Mini Donut Cookies!

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I recently hosted a giveaway with Petite Four Miniatures jewelry, which inspired me to make these mini donut cookies. Two of my very favorite things are tiny foods and donuts, so this was inevitable.  Donut-Cookies7
Rather than baking my usual cookie recipe and decorating it with royal icing, I decided to try something different. I wanted these mini donut cookies to look as realistic as possible, so I needed a cookie dough that was soft enough to be piped out of a decorating tip to give it dimension and also hold its shape in the oven. I threw some ingredients together and the end result looked a lot like a pâte à choux (the dough that’s used to make eclairs and cream puffs). But, unlike eclairs and cream puffs, these little cookies are crunchy. Scroll down for the full recipe.
The icing is made with a simple mixture of powdered sugar and water. I added some cocoa powder for the chocolate glaze and a dab of Wilton pink gel paste food coloring to make the pink glaze. 
Here’s the full list of supplies that you’ll need for this project. 
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“Cookie Donut” Dough
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Place the sugar and egg into a bowl and mix well. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract. Once the wet ingredients are combined, add the flour and continue to mix until the dough is smooth. 
Pipe the dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets with a round tip 10 for donuts, eclairs, cinnamon buns and Boston cream and use a star tip 21 to pipe crullers. The donuts should be about 1 to 1-1/2″. I noticed that the dough took on an oily appearance after a while, so try to move as quickly as possible once the dough is in the piping bag. I’m sure there is a way to resolve the problem of oily dough, but the cookies came out of the oven just as I wanted, so I didn’t go back and experiment with the recipe. 
Bake the cookies at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown around the bottom edges. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Donut Glaze
Combine 1/2 cup confectioners sugar with 2-3 teaspoons of water. Add pink gel paste food coloring to some of the white glaze to make pink glaze. To make chocolate glaze, combine 1/2 cup confections sugar with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder plus 3-4 teaspoons of water. 
Decorate the donut cookies with a tip 2 according to the instructions in the video.
Happy baking!
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Class Update
All of my cookie decorating workshops through the spring are sold out, but there’s still space left in this class on how to start a baking business from home with guest instructor Mimi Fix. I took this class when I first started my business and it was so informative and helpful. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot!
For now, Mimi is only teaching this class in person and it’s not available online. If you can’t make it, you can find Mimi’s books on the subject on her website
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Valentine’s Day Panda Bear Cookies!

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Panda bear cookies are cute, but I think they’re even cuter with heart bows and heart garlands!Pandas-Resized
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
 Watch the video below to see how to decorate these panda bear cookies:
If you’re concerned about color bleed while using black and white icing, read this post on royal icing troubleshooting tips to learn how to prevent it. 

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 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Learn To Start A Home-Based Baking Business With Guest Instructor Mimi Fix

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When I first started decorating cookies several years ago, I desperately wanted to open my own shop so that I could legally sell my baked goods to the pubic. Like so many cake and cookie decorators, I was baking out of my apartment kitchen and I didn’t think that I had the means to open a legitimate business selling cookies and I had no idea about cottage food laws. All of that changed when I came across an ad for a class taught by Mimi Fix of Baking Fix. Mimi’s class on how to start a home-based baking business made me realize that having a legitimate biz was attainable for someone like me.
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While I didn’t end up going the route of having a home-based business, I did learn enough about the commercial end of it to be able to open a small shop that was just big enough for me to bake and decorate. After taking this class, the process of opening my own baking business seemed way less daunting. And now I know that if I ever want to give up the shop and go back to baking from home, I have that option. 
My business has changed a lot since those first days, but Mimi’s class is what gave me the push I needed to get started. 
Click here for more information on this class and to reserve your spot. If you can’t make it in person, Mimi has books on the subject available on her website.

Love Note Cookies For Valentine’s Day!

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A few months ago I was in Michaels craft store searching for some pretty scrapbook papers to use for my wedding invitations. I purchased a stack of assorted designs and one of the patterns inspired me to make these notebook paper cookies. Since February will be here before we know it, I thought it would be cute to turn them into love note cookies for Valentine’s Day. Love Notes
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Colors:
Watch the video below to learn how to make these love note cookies. 

If you would like to learn more about the techniques shown in this tutorial including painting on royal icing and making wet-on-wet roses, you can take a cookie decorating class with me online through Craftsy! Click on the banner below to enroll and watch anytime from your computer or tablet.Banner-728x90-resized

Gold Stars And Stripes

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I can’t remember how I came to the decision to try this technique for making pink and gold striped cookies. There’s usually series of ideas that leads up to the final product, but there have been so many things on my mind lately with traveling and writing my book and the holidays that I don’t know where this came from! Looking at them now they remind me of wrapping paper, so that’s probably what it was. The mini gold stars add a holiday feeling to this set… I think these would be nice for Christmas, New Years, or even a birthday party.Gold-Stripes14 Continue reading

New Cookie Decorating Classes In 2015!

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I’ve just scheduled two new cookie decorating classes for January and February here at my studio in Beacon, New York. These full day workshops are open to decorators of all skill levels. Click on the posters below for more information and to reserve your spot!
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If you can’t make it to either of these classes, you can always schedule a private lesson. Click here for the rates. You can also learn cookie decorating online through my video tutorials or through my upcoming Craftsy class, which will be available soon. In the meantime, check out some other classes on Craftsy and learn how to make the perfect cupcakehow to take beautiful photos of your cakes, or how to make a jeweled wedding cake!