Vintage-Inspired Cat Cookie! Time-lapse Video Tutorial

I created this vintage-inspired cat cookie after Jenny Holiday’s adorable cat paintings appeared on my Instagram feed. Take a look at her incredible work – I’m sure you will be inspired, too!

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Watch the video to see it all come together! For further instruction on making piped roses, check out my online cookie decorating class at Craftsy.com!

Right-click on the template below to save it to your computer and print it out. This can be used to cut the cookie dough as well as to help with the placement of the face. After the base layer of icing is dry, trace the eyes, nose, and mouth using an edible ink marker.

Did you notice my floral and polka dot nails in the video? My sister-in-law gave me these gorgeous nail wraps for Christmas. She really knows my style! I thought they were prefect for this project. You can purchase them here through my affiliate link: http://bit.ly/NailPolishStrips

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Macaroys + SweetAmbs Macarons

I met Roy Cohen of Macaroys at Smorgasburg food and flea market here in Kingston when I purchased a box of his delicious macarons. I’d always been intimated by making macarons (there are so many things that can go wrong!), but Roy makes it look effortless.

While baking macarons makes me nervous, decorating them is a different story! We thought it would be so much fun to combine our talents and teach a macaron baking and decorating class, so Roy made a test batch here at my studio for me to decorate over the weekend. This is my new obsession. I mean, look at these! There’s just something about a decorated macaron that’s so appealing to me. We’re still working out the details of our class, but stay tuned for details.

UPDATE: We finalized the details of the class! Find more info and register here.

Roy sells his macarons at local markets in the Hudson Valley during the summer. Check out his work at macaroys.com and on Instagram.

The rose-filled macaron in this last photo is based on designs by SweetMoses and ayseyamanbutikpasta. I probably wouldn’t do this one again because it was so hard to place the roses on the shell facing outward! They do it way better than I do, anyway 🙂 Take a look!

Easter Baby Animal Cookies with Domino Sugar!

I can’t wait to see the look on my daughter’s face when she sees these cookies on Easter morning! To make them, I partnered with Domino Sugar and used their brown sugar cutout cookie recipe. Learn how to make your own by following the tutorial!

Supplies

  • Brown Sugar Cookie Recipe: https://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/brown-sugar-cutout-cookies
  • Royal Icing Recipe: https://www.dominosugar.com/recipe/royal-icing-meringue-powder
  • 4” Bunny Cookie Cutter

  • 3” 10-petal Flower Cookie Cutter

  • 3” Egg Cookie Cutter

  • 3 ¼” Round Cookie Cutter

  • Paring knife

  • 15-second count royal icing in light pink, gray, black, white, orange, green, light peach, yellow, light blue (test the consistency by taking a spoonful of icing out of the bowl and dropping it back in. It should take about 15 seconds for the icing to be completely smooth)

  • Stiff peak royal icing in light green

  • 12” decorating bags

  • Decorating tip numbers 1, 2, and 3

  • Couplers

  • Scriber needle or toothpick

  • Wax paper

  • Edible pink color dust

  • Black edible ink marker

  • Light blue edible ink marker

  • Decorator brush

Instructions

  1. Cut the animal cookies from a sheet of brown sugar cookie dough. Use a paring knife to modify the bunny ear to make it “flop” over. Cut 1 round cookie for each animal cookie. Cut 1 triangle, 1 ½” long and 1” high, for each animal cookie using the paring knife. These will be the stands that hold the cookies upright. Bake and cool the cookies according to the recipe instructions.

  2. To make the bunny, ice the inner ears, tummy, and foot pads with light pink 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 2. Use a scriber needle or a toothpick to help shape the icing. Allow the icing to dry about 30 minutes.

  3. Fill in the rest of the bunny with gray 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 2. Use a scriber needle or a toothpick to help shape the icing. Allow the icing to dry about 1 hour.

  4. Add dimension to the bunny by piping another layer of gray icing over the folded portion of the ear and over the feet. Allow the icing to dry 6 to 8 hours.

  5. Pipe a nose with the light pink icing and use the scriber needle or toothpick to help shape it.

  6. Add eyes with black 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 1. Pipe reflections in the eyes with white 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 1. Use a scriber needle or toothpick to apply a very small dot of white icing to add another reflection in each eye.

  7. On a piece of wax paper taped to the work surface, pipe a carrot with orange and green 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 1. Use the scriber needle or toothpick to shape the carrot. Repeat this process to pipe 3 eggs with light blue and light pink icing, and again to pipe 2 flowers using yellow icing for the petals and orange icing for the centers. The eggs and flowers will be used later. Allow the icing to dry 6-8 hours and carefully remove the decorations from the wax paper.

  8. Attach the carrot to the bunny with a dab of 15-second count royal icing. Draw lines on the carrot with a black edible ink marker.

  9. Use the edible ink marker to draw eyelashes and a mouth.

  10. Add rosy cheeks by applying edible pink color dust with a decorator brush.

  11. Pipe the bunny’s paws with gray icing and a decorating tip number 2. Allow the icing to dry about 30 minutes before drawing the details on the paws with the black edible ink marker.

  12. To make the lamb, ice a 10-petal flower cookie with white icing and a decorating tip number 3. Use a scriber needle or toothpick to help shape the icing. Allow the icing to dry 6 to 8 hours.

  13. Pipe the face with light peach 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 2. Use a scriber needle or toothpick to help shape the icing. Pipe the ears with light peach icing. Add a little bit of light pink for the inner ears.

  14. Use light peach icing to pipe the legs. Add hooves with gray icing and use the scribe tool to help shape them. Allow the icing to dry about 30 minutes.

  15. Pipe fleece on top of the lamb’s head with white icing. Allow the icing to dry about 1 hour.

  16. Add the details to the lamb’s face using the same process that was used to make the bunny’s face.

  17. Outline the fleece with a light blue edible ink marker and add details to the legs and hooves with the black edible ink marker.

  18. To make the chick, ice an egg cookie with yellow 15-second count royal icing and a decorating tip number 3. Use the scriber needle or toothpick to help shape the icing. Allow the icing to dry 6 to 8 hours.

  19. Add dimension by piping another layer of yellow icing on the wings. To make feathers, pipe two dots of yellow icing over the chick’s head and shape the icing with the scriber needle or toothpick.

  20. Pipe a beak and feet with orange icing and a decorating tip number 1 and shape the icing with the scriber needle or toothpick.

  21. Add details to the chick’s face using the same process that was used to make the faces on the first two cookies.

  22. To make stands for the animals, ice once round cookie for each animal cookie with green 15-second count royal icing and a tip number 3. Use the scriber needle or toothpick to help evenly distribute the icing. Allow the icing to dry 6 to 8 hours.

  23. Apply light green stiff peak icing to the triangle cookie with a decorating tip number 3 and place it on the round cookie. Attach the animal cookie to the stand.

  24. Attach the eggs and flowers to the bunny and lamb cookies using a dab of the light green icing.

  25. Pipe blades of grass on the cookie base with the light green icing. Pipe the longer blades so that they rest against the animal cookies. The shorter blades can stand up on their own.

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Deviled Egg Recipe?! April Fools!

When April Fools’ Day rolls around, I always have a blast coming up with new ways of turning sweets into savory foods! This fast food meal made of cake, cookies, and icing is what started this strange obsession for me a few years ago, but this spaghetti and meatballs cookie might be my favorite so far 🙂

Since April 1st also happens to be Easter Sunday this year, I figured what better way to fool your friends and family than with deviled eggs?!

These sneaky snacks are made with a sweet milk gelatin filled with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with edible red color dust. Watch the video below to learn how to make them!

Egg White Recipe (2 dozen eggs):

  • 2 packets (½ oz) gelatin
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of almond extract (optional)

Egg Yolk Recipe (this will make more than enough for 2 dozen eggs, but since it’s basically just cream cheese frosting, you can freeze the leftovers and use it on a cake another time)

  • ½ cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Yellow and orange food coloring (I used Wilton Color Right)

Instructions:

  1. Add 2 packets (½ oz) gelatin to ½ cup milk. Set aside.
  2. Combine ½ cup of milk with 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and a ½ teaspoon of almond extract (optional). 
  4. Place the mixture on low heat while stirring constantly just until the mixture is hot.
  5. Add the gelatin mixture and stir until it dissolves (strain it through a fine sieve if some lumps remain). Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup or pitcher.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased mold (I used a plastic deviled egg platter). Chill the mold in the refrigerator until firm (at least 4 hours).
  7. To make the filling, beat ½ cup of softened butter with 1 cup of softened cream cheese. Add a teaspoon of vanilla.
  8. Gradually add 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar and beat the mixture until it’s light and fluffy.
  9. Add yellow and orange food coloring until you reach the color of egg yolk. Chill the filling in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.
  10. Unmold the eggs by loosening the edges with a spatula and gently peeling them away from the mold.
  11. Make room for the filling with a melon baller.
  12. Arrange the eggs on a platter.
  13. Fill the eggs with a star tip number 21.
  14. Sprinkle the eggs with red edible color dust.

Click on the images below for more April Fools’ food pranks!

  

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