Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Silhouette Cookies ... and a special guest!

Hey guys! You're in for a treat because my friend Lupita is sharing a cookie tutorial with us today!  You've met Lupita before...I just love her cookies!  She has been posting the prettiest Easter cookies on her blog lately, and I kind of begged her to share one here. ;) 

I know you'll want to see all of her Easter these speckled eggs where she baked the cookies AND the icing!!!  These little lambs, sweet bunnies...and oh my gosh...these Faberge Egg cookies!

{Lupita's blog is written mainly in Spanish.  Follow the picture tutorials, or do what I do (no thanks to 4 years of high school Spanish), use Google Translate.  Just pop the URL into the translate box and Google will translate the ENTIRE post for you.  So cool!}'s Lupita!  Y'all give her a warm welcome!

We are just few days away from Easter, I hope you are already preparing to celebrate this big feast. 

Easter cookie table centerpiece

I love to decorate my table with cookies as you may imagine and I am always looking for practical ideas or ways to multitask my cookies, and I will share with you how to make a silhouette cookie that if you personalize it it can be a place card for your Easter table. 

Easter cookie table

It is really easy to make and it will add a cute touch to your table. 

You will need...

*  Your favorite cookie dough (click here for my favorite)
*  Square cookie cutter
*  Rabbit cookie cutter
*  Royal icing medium and flooding consistency
*  2 Pastry bag, couplers and decorating tip #2
*  Americolor food gel in Turquoise and Black
*  Edible black marker


1) Bake a square cookie and let it cool, prepare a pastry bag with medium consistency white royal icing and tip # 2.

2) Trace the bunny in the center of your cookie using your marker,  outline the border of the rabbit  and the border of the square with white royal icing. 

3)  Prepare flooding icing in light turquoise to fill up  the square and black for the bunny.

4)  Flood the square with turquoise royal icing and let it dry for 6-8 hrs.

5)  When the turquoise icing is dry, flood the bunny with black icing and let it dry completely. 

6)  Prepare some firm medium consistency royal icing in  black and fill up a pastry bag and with tip # 2 make some little dots all around the cookie. 

7)  You can write down the name of each guest on the cookie or just add a little detail that represent each of your guest,for example, you can add some pearls to the Mother Bunny, or some glasses to the Granpa Bunny, or a bow to the Sister Bunny.

What I like the most of decorating cookies is that you have endless posibilites to make your own creations. 

Happy Easter Everyone!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

From boy crushes to cookie crushes...

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
I was the girl who *always* had a "crush" on a boy.  ALWAYS.  I think it started about 5th grade and went all the way through college.  I'm not sure why I had these crushes...none of them ever paid me any attention. 

Can I tell you an embarrassing story about one of my crushes...and you promise you won't tell?  Ok, good.  In 7th grade, my crush, Andy, asked another girl in band to "go with" him.  ("Go with"...that's what we called it in the olden days.)

Anyway...I was so, so heartbroken. 
lemon coconut cottontail cookies
(Now,  at this point in the story, please keep in mind that these were the olden days like I mentioned earlier with no caller ID.)
I came home from school that day, called his house, and when he answered the phone...

...when he answered the phone...

...I set the needle down on my Grease album (vinyl: olden days), and played Hopelessly Devoted to You to him over the phone.  And, then hung up.

Yep.  I did.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
Happily for everyone involved, crushes on boys have morphed into crushes on cookies.  It's kind of like school all over again...a new crush every week or so...but without the heartache.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies

My crush this week is this recipe for Lemon Coconut Cottontail Cookies.  They're TOTALLY crush-worthy.  And, they love when you belt out Hopelessly Devoted to You...they don't even find it creepy whatsoever.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
Seriously, these little sweeties are *perfect* for your Easter dessert table.  Soft, citrus-y, and oh-so-pretty. 

Promise me you'll eat one warm...then bathe the rest in the lemon glaze and cover with sweetened coconut.

lemon coconut cottontail cookies
I'm sharing this recipe over at Imperial Sugar.

chocolate bunny sandwich cookies with marshmallow buttercream
Guys!  Also, let me tell you about these Chocolate Sandwich Bunny Cookies with Marshmallow Buttercream that are also over at Imperial Sugar.  You may have seen these in their Easter ads recently.  I was thrilled to be able to create the recipe and then they were photographed for the ad by talented Heidi of FoodieCrushClick here for the recipe...there's also a how-to video! (Yikes!)

*And, please tell me I'm not the only one with an embarrassing "crush" story...or two.*

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturdays: Cowboy Bark

Kiddo & I spend a lot of time eating together, but not as much time baking together like we used to.  At age 15, he's really more about the EATING of desserts than the making of desserts.

Oh gosh....just looking back at those "Kiddo in the Kitchen" posts has me all verklempt.

trader joe's cowboy bark review
So, we decided to do a little something together called Sweet on Trader Joe's.  Every Saturday (hopefully), we'll be reviewing and rating one sweet selection from, you guessed it, Trader Joe's.

trader joe's cowboy bark review: chocolate, toffee, pretzels, peanuts...YUM!
We start with Cowboy Bark.  Trader Joe's describes it as "Ruggedly Adventuresome...dark chocolate with toffee, pretzels, Joe Joe cookies, peanuts, almonds and a sprinkling of salt.
I'm pretty much sold at this point.  A 9-ounce bag sells for $3.69.

trader joe's cowboy bark review: chocolate, toffee, pretzels, peanuts...YUM!
My take: Please get this out of my house.  It's perfection.  The salty, the sweet, the crunch, the chocolate...all broken into pieces which makes it just TOO easy to grab a piece (or three) every time you're near the pantry.  Delectable.  Overall Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kiddo's Take: The richness and softness of the not-too-dark dark chocolate base combined with the crunchy and flavorful taste of the pretzels, peanuts, and toffee is sure to leave you with a sweet-and-salty experience you will never forget.  Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Trader Joe's Ruggedly Adventuresome Cowboy Bark:  it's a MUST BUY. 

trader joe's cowboy bark review
Any requests? What's your favorite Trader Joe's sweet?
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