Surprise Coffin Cookies

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Looking for a last minute Halloween treat?  Our Surprise Coffin Cookies are fun and easy to make!  These start out as a basic sugar cookie, with a fun treat inside!

You will need:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe, try ours here
  • Coffin Cookie Cutter (featured in our September box)
  • Your favorite small candy, we used Reese’s Pieces and M&M’s- the mini’s work great!
  • Your favorite frosting, we used store bought chocolate
  • Food Coloring of choice- we used black gel
  • Icing pens, writers or royal icing

How to:

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut out cookies.  We used our Coffin Cookie cutter.  These surprise cookies are actually 3 cookies in one, you will need to cut out the middle on the cookies you would like to have the surprise inside.  You can use a smaller cookie cutter, or we just used a knife to cut out center.  To keep edges smooth, try dusting knife and cookie cutter in flour!

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Bake according to recipe and let cool.  Once cooled, it’s time to assemble the surprise cookies!  We used store bought chocolate frosting and added black gel food coloring to achieve our desired black.  Chocolate frosting is easier to get a nice black color with, and will not get gray or ashy!  Start with a few drops, adding more until the perfect black is achieved!  Start out with 1 normal cut cookie, then take a cookie where the center was removed and carefully frost the back edges.  The sides are thin, so be careful not to apply too much pressure or cookie will break.  “Glue” to top of cookie.

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As you can see the cookies were not all the same sizes after baking.  It’s okay!  Next add a few pieces of your favorite candy.  The mini candies will work the best.  You can also add sprinkles!

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Next, frost the back of another full cookie and place on top.  Using an icing spatula or knife, frost entire cookie sides and top and smooth out.  Let dry, then you can use an icing pen, writer or even royal icing to decorate top of cookie.  We used our CK Writers that we have featured in the past.  We also made scary faces with the eyes from our September box.  Have fun getting creative!  My boys loved these!!!

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Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

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Who doesn’t love fresh whipped cream?  It is so easy to make!  I loved the Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste from our August box and thought it would be perfect in whipped cream!   Add this fresh whipped cream to your favorite fresh fruit, ice cream and more!  You can even layer in push pops for a fun treat, try with fruit or mini cupcakes!

You will need:

~ 1 cup heavy whipping cream

~ 1 heaping tablespoon confectioners sugar (add more if you prefer)

~ 1 packet Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste (you can also use a little extract if you do not have paste)

Directions:

In a bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer (or a stand mixer) on high until soft peaks form.

  Add in sugar and vanilla bean paste, beat until fully mixed.  Look at how pretty all those little black vanilla specks are!  Store in refrigerator.

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~Happy Baking!

Want more ideas on what to make with your Vanilla Bean Paste?  Visit Taylor & Colledge here

May Flower Sugar Cookies

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April showers bring May flowers!  It’s May 7th, but today has been a gloomy, rainy day.  Hoping all this rain will bring us some beautiful flowers!  I made cookies today, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for it!   All used with items from our April box!  I started out with our Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe that was included in our April box.  You can click here for it.  These are perfect for Mother’s Day!IMG_4631

Once the cookies have cooled, it’s time to decorate!!! 

You’ll need:

-umbrella and flower cutters from your April box

-ladybug and bumblebee edible sugars from your April box

-sugar pearls from your April box

buttercream icing tube from your April box

fondant from your April box

The buttercream tube should fit a regular piping tip inside the lid for easier decorating!  Roll fondant out with roller to desired thickness.  If the fondant is a little hard, just remove from wrapper and pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  Knead fondant and roll out!  Once fondant is rolled, cut out shape.  Using a bit of buttercream for glue, add shape to top of cookie.  Use pearls and edible sugars to decorate.  Use your buttercream as your “glue” for sugars as needed.  It was a fun activity for the kids too!  We hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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~Happy Baking!

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This frosting is perfect to add to cupcakes, cookies, breads and more!

  

You will need:

  • Two 8 ounce packages softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Slowly beat in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.  Ad in lemon oil and vanilla until completely mixed.  Cover and refrigerate until just firm enough to spread or pipe, about 30 minutes.

Conversation Heart Cookies

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Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays!  There are so many fun things to make and bake!  I love sugar cookies, especially cut out cookies with Royal Icing!  I love looking through baking blogs and Instagram posts on all the beautiful cookies made.  They are truly a work of art, you can’t even tell some are cookies with all the details!

I am by no means a professional baker and/or cookie decorator, but I sure like trying!  It does take a lot of practice, especially to get the icing consistencies down!  There are countless videos and instructions on blogs and websites on tips to get the right consistency.  I am still practicing, that’s part of the fun right?!

I thought these Conversation Heart Cookies would be adorable to feature in our January box, make a batch to give out to friends and family!  Don’t forget to share pictures of what you made!  You can use the hashtags #mybakersbox and/or #madewithmybakersbox, or email it to us!

~Happy Baking!  Angela

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You will need:

Favorite Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe (ours is below)

Favorite Royal Icing Recipe or mix

Food coloring of choice

Heart Cookie Cutters (from our January box)

Red Candy Writer (from our January box)

Piping bag or squeeze bottle

Favorite Sugar Cookies

2 cups plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract*

*Optional substitution for ½ teaspoon vanilla – Substitute with ½ teaspoon lemon or almond extract for a light alternative flavoring.

Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl.  Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture just until combined.  Divide dough into two and wrap tight in plastic wrap, chill until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 325 degrees F.  Place parchment paper on your cookie sheets.  Roll one-half the dough on a floured work surface.  Cut out your cookies and place on the parchment paper covered cookie sheets.  You can continue to reroll the scrapes until all the dough is used up.  Continue the same steps with the second half of dough.  Bake until a light golden, 13 to 16 minutes.  Allow cookies to cool before transferring or decorating.

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Once cookies have cooled, the fun begins!  Make your favorite royal icing recipe- we used our mix!  Super easy and can be colored and/or flavored.  You can purchase here!

Make royal icing, being careful not to add too much water so it’s not too thin.  Separate icing into bowls and add desired food coloring.  I used pink, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple.  Add food coloring 1 drop at a time to get desired color.  Once color is achieved, put icing into piping bag, or squeeze bottles.  I love the squeeze bottles as I feel like I have more control over the bottles.  Tip- when not using bottles, place in a bowl of warm water to prevent icing from drying out.  Need more squeeze bottles?  We have plenty in our shop!

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Pipe around the outside of the cookie creating an outline, then fill in.  Continue icing all cookies and let dry overnight.  Once cookies are completely dry, you are ready to add the phrases!  You can add whatever you’d like, or search “conversation hearts” for ideas!  Place your red candy writer in a bowl of hot, but not boiling water.  Let set, and knead and repeat till writer is completely melted.  Write your phrase on each cookie.  Writer will start to harden, so place in hot water every so often to keep melted, this happened to me on my orange cookie which you can see below!  Let dry a few hours.  Once cookies are completely dry- enjoy!

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For a fun gift idea, add cookies to our glassine bags and tie with twine.  Add our gift tags and done!  Super cute!  Need more bags and tags?  Order here!  Make sure to view our shop for even more Valentine themed baking supplies!

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