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Bowling Cookies

I made these cookies for Eli who turned 4 and had a bowling party.

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I made the balls swirled just like the real ones at the bowling alley. They ended up looking totally 3D which was awesome!

Piping a perfect circle for the ball turned out to be harder than I thought. Especially since only half of the circle matched up with the outside of the cookie. After doing a few (and making many fixes) I decided to trace a circle cutter onto the cookie with a food color marker. It worked FABULOUSLY and saved me so much time and aggravation!

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I filled in the ball as thinnly as I could with blue icing, then added the white to make the swirl.

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Then I used a toothpick to “mix” the white into the blue and make the swirly effect,

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For the red lines I used a thicker tip so that I could make wide flat lines on the pins.

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I just love the way they turned out!

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Vegan Sugar Cookie Recipe

I recently made vegan sugar cookies for the first time. I was stressed about it because I was planning on using an egg substitute that I’d read about but I couldn’t find it in any of my local grocery stores. I’ve used vegan butter in the past (when I made these) so I knew that wouldn’t be a problem.

We came across this recipe from Betty Crocker, and it seemed simple enough so I went with it. I only changed 1 thing – I used almond milk instead of soy milk because that’s what I had on hand. If someone has a nut allergy, make sure you use the soymilk! The dough was a little hard to work with, as it was very crumbly. My usual dough is pretty sticky so it was a challenge for me. But I didn’t have to use even a sprinkle of flour. I rolled it right out on my board and went to baking. The first sheet I only baked 3 cookies on. I didn’t want to waste my time rolling it all out if they weren’t going to bake well or taste good!

Well….. they were SO SO yummy! Like almost good enough to use just this recipe from now on! Almost. The crumbly dough part will keep me from that. Next time I will tweak it a little bit to try to get it a bit wetter/stickier. For now though, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to make vegan sugar cookies, so I wanted to share!

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Vegan Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup vegan butter (2 of the baking sticks)

1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

2 1/2 cups flour

Directions:

1. Mix together powdered sugar, butter, almond milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Add cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar. SLowly add flour. Knead well to help mix in the crumbles.

2. Roll and cut, then bake at 375* for 7 minutes. Let cool for a couple minutes before moving to a drying rack.

Here is the coordinating Vegan Buttercream and Vegan Glaze receipes to top the cookies.

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Funfetti Sugar Cookies

These are so cute and fun, and just perfect for the New Year!

They held their shape pretty well so they would be just the perfect substitute for any regular cut-out cookie recipe!

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Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
scant 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup dry cake mix (Funfetti, white, or yellow cake)
1/4 cup jimmies (long sprinkles)

Directions:
1. Cream together butter and sugar. (I like to cut my butter up into chunks first so that I don’t have to wait for it to come to room temperature.)

2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Scrape bowl if necessary.

3. Keeping mixer on low speed, add salt and baking powder. Slowly add flour then dry cake mix.

4. Knead the extra sprinkles in by hand. I tried using my mixer and it chopped some of them up.

5. Roll and cut as desired. I roll my cookies 1/8″ thick and bake for 9 minutes. Thinner cookies will cook faster.

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For these I just made a plain clear/white icing. I added 6 tbsp+1 tsp of milk to 1 lb of powdered sugar, and mixed until syrup consistency. Pour into a bottle and squeeze onto the cookies.

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Happy New Year!

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Fingernail Polish Cookies

HOW CUTE are these?!?

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A coworker asked me to make these for her friend’s 11 year-old daughter.

I used my wine bottle cookie cutter, and trimmed as necessary.

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I outlined in all black because it makes the colors pop.

Then just made the brightest funnest (yes I said funnest) colors I could! The white “glare marks” really brought them to life.

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Margarita Cookies

I have been wanting to make margarita cookies for a while now, but never had the right opportunity. I even had the cutter on hand!

When Suzanne asked me to make her margarita cookies for a rehearsal dinner, I was stoked!

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The “salt” rim was made with clear chunky sugar sprinkles.

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I also make some with the couple’s initials.

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Carter is 1

My little man turned 1 year old a couple weeks ago!

I didn’t go all out with the sweets cuz I had so many other things to get ready.

We had a pirate themed party.

Here are the cookies I made:

Pirate Cookies

I made funfetti cupcakes with bright blue buttercream frosting. Unfortunately no one remembered to take any pics.

And a personal little cake for my birthday boy. First time he’s had sugar and he LOVED it of course!

Carters Cake

I spent a ton of time making him a birthday board. I am a perfectionist and it was agonizing. Cookies are easier! Ha. But I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Birthday Board

Happy 1st Birthday to my little man!

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Pool Party Cookies

Jose turned 11 on the 4th of July! He had a pool party to celebrate, so there had to be matching cookies!

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Ladybug Cookies

These cookies were for my coworker’s best friend. She had a ladybug themed birthday party!

I used my balloon cutter for these. (I also have a mini ornament that would work for mini version!)

20140518-185741.jpg I outlined them in a thick black line, then dropped a dot in the center, and another in the center of the top half.

20140518-185748.jpg First I piped the head, then I piped the wings fanning away from it. Took me a few tries to get the angles right.

20140518-185800.jpg I always fill in my black first, because it tends to be much messier if I make a mistake!

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20140518-190232.jpg …because I dropped big black dots right into it for my ladybug’s spots.

20140518-190238.jpg Finished them off with some curly antennae, and viola! Cute little ladybug cookies.

20140518-190248.jpg Mini ladybugs would be totally cute for a little girl’s birthday!

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Lacy Easter Egg Cookies

Made these for a friend’s mom for a get-together.

Even though they are pretty detailed, they didn’t take a ton of time to do. Filling the eggs with a solid color and only using one color to pipe with saves a TON of time.

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Each cookie is totally unique. I just made up the designs as I went, there was no template that I followed. Doing this also makes it more fun!

20140417-082009.jpg Once I was done making the cookies for the party, I had a few leftover that I played with. I really like how these “swoop” designs turned out too. And SO easy.

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Spiderman Cookies

Syler is 3! (He used to be 2. Before that he was 1.)

He had a Spiderman birthday, complete with cookies!

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I used an Easter egg cutter, turned upside down. Outlined in black, then dotted the center for reference for my eyes. I just did them by hand, so each cookie is slightly different, but all of them look like Spidy!

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Filled them all in dark red…

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Then piped on the web design in black buttercream. I even made Syler a special “3” cookie.

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Syler’s sisters got their very own cookies for their ages too. I’ve made Layla cookies for her 3rd birthday and her 2nd birthday. This year I was having a baby and couldn’t make her 4th birthday cookies, or her sister Aurora’s 1st birthday cookies. I wanted to make it up to them a little bit!

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