Christmas Cookies 2013

The past few days have been relatively slow considering the time of year! I had a chance to play around with the appearance of my blog. Since I use WordPress’s free blogging services, I don’t have too many options when it comes to design, but I really liked how easy it was to customize. If you are thinking about blogging, but you don’t know where to start, this is a great option. With Bryan (still) in school, and trying to stick to a budget, it’s really worked for me. And I’ve heard that when you are ready it’s easy to switch over to a self hosted site.

Anyway…. I promised cookies. (But if you get a chance, take a look around and let me know what you think!)

I didn’t make too many different types of cookies this season. Just the few that I’ve already written about here, here, here, here, and here. (OK. That’s a little more than a few.)

I did make some others and I thought I’d share in case you need some last minute inspiration, although I don’t have step by step photos or even a good completed picture.

Christmas Cookies 2013 Gold and BlueI made dozens of these and gave them away to our neighbors.

Christmas Cookies 2013 Pastels (Ellie's Bites)And this was a request from my cousin. Rain and the fact that I was running really late made it impossible to take a good picture.

These were some easy treats that can certainly be thrown together at the last minute:

Snowflakes and Chocolate Chips (Ellie's Bites)Snowflakes can be done quickly using the same color to base coat and pipe the details (or skip the base coat entirely and pipe your design directly on the cookie). Serve them on  platter of chocolate chip cookies , because, why not?

Chocolate Gingerbread Sticks (Ellie's Bites)

 

Cut your gingerbread dough into sticks instead of shapes and dip them in chocolate. Add sprinkles to make them really irresistible.

So there are a few last minute ideas for you!

I hope you enjoy ūüôā

 

 

 

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Simple Holiday Candle Place Card Cookies

Sometimes you look at a cookie cutter and immediately see something other than what it is supposed to be.Holiday Candle Cookie out of Santa sled and candle (Ellie's Bites)

Like this Santa sled from the Santa/sled/reindeer three pack. To me it looks like an old fashioned candle holder and I thought those would make some cute place card cookies for your Holiday table. So, roll out your dough, and cut out the sleds. Cut out a candle and use the candle cutter to cut a notch from the sled. Place the candle inside and bake the cookies. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.

You’ll need:

  • Gold icing in piping and flood consistency (This is a mixture of Americolor egg yellow, and Americolor gold)
  • Red icing in piping and flood consistency
  • Green very stiff icing
  • Gold airbrush color, Gold luster dust, and/or Wilton’s Color Mist in gold. (Optional)
  • Yellow Edible Glitter (Optional)

Holiday Candle (Ellie's Bites)

  • ¬†Out line the candle holder in gold and the candle in red.¬†
  • Flood the candle holder and allow it to dry. Flood the candle and allow the whole thing to dry completely.
  • Holiday Candle Place Card Cookies (Ellie's Bites)When you flood the candle, you can either flood the whole thing, then after it dries, add dripping wax details. Or you can flood it in sections to add dimension.
  • Using the gold piping icing, add a flame, and immediately pour on a little edible glitter to make the flame sparkle.
  • Use gold piping icing to add scrolls and a name (or message).
  • If you want, spray lightly with gold airbrush color, Wilton Color Mist in Gold, or brush with gold luster dust.
  • Use the very stiff green icing and the red piping icing to add a little sprig of holly.

So, it’s getting close to Christmas! Five more days! What’s on your wish list? Are you baking anything I should know about?

Easy Grinch Cookies

*****Update- yes, I know it is unusual to update a post before it’s published. Technically it’s called “Editing”, right? I just want to make a quick note. It’s funny sometimes, this cookie world! We all joke that there are so few ideas out there and we are so super proud of ourselves when we think we’ve found one. I was looking at something, and I can’t even remember what, but there was a picture of the Grinch. And when I looked at him, I thought, “Hey! That ornament cutter that I just bought and used to make these is a spot on Grinch!” and I was so excited. I NEVER google ideas when I have them, because I simply don’t want to know that it’s been done. That way, I know that even if what I make is the same as something else, it’s going to be a little bit different. But this time, I actually Googled “Grinch cookies” and “Grinch cookie from ornament cutter” and found nothing. So, this past Saturday, I cut a few ornaments when I was making Gingerbread men for the kids to decorate. And I made my Grinches. Sunday, I took pictures, wrote this post, and scheduled it to publish today. Then I opened Facebook and the first thing I saw was THESE amazing Grinches by Sugarbelle! Really, lol? If someone had to do the same thing at the same time, it had to be someone who would do it PERFECTLY!! I may have cried for a minute. But in the end, and after a long chat with Callye (who, as it turns out happens to be the most encouraging person on the face of the earth), I ¬†moved on. I’d love to chalk it up to great minds thinking alike, but I know it’s only that admiring Callye’s work for so long has given me the ability to see different things in ordinary cutters. So thank you for the lessons in “Cookie Think”!!!! I decided to publish the post as I wrote it on Sunday, so I’m sorry if I pat my self on the back a few too many times! Absurdly long update over- carry on*****

That Wilton ornament cutter I picked up at Walmart is turning out to be almost as versatile as the skull cutter! These Grinch cookies are so easy to make and would be a really fun addition to a platter of assorted ornament or candy shaped cookies.

Easy Grinch Cookies (Ellie's Bites)

All you will need is:

  • Green piping and flood icing (This is Americolor leaf green)
  • Yellow one step (20 second) consistency icing (this is a mixture of Americolor gold and egg yellow, but any yellow you have made already will do)
  • Black piping icing

Cut and bake your ornament cookies. Let them cool completely and turn them upside down so the point is on the top.

Easy Grinch Cookies Collage (Ellie's Bites)

  • Outline the Grinch’s head with the green piping icing and a PME 1.5, Ateco 1, or Wilton 2 tip. Add his tufts of hair.
  • Outline and immediately fill the eyes. (I tried it in black first and didn’t like it as much so I scraped away the black and used the yellow). Drag a toothpick through the yellow to pop bubbles and prevent craters. You can also define the shape a bit by dragging the icing out at the points with the toothpick.
  • Let the yellow dry completely then flood the green face. Let this dry for several hours.
  • Add the details in black piping icing with a PME 1.5 or Wilton #1 tip. Add a nose with green piping icing and let the whole guy dry completely before packaging or eating.

Enjoy!

Staching Through The Snow (Santa Face From Fancy Square)

I saw this tee shirt in Target all the way back in November and I could not wait for an excuse to cookie it!

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I wanted to come up with a Santa face cookie to go along with it, but I wanted a cookie that focused on his facial hair. I thought, and thought, and turned all sorts of cutters in every direction until I saw it. Then, of course, I couldn’t unsee it.

The Fancy Square.

Santa Face From Fancy Square (Ellie's Bites)

This cookie has single handedly replaced any cookie I may have thought was my favorite as my new favorite.

To make it, you’ll need:

  • Red icing in a very thin, spreadable consistency
  • Flesh colored icing in a one step (20 second) consistency
  • White icing in piping and flood consistencies
  • Red airbrush color (or Wilton’s Color Mist in red)

Santa From Fancy Square- Collage (Ellie's Bites)

  • Cut your dough with the fancy square and turn it on its side so it looks like a quatrefoil square. Bake your cookies and let them cool.
  • Using the very thin red icing and a spatula, paint a portion of the cookie (toward the top third of the cookie) with a light layer of red.Wait for this to dry completely.
  • Using the flesh colored icing, pipe and immediately fill an oval shape. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles to prevent cratering.
  • Using white piping icing and a PME 1.5, Ateco 1, or Wilton 2 tip, outline the rest of the cookie, and outline a mouth shape (dipping down in the middle of the top line to outline the bottom of the mustache).
  • Begin flooding with white flood icing. Flood the bottom section first and allow it to dry to create dimension between the beard and the mustache.
  • Flood the mustache and allow the whole cookie to dry completely.

Santa From Fancy Square- Airbrush (Ellie's Bites)

Fill an airbrush with red airbrush color (or use Wilton’s Color Mist in Red). Lightly spray a red highlight along the top of the “nose”.

Staching Through The Snow with Santa face (Ellie's Bites)

Use the white piping icing again to add details to the beard and mustache.

Staching Through The Snow (Ellie's Bites)

When I showed this cookie to my friend Melissa at Simply Sweets by Honeybee, I was able to talk her into making a Santa Stache cookie too! So now head over to her blog to see what she came up with. I always love her cookies and this one does not disappoint!

Have you made a Santa Stache? Go ahead and show it off! Post it to my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see!

Sleepy Elf From Ornament Cutter

Originally, I thought I saw some elf potential in the cookies I made from the Wilton ornament cutters from Walmart. I thought the pointy, striped, ¬†sparkly pompom’d hat looked like something an elf might be happy to wear.

It wasn’t until I was playing around in Picmonkey with the picture that I started thinking maybe those little striped hats looked more like night caps. And my elves looked more like happy, sleeping children- dreaming of the presents they might find the next morning.

The Children Were Nestled All Snug In Their Beds (Ellie's Bites)Either way, once I saw cute little faces in cute little caps, I couldn’t un-see it. So I made a cute little tutorial for you. (By little, I mean I had a frustrating mishap with my new air brush and forgot to take several pictures. By cute, I mean that’s what you will think of my tutorial and ignore the missing pictures.)

You’ll need: A light colored icing (I used Wilton ivory mixed with Wilton white) in both piping and flooding consistency, A hair colored icing (I used a mixture of Americolor gold and Americolor egg yellow) in piping and flooding consistency, flesh colored icing (I used a toothpick dipped in Americolor Copper/fleshtone) in one step/20 second consistency, food color markers, pink luster dust, white sanding sugar, red airbrush color (optional- use a red food color marker if you don’t have an airbrush).

Elf from ornament collage (Ellie's Bites)

  1. Cut out your cookies using ornament cutters. Bake the cookies and turn them upside down.
  2. Outline your hats and fill the top part. Outline and immediately fill in a face. Wait 10-20 minutes for the icing to set.
  3. Add hair in two sections, waiting 10-20 minutes between sections. Add a neck (not pictured). Let this dry completely.           Sleepy Elf From Ornaments (Ellie's Bites)
  4. Add hat details with an airbrush, paint brush, food color marker, or icing.  Add a brim and pompom to the hat, sprinkle on some sparkle if you so desire. Add a nose with the fleshtone colored icing and add a mouth and eyes with a food color marker. Add cheeks with some pink luster dust. Pipe some details onto the hair.
  5. Allow the cookie to dry completely before packaging or eating.

PS- thank you to my online cookie friend (SugarNosh Treats) who was able to hear, diagnose,  and  cure my airbrush issue in about five seconds!

 

 

Personal Style

When you started making cookies, did you start out with a style of your own, or did you see so many great cookies out there with such a wide range of styles, that you wanted to be them all? Me too. I mean, be them all. I wanted to make really cool puffy and full looking cookies like SugarBelle, and I wanted to make gorgeous detailed cookies like Ali Bee’s, and I wanted to make unreal cookies like JP Creatibles, and for a while I outlined everything in black like something I had seen on Sweetopia. And the list could go on and on forever. In the beginning, I just flat out copied other cookies I saw and liked (if you ever see one on FaceBook or Flickr, please remind me who did it originally and ¬†I will be sure to go back and give credit).

Anyway, I have a point! As much as we would like to make cookies EXACTLY like our cookie idol, and sometimes like more than one of them, at some point we find our own style and that’s when we know we have it in us to make some gorgeous cookies.

A few months ago, a friend asked me to make some baby cookies for a shower. She gave me NO information, just that they didn’t know the baby’s gender, there was no theme, and no particular color scheme. Then she said, “just do whatever you want, I know they’ll be great” (like she always says, lol). So I mixed up some white, yellow, and green icing, with no real plan in mind, I thought I’d make them white with some cute wet on wet green and yellow designs. Once I started, I HATED them. I cried. I almost threw them out. But I let them dry, and later piped on some details in white. Then I couldn’t stop looking at them. I LOVED them, I almost couldn’t give them up!

I did the same thing with some of my Christmas cookies. I found a swirly tree design I liked on Pinterest, and planned to pipe it onto a tree shaped cookie. At the last minute I decided to pipe on some “lights” using wet-on-wet.

And, besides the red which bled into the green, I loved these, too!

So, even though I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions, (I have so many short and long term goals that I try to maintain all year) ¬†I decided that this year, I would perfect my personal style, and stop trying to be others. I’m not saying that I won’t occasionally follow one of SugarBelle’s awesome tutorials or try to attempt to recreate one of JP Creatibles’ unreal designs. But my goal is to work on my own thing.

So for my first step, I am working on the art of piping. I’ll be doing a lot of piping practice and sharing my pictures here. I really hope to get some feed back and advice!!!

Here is my first set of Valentine Cookies. Can you guess who they are for (rather who was staring at me from the other side of the breakfast bar saying “write my name on that one!”)???

Oh, and I also want to work on my photography skills. I took five pictures of these two cookies and these were the only ones even worth using. So advice there is also welcome.

So do you have any resolutions? Have you found a style you like best?