July 17, 2012

Con Cookies

Ok so I eluded to making some "Con" cookies... and now I will explain. For those that didn't know the San Diego Comic Con aka SDCC aka The Con was last week. It's a weekend plus some days celebration of all things comic-y, pop culture-ish and the like. I happen to have married a man, who works in comics thus engulfing me into the world head first. Half our wedding party were all "in comics" and every year since I've known him he has attended SDCC. I've gone almost every year too, either for a day, the weekend and one year for the whole week (ps not doing that again) but this year I've decided to stay home. I have a 4 year olds birthday party to attend on the weekend and well I just can't miss that... I've been to every party of this munchkins so it's now tradition plus it's his week to get away, have fun and buy me stuff that I dutifully put onto a list.

But back to the baking... Last year I baked some cookies for the crew and they were a big hit so this year I thought I'd bake some more and try my hand at logo cookies.

I baked plain oatmeal raisin, oatmeal cranberry nut and decorated sugar with a royal icing transfer of the Aspen Comic logo.

July 4, 2012

happy 4th!!!!

Yet another holiday and yet another reason to make COOKIES!!! I wanted something slightly simple this year as I am also prepping to make a treat bonanza for the upcoming Comic Con (more on that later).

Thanks to Munchkin Munchies for this quick and easy set of July 4th cookies.

I never would've thought to use Jell-O to color them.

May 29, 2012

cherry lemon pound cake

I opted to not make any Warrant jokes but just know I really wanted to...

I've been in an experimentive mood lately and really wanted to try my hand at just throwing ingredients to the wind.

To make my cherry lemon poundcake I started with a basic poundcake recipe but decided to make 2 round cakes and then add cherry pie filling where ever I could. Lemon buttercream topped it all and the result was yum.

If you want the very complicated recipe let me know...

May 4, 2012

sesame street fiasco fiesta madness

My nephews' 1st birthday is fast approaching and I am SO excited!! Their party is on Cinco de Mayo and is themed as a Sesame Street Fun Fiesta. I, of course, elected to make cookies for the event. It was easy to narrow down the characters as I was informed that Elmo and Big Bird were my nephews' favorites. This wasn't my easiest cookie baking experience but it was certainly a lesson in patience and taught me a thing or two about candy melts and managing your time wisely. I had extensively planned this baking out and broken it into 3 distinct segments: dough making, cooking baking and cookie decorating. I separated this out by days and opted to give each segment 2 days. For a large amount of baking this really worked for me, it continues to make the process fun and less time consuming.

Dough making only took one one night to complete. I made 4 large batches of dough which would yield me almost 150+ cookies. Yowza! I refrigerated the dough but you could also freeze it as well. Cookie baking was completed on one Saturday afternoon/evening and cookie decorating took... about 5 loooong days and let me tell you why.

Candy melts are a tricky bunch. I consulted both the web and my co-worker (a fellow baker) on the process because after baking so many cookies I realized the outlining/flooding would take longer than I wanted to spend. I thought covering with candy melts and then using royal icing for the details would be a better use of my time. My only issue would be that my cookie shapes had scalloped edges and I worried the thickness of candy melts wouldn't show the detail as much. Actually, I initially worried the royal icing wouldn't show the detail as I wanted to cover the entire cookie which is another reason why I chose candy melts. Well, my co-worker (and the web) suggested 'thinning' the candy melts with a little vegetable oil. This was both a great and horrible idea. Yes, it thinned the candy melts to a perfect consistency and covered the entire cookie just as I wanted BUT... oh yes the big BUT... if you use too much oil you risk your candy melts not being able to harden properly and thus retaining a tacky/greasy surface. Even worse under the right temperature the candy melts will just melt off the cookie. And by right temperature I'm referring to body temp as my hubby took one in his hand and it immediately melted onto his fingertips.

Talk about disappointment... I was beyond sad. I had covered every single cookie with thinned candy melts that were indeed "too thin" and there wasn't anything I could do about it EXCEPT start again. Yes, I went back into the kitchen and prepared more dough (not as much as before) and baked and then decorated with candy melts that were not thinned at all. This time I opted for plain round cookies as those dang scalloped edge still scared me.

After everything was said and done I took my perfect planned out process and turned it into 2 days of pure "let's get this done" madness. I will say that managing out my time actually helped as I ended up with plenty of time to re-do everything.

Oh and those 150+ cookies that weren't right are still around. I call them my discards and my husband has been nibbling on them for days. I've also taken a few bags to work and saved a few more bags for friends who love my cookies no matter what.

April 20, 2012

Spring but no break from cookies

I never need an excuse to bake and in my effort to keep up my newbie decorating skills I sprang into action for some Easter cookies. Sorry such a bad joke but I live for bad jokes.

After an offhand suggestion from my hubby I decided to make cookies for my mom-in-law's Sunday school class. He suggested it and I thought "yeah I should do that..." plus it would also be an experiment in how decorated cookies travel. She's in Louisiana.

Cookies turned out good if I do say so myself. I need to adjust my icing consistency just a tad. I tend to flood with outline thickness which isn't wrong but it's a workout after a few cookies.

Chicks. Flowers. And Lazy Bunnies. I decided them last minute so they have no ears the poor things.

February 15, 2012

valentime's day

I attended college in Boston and one of my favorite memories is that of my friend Meesh, who is Beantown through and through, and provided more than a few laughs at her wicked awesome accent. Most notably her wishing everyone a very happy valentime's day...

I went all shades of pink this year. The pink-hued hearts turned out better than expected but the thought of icing them all the night before worried me so I went hugs and kisses instead.

Oh and I made some naughty ones too just to amuse myself and my coworkers.

Happy Post Valentime's!!

February 2, 2012

glitter makes its all ok

Base: OPI galapa ghost
Glitter: hard candy date night
Tip: Avon nail metallic chrome