To Hot to Bake Cookies???

What??! No baking cookies??  Hey, “It’s too hot to bake”,  you might say. (Even though it’s almost National Sugar Cookie Day!)  Remember….”must make cookies” for July 9th.

Idea, what’s wrong with buying a few baked cookies from your local bakery? (Shop from locals whenever you can.)

The best part of cookie making is the decorating!  Make up some fun, bright colors of Royal icing and let the kids decorate!  Round cookies can be the sun, a beach ball, logos, badges, baseballs, soccer balls…..whatever they can think of.  Just let them have fun!  (Sort of like Dec. cookie decorating in the kitchen, what a fun mess)! Pull out all of the holiday sprinkles, jimmies and silver dragees.  What a great way to fill up an afternoon!  Plus you get to eat cookies!

This is a great rain-y day activity for all ages.  Plus it’s fun when it’s too hot to go outside!

A neat idea: If the ‘store bought’ cookies are soft enough, try cutting shapes with your own cookie cutters.  Just be sure and use simple cutter shapes.  Place the cookie on a hard surface, (cutting board works great) place the cutter on the cookie and press.  Cut all the way through the cookie.  Heart, square and round cookie cutter seem to work best.  You can even use a mini cookie cutter to cut out the center of the  baked cookie for a ‘fun look’.  Decorate cookie as usual.

Happy Baking!

Valentines Day "Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial

Melt the heart of the one you love with these adorable cookies made fresh from the comfort of your kitchen.

To get started you will need:

  • Baked and cooled sugar cookies in any heart shape.
  • 2 colors of medium thin royal icing

Step 1: Outline cookie with white royal icing. Flood in outline with the same icing. Completely fill in the cookie.

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

Step 2: Working quickly, add 7 or 8 evenly spaced small dots of a contrasting color to the just iced cookie.

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

Step 3: Immediately take a toothpick and drag it through the small dots while the icings are still very wet.  This should be done in one slow motion.  Do not pick up the toothpick until you are finish with the last dot. You will have created “flying hearts”.  Let cookie completely dry.

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 3

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 3

Step 4: Add small dots of white to the outside edges, starting at the top of the heart and working way your down one side.

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Step 5: Finish working your way down the other side. Let dry for about 2 hours. 

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 5

"Flying Hearts" Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 5

Alternatively, you can run a small outline around the outside of the cookie and sprinkle with  sanding sugar. 

You’re done! Package cookies in clear cellophane bags and tie with a beautiful ribbon for gift giving to your favorite Valentine!

Happy Baking!

Cathy

Bonus Tip: This same technique may be used for creamy soups or dips.  Just use a contrasting liquid.  (Sour cream works well in soups.)

Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial

It may still be cold outside but this cozy little polar bear cookie sure will warm your heart! 

To get started, you will need:

  • Baked and cooled polar bear sugar cookie shapes. 
  • Medium thick royal icing in white and dark blue
  • Thick royal icing in black

Step 1.   Outline and flood the polar bear with the medium thick white icing. Cover the whole cookie.

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 1

 

Step 2: Immediately sprinkle wet icing with tiny white non-pareils. Note: if you don’t get the edges of the icing covered with the  non-pareils, try gently dipping the edge of the cookie into the bowl of non-pareils.  Use a spoon to help attached them to the wet icing. Let cookie dry 2 hours. 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 2

 

 

Step 3: Add the ‘ear and eyes and nose” with black icing to the cookie.  Add the rear leg in black icing.  Let dry 2 hours. 

 

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

 

Step 4: Add “fuzzy scarf” by piping blue medium thick icing on the bears neck.  Immediately sprinkle with white sanding sugar.  Shake off excess sugar.  Let cookie dry 2 hours or overnight. You’re done!

 

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Cozy Polar Bear Cookie Decorating Tutorial - Step 4

Tips: Package cookie in clear cellophane bags tied with raffia.  This is a nice cookie to include with a coffee mug and a pack of hot coca mix.  Yumm! 

Happy Baking!

Cathy