Monthly Archives: January 2013

Double Birthday Blondies

Birthday Oreos are back in stores.

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This is cause for a celebration of birthday proportions. I give you, Double Birthday Blondies.

I started with my basic blondie recipe, and went to town.

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Double Birthday Blondies

Ingredients:

 2 sticks butter (I use salted)

2 cups packed brown sugar (I used light)

2 egg

2 tsp vanilla

2 pinches of salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup funfetti cake powder

about a dozen birthday Oreos, chopped

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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Melt butter. Beat with brown sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla and egg, then add salt.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and funfetti cake mix powder until all lumps are gone. Slowly add to batter and mix until fully incorporated.

5. Mix in Oreo chunks by hand.

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6. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick spray, then pour batter into pan. Smooth out as evenly as possible.

7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set. Let cool completely before cutting so that the ooey gooey inside can set.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve made cinnamon rolls like this a few times now.

They are so easy to make, and so delicious… and they only take a couple minutes to put together.

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1. Start with a can of crescent rolls. Unroll each crescent and lay them out on a cutting board.

2. In a small bowl mix together about 3/4 cup sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. Mix them together with a spoon and add more cinnamon if needed. (I didn’t measure an exact amount, sorry.. but you can’t really mess this up…)

3. Butter each open raw crescent roll, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. You don’t want heaps, but be a little generous.

4. Roll up the crescents and curl the edges to form a crescent shape. Place on a baking sheet a couple inches apart. Pinch the ends in a little so that the cinnamon goodness doesn’t escape.

5. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes.

6. While they are baking, make your icing. Mix together powdered sugar and milk to make a thick syrup consistency.

7. When rolls are done baking, let cool for about a minute before transferring to a serving plate. Drizzle icing across the top and enjoy!

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Love & Marriage Cookies

Sticking with the elegant theme of black and white, I made these Love and Wedding Cookies as the favors for a bridal shower.

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I bought the Love cutter late last year and have been eager to use it ever since. I had a hard time figuring out the font to work with the shape, but I’m happy with how they turned out. I might tweak it a little next time.

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The next cookies were packaged together. The mom of the bride-to-be asked for a dress cookie, but since I didn’t have a cutter for that, I came up with this idea. She fell in love with it and so did I!

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Simple lines and details, but still elegant enough for a wedding (or shower in this case).

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I am also linking up these cookies to Lilaloa‘s Colorless Challenge!

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Colorless Lingerie

I have made lingerie cookies a couple times before. Once for Valentine’s Day last year, and again for a bridal shower last summer.

Since then I acquired a new corset cutter, so I had a new design to work with this time. It will take some practice playing with it, but I am pretty happy with the couple that I did.

I also used this opportunity to go for the Colorless Challenge proposed by Georganne of Lilaloa.

It was hard… you have no idea how bad I wanted to throw in some hot pink or bright blue!

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Glitter Bacon Pigs

For Christmas my mother in law bought me a pig cookie cutter. I love pigs!

Last year I stopped eating pork. I have never really liked bacon, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make. I was already contemplating it when I saw a horrible episode of Extreme Hoarders that involved pigs. I still can’t really think or talk about it without tearing up.

Anyways, the men in my life love bacon. Obviously. They all own T-shirts exclaiming so.

A while back, one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer of Not Your Momma’s Cookies, made these really cool (pork free) bacon cookies. I was just talking about them and showing them to my husband on Christmas Day right before I received my pig cutter. With the image fresh in my mind, I knew I had to combine them!

I dyed my cookie dough 3 different colors:

dark redish/brown

pinkish/brown

yellowish/brown

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Then I made skinny snakes out of the cookie dough and arranged them randomly on my flour dusted work surface. Once I had a bunch of snakes of all colors made, I squished them all up against each other…

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Then rolled them flat.

See those wooden dowels/skewers? I place one on each side of my dough, cover the whole thing with a piece of cling wrap, and roll it across from side to side. The dowels keep the dough an even thickness all the way across.

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Then I cut my pigs as close together as possible. Don’t want to waste any of those bacony stripes!

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…and bake them up like normal.

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When al the pigs were moved to the cookie sheet for baking, I balled up the scraps and rolled it back out. It’s not as stripey, but still kind of looks bacony!

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They look pretty cool as is…

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(I also made some mini pigs.)

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..but I couldn’t leave them alone. They needed something… when in doubt, add sprinkles.

When you don’t want to ruin the color and stripes of the cookies, you can’t add sprinkles.

Know what else makes everything better?

Glitter!!!

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They look wet, but really they’re just shiny and glittery. I used the same glitter on my Unicorn Poop Cookies.

Bacon lover or hater, these bacon pig cookies are for you!

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Mustache Cookie Pops

Mustaches are “in.”

Don’t know how something like that became a trend, but they’re everywhere!

AD loves mustaches. So for her birthday we put together some fun mustache pops!

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I only have 1 mustache cutter, which I used for my Lorax Cookies early last year. I used this cutter, along with a couple others to come up with a few different creative mustache shapes.

My new favorite way to ice cookies is to pour the icing over them over bowl like this:

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I make sure all the sides are covered, then just tap the excess off. Once it starts to set a bit, I move them to a wax paper lined baking sheet.

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I used this method to ice the small cookies I made here and here.

Then I just added some details with black and brown buttercream. (This was the fun part!)

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Here is the birthday girl with her mustache!

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… and this is Mallory, who you met last year when she made us fun red velvet donuts!

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…and the rest of the gang!

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Goodbye 2012, Happy 2013!

Happy New Year friends!

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2012 was a really good year for this little blog. Thank you everyone who follows and reads and comments! You make me want to keep doing this day after day.

I’ve made a few personal blog goals for the coming year, and I can’t wait to share more treats and continue to learn and try new things.

I made the cookies above for our little New Years house party we went to. I used my new curly number cutters my mom bought me for Christmas:

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I created this color swatch to work from. I wanted bright fun colors, but something a little different than what I normally do.

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It was fun trying to get my icing to match colors I chose ahead of time.

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I iced the small tile cookies by pouring the icing over the cookie, like I did with these I Voted cookies. It might be my new favorite method of icing. It’s easy and I don’t have to outline and flood each one. I did the same with the numbers, but in white.

I thinned out the remaining icing and put just a tiny bit into a squeeze bottle. Then I squeezed it and let the color splatter all over the numbers. (Saw this technique on Sugarbelle’s blog here.) It was fun and came out so much better than I was even hoping!

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Once the splatter on the numbers dried, I planned on attaching them to a couple base cookies and then icing the bases. But…. I ran out of time. So I used hot glue. Sorry cookies. (Oh and I learned a tip from the cookie gals of Cookie Con. Place some bunched up cling wrap on the platter before stacking the cookies, and they won’t slide around. It worked great!)

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I stacked the tiles all around the base cookies, and they were ready for the party!

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I’m so ready for 2013, bring it on!

What goals or resolutions did you make for the New Year?!

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