Long time no post! I have been so busy. That and no sleeping. Not just baking related no sleep, but baby sleep regression, teething, cold, up every 45minutes no sleep. I am exhausted!! Though I have still been baking, just haven’t had any time to post!
Today’s post is an easy one as it will be mostly pictures! Here are my Disney Princesses! How awesome do they look? I’m really proud of myself as they are my most complicated cookie to date! They definitely not as perfect as other cookie gurus out there, but I am happy. These cookies were made for some special girls who are Disney obsessed and I wanted to put a smile on their face.
These cookies took 3 nights of late decorating using my kopykake projector. For intricate designs, I love that thing. The most tedious part of this cooking decorating process was colour mixing. I hate colour mixing. It. Takes. Too. Long. BUT it makes such a difference the end result is worth it. I had so many colours I had to go buy more tips!
On to the photos! Which one is your favourite? Mine is Merida. I just love how her hair turned out.
Enjoy the pics and thanks for stopping by!
Recipe calls for a mixer, but this can all be done by hand!
To accompany my recent royal icing post, it only makes sense that I share my sugar cookie recipe next. This is the first sugar cookie recipe I ever tried and I liked it so much I never tried another. Easy to make, roll, bake. What more could you ask for! I’ve made this so many times it’s ingrained in my brain.
1 cup of softened unsalted butter
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
3 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
2. Add the eggs one at a time. Beating each time until just combined
3. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined
4. Add the flour to the bowl
5. Sprinkle baking powder and salt over flour
6. Turn mixer back on, and mix until everything is combined. Once your mixer can’t do anymore, mix with your hands until you have a smooth dough.
7. Separate dough quarters and wrap each quarter in plastic wrap. You want each quarter to resemble a pancake for easy rolling.
8. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
10. Remove one quarter of the chilled dough and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2cm using a floured rolling pin. Keep turning the dough as you roll, adding more flour if needed, making sure the dough does not stick to the counter.
11. Cut out desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter and transfer cookies to baking sheet.
12. Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes. This will help cookies retain their shape while baking.
13. The original recipe calls for a bake time of 8-10min. Personally I’ve always needed a least 10min and often needed 14min. It depends on the size of your cookie and your cookie sheet. For smaller cookies I would start checking at 8 min. Cookies will be done when edges are just starting to brown.
14. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
15. Once cooled, frost with royal icing.
Makes around 20 3.5inch cookies
-Forgot to take the butter out of the fridge? Cut up butter into as many cubes as possible. Butter will soften faster this way. You can then toss the butter into the mixer and let it beat for a few minutes (before sugar is added) to further soften it.
-Crack eggs in a separate bowl before adding to your recipe. This way if you get any shell it will be easier to remove.
Blog post coming soon on my favourite tools! I never knew I could love a rolling pin so much.
Adapted recipe found from http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChristmasSugarCookies.html
I love having parties. Any excuse to bake, I’m happy. I won’t sleep the week prior, but really I’m used to not sleeping anyway. The more little people we now have in our home makes baking and decorating in the day next to impossible, so I stay up way too late. But really, I enjoy the quiet.
As my daughter is now 2 she has a big personality, and the current obsession is Winnie the Pooh! I had so much fun planning this party. I LOVE being a Pinterest mom for parties. That’s pretty much where it starts and stops for me on pinterest. And the best part is I do it on a budget. So while it may look expensive, really it mostly just cost me my time.
I found a cake on Pinterest I loved and wanted to try and copy. This is my third cake I have ever made. I’m enjoying the process of working on one cake instead of making the same fondant topper over and over again. For covering cakes I like to make marshmallow fondant for 2 reasons. 1. It’s cheaper. 2. I like the taste better. Really simple too! Upcoming post on how to make that!
Next we have the sugar cookie favours. As I did not make these ahead of time I felt a bit rushed with them. I like my Winnie the the Pooh, but I would redo piglet. I made my own cookie cutters as I couldn’t find the right size I wanted. I also made some “Tigger Tails” (Chocolate caramel pretzel rods). Those were delicious! I go a little overboard on the favours, but only because I love making them.
For the cupakes I made an assortment of flavours. Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, and Lemon Raspberry. I was on a huge Lemon Raspberry kick while preggo. For the decorations I made various flowers left over from my cake, and small bees. The bees were my favourite!
For the favours I found these pots at ikea for a couple dollars each. How perfect! I used a paint marker to draw the yellow honey on top. Inside I added winnie the pooh bubbles (I got super discounted), stickers, and a small disney book found at Winners. Each one cost about $3.50 to make.
And this year the birthday girl devoured the cupcake instead of trying to put it in my hair. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!