Sunday, May 21, 2017

Elephant Cookies for Charity (Birthday Dreams) ... Royal Icing Cookies

Another fun cupcake delivery for my favorite charity that brings birthday's to homeless kids in shelters around Washington State. If you ever have extra party supplies or toys please think of Birthday Dreams, we can all make a child's special day be just that special! 

I've made Elephant Cookies for a baby shower before. This time I got to make fun ones for a special one year old!


What you Need:
Elephant Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing - Grey and Pink (see recipe below)
Black Edible Pen
Decorating pearls
Pipping Bag (w/ grey and pink royal icing)

I first outlined the elephant and let that dry to create a barrier. I then filled in with grey and smoothed out to fill in the elephants, BEFORE that dried I added the toes. I used small pearls on the feet to be the toes. I waited for them to dry to add the other details. I took a bag of pink to make the ears. When those finished I started on the last details. I added a tail, mouth, Eyes and details for the trunk. Since these were part of a cake delivery, I used as the toppers on cupcakes.


Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

18th Birthday Candy Bouquet

A break from the cookies ... LOL! I just love giving a gift that you put effort into, I'm always on the hunt for something new or fun. I haven't done a 18th birthday in sometime, so I was excited when one of my favorite dance team members daughters had an upcoming birthday. I did a Google search and found a fun candy bouquet and added some fun things to it! Turning 18 comes with a few perks like gambling lol, why not start our youth off with some scratch tickets. And of course Starbucks gift cards ... LOL!



What you Need:
Plant Bucket ($1 Dollar Tree)
Dum Dums (5 Bags / $1 Dollar Tree)
Foam circles (2 - Dollar Tree)
Butterfingers Mini
Butterfly / Flower Cutouts (I found at Dollar Tree or you can cut on your Cricut)
Pipe Cleaner (Cut in half to make the Butterfly antennas)
Happy Birthday Sign (Dollar Tree)
18 numbers (found magnets at Dollar Tree that I glued on to sign)
Scratch Tickets
Starbucks Cards
Sticks (I used lollipop sticks Wilton)
Hot Glue Gun

I started with placing the dum dums to make a bouquet. I stacked two foam rings to get the height I needed and arranged the dum dums to make the rounded look. I started with 3 bags thinking that would be enough and found that it didn't cover. I had to run back to the store and buy 2 more bags to fill. I took the paper butterflies hot glued a butterfingers in the middle to be the body. Then cut a pipe cleaner in half to make the antenna's and hot glued them on. I took a long lollipop stick and hot glued it on the back and stuck it into the bouquet. I found a happy birthday sign that I hot glued the number 18 on to it. I took the scratch tickets I bought an hot glued a small lollipop stick onto the back and stuck them into the bouquet also. I also picked up 2 Starbucks GC and did the same adding a small lollipop stick and stuck them in.

  
Click HERE to see who I link with.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

StageCoach Royal Icing Cookies

My husband goes to CA every year to work security at Coachella and Stagecoach. Yesterday I told you about him being in charge of all deployments and running 2nd man in charge for event security. He's crew of 1,400 people ... yup free order so he only received 35 to pass out to the top people LOL. Here was the Coachella Hot Air Balloon's and today is the Stagecoach Boots.

If you're in need or cookies for a party or just to eat, shoot me a msg at SweetPea Cookie Therapy. Thank you! I can now say I've mailed to TN, MA, CA, WI and Alaska!


What you Need:
Cowboy Boot Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing - Brown, Black and white (uncolored) (see recipe below) 
AmeriColor Black and Brown Food Gel
Pipping Bags
Black Edible Pen


I piped each cookie first with the toe, heal and the detail of the side of the boot. I waited for that to dry and added the brown of the boot on after. I also added a little start of the top of the boot. When completely dry I took a food marker and wrote Stage Coach. I individually wrapped them and sent them to CA to my husband. I have found that Alaska and California take 3 days instead of the 2 days that USPS priority mail usually takes. But with good bubble wrap and packing peanuts they got there with out any breaking!


Both Orders done:

  
Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Cookies for Coachella

My husband goes to CA every year to work security at Coachella and Stagecoach. This year he was put in charge of all deployments and running 2nd man in charge for event security. When he asked me to make cookies for his team, now usually his team is around 30-40 people. This time when I asked he told me 1,400, yup you read that correct! So I told him I'd send 35 lol!

If you're in need or cookies for a party or just to eat, shoot me a msg at SweetPea Cookie Therapy. Thank you! I can now say I've mailed to TN, MA, CA, WI and Alaska!


What you Need:
Airballoon Cookie Cutter (I bought on Amazon)
Royal Icing - Red, Orange, Yellow and Brown (see recipe below) 
AmeriColor Red, Orange, Yellow and Brown Food Gel
Pipping Bags
Black Edible Pen


I piped each cookie first with the basket part of the balloon. I then got to work on the top of the balloons. I tried 2 different balloon designs to figure out what I liked best. I found the color scheme of the Coachella logo and did my best. When the balloon colors finished drying I took a black food pen to write Coachella on each one. I individually wrapped them and sent them to CA to my husband. I have found that Alaska and California take 3 days instead of the 2 days that USPS priority mail usually takes. But with good bubble wrap and packing peanuts they got there with out any breaking!

  
Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dragonfly Royal Icing Cookies Made

Yesterday I showed you the Butterflies I shipped to my amazing Blogger friend, today is the Dragonflies. She lives in Alaska and they shipped there with no casualties. These dragonflies were the ones I was really worried about with the thin tails but thankfully with bubble wrap they arrived safe!

If you're in need or cookies for a party or just to eat, shoot me a msg at SweetPea Cookie Therapy. Thank you! I can now say I've mailed to TN, MA, CA, WI and Alaska!



What you Need:
Dragonfly Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing - Teal and white/uncolored (see recipe below) 
AmeriColor Teal Food Gel
Pipping Bags


I piped each cookie first with the center making a head and a body. For the wings I pipped each wing, BEFORE it dried I added some dots to the wings. She picked teal and white as the colors. I did white body and teal wings with white dots.

  
Here are both the cookies made for her:
Click HERE to see who I link with.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Julie Usher, she has a GREAT YouTube video on how to make, color and make consistency adjustments

Royal Icing what you need:
2 lbs Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
5 Large Egg Whites (or equivalent) 
Flavor to Taste
Gel Icing Color

Mix powder sugar and cream of tartar in your mixer, just to make sure it is incorporated in. Slowly add egg whites, then whip start of slow then go to very high speed. She says around 2 minutes, my friend had an older mixer so it took almost 10 minutes. You want stiff peaks that hold on and won't fall off the spoon. Add in your flavor, I would suggest you use a clear flavoring.  This would be the glue texture great for ginger bread houses etc.

Take 1 cup of royal icing in a smaller bowl then add your coloring, lightly mix so you don't get air into the the icing. I'm like her and like the gel coloring. 

For Top Coating - Add 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tsp Water (This is if you don't want to outline and flood)
For Outlining - Add 1/2 to 3/4 tsp Water
For Flooding  - Add 2 to 3 tsp Water

WATCH her video on How to Top-Coat, Outline, and Flood Cookies. YES it is around 7 minutes BUT if you have never done this technique it's a MUST she explains it perfectly.

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