all know how busy our lives can get and not everyone has time to decorate really elaborate cookies. Those sometimes can take forever to make. So for those of you who are looking for simple and pretty cookies for Valentine's Day - here are several ideas you can mix and match.

To make these cookies you need:

Heart Cookie Cutter Set
Scalloped Edge Round Cookie Cutter
Small Heart Cookie Cutter or a paper template
Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
 How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Americolor Gel Food Colorings
Valentine's Day Nonpareils
Simple Valentine's Day Heart Cookies

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Valentine's Day "I Heart You" Owl Cookies

This cookie design is from last year(Owls in Love Cookies), though I was really happy with them last year, colors I used before made them look little washed out so this time I chose bright happy colors.

Valentine's Day Video Montreal Confections & Haniela's Collaboration Playlist

To make these cookies you need:

Heart Cookie Cutter Set
Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
15 Second Flood Icing:  pink, blue, white, red
Piping consistency : blue, pink, white
20 Second Consistency : gray, black
How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Americolor Gel Food Colorings
Paint Brush, Vodka or Water, Paper Towel
Airbrush Colors - Black Airbrush Color
Heart Sprinkles - Pink
Heart Sprinkles - Red
White Sanding Sugar

Check out these other Owl inspired treats:

Snow Owl Cookies 
Owl Apple Pie
Owl Cake
Owl Pumpkin Cookies
Owl Halloween Cookies

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Valentine's Day Cat Cookies

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I teamed up with Marlyn from Montreal Confections and we are bringing you 5 Days of Valentine's Day Tutorials.

What's your style? Cute, Sexy, For Kids, Lacy or Tattoo? We have you covered. All themes are coming to our You Tube Valentine's Day Parade Playlist.

For the cute theme I decided to make Cat Cookies with Heart Shaped Sunglasses. Originally I had planned for Hello Kitty but then I realized that the cutter I'd had for years is not a Hello Kitty Cookie Cutter, it is missing  a bow. And that's how the simple cat cookie idea came to equation.
Say it with a Cat Cookie:  I meaw you. ;-)

To make these cookies you need:

Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
15 Second Flood Icing: gray, pink, black, red, white
Piping consistency : grey, red
How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Cat Cookie Cutter(similar shape as use in the video)
Americolor Gel Food Colorings
Paint Brush, Vodka or Water, Paper Towel

I Meaw You  Valentine's Day Cat Cookies

Valentine's Day Square Cookies and Dry Brushing on Cookies

Dry brushing is a super easy painting technique. It can be used pretty much on any hard surface. From wood  antiquing to walls and you can  even  use it on plastic (I've given my old flower pots updated look with this technique).
I used this technique on my square cookies. Now you can either use regular food gel coloring or airbrush color. With both, make sure you only apply tiny bit of color to the brush bristles and even after that dab your brush onto a clean dry paper towel to remove excess and then use short strokes to dry brush the icing.

To make these cookies you need:

Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
15 Second Flood Icing: white
Piping consistency : white to make the dots
Electric Americolor Gel Food Colorings (Electric Pink for dry brushing)
How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
White Sanding Sugar
Square Cookie Cutter
Silver Edible Heart Sprinkles by Wilton
Paint Brush, used only with food. Do not use paint brush that you have previously used with oil, acrylic or other non food mediums.

Pretty Square Cookies for Valentine's Day


Simple Butterfly Cookies

Friday, January 17, 2014

Butterfly cookies can be as easy to decorate or as complex as you want them to be. Here is my take on a super simple effective decorating to create pretty butterflies in no time. I used electric gel food colorings to achieve bright vibrant colors. When you color your icing, make sure you let it rest for several hours to give it time mature. It will reach its peak color when rested. Then you can thin the icing down with water, using spray method - How To Thin Royal Icing.

To make these cookies you need:

Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
15 Second Flood Icing: black and bright green, pink, blue
Piping consistency : black to make the body.
Electric Americolor Gel Food Colorings
How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Black Sanding Sugar
Butterfly Cookie Cutter Set

Easy Butterfly Cookie Video Tutorial

Guitar Cookies

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My fingernails are a hot mess. I was just airbrushing and I sprayed little bit of color on my fingers. I have gloves that I normally  use but I was like: "oh for this little thing I don't need them." I'm sure you've been there, right? Can I get any lazier. Seriously! Then I try to explain  to people that my hands are actually clean and that black stuff under my fingernails is not dirt.
 Don't give me that look,  I just scrubbed my hands for 10 minutes. I could perform an open surgery....

On the other hand(no pun intended) I made cookies. Acoustic Guitar Cookies.

To make these cookies you need:

Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing Recipe
AmeriColor of Gel Paste Food Colors 12 Pack Kit
How To Thin Royal Icing
Professional Needle Tool or toothpick
Airbrush Food Colorings
Guitar Cookie Cutter

Guitar Cookies, Step by Step Video Tutorial

Wine Bottle in a Crate Cake Video Tutorial, Gumpaste Wine Bottle Tutorial

Monday, January 6, 2014

I've always wanted to try my hand in making this type of a cake though for a very long time I was intimidated by it. It looked so complicated!
 But once faced with the challenge I rolled up my sleeves, made some gumpaste, baked a cake and I got working. It was a fun cake to make and I'm making it again but with the white wine bottle, which is going to be green.
For those of you who would like to make a cake like this I also made Step by Step video tutorial and you can find it below.

Complete Video Tutorial - Wine Bottle Cake

Gumpaste Wine Bottle
Can be made weeks before, minimum 3 days ahead to give the gumpaste time to dry
Gumpaste, store bought or homemade
Black Food Gel Coloring to color gumpaste
Real Wine Bottle
Corn Starch, Plastic Wrap, Scissors, Knife
Wine Label - Edible  (Image I used 3.5 inch by 7.75 inch)
Gold Mist Spray/optional, or use Gold Luster Dust

Black Airbrush Color

Gumpaste Wine Crate Panels
Can be made weeks before, minimum 3 days ahead to give the gumpaste time to dry
Gumpaste, store bought-I use Wilton Brand or homemade.(I also make my own, it is a lot cheaper than store bought especially if you need a lot of gumpaste)
Ivory Food Gel Coloring
Wood Grain Embossing Mat
Knife, Ruler, Measuring Tape
Wax paper, Corn Starch
Brown Airbrush Color

Cake - I used 9x13 cake pan

Size of the cake(lenght and width) depends on the length and width of the bottle.
For Example :
Finished Gumpaste Bottle is 10 inches long x 3 inches wide
Iced Cake should be minimum about : 11 to 12 inches long and 4 to 5 inches wide
Long Crate Panels (about 0.2 inch thick) : 11 to 12 inches long
Short Panels (about 0.2 inch thick) : 4 to 5 inches + 0.2+0.2 inch = 4.4 to 5.4 inches - approx. 4.5 to 5.5 inches
(0.4 inch accounts for the overlap you need on both sides)

Make sure the panels are same height, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches taller than the iced cake.

Cake Recipe
Velvet Vanilla Pound Cake
Swiss Buttercream
Simple Sugar Syrup  - 1/2 :1 (granulated sugar : water), flavored with almond and vanilla extracts

Roasted Coconut - Wood Shaving- Filler
Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Spread coconut on a baking sheet. Roast until lightly tinted, don't let it brown. Check on the coconut frequently, toss it using a spoon or a fork for even roasting.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding coconut wood shaving on the top of the cake.

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Chicken Stock Recipe

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I make chicken stock once a month and in winter months sometimes twice a month. I always freeze it and use it to make soups and I  use it for different meals.  It is so much better than store bought stuff.
Chicken stock I make takes a while to make. I let it cook for up to 6 hours, to get the most of the bones. Once chicken stock is done and bones are removed they can be broken pretty easily, which is a sign that all the goodness has been drained into the stock.

Chicken Stock

Chicken legs about 4.5lb(2kg)
5 celery stalks
2 large onions
5 carrots
1tsp  whole black pepper berries
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves
parsley bunch
1/2tsp chili flakes(optional)
2-3 tbl kosher salt(optional)

I listed salt and chili flakes as optional ingredients.

I use chicken legs to make the stock.

Fill the pot with tap water.

Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and simmer for one hour, then remove cooked chicken legs let them cool for a little bit and them remove meat from the bones. Return bones to the pot. Cook for 4-5 more hours. Add more hot water to the pot as it evaporates. Throughout the cooking, remove chicken stock scum that forms on the top. Use a fine mesh sieve, move it around the pot edges, just under the surface to gather scum, then rinse sieve in water and repeat.

Once cooked, drain the stock through a fine mesh sieve. Let cool.

When the meat is cooked it falls of the bones. I use the meat to make chicken salad. You can also use it as a pizza topping, make risotto etc.

Cooled chicken stock can be frozen  into ice cube tray or quart containers for later use. You can use small chicken stock ice cube for sauces.