Plunger Cookie Cutters From Light In The Box

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A couple of months ago, the generous folks at Light In The Box let me pick out some cookie cutters to try. I chose these plunger cutters because I love the shapes! They’re really meant to be used with fondant, but they work on cookies, too! These two shapes worked the best with my cookie dough. I also tried a rose design, which sort of got lost in the baking process. It’s a very pretty design, though, and I bet it would work great with fondant.Plungercutter1
I hand painted these cookies. No icing required!Plungercutter9
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
I don’t usually recommend that you work with soft cookie dough, but for molded cookies like these and the ones I made with Amazing Mold Putty, it’s a necessity.
The plunger cutters arrived un-assembled, so after my friend came in from the office next door to help me put them together, I was good to go. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, mix a little bit of pink gel paste food coloring with a few drops of alcohol or flavored extract and mix in some white pearl dust. Apply the mixture on the imprinted design using a small brush.Plungercutter2
Use the gold highlighter mixed with a little bit of alcohol to paint the raised areas and the border.Plungercutter5
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Mix some corn syrup with some alcohol (about 1:1) and brush it on the design. This will give the cookies an “enameled” look, much like these cookies I made with a similar technique.Plungercutter7
And that’s it! Thank you Light In The Box for letting me try out these plunger cookie cutters!Plungercutter8
 Click on the images below for more cookie projects:              Molded Cookies Mini-Plaque-Cookies Pearl Cookies1

Instagram 20k Giveaway!

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I just reached 20,000 followers on Instagram and I’m celebrating with a giveaway! 20k-Upload-2
To enter the giveaway, upload a photo on Instagram of a cookie that you’ve made* and use the hashtag #sweetambs20k by Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. It doesn’t have to be a decorated cookie… chocolate chip counts, too! One winner will be chosen at random to receive a prize pack that includes:
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The giveaway is open to everyone all over the world. Good luck!
*The uploaded photo must be your own in order to enter the giveaway. One entry per person, please.

How To Make “Macaron” Cookies!

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I have a confession! The thought of making a French macaron intimidates me. I haven’t made a batch since I was in culinary school, and I don’t plan on trying again any time soon. But, making a decorated cookie that looks like a macaron? I can handle that! 
My fellow Tastemade partner Miki of Miki’s Pantry came up with the idea for this macaron project. Visit her YouTube channel for her tutorial on how to make a real French macaron that looks like a chocolate chip cookie!SweetAmbs-Macaron3 Continue reading

Dripping Rainbow Cookies!

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I’ve been so busy lately teaching cookie decorating classes that I’ve hardly had any time to make a tutorial! I’m glad to be back here sharing a new project with you. This week, a few of my Tastemade network friends and I have gotten together to bring you some rainbow themed treats! I made these dripping rainbow cookies using the royal icing transfer method with a little help from gravity. Click here to see all of the rainbow tutorials from Haniela’s, Montreal Confections, Pink Cake Princess, Happy Cakes Bakes and Krazy Kool Cakes.
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Cookie Decorating and Marketing Workshop

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Mimi Fix of Baking Fix and I are joining forces! We’ve planned a Cookie Decorating and Marketing Workshop on Saturday, August 23rd at my studio here in Beacon, New York. During the first three hours of the class, we’ll focus on how to make royal icing, flooding and the wet-on-wet technique. In the afternoon, Mimi will walk you through the process of creating a business plan.
I took one of Mimi’s classes before I opened my business and it was so informative and helpful. I’m fortunate to have her come to my studio to share her knowledge! Click on the poster below for more information and to reserve your spot in the class.
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Visit the Classes tab to see the full class schedule or to set up a private session.SweetAmbs Class

Cookie Decorating Classes in Barcelona!

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I’m happy to officially announce that I’m taking my cookie decorating classes back on the road and I’ll be returning to El món dolç de Claudia in Barcelona this December from the 11th through the 14th!
Here are some examples of what I’ll be teaching:Roses-upload
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The decorating techniques that will be taught include:
Contact Claudia at [email protected] to reserve your spot!
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Click here for the full class schedule, or here for information on private lessons.
If you can’t make it to a class in person, you can still learn these techniques with my video tutorials!
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Watermelon Cookies!

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It’s watermelon season! I know that watermelon cookies have been done many times before (see some of my faves at the bottom of this post!), but I couldn’t resist trying my own version of this summertime design. If you’re still not sure what to bring to the 4th of July picnic this weekend, give these a try! 
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