Welcome to my Sweets Blog!

Welcome to my Sweets Blog!
I've been looking for a way to share my sweet creations with everyone, and I think I have found it--here is my sweets blog! As I experiment with delicious desserts & sweet treats, I will post pictures, recipes, and how-to tips & tricks. Hope you enjoy reading about my sweets as much I enjoy eating them!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Sugar Cookies

A few months ago, I blogged about these adorable Berry Sugar Cookies that I made as alast minute project change due to Hurricane Sandy. 

I was supposed to make Strawberry Shortcake faces, but didn't have access to local stores to get supplies after the storm. So I shifted gears and made a strawberry instead. 

Well, this time I didn't have any good excuse not to attempt Strawberry Shortcake herself. 

And she turned out adorable, if I do say so myself! 

Faces require a lot of patience and waiting while each section or layer dries. For these, I worked from the top to the bottom. I started with her hat, doing one section at a time, and then moved on to the face, neck, clothes, and arms. Next I piped on the facial features. The hair was the last major section to be filled in. Then I finished it off with all the details on the clothes and the outline accents on the hat, hair, and shirt. 

Overall I was happy with the outcome, despite my attachment to the 80's version of Strawberry. Maybe one day, just for fun, I'll make vintage Strawberry Shortcake Cookies for my sister & me, for old times' sake. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Luau Birthday Sugar Cookies

These Luau-themed birthday cookies really put me in the mood for summer. 

Several of the cookies in these sets are designs of Sweet Sugarbelle. {Link to her blog here.}

For her tutorial on the Bamboo Border Cookies, click {here}.

To see her tutorial on Hibiscus Cookies, click {here}.

And, for her tutorial on the Tropical Leaf Cookies, the perfect simple accent for a luau cookie set, click {here}.

I can't wait for more summer parties so I can make these festive luau cookies again and again!  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cross Cookies and Cakes

'Tis the season for Catholic religious celebrations and rites-of-passage, and I've made quite a few Cross Sugar Cookies within the last few months for christenings, communions, and confirmations...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world.

I know there are tons of recipes out there, but this is not an exaggeration. It's the absolute truth. 

Add M&Ms, and seriously, they are just the best cookie ever. 

You don't have to take my word for it, or that of all my family and friends. Just promise me you will make them for yourself and I guarantee you will agree with all of us.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Magic Cookie Bars

Hello there Blog, it's been a while! I'm happy to come back with a post about one of my favorite cookie bar recipes of all time...

Magic Cookie Bars! 

Also known as Seven-Layer Bars. Whatever you call them, they are incredibly, insanely, magically delicious. 

And they really are pretty easy to make. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cute Sugar Cookies

I may be dating myself here, but my how Strawberry Shortcake has changed!

I am quite certain that I watched this one Strawberry Shortcake episode at least a hundred times that my mother had recorded for me and my sister on a VHS. A few months ago, my sis and I found it on YouTube, and we geeked out watching it while her husband (fiancĂ©, at the time) looked on in what could only be described as wonder. As in, “I wonder what on Earth I am marrying in to.” Haha. 

Anyway, back to the cookies.  A while ago I was asked to make Strawberry Shortcake cookies for a friend’s niece’s birthday party. I was all set to make Strawberry Shortcake faces (the new version, much to my own dismay). I had baked my sugar & spice cookies using my large candy corn cutter, to be turned upside down, which would be a good shape for her hat, face, and hair. And then Hurricane Sandy hit. I was very lucky not to have lost power for too long, and to be able to host some friends and family who had no power all week. However, with dangerous traveling conditions and a gas shortage in the days following the storm, I was worried about my supply of cookie ingredients. Specifically, I was low on sugar and meringue powder, and wouldn’t have enough for all of the royal icing colors I would need to make for the face.

I always end up having leftover royal icing after a cookie project. Partly that’s because it is really hard to pipe anything with a small amount of icing in the piping bag. Also it is very hard to recreate the same shade after running out of a color. I always mix up more than I need. I knew I wouldn’t have enough supplies and I was not venturing out to buy any. So, my plans changed, and fortunately the candy corn shape also makes a berry cute strawberry! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa's Elves

It wouldn’t be Christmas without this cast of characters!

Last Christmas, my favorite cookie collection that I made were these Segmented Santas. {See the tutorial here.}

This year, I decided Santa needed some company! So I made his little helpers, these adorable Christmas Elves, and of course, Mrs. Claus. 

The sugar cookies are made with my traditional Sugar Cookie recipe, which you can find by clicking {here} or by clicking the Recipes tab above. All the cookies are decorated with Royal Icing, recipe also found {here} and under the Recipes tab.

The how-to for these little elves is very similar to the method for Santa's faces from last year’s post. The cookie shape is made with an eight-pedal flower cookie cutter and the Santa hat cookie cutter, rounded into a winter hat shape.  {See more on transforming the hat cookie cutter here.}

After you’ve rolled out the dough to approximately ¼ inch thickness, here’s how to make the elves: