Monday, December 28, 2015

Festive Trees and NYC Taxi Cookies

It certainly hasn't been snowy in NYC lately (it was 74 on Christmas Eve!), but I love the look of the City during the holidays. All of the stores are decorated, snowflake lights hang from the streets, and even some taxicabs add some decorations to their vehicles.
Some of my favorite lights, however, appear on the numerous Christmas trees throughout the City. Those lights inspired these easy-to-decorate Christmas tree cookies, which are one of my favorites to make. Once your cookie has been flooded with green royal icing and completely dried (for at least eight hours), pipe a white zigzag on top of the cookie.
Once the zigzag has been piped, dip the cookie into colored nonpareils. I usually pour the entire container of nonpareils into a coffee filter and then place the cookie icing side down into the decorations to ensure even sprinkle coverage. The coffee filters make it easy to pour the sprinkles back into the container when you're finished.
The finished result looks just like the lights on a Christmas tree.
Hope you are having a festive holiday season!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! Santa Cookies

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brought you everything on your list this year! These adorable Santa cookies I made were inspired by Sweet Dani B.
Hope your day is merry!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wishing you JOY this holiday season

 From start to finish, wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your day is filled with lots of sweet moments!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Monday, Gorgeous!

Thank goodness for short work weeks! I got tired of decorating turkeys, leaves, and pumpkins this weekend for Thanksgiving, so I decided to use my extra dough and icing for something fun.

Do you remember this line from the movie Funny Girl? I just love Barbara Streisand in this role.
My piping hand was a little tired by the time I got to these cookies, so the lettering is a little wonky, but the sentiment is the same. Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Happy Fall! Scarecrow cookies

For years, my grandmother in Ohio kept a scarecrow in her backyard. Over time, it's appearance changed from wearing a chef's coat to headwear. Despite the change, I was always fascinated with how the scarecrow was able to do its job because it was just so cute.

When I saw these cookies by Sugarbelle, I was inspired to make some scarecrow cookies of my own as a tribute to my grandmother. They were a tad labor intensive, but I love the details on his shirt and pants. I used gel food coloring and a paint brush to create the plaid effect on the shirt. The texture on his hat was created by lightly dabbing the icing when it was almost dry.
In the words of my grandmother, I think the scarecrow looks "sophisticated," don't you?

Happy Fall!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

I haven't been the best at posting to this blog, but I have still been baking and decorating cookies.

The very first sugar cookies I ever baked and decorated used royal icing were for Halloween five years ago. I used Martha Stewart's cookie and icing recipe, and couldn't believe how hard it was to pipe a straight line! With a lot of practice over the years (and some new recipes), I think I've gotten a little bit better. The pumpkins on the right were made earlier this week and shipped off to family to enjoy.

Looking forward to posting more and sharing my baked creations with you! Hope your Halloween brings you lots of treats and few tricks!