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
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Colors:
  • Blue = Wilton delphinium blue from the Garden Tone Set
  • Pink = Wilton aster mauve from the Garden Tone Set
  • Green = Wilton juniper green from the Garden Tone Set
  • Brown = Americolor chocolate brown mixed with a touch of Wilton juniper green
These and other decorating products are available on the recommended products page.
Watch this video to see how to make these macaron cookies!
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Come take a class with me! I just added two new advanced cookie decorating workshops to the schedule. Click here to reserve your spot!Advanced1Upload

Wonka Bar Cookie With A Golden Ticket!

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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite movies, so when I had a request to make a Wonka Bar cookie for a friend’s birthday, I was excited to take on the challenge! Wonka-Bar-Cookie-SweetAmbs
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
 Colors: 
  • Chocolate brown = Americolor chocolate brown
  • Silver = Americolor super black
  • Wrapper brown = Americolor chocolate brown + super black
  • Wrapper red/orange = Americolor tulip red + Wilton lemon yellow + Americolor chocolate brown
  • Yellow = Wilton buttercup yellow
  • Ivory = Wilton buttercup yellow
These and other decorating products are available on the recommended products page.
Score a 3×7″ cookie with the back of a paring knife before you bake it. (I realized later that I should have only scored the ends, so don’t score the whole thing unless you are going to make a chocolate bar cookie without a wrapper.)Wonka-Bar-Cookie
Place the cookie on a cooling rack (or drying rack like this one) and cover half of it with chocolate brown flood consistency icing. You don’t need a decorating tip for this part.Wonka-Bar-Cookie2
Use an offset spatula to spread the icing around. Make sure to spread it on the sides, too. Give the rack a few taps to allow the excess icing to drip off.Wonka-Bar-Cookie3
Use a brush to remove the icing from the grooves in the cookie.Wonka-Bar-Cookie4

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Repeat the process with the gray icing on the other half of the cookie.Wonka-Bar-Cookie6Wonka-Bar-Cookie7
Dab the end of the gray side with bunched up plastic wrap to give the icing some texture. This will be the foil-wrapped end of the chocolate bar.Wonka-Bar-Cookie8
Allow the icing to dry 8-12 hours. You can see here that I covered the grooves in the middle of the cookie with more icing to create a smoother surface on which to pipe the wrapper later. I also used a small brush to make a guide so I would have a guide for painting the golden ticket.Wonka-Bar-Cookie10
To make the golden ticket, I used a mixture of Sugarflair Royal Gold luster dust mixed with a few drops of Bacardi 151. Read this post on how to make gold icing for more information on this process. I also painted the gray end of the bar with Wilton silver pearl dust to make it look like foil.
Once I applied the gold pearl dust, I used the scribe tool to scratch a border and lettering into the icing.
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After letting the paint dry for a few minutes, I piped the wrapper using dark brown flood consistency icing with a reddish-orange border. I also used a stiff brush to create a little bit of texture on the end to make it look like the wrapper was torn.Wonka-Bar-Cookie13
Allow the icing to dry at least 2 hours in front of a fan and then use a scribe tool to sketch the outline of the lettering.Wonka-Bar-Cookie14
The hat was piped with a buttercup yellow medium consistency icing and a tip 1 and the lettering was piped with a lighter shade of this same color, also with a tip 1.
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Pipe a little bit of the light buttercup yellow icing on the “torn” end of the wrapper and add texture by dabbing it with a brush. Then add a little bit of silver pearl dust.
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And that’s it!Wonka-Bar-Cookie-SweetAmbs
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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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