Mardi Gras Cookies Made Easy

A few years back, I made these Mardi Gras cookies. And although they were very time consuming, they remain one of my favorite creations to date. I’m so very fond of them.

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I actually wrote a tutorial on how to make these masks, if you’re interested in taking a peek: https://sweetelizabeth.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/mardi-gras-cookie-masks/

But back to the business at hand. This year, I wanted to make sure I did some Mardi Gras cookies before I left on vacation (YES, say it with me “VACATION”) but I didn’t have enough time to take a stab at another elaborate mask set. But those purples, yellows, and greens – how could I not make Mardi Gras cookies?!?

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Trouble was, I don’t own a mask cookie cutter. But then I looked through my cutters and my new Wilton set jumped out at me. It’s this one. The mustache and lips cutters could make perfect Mardi Gras masks.

The mustache cookie cutter becomes a very small and very thin mask:

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And the lips cutter, when flipped, makes a great jester Mardi Gras mask:

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I hope this can be helpful for my fellow don’t-own-a-mask-cutter cookie friends! Happy Mardi Gras!

I melt with you

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And now I have the Modern English song stuck in my head. Which is not a bad way to spend the day šŸ™‚

But I digress…here’s a quick little tutorial on how to make these happy little love cones.

To start, bake your cookies with the use of an ice cream cookie cutter and a small heart cookie cutter. I apologize, but I didn’t get a picture of the process with the dough. Basically, you begin by cutting into the top of your ice cream cookie with the bottom of the heart. Cut out a small heart from the dough, place it into the ice cream gap that you just made. And then repeat. And repeat. Until you have three heart scoops like this:

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– Light brown (piping & flooding consistency)
– Dark brown (piping & flooding)
– Pink (piping & flooding)
– Red (piping & flooding)
– White (piping)
– Black (piping)

Begin by outlining the first heart scoop in red.

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Then flood the red outline and outline the top heart scoop with pink.

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And flood the pink heart as well. At this point, you’ll need to wait until the two hearts dry a bit before proceeding. Once those are dry, outline the middle heart in dark brown.

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Then flood the cookie.

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Using the light brown, outline the cone part of the cookie and flood.

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The cookie will have to dry a bit more before we can add final details. So go get some lunch, fold some laundry, waste 20 minutes or so.

Then add your final details. Use the dark brown to detail the cone. Pipe white and light brown sprinkles on the ice cream scoops. And top them off with some sweet smiles šŸ™‚

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I’ll stop the world and melt with you
hmmm hmmm hmmm

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And there you have it. Have a sweet day everyone!

I have a confession to make

I have no idea who’s playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. I didn’t even know that it was two words – I had to look that up. I know one team may be the Seahawks because I’ve been seeing lots of amazing Super Bowl cookies on Facebook and Instagram lately. And the other team has Manning? Does that sound right? He’s pretty amazing on SNL.

So yes, I may not love football all that much. But you know what? I come for the food. Because I heart food. And planning out some tasty dishes for Super Bowl Sunday is what’s up for me.

And I’ll have tasty football cookies. So no one can be really upset that I’m not paying attention to the game – right? šŸ˜‰

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And I’ve bundled them up because ladies and gents, it’s been a heck of a winter. Especially here in MI.

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A few tips if you’re going to attempt these cookies:

  • Start by outlining and flooding the brown of the football, but leave room for the hat.
  • When your brown icing is fairly dry and you’re ready to start icing your hat, pipe the bottom of the hat first. Wait 20 minutes or so, then pipe and flood the rest of the hat. This will give your cookie some dimension.
  • I piped the eyes with a #2, but did the rest of the details with a #1 – it really helped with the finer details.
  • When adding the details, pipe the bottom white line first, then the laces. Having those piped first will help you when placing the eyes and mouths.

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

One I Am

I can’t believe that my daughter will be 3 in May. Three going on 15. This one keeps me young šŸ™‚

And I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since her Dr. Seuss birthday party and I have yet to share the details. I wanted to share details of her birthday party so that I could finally give credit to the amazing bloggers that gave me so much inspiration.

Since we owned practically all of the Dr. Seuss books, it was a more than appropriate party theme.

First, the decor. I stuck to teal, red, yellow, and white, which helped me get some basic decorations from Party City. I used white vases that I already had and jazzed them up with ribbon thanks to this inspiration and some twirly vase fillers and boas that I found at the craft store. And the morning of, I sent my Dad out for cheap, simple bouquets to fill the vases.

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As guests entered, they were greeted by hanging Dr. Seuss quotes, thanks to Annie’s Eats and her awesome idea here.

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Every single food item was Seuss related.

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Deviled eggs as “Green Eggs No Ham” and pasta salad as “Oodles of Noodles”. With inspiration from the Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas blogĀ  here, I got the idea to put fruit on sticks as “Truffula Fruits”. And I found the great idea for “Cat Hats” here at Anders Ruff.

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I ran out of time to make a full-blown cake, so I made Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes thanks to the help of some homemade cupcake liners and very high frosting. And the green jello? It’s “Oobleck”!

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The Girl Who Ate Everything has a great tutorial for “Green Eggs and Ham” here.

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“Star Belly Sneetches” thanks to Pizzazzerie’s post here.

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And rolled wrap sandwiches as “Truffula Trees”.

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The Hip Hip Hooray Blog had a wonderful idea for a personalized banner here that really helped liven up the present table.

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And thanks to the wonderfully talented Kristy Makes, I got a fantastic guest book idea here that Jude will cherish for years.

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Waiting for the guests when they left were individually wrapped sugar cookies with a sweet note inspired by Giggles Galore.

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And the birthday girl got her very own Cat in the Hat smash cake šŸ™‚

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I think she had a good time šŸ™‚

And we’re back…

Shame. Shame on me. I haven’t posted in quite some time. Mostly due to someĀ unforeseenĀ life changesĀ happeningĀ around here, mostly due to lack of time.

But…I’m back with a new post and a promise to post tutorials on a more regular basis. Nothing can stop me! Well, nothing except some more unforeseen life changes but let’s hope that stress was the last of it.

And what better way to come back with a bang than to celebrate Earth Day? I give you: simple and quick Earth Day Cookies!!!

I chose to make mine with my heart cutter, but you could always use a simple round cutter as well. These took Ā half a day to decorate, so they’re super easy to make.

To make these you’ll need:

Baked cookies

Light blue royal icing

Green royal icing

Black royal icing

Candy eyeballs

Start by outlining your cookie with the light blue icing.

Immediately flood the whole cookie with light blue icing.

*Excuse the extremely blurry photo, I had a case of the two-much-coffees.

As soon as you’re done flooding the cookie, pop two candy eyeballs on your cookie. These are the candy eyeballs I used, from Wilton.

You want to do this while your icing is still wet so that the eyeballs will dry with the icing and adhere nicely.

Then…try not to be creeped out.

It’s like it’s watching you…constantly…

Give your cookies an hour or two to dry. Perhaps put them in the oven or in a pantry, so those creepy eyeballs don’t keep staring up at you.

When your cookies have dried, you can start outlining the continents with green icing.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be accurate. I didn’t strive for accuracy because I wanted to have enough room for facial features and, let’s face it, the Earth isn’t heart-shaped either.

Then, flood the continents.

Add some facial features and you’re done!

Happy Earth Day!

Wear Your Green!

What better way to represent St. Patrick’s Day than with the green garb everyone sports that day, right? I mean, people will give you a hard time if you’re out celebrating and you’re not wearing green. I myself had to go out and get a shirt to wear for the occasion. Since I was very late to the game it was slim pickins. I ended up with a shirt that says “World’s Cutest Leprechaun”. I’ll give you all a moment to shake your head at me. At 5″9′, I’m hardly a “cute leprechaun” :p

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

A Wee Pot O’ Gold

These are so simple to make, you’ll be like “woah”. And they turn out so stinkin’ cute – perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Makes me want to go chasing rainbows (is that a thing?).

To make these, you’ll need:

Mini Oreos or Mini Nutter Butters (I used the Spring Oreos because they have that cute little yellow filling)

Yellow Candy Melts

Gold Color Mist Spray

Chocolate Candy Coating

A balloon

Start by melting the yellow candy melts in the microwave (tip: add a little vegetable oil to make dipping easier). Do this in 20 second intervals to avoid burning the melts.

Using a spoon, dip the mini Oreos into the yellow candy melts and then let them dry on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Don’t worry about them being messy after dipping, we’ll fix that later.

Let these dry completely (about 15-30 minutes).

Once they’re dry, spray them with the gold mist and let them dry for 10-15 minutes.

Using a sharp knife, cut off the excess candy on each cookie.

Use the chocolate candy coating and the balloon to make a little chocolate bowl (or little cauldron, in this case). I’ll let the fantastic Mandy from Gourmet Mom On-The-Go walk you through that process since…as you can tell…my cauldrons came out a bit iffy šŸ™‚

Place your golden cookies in your chocolate cauldron and you’re all set! Wee little pots o’ gold!

Popcorn Cookies

Yes, yes, these would have been super handy for the Oscars last week. It seems that timing like this is how I roll šŸ™‚ But hey, if you’re planning a movie night or a circus theme party – I got you covered!

These cookies are super easy to make and the best part is you don’t have to buy new cutters! These were made using two cutters that you may already have:

*Cupcake cutter & Wilton Fancy Shape Cut-Out Flower Cutter

Note: My cupcake cutter has a candle included. If yours is like this, take a sharp knife and cut the candle off the cookie before baking it. If you have a cupcake cutter without a candle, perfect! I used that particular flower cutter but if you don’t have that one, any flower cutter would work.

Along with these you’ll need:

Rolled cookie dough

White royal icing

Red royal icing

Yellow food coloring

Tips #2 and 12

Piping bags

Paintbrush (a clean one used only for decorating)

Start with your cupcake cookie.Ā Now I’ll be honest, I struggled for a while with the lines on the popcorn bin. I just couldn’t space them out properly. Then it finally hit me! If you have a cookie drying rack, use the lines on the rack to space your lines out. If you don’t have one that will work, you could always use an edible food marker to mark your lines too. I just couldn’t do that because my cookies were chocolate and therefore, too dark for any marker to show up on.

Using your drying rack as a guide (or your marked lines), pipe on four white lines like so:

Connect the white lines to form two white bands and give them arches at the top.

Flood these two white bands (Sorry, I completely forgot to take a photo of this step). Let the cookies dry for 15-20 minutes to avoid bleeding.

Then take your red icing and outline 3 red bands around the white bands. As you can see, my red icing was waaaay to watery (grrr).

Flood the red bands.

Let this part dry. In the meantime, take a piping bag and put the #12 tip in it. Using the paintbrush dipped in the yellow food coloring, draw a line down one side of the piping bag.

Fill the piping bag with thick royal icing. At first the icing will come out all white. Squeeze out the extra until it comes out both yellow and white. Then pipe different sized dots at the top of the cookie to resemble popcorn. Clean your paintbrush so it doesn’t have any coloring on it anymore. Dampen the paintbrush a bit and use it to push down the piped dots and squish them together a bit.

Once your popcorn bins are done, you can pipe white and yellow dots on the smaller (flower) cookies.

If you want to go the extra step, you could always pipe “POPCORN” on the cookies or names for a great personalized party favor! Enjoy folks!

Mardi Gras Masks

When I was young (middle school ish) my aunt came to the US to study abroad. Since she was studying in New Orleans, we went to visit her. I don’t remember much. Mostly I remember the T-shirts she got us from her school because, at the time, the thought of owning a College T-shirt was very exciting. I don’t remember much about New Orleans, which is why I hope to go back very soon to take it all in and actually appreciate it this time. What I do remember quite vividly is my parents buying me several ceramic masks that later hung on my bedroom walls. They were bright, beautiful, and I loved them. So for this year’s Mardi Gras, I decided to make these masks into cookies. And I’d like to share the process with you, in case you’d like to try as well!

What you will need:

Roll out cookie dough

Paper plate/Cardboard/Plastic Lid

Sharp Knife

Plastic Straw

Royal icing in white, purple, black, yellow, and green

Piping tips #1 and #2

Piping bags

Sanding sugar

Matching ribbon

To begin, you’ll have to find a mask template that you like. I used this graphic as my template because it wasn’t too big (the size of my actual face) but it was big enough to pipe enough detail.

Using this, I cut out a template from a paper plate to use as my cookie cutter. You can use a paper plate, cardboard, a plastic lid, etc.

Before cutting out my shape, I rolled my cookie dough between two sheets of wax paper and let it chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. This will make the cutting process much easier. Using your template, cut out the mask shapes with a sharp knife. Note: I did not cut out the eyes in the cookies and chose to pipe them on instead with black royal icing. You can choose to cut them out if you’d like.

Once the shapes are cut out, place them in the freezer for 5 minutes. This will help avoid expansion while baking.

Bake your cookies as you normally would. The minute your cookies come out of the oven, use a plastic straw to punch out two holes on either side of the mask, for the ribbon.

When your cookies are finished cooling, take your white royal icing in a bag with a #2 tip and outline the masks and the holes. Let them dry for 5 minutes.

Once they are dry, flood the cookies entirely with the white royal icing. Let these dry overnight.

Before decorating your cookies, you’ll want to pipe on some eyes, a nose, and a mouth. I tried to stay pretty simple with these in order to save time, but you can get asĀ elaborateĀ as you want. You’ll notice that my facial features are pretty small and that’s because I didn’t space the holes properly. Just know that if you do the same, it’s ok and it still works out.

Once your facial features are dry, start the first layer of your designs. You can make outlines in black first or immediately start decorating with the colors. Go online and search for inspiration as well. Remember: make it bright and bold! For large details, use your #2 tip. For much smaller details, use your #1 tip. Once you are done with the first layer of decoration, let this dry for 30 minutes or so to avoid bleeding.

Then, continue to add details to your masks. Fill in the outlines, highlight certain areas, and add some sanding sugar. Once your cookies are completely dry, take some ribbon and tie it around the masks.

When you’re through, you’ll have beautiful Mardi Gras masks!

A Pinterest Inspired Valentine’s

I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Pinterest. I could (and do) waste hours pinning. But, out of wasteful hours comes inspiration. Although most of the pins only amount to daydreams, it’s become a great place for me to store baking ideas. My favorite thing toĀ stumbleĀ upon is an adorable graphic that I simply must turn into a cookie.

I’ve had these pinned for quite some time and couldn’t wait to make them.

Image courtesy of pumpkins and posies

Image courtesy of Pink Ink Doodle

I thought they would make adorable Valentine’s Day cookies. Who wouldn’t want an edible Valentine card?

So, without further ado, here they are in cookie form:

Have a happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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