Vampire Bat Cookies

20171030_124439Happy Halloween! This year has been a very busy one so far and with that I have had limited time to brainstorm new ideas and recipes to share. I could not pass up sharing some Halloween delights with you so I whipped up these vampire bat cookies with my oldest daughter.

To make these you will need a bat cookie cutter, your favorite sugar cookie recipe, 1 box royal frosting mix (such as Wilton’s), piping bags (I prefer disposable for easy clean up), 3 round #2 piping tips, and gel food coloring (black, white, & orange).

20171030_124526First, prepare your cookie dough or buy cookie dough and cut into bat shapes. Bake and allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the royal icing to stiff but pipable consistency and seperate into portions, 2 larger portions for white and black, and a smaller portion for the orange (as you will use much less). Dye each portion with food color and allow to rest at least 4 hours. For the blackest black I allow mine to sit 24 hours for the color to fully develop, otherwise you will end up with gray bats or you will have squid ink by adding too much dye to the icing.

20171030_124518Once the icing has developed and the cookies have cooled completely begin decorating your bat cookies. Pipe an outline around the bats in black to prepare the cookies for flooding. Set aside a bit of 20 second (stiff) black royal icing for detailing later then make the remaining black icing into flooding consistency by adding water. You will be at the right consistency when you can draw a line through the icing and by the time you count to 10 the line has disappeared. Flood the bats with black icing and allow to set. I allowed mine to set overnight to prevent the black color from bleeding to my white icing details but if you do not have that long to wait ai recommend you at least wait 6 hours but preferably at least 12. Much of it depends on your climate and humidity levels as to how fast your icing will set.

20171030_124153Once the black icing has dried and set you can pipe face details on the bats in white icing. I had my oldest daughter help me so ours vary between male and female bats. She wanted cute eyelashes for the female bats but you can decorate .them however you please. Allow a few minutes for the white to set then pipe the wing details in orange. To give depth to the eyes use the reserved black stiff icing to pipe an eyeball. Once all is dry you will have cute vampire bat cookies that adults and kids can both enjoy! Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & STAGING: PETER MENDOROS

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Cutie Crab Cookies

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Sadly, summer is winding down for many. Soon most of the tourists here in Central Florida will be heading home as school resumes and vacations are over. For those that want to take the spirit of warm summer weather and sandy beaches home with them, these crab cookies are perfect for keeping the coastal feel alive.

DSC_0074To make these cookies, you will need your favorite cookie dough (I used basic sugar), a crab cookie cutter, royal icing, gel food color, and some decorating bags/tips. I used Americolor Tulip Red and Super Black on these cookies but you can use any red or orange color depending on how you want the final hue to come out. I wanted some to be more red and some to look more orange just to give depth to the plate when presented. You can do all in one shade since it is easier.

When mixing the royal icing, you will need the following:

Tulip Red Piping Icing

Tulip Red 15-second Icing

Tulip Red Flood Icing

Super Black Piping Icing

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Once the cookies have been baked and cooled, begin by outlining the crab body with the Tulip Red Piping Icing with a bag fitted with a number 2 tip. Once it has set for a few minutes, flood the outlined body with the Tulip Red Flood Icing. Allow the body to dry for a little while and then continue on.

Next, outline the claws with Tulip Red Piping Icing and after a few minutes flood with the Tulip Red Flood Icing. Move on to the legs, using the 15-second Icing in Tulip Red. Use a slightly larger tip and gently push out a segment of icing for the leg. Allow the cookie to dry thoroughly before continuing on. Depending upon your location, this can be from 4 hours to 24 hours. Since I am in humid Florida, I allowed them to sit overnight.

DSC_0072Once the cookies have had time to firm and set, continue by adding the details. Begin using the Tulip Red piping icing to create a squiggly line outlining the crab shell body and distinguishing it from the segmented legs. Next, using the same piping icing, create varying sizes of dots to add texture to the shell. Press with less pressure for smaller dots, more pressure for larger dots.

DSC_0073Lastly, using Super Black piping icing, pipe an upside down larger opened “u” for the closed eyes. Pipe 3 eyelashes on the outer edges of each eye. Finish up by piping the smile midway between the two eyes. Once you have finished allow the cookies to set again before serving. If you are entertaining and want the crabs to look like they are on the sand, spread some Turbinado or Brown sugar on the bottom of the serving platter and arrange the cookies as if they are resting on the sand.

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Easy Fireworks Cookies

6Happy Independence Day to America!!! In all honesty this one kind of snuck up on me. I was planning to make an easy tutorial for 4th of July and I kept thinking in my head that I have more time and I shouldn’t start yet and then “boom” it is three days before and I haven’t even baked the cookies yet. Then when I do bake them my cookie monster toddler kept stealing them all off the table and instead of having 3 dozen I am left with 2. I want to scold her but seeing her nibbling cookie after cookie in the corner trying to hide from my sight is just too cute. I guess I will let her win this one and be a kid.

Since I had procrastinated badly I thought I could squeeze in the quick decorating while the cookie monster was nibbling away without getting bothered too much. Boy was I wrong! The second she saw my frosting containers she knew its time to decorate and she wanted to make a mess…I mean help. Of course I made a spot for her at the table and let her hold the bottle as I piped the icing into the lines and dots I needed to make the cookie look like a firework explosion. Some came out great, others were a bit messy but that is perfect because not all fireworks are the same when they explode and this gave the cookies character. It also made me realize that these cookies should not just be marketed for adults that don’t want to spend too long decorating cookies but it is also a great way to spend time with your kids on the holiday making a patriotic treat. These are easy enough that adults won’t get stressed and kids can have fun making them with you.

2As I was sitting with my daughter watching the joy on her face as she squeezed a blob of frosting onto a cookie I was no longer frustrated that she wanted to help but rather I embraced the moment and didn’t want to finish the last cookie that seemed to creep up on us way too fast. Far too often I am in a rush to get things done thinking the faster I get it done the faster I can focus on my daughter but I end up missing out on opportunities to do just that. Luckily I didn’t miss this one and it meant a lot to me since I know this fall I will be returning to work and I won’t be able to spend all day with her. It has been weighing heavily on my mind lately as I have pretty much been a stay at home mom almost the entire time since she was born and I feel really guilty leaving her at home. I guess I will have to set up more mommy-daughter baking and decorating dates.

5What I like most about these cookies is they are completely customizable. They can be made with any color scheme and you can use any patterns you like that you feel represents what an exploding firework looks like. I used a sand dollar cookie cutter to give a unique shape that would help support the look of an explosion and falling particles but you can use any cutter you like. If you have a regular star you can use that or if you only have a circle you can also use that too. As far as colors go I used tulip red, white, and baby blue for Independence Day but you can pick any colors, especially if you want to recreate them for another holiday such as New Years you could do gold and black. As always I use my favorite sugar cookie recipe and decorate with royal icing tinted with gel dye but you are welcome to use your own approach. The sky is the limit with these. They are designed to be easy and fun for all the family. So go enjoy the holiday and celebrate your freedom if you are an American and if not just celebrate your family by spending time together making a batch of cookies and promoting your children’s creative expression.

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Butterfly Blue Iced Sugar Cookies

3The past month has been a busy one and I admittedly placed the blog on the back burner once again. I have been flooded with med school homework lately and when I am not working on that I am following around my toddler. A few months ago I also started a new commitment to a more healthy lifestyle and began working out again. This commitment to eating clean, organic foods led me to really increase my desire to garden. I went and bought a bunch of organic seeds (to ensure my seeds were never derived from a GMO plant) and started planting. I involved my toddler so she could learn to appreciate living off the land as much as her father and I do. The daily process of watering, pulling weeds, and fertilizing (natural of course) has consumed the extra little bit of time I would normally have for writing.

2I truly have missed writing but with my new course of healthy eating I really don’t like making sweets since they will be there to tempt me into eating them. To solve my new dilemma I sat awake one night thinking how I could continue the blog in a new direction that would not only fit my current lifestyle but also stay loyal to the readers who already followed. The initial result would be to focus on what used to only be a segment of this blog…the skinny sweets. If I focus on skinny sweets (desserts that are significantly lower in calories and fat and therefore inflicting less guilt when you devour them) then I could continue the blog without the risk of completely spoiling my healthy lifestyle. This was the plan until one day I was gardening with my daughter.

5While I was pulling weeds, my daughter was watching two blue butterflies swarming around the flowers growing in the yard near our garden. I thought to myself that the butterfly would make a really beautiful cookie. It had been some time since I had made decorated cookies and I began to have an itch for them. Cookies have always been a great way to bring out one’s artistic expression through food. Even children love taking part in them, which means I could have my daughter help me and I would then have more time to bake if she feels like she is involved. This gave me the revelation that I could not only post skinny sweets but also decorated cookies since I absolutely hate the taste and texture of royal icing. With each cookie being covered in royal icing it would keep me from being tempted to eat the cookies and not disrupt my new healthy lifestyle.

1I know this post is getting more lengthy than usual so I promise to wrap it up soon. I chose to write a lengthy post because I wanted to thoroughly explain to all of my loyal followers the reason for the slight shift in the content of the blog from here on out. For my first post of this kind I decided to make a blue butterfly based off the butterfly that triggered my initial epiphany. The base is a simple sugar cookie and I dug out an old butterfly cookie cutter I had lying around collecting dust. Once the cookies had cooled I prepared a big batch of royal icing (recipe will be provided in a future post). I separated the batch into three portions and colored two of the portions, taking only a little bit from the third portion and saving the rest for a future project. The first portion I tinted with royal blue gel color. Americolor is my favorite brand of gel color but I only had Wilton on hand in the colors I needed so that is what I used. The second portion I tinted with cornflower gel color.

4I used the royal blue tinted icing as my base color. I outlined and flooded the cookies and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I used the cornflower tinted icing to outline the cookie again and add more details. I also used the white icing to add accents that finished the cookie. This was a simple design that I made sure wasn’t too complex since it was my first time making these cookies in a long time and I didn’t want to overcomplicate things, especially it would be the first time doing it with my daughter around. All in all I am very happy with how they turned out. I feel they are perfect to serve now as we flutter into the summer months ahead. The blue really sets the tone of summer, similar to the crisp blue, sunny skies.

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