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Descendants 2 - Rise of the Isle of the Lost

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Descendants 2 - Rise of the Isle of the Lost

Did you watch the premiere of Descendants 2 this past week? My kids and I have been counting the days all summer to see Uma, the daughter of Ursula seek revenge from the Isle of the Lost. I love that Disney is having fun with villains in this musical trilogy. The cast of characters include the children of Ursula, Maleficent, Jafar and more. There's an abundance of dancing, singing and references to our favorite Disney movies!

The Rise of the Isle of the Lost features a lot of attention on the sea and Uma. I wanted to create a spooky and bejeweled series of cookies for our Descendants 2 party. I focused on jewel toned seashells, sparkly skulls and of course an abundance of octopus!

Are you hosting a Descendants party? You can recreate this set easily and I bet you have most of the cutters already! For this cookie set I used : shell, oval, plaque and skull. This cookie party platter could also be easily tweaked to just be for a pirate party.


descendants 2 cookie tutorial and video

One of the catchy series phrases was "We Ride With the Tide" and "Trouble is Here". One of my favorite cookies features a quote and is framed with octopus tentacles. This is an easy cookie to make and can be done on just about cookie cutter you have at home!

You can see below how much the jewel toned sugar sprinkles add to the cookie set. They shimmer and glisten like stolen jewels from the sea. Your Descendant loving kiddos will go nuts over these treats!

descendants 2 cookie tutorial and video

Come watch me create the cookie over here! So easy on a basic plaque cookie.



descendants 2 cookie tutorial and video

What's a story of the sea without pirate skulls and an evil octopus villain? I created these ombre jewel seashells with the help of my airbrush machine and some edible gold paint. Come back later this week to see how I made the shells and used them in a desert beach set!

descendants 2 cookie tutorial and video


Harry Potter's Golden Snitch Cookie


harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

Golden Snitch Cookie Tutorial

It's that time of year again when my amazing friend Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings hosts her annual Harry Potter bonanza for all us Muggles! There will be tutorials, inspiration, giveaways and so many amazing blogs. If you have ever dreamed of attending Hogwarts or playing quidditch, then you will have to join us for the magical blog ride.

I thought long and hard about what kind of cookie I should create for this year's Harry Potter party. I wanted to create a set that might speak to an older crowd - refined and dramatic. I worked with a small color palette and selected a few visuals to play with.

harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

There has always been something about the quidditch game that I loved. Or maybe I just want to ride around on a broom. I wanted to create a golden snitch that would be magical and a new cookie style. For this snitch, I've added white fondant wings for such a fun way to create dimension.

Materials needed:


harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

The first thing you need to do to create these flying, golden snitches is to create the fondant wings. For this cookie, I actually used a feather mold - I liked how delicate and long this particular mold was. Take a small bit of fondant (homemade or store bought) and push it into the mold. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes and pop out. I let mine stiffen up overnight in a cool, dry box. Create 2 feathers for every snitch cookie that you are making.

Next you will position the fondant feathers on your round cookie. Gently press and flatten the fondant ends of the feather into the cookie. This will help anchor the fondant and make it more stable.

harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

Now outline and flood the cookie in white icing. You will completely ice over the area of the fondant that is on the cookie. Allow to dry for 10 minutes in a dehydrator at 90 F or at room temperature for a few hours.

harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

Your final step to finishing the golden snitch cookie, is painting a layer of edible gold paint all over the cookie. There are a number of options on the market, just choose your favorite. This adds such a gorgeous sheen. Your Hogwarts fans, old and young, will love this sparkly cookie! I added a few edible stars and sprinkles while the gold paint was still wet.

Aren't these quidditch cookies a showstopper?! They are fragile, so please treat with care and this may not be one that you will want to ship. However, they are easy to make and I think are my most favorite Harry Potter cookie to date.



Want to see a quickie video of creating the cookie? Unfortunately it was crazy overcast in Washington and my hands have a weird purple hue in the video, but it will show you exactly how I made mine.

harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

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harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

Are you looking for more Harry Potter cookie tutorials? Come visit the Harry cookie I created last year!  And of course, lots more inspiration cookie ideas for your party or client!

XO,
Jenny

harry potter golden snitch cookie tutorial

Bourbon Candied Pecan Pie Cookies



candied pecan pie cookies

Bourbon Candied Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan pie is my husband and dad's favorite dessert ever. It's my go-to recipe during the fall holidays and it's always devoured. I love pie, ya'll know I love pie. However, I also love experimenting with flavor and texture combinations. National Pecan Pie Day was this week and I wanted to see if I could recreate that gooey, nutty taste in a cookie. I came up with a soft vanilla cookie topped with smooth molasses buttercream and bourbon candied pecans. It is amazing! 

Today I'm giving you the recipe for the molasses buttercream and candied pecans. You can add it to your favorite sugar cookie recipe. If you are still looking for that perfect cookie recipe, run back to the blog next week for my personal favorite. You can easily adapt this recipe for a pecan pie cupcake too! Just add the buttercream and pecans to a spice cupcake for a completely delicious dessert.


candied pecan pie cookies

The candied pecans are baked in bourbon whiskey, sugars and some spices. In just 30 minutes you will have the most amazing nuts that are perfect on cookies, ice cream or simply as they are. They would make a yummy holiday gift too! If you are not a drinker, feel free to leave the bourbon out of the recipe. I love the complex taste it adds, but it's not necessary. 

I was a bit timid to try molasses in the buttercream frosting. It is such a strong flavor, but I think you will find it works amazingly well. There's only 1/8 cup included in the icing recipe - it's enough to impart the pecan pie taste, but does not overwhelm the dessert.


candied pecan pie cookies


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Bourbon Candied Pecan Pie Cookies


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Make any sugar cookie transformed into a pecan pie dessert! Simply add molasses buttercream and bourbon candied pecans for a decadent cookie that will be a bite of autumn bliss.


Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:

Yield: 3 dozen topped cookies


Ingredients:

3 dozen baked vanilla cookies

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

3 cups pecan pieces

1 large egg white

1 tbsp whiskey

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups powder sugar

1/8 cup molasses

1 tbsp vanilla

4 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions:




  • Preheat oven to 300 F and set aside an ungreased cookie sheet.



  • In a medium bowl combine sugars, salt and 1/2 tbsp cinnamon.



  • In a separate medium bowl combine pecan pieces, egg white and whiskey. Mix until pecan pieces are well coated.



  • Add pecan pieces to the sugar mixture and stir. Lay sugared pecans in a single layer on pan and bake for 30 minutes. Shake the pan up a bit at the 15 minute mark.



  • Allow pecan pieces to cool and store in an airtight container. These are incredibly delicious all on their own!



  • To make molasses buttercream, add butter and molasses in a mixing bowl. Beat until they are well combined and slowly add powder sugar, vanilla, remaining cinnamon and whipping cream. Beat buttercream for 5-7 minutes are until light and fluffy. Store any leftover in the refrigerator or freezer.




  • candied pecan pie cookies

    Ok, you caught me - I'm excited and counting the weeks until it's fall. I love watching the leaves turn and finding gorgeous orange pumpkins at the market. Pecan pie is a favorite autumn dessert, but I think with the ease of the recipe that you will be enjoying the taste all year!

    XO,
    Jenny


    candied pecan pie cookies

    Spiderman Homecoming Cookies

    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    Spiderman Homecoming Cookies

    Who else is excited for the latest Super Hero movie, Spiderman Homecoming? Although I doubt my children will watch it with us, they are too little, I wanted to share the Super Hero excitement with them. My son just had a Batman party and loves to pretend he's fighting bad guys. They were climbing the walls with excitement as they watched me make these!

    These Spiderman cookies are really pretty quick! I used a royal icing transfer for the eyes and that makes this whole cookie a low stress design. These are small enough to be used as an adorable cupcake topper or you can make them large round cookies for a party favor. 

    What do you need?
    • round cookies - you can use a cookie or biscuit cutter
    • royal icing in flood level - red, black and white
    • Spiderman face template (Google Spiderman face images and pick your favorite. Be sure the eyes will fit on the cookie!)
    • parchment paper


    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    The first step in creating these fun Spiderman treats is to create a royal icing transfer of the eyes. Search and print an image of Spiderman's face that you like. Make sure the eyes will fit on the cookie. Copy and paste several Spiderman heads on a piece of paper and print out. Place a sheet of parchment paper on top. You should be able to see through to the template quite easily.

    Trace the outline of the eyes in black and white. Your icing should be thin enough to flow, but not too loose. I think my icing was about a 15 second flood. Once you've iced all the eyes you need, do a few more! Sometimes these can be fragile and you'd rather have too many! Set aside to dry for 8-12 hours. They will pop right off!

    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    Now outline and flood your cookies in a bold red. I used Americolor's Super Red and love it! 

    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    While the red icing base is still quite wet, gently place the eyes into position. Since the icing is wet and you don't have the web piped, you can move the eyes as needed until it's perfect for you.

    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    Now you can either pipe the web while the cookie is wet or wait until it has crusted over. I piped mine while the Spiderman face was wet and didn't have any bleeding issues. First pipe the lines of the web, centered between his eyes.

    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

    Come back and finish the web with cascading lines in a circular motion. Hi, Spiderman! You are all done. Wasn't that easy as pie? Your little Green Goblins will devour these in no time and will be off to fight crime ridden playgrounds.
    spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video


    Maybe your kids favor Batman? I have some cookies and cupcake toppers for the dark knight as well.



    Come watch the fun movie - just click the photo above to see me create the cookies.


     spiderman homecoming decorated cookie tutorial and video

     Wonder Woman is coming soon!

    XO,
    Jenny

    Apple Cream Cheese Turnovers

    apple cream cheese turnover recipe

    Apple Cream Cheese Turnovers

    What's more delicious than an apple cream cheese turnover? Or are these hand pies? Is there a difference? I'm not sure, but I do know that this is my new favorite pastry breakfast. These turnovers are chock full of spiced apples and fluffy cream cheese that melts in your mouth. The flaky crust is drizzled in a thick cinnamon cream cheese icing and is the perfect amount of sweetness.

    These turnovers come together quickly and can be made in the morning before your family rises, but they are also delicious cold from the refrigerator with a hot cup of coffee!

    apple cream cheese turnover recipe

    Apples

    I made these turnovers with tangy Granny apples. I wanted an apple that could be baked without becoming mushy and one that had some tang to cut the sweetness. These were perfect! They are coarsely chopped and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. You want to cook your apples until they are softened, but not completely broken down. My kids kept sneaking bites out of the pan - little stinkers!

    Crust

    I used my favorite pie crust for these turnovers. It's an excellent recipe from Six Figures Under and I usually have several crusts in the freezer at any given time. I used this same recipe for my popular peach hand pie too! You can use it for savory dishes as well - I love it in my chicken pot pie. It is a shortening based dough - if you are new to crusts, you will appreciate it's forgiving nature. 

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    Apple Cream Cheese Turnovers


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    These flaky turnovers are filled with cinnamon spiced Granny apples and layered with fluffy cream cheese. Incredibly delicious and perfect for a Sunday morning.


    Prep time: 20
    Cook time: 20
    Total time: 40

    Yield: 5 large turnovers


    Ingredients:

    2 raw pie crusts (store bought or homemade)

    1 tbsp butter

    2 small Granny apples, peeled and coarsely chopped

    2 tbsp + 1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

    2 tbsp all purpose flour

    1/4 cup white sugar

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    4 oz cream cheese, softened

    1 egg

    1-2 tbsp milk


    Instructions:



  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll out pie dough and cut 10 circles about 4-5" in diameter. This will make 5 good sized turnovers. You can make them smaller or larger depending upon your needs.



  • In a medium sized pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter has melted, add chopped apples, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently toss in pan and continue to cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Apples should be tender, but not completely broken down. Remove from heat and set aside



  • In a small bowl combine flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, white sugar, remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, vanilla and cream cheese. Using a hand mixer, whip mixture together until it is light and fluffy. Set aside 1/4 cup of the cream cheese filling for the glaze.



  • On an ungreased cookie sheet, lay out 5 pie crust rounds. Spread a good sized spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. Spread around crust, leaving about 1/4 -1/2" border. Lay a 1/4 cup of the apple mixture on top of the cream cheese layer. Top with another pie crust and pinch edges together. You can make a decorative border if so desired.



  • Beat the egg and paint on the pie crust tops. Cut 4 venting holes in the crust with a sharp knife. Bake for 17- 20 minutes or until turnovers are a golden brown.



  • While turnovers are baking, add the 1/4 cup of reserved cream cheese filling to a small bowl. Add 1-2 tbsp of milk and blend until it is an icing consistency.



  • Once the pies come out of the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes and then heavily drizzle tops with the cream cheese frosting. These are amazing hot from the oven, but they also can be enjoyed cold. You can refrigerate leftovers for 2 days, if any remain.






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    Kids in the Kitchen

    Since I have 3 kids at home, I try to get them in the kitchen as much as possible. In baking there truly is a ton of science and precision needed. And well it's yummy and fun. I also find they open up about what's on their mind while our hands are busy making meals. 

    There are several steps in this recipe that can be done by kids of various ages. They can pick the apples, peel them and chop them coarsely. Have them add the spices and whip the icing, too. Such amazing life skills and bonding moments with a delicious breakfast when you're done.

    apple cream cheese turnover recipe

    XO,
    Jenny

    Patriotic Cupcakes

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Patriotic Cupcakes

    This week I made a batch of patriotic cupcakes for one of our most favorite neighbors. Ron and his wife live across the street from us and are just the most amazing friends. My son runs over there daily to see what Ron is up to and sit on the porch with him. They spoil my kids rotten and are always looking out for us. When I heard that he was turning 75. I wanted to make something special for him and to honor him as a Vietnam Veteran.

    I love making fondant cupcake toppers right now. It's such a low stress way to play with fondant and learn more about it. The toppers are easy to make and can be easily peeled off if it's not your favorite flavor; there is a generous mound of delicious buttercream underneath!

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Aren't they so sweet? They are also crazy perfect for the 4th of July! You still have time to whip these up and enjoy while you watch the fireworks.

    Materials

    Tools



    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    You will just need about a fist sized amount of fondant to create these American flag heart toppers. Split it up into 3 bowls and dye two of them blue and red. I always wear disposable gloves when I work with fondant, especially during the dye time. Fondant picks up any dust available to it and the dye will leave your hands colored for days!

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Roll out your blue fondant to about 1/8" thick and with the star extruder, punch a ton of stars out. I used 3 stars on every heart topper. You may want to punch extra out just in case. Set them aside in a dark, cool spot to dry and stiffen up. 

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Roll out your red fondant to somewhere between 1/4-1/8" thick and create hearts with your cookie cutter. Just cut out as many as needed and you can soften the edges with your fingers tips if needed. If you have left over fondant, cover it with Crisco and keep in an airtight Ziploc for later use!

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Carefully paint a small dab of water on the left side of the red hearts and press the blue stars down. The water acts as glue for fondant, but you really only need the smallest amount or you will have a mess! Aren't they so fun already?

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Now it's time to add stripes to that ol' American flag! Roll out your white fondant to 1/8" thick and cut out hearts with the same cookie cutter. Using a very sharp knife, slice the hearts in half and then stripes. Each half heart will give you enough strips for 2 red hearts - you need to leave space for the "red stripes".


    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Just like the blue stars, paint a small bit of water on the right side of the heart where you will be placing the white stripes. Gently add the stripes and press them down.

    Set these yummy cupcake toppers aside to stiffen up. You will want to place them on the cupcakes right before serving. The buttercream softens the fondant quite quick and you don't want a soggy topper!

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Ron just loved his patriotic birthday cupcakes and I know that your guests will love these as much on the 4th of July! They are sweet, easy and beaming with American pride.

    fondant american flag patriotic cupcake toppers

    Happy 4th of July!

    XO,
    Jenny

    Oh Snap - Camera Cookie Tutorial


    Oh Snap - Camera Cookie Tutorial

    Who else out there still madly loves their camera? In the era of phone cameras, I see less Nikons and Canons around, but I still adore my Nikon camera and use it when I can. Not to mention that cameras are gorgeous pieces of technology! I thought it would be fun to create some sweet camera cookies for National Camera Day. These would also be the sweetest thank you gift for the amazing photographer in your life.

    These camera cookies are a snap to make! You can make them with a square or rectangle cookie cutter. I stacked a few mini hearts in the lens for some of my cookies - I love that layered look! Have you ever layered a cookie for added dimension?

    Materials

    • square or rectangle cookie
    • flood royal icing in: white, aqua blue and grey

    • Flood a white lens in the center of your camera.
    • Flood the bottom half of camera in aqua blue.
    • Flood a thick white stripe above the aqua blue.
    • Flood the top part of the camera in grey. Do not flood all the way to the top, you need room to ice a few dials.
    All of these steps were done wet-on-wet, there is outline piping and it can cover any mishaps. If you don't like to wet-on-wet, you can dry before moving on to the next step.




    • Pipe a small white rectangle in the grey icing while it's still wet, this will allow it to flow together.
    • Pipe two small "dials" on the top of the camera on either side.
    • Pipe an outline of the camera and lens reflection in grey icing.
    • Add an iced mini heat to the lens if desired. I think it makes it super cute!!



    Want to see a quick fun video on how I created mine? Just click the movie above! You'll see it's quick, low stress and so cute. You can change these up easy with some decorative touches or changing the colors up a bit. I think they are a perfect thank you gift for a special photographer in your life.

    Are you looking for a perfect royal icing recipe? Come read mine - I use this recipe just about every day of the week! Oh snap - you're going to have the cutest cookies ever.

    XO,
    Jenny
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