Sparkly New Years Cookies

Is it just me, or did 2013 go by really fast? I only just stopped accidentally writing 2012 and now I have to get used to writing 2014.

NYE 2014 (Ellie's Bites)

 

Ellie and I have started a new hobby together. She wanted to make a scrapbook (mostly including notes from me and her friends) so we bought some supplies and started our “Smash Books”. They are so easy to do. I have just been collecting pictures, making some notes and attaching everything with washi tape. I used to scrapbook (back when I had one child and didn’t make cookies in all of my spare time!) and this is a little different in that there isn’t any pressure to make a beautiful layout for every picture. I’m sure there wasn’t pressure before either, at least none that I didn’t put on myself. And of course, if you want a beautiful layout of every picture you can do that in your smash book too!

Anyway, I had a point. The point is that I decided to make a book for every year starting at 2013 (I’ll try to work my way back too at some point) and I’ve been going through all of the pictures I uploaded in the past 12 months. 2013 was a great year! We didn’t take any big trips this year, but we had lots of fun day trips to Philly, Hershey Park, NYC, the beach…. Ellie performed on stage- one of eight children chosen to sing a song from Wicked on stage among a lot of Broadway stars! Ben went from two to three and hit a bunch of milestones. Bryan finished year one (and a half) of graduate school! I joined a few Facebook cookie groups and made a bunch of friends. It was a pretty good year! So I made some sparkly cookies to celebrate!

I made the numbers by making royal icing transfers and covering them with disco dust while they were still wet. The icing was thick enough that they dried within an hour or so, and they were pretty sturdy so I was able to finish them pretty quickly. I did have one number break as I moved it over to the cookie, so I found an easier way to do it and I thought I’d share.

NYE 2014 RIT (Ellie's Bites)

  • Take your transfer and flip it over.
  • Pipe icing on the back side in the same color as your base coated cookie.
  • Turn your cookie over and press down veeeeeerrrrryyyyy gently onto the transfer.
  • Flip the cookie back to the right side and admire the cookie you made while knowing that you found a way to attach a slightly delicate piece of icing with minimal movement and chance of breakage.

Obviously this doesn’t work for all designs. On the 2014 cookies, there was too much chance that the numbers wouldn’t line up right so I had to do it the old fashioned way and pick up the transfer, pipe icing on the back, carry it over to the cookie, turn it the right way, place it onto the cookie, and press down gently. I broke two this way and covered my hands in silver disco dust at the same time.

NYE 2014 2 (Ellie's Bites)

 

I hope you had a wonderful 2013, and that 2014 is even better!

Happy New Year!

 

Simple Kentucky Derby Themed Cookies

I made these cookies last week, and although they were quite frustrating at times, they were actually very simple to make. Kentucky Derby Theme Wedding Shower Cookies (Ellie's Bites) First, a few days ahead of time, you’ll need to make your royal icing transfers. Draw the image that you would like to use, or find one online and print out several on one sheet of paper in the size you’ll need. I used an image I found online and altered the shape of the ears and hair tufts to make them a bit sturdier. My images are about two inches square to fit onto a three inch cookie. Place the paper under a sheet of wax paper and outline the image with dark grey piping icing, then flood with icing of the same color. Make way more than you’ll need. Once you think you’ve made enough, make more. Then a few more. Then one more just to be safe. Let your transfers dry for as long as you can, at least 24-36 hours. Once dry, spray your transfers with a light layer of silver color mist. Then gently remove them. What worked for me was to slide a very sharp knife blade all the way under the transfer until it lifted entirely. Since they are a bit big, they had the tendency to break when I tried peeling the paper from the transfer. If they are not completely dry on the underside, flip them over and let them dry for a while longer. At some point, while the transfers are drying, bake your cookies- these are three inch scalloped rounds- and base coat with white icing. Let this dry completely. When both cookies, and transfers are 100% dry, use a chevron stencil and silver color mist to create a background.  (I got my stencil at Michael’s, but there are a bunch of stencil shops online now including: The Cookie Countess and Salsa Stencils. ) Kentucky Derby Themed Wedding Shower Collage 1 (Ellie's Bites) Kentucky Derby Theme Wedding Shower Cookies Collage 2 (Ellie's Bites)

  1. Make your transfers.
  2. Use a template to add a background design to your dry white cookie.
  3. Use a small amount of white icing to gently attach your transfer.
  4. Using red flood icing, make several small circles. Try not to let them touch. Let these circles dry for about 10 minutes.
  5. Use red piping icing to make swirls.
  6. Fill in the spaces between roses with more red circles and allow these to dry for about 10 minutes.
  7. Finish the wreath with red piping icing swirls on the rest of the dots.
  8. Easy and pretty!

The reason these were frustrating was the number of transfers that broke.  As long as you make plenty of extras this is a pretty stress free project. The main thing I learned with this project was when the transfers didn’t pop off like they usually do when peeling the paper back, I needed to stop, reevaluate and come up with a Plan B. It was humid here last week, and the transfers weren’t drying all the way through. As soon as I figured out that the best way to remove them was with the knife, I didn’t get any more breakage. Then I was able to flip them over and allow them to dry all the way through. So maybe you can learn from my mistake (a lot sooner than I figured it out!) This tutorial can be applied to just about any theme, too. I didn’t get a chance to take a nice picture, but I made these dragon cookies the exact same way. IMG_5721   Wow were those dragon tails frustrating! This post is linked up at Party In Your PJs at The Cookie Puzzle and Simply Sweets by Honeybee.