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harry potter decorated cookies

Harry Potter Cookie Tutorial and Giveaway

When my dear friend Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings asked if I wanted to contribute to her annual Happy Harry Potter blog party, well there was no question about it. Days full of tutorials and giveaways dedicated to one of my favorite book and movie series? Yes, please!

harry potter decorated cookies giveaway

I think Hedwig maybe my favorite cookie and the pictures do him such little justice. His little owl wings are full sparkly sugar. And well the quote cookies can't help but break your heart a bit. Why does a good series have to end?

Do you want an easy and fun Harry Potter cookie decorating tutorial? I know you do! Come on and let's have some fun. The Ron and Hermoine cookies are quite easy too - just a few changes and no special cookie cutters!

Materials Needed

  • round cookie
  • light peachy flesh icing - flood consistency
  • warm brown icing - flood consistency
  • black icing - medium piping consistency
  • white icing - medium piping consistency
  • pink petal dust (if you want to add rosy cheeks)

Instructions

harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway


harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway




harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway



harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway


I have to say this maybe my favorite cookie set. Wait, I think I always say that. But how sweet is that little train to Hogwart's? Wouldn't it be perfect for the wee Harry Potter lover in your life?


harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway


Would you like to win this cookie set from me? A dozen Harry Potter cookies shipped to you as the bakery schedule allows (if you win, this means contact me soon because my weeks book up quick!)
So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers

Prize Pack #2

See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping.


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Happy Birthday Frida!

frida kahlo sugar cookie royal icing

 Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Did you know today is Frida Kahlo's birthday? She is my favorite artist for so many reasons. I think she resonates with many modern women because of her efforts to create through personal pain and strife, to stay true to her authentic voice and in that journey she broke molds of what defines beauty and art.

To celebrate Frida's birthday, I wanted to share a cookie recipe I created a few weeks ago - Mexican hot chocolate. The cookie is rich and chocolatey, when you swallow there is a slight heat that tickles your throat.

black cocoa and vanilla bean

The dark chocolate flavor comes from the inclusion of black cocoa. You need to cut the black cocoa with the traditional dutch cocoa to give it the full, deep flavor. Your cookies will be dark and breath taking.

mexican hot chocolate cookies

This recipes create a wonderful roll out dough that is perfect for your cookie cutters. It needs minimal chilling time and I had close to zero spread. If the chipotle spice is not of interest to you, simply leave it out and you will still have a delicious chocolate cookie!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Roll Out Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 chipotle powder
  • 1/3 cup black cocoa
  • 1/3 cup dutch cocoa

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar together in a standard mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, almond extract and vanilla; blend just till incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, chipotle, and both cocoas. Gently add to the dough and mix until well blended.
  • Chill dough for one hour in the refrigerator. Roll out dough 1/4"-3/8" thick. Cut desired shapes and bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.
mexican hot chocolate cactus cookies

Let me know if you try them and if you have any suggestions!

Are you looking for my royal icing recipe? Click here!

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