Rock Candy Cookies


There are two things that every cookie decorator asks me.

The first -- what do you DO with all the cookies you make? The answer -- All sorts of stuff. I let my kids eat them. I let the neighbor kids eat them. I give them to everyone who will take them. I surprise teachers and coaches with them. Sometimes I throw them away when it's actually taken me 3 weeks to get myself on track and actually finish the cookies. And sometimes I give them to my friend because she likes to make magnets out of them.

And the second question -- How do you keep from eating them ALL THE TIME?! The answer to that is surprisingly simple. I don't like baked goods. Cakes, muffins, cookies, pastries all have a near zero appeal to me. I would consider myself the luckiest girl in the whole wide world if I didn't know my deep secret. I LOVE CANDY. All kinds of candy except the kind that are just chocolate and nuts. I only merely like those kind. But if it's brightly colored -- I'm in love. I'll buy it a ring and take it home to meet my parents. Then I'll hold it tightly and think fond thoughts before stuffing it all in my face before spending hours wallowing in regret and wishful thinking.

So imagine my supreme happiness when Dylan's Candy Bar offered to send me some candy to use making cookies. Sour candy button gumball machines?! Yes please!! AND, AND they sent me some candy and some candy jewelry and lip gloss to GIVE TO YOU too!!! I actually asked for the lip gloss specifically. Because...hello...it's candy! Everyone needs candy lip gloss! Stick with me for the cookies (I'll make it quick) and then I'll tell you how to win the goodies!


1. Use a popsicle cutter to cut out some dough. Use a plaque cutter to cut into the sides to reveal an asymmetrically wobbly looking thing. Bake as you normally would.
2. Use thick white icing and a #9 tip to pipe a vertical line for the stick.
3. This is the important step. Pipe a blob of pink with THICK pink icing.
4. Immediately cover with Pop Rocks! If you didn't listen to me and used medium-thick icing or even flood consistency icing your Pop Rocks will start popping all over the place and will...randomly... be a bubbly mess by morning. (Seriously though... I cannot wait to use this newfound knowledge making Halloween cookies!!) Once dried, do not store in a covered container for the same reason.

Okay... back to the stuff you really want to hear about. All you've got to do is jump over to Dylan's Candy Bar and come back and tell me YOUR weakness in a comment below. Is it fashion? Jewelry? Candy??!! (Tell me I'm not alone!) Leave your comment (on the blog OR through the widget) and enter through this rafflecopter widget by midnight on Monday August 31, 2015.

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Grab the popsicle cutter, the plaque cutter or the gumball machine cutter.  And because I know you're going to ask... I used a regular ol' candy cane cutter for the gummy worms. Just bend them around a bit before baking.







Callye over at Sweet Sugarbelle has a fantastic Gumball Machine Tutorial.









 And these swirled lollipops are so dreamy! Find out how to make them at Miss Cuit.








And quite possibly my favorite candy cookies of all time -- SOUR PATCH candy cookies HERE!!

Decorated Ocean Wave Cookies


Can we talk about paper for a minute? More specifically -- the pages of a book. I know I'm a blogger and this pretty much goes against everything internetty that ever was... but I just adore books. I like the weight of them. And the smooth smooth paper. And I like that things stay in the same place. If that one recipe you love and adore more than your first glitter nail polish is on the bottom of the left page...it's always going to be on the bottom of the left page. You can ACTUALLY book mark it and it will always be right where you left it. And you can flip back and forth between two pages for as long as you like. You don't have to click on something to make it bigger. It's already bigger. And it doesn't have to load. You don't have to charge it. And if you accidentally spill your drink on a book (who does that???!)... it's probably still going to be okay. Maybe a little wrinkled or wavy...but still totally functional.

http://www.amazon.com/Creature-Cookies-Step---Step-Instructions/dp/1589238575/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440126452&sr=8-1&keywords=creature+cookies
 
And in all of my love of books...COOKIE BOOKS get a special place in my heart. Right next to ice cream. And naps. As soon as I saw the cover for Autumn's new Creature Cookies book -- I was in love. I couldn't wait to hold it in my own hot little hands. And let me just tell you --- it did NOT disappoint!!! It's got bright colors, step-by-step photos and instructions and a ton of fun new techniques. (Which is not a surprise since this is the girl that gave the world The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating.)


And I mean -- just LOOK at these adorable little things!!!! I want to squish them!!! And then make some myself!!! Except.... you know I can't ever just leave well enough alone. So I had to put snorkels on them and all. And make giant waves to go with them. Want to make some waves? (Ha! I've never said that before!)


1. Outline and fill a circle cookie with white icing. Let it dry overnight.
2. Use a sunburst stencil and yellow airbrush spray to make a sun at the top of the circle.
3. (First -- let's just acknowledge the awkward weirdness that is the sun and sun rays in this picture. I forgot to take a picture of this step and then tried to re-create it without actually getting my airbrush out again. Lazy, party of one right here.) Outline the wave section with thick blue icing. Fill in the wave with thin consistency light blue icing. Add a few more lines with medium consistency white icing and the thick blue icing.
4. Use a toothpick or scriber to scribble back and forth through the lines real quick. Don't over do it. Just mish-mash it up real quick and let it go. Ta da! Ocean wave.


And guess what?! Not only am *I* obsessed with this book -- one of YOU gets to be obsessed with it to!!! Autumn wants to give away a copy of Creature Cookies AND a set of interchangeable animal cutters she used to create so many adorable cookies from the book!!! (I promise I won't squish the cutters before sending them on to you!)

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Just leave me a comment down below telling me your favorite animal to cookie! Then come back up and enter using the rafflecopter widget. Giveaway ends Tuesday, August 25th at midnight. 


Don't want to wait? You can buy a copy HERE. And in case you are wondering... I used THIS CUTTER for the penguin. 

Back To School Backpack Cookies From An Easter Cutter


Sometimes I think about my life before I moved to America. My kids were each born in a different state or country. They are actually convinced that if we move again that they will get a little brother. My 3 year old says, "You get in an airplane and then you get a baby." I'm letting her believe that for now.

I used to dream about moving back to America and how easy it would be to find the exact cutter I always dreamed of. And turning lanes. And buying milk at 3 in the morning. And owning a house instead of renting. But as it turns out... I still order most of my cutters from the internet. Turning lanes actually are the most fantastic thing that ever happened to my driving life. I've never once, in the entire 2 years I've been back gone to purchase milk at 3 in the morning. And owning a house? Not quite as fantastic as I remembered it being.

Oh sure, I can build a climbing wall in my living room if I want to and cut holes in the walls for new windows. But I also have to figure out why all my plants are dying. And make myself actually clean my oven since there isn't a moving date and inspection looming over my head to terrify me into keeping things cleanish to begin with. And I have to fix things and paint things and buy a small car and install it in my laundry room when the blower on my furnace stops working. Sure, they *call* it a furnace...but when they were all standing around talking about how many BTUs that beauty has...I'm pretty sure they knew they just sold me a car too.

And having repair people in your house is so awkward. I mean, either you're hovering or you're allowing a complete stranger to wander your house with reckless abandon. I choose reckless abandon in case you are wondering. I mean...those cookies aren't going to decorate themselves. Secretly though, I'm just hoping they aren't judging the mass quantities of sugar and Netflix in my kitchen. And I've got all these answers ready for them just in case they look at me with judging eyes. But they never do. It's like they couldn't care less what I'm doing with my life. Can you believe that? It's like my only purpose it to give them money and be satisfied with the repair.

I'm already tired of being a home owner. But I can't move...because you know what happens when you get in an airplane....

But I can make cookies. Especially back-to-school cookies. I've made backpack cookies before...but when I saw this footed egg guy in my Easter cutter box.... I knew it was going to find a new home in my school cutter box. (No airplane required for this move.)


1. Use thick icing and a #6 tip to pipe a line across the bottom edge of the backpack. You could also just use a #3 tip and medium consistency icing.
2. Outline and fill the backpack section of the cookie with medium consistency light blue icing and a #3 tip. Let it dry for at least 30 minutes.
3. Use medium consistency blue icing and a #3 tip to make a square for the pocket. With medium consistency tan icing and a #3 tip, add a leg. Let it dry for at least 10 minutes.
4. Add another leg with the same icing. Use white icing to pipe a small name patch above the backpack pocket.
5. Use medium consistency yellow icing to add hair above the backpack. Add shoes with medium consistency brown icing. Allow to dry overnight.
6. Add stitching details and a zipper with a black food color marker. Write the name on the white patch. Add a pony tail if your student is a girl. Try to make yours more normal looking and not weird like mine.



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I'm SO excited to tell you that these letter cutters are now for sale at WHISKED AWAY CUTTERS!!!!! I am obsessed with them!!









Learn how I made these colored pencil cookies HERE. Or see all my other school cookies HERE.





Learn how to make the most adorable pencils ever with Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle HERE.






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