I’ve had a few people ask about the cookies I made for Harper’s 5th Birthday Party. (see more pics on Instagram: @spearmintbaby. My sugar cookie recipe is super EASY & SO YUMMY. & the best part is that it takes no baking skill at all! Following the cookie recipe are a few tips on frosting your cookies. Frosting is the hardest part. It takes time, but follow my frosting recipe and purchase the handy tool I mention & your cookies will look amazing!
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. You do NOT need a fancy beater to make the dough. It is easier, but if you are willing to stir and knead a LOT you can get your dough to look like this with no problem:
Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (I usually chill overnight). If you do chill overnight, take the dough out of the fridge about 1 hour before you are ready to start rolling it out. That way it will soften up a bit before rolling it out.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I keep LOTS of flour on hand and I like to flour up my rolling pin so the dough does not stick.
Cut shapes with desired cookie cutters. My #5 cookie cutters are from this set (it was only $7.65 on amazon): R & M Number 9 Piece Cookie Cutter Set
Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased non stick cookie sheets. If your cookie sheets are older you can use a bit of cooking spray. I like Pam’s Baking Spray
Bake each batch of cookies 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before decorating. EASY!
on FROSTING them…
If you don’t already own one, get yourself a Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus
For $10.99 this little machine will make your cookie decorating soooo much easier! You will love it!
COOKIE FROSTING RECIPE
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp corn syrup
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and corn syrup to a medium bowl. Mix. Slowly add more milk until you get the desired consistency. If you want a runnier frosting add more milk, for a thicker frosting don’t add much at all!
For these cookies I used about 3.5 teaspoons of milk. Once you have the desired consistency of frosting, add your food coloring. No real rules for this, just keep adding and stirring until you have your desired color! You can mix colors too. I mixed pink and yellow to get the peachy-orange color frosting.
Pour (or scoop if it is too thick) your frosting into your Wilton Decorator Plus. I used the decorator attachment with the long nozzle and the smallest round hole. My #5 cookies were small and the shape was tricky so obviously I needed more precision & the small hole allowed me to really control the flow of frosting. I like to outline the cookies first and then fill in. Keep your Wilton Decorator Plus tilted/at an angle while decorating so that the frosting does not come out too fast!
After I frosted, I added Wilton Candy Eyeballs.
I had read that the eyeballs turned green if you place them on cookies too early. I didn’t have this problem, although I made my cookies only 2 days before the party. As soon as I frosted each cookie, I placed the eyeballs on. The frosting holds the eyeballs in place. If you do want to add eyeballs later (after the frosting is dry) just use a little corn syrup as “glue” for your eyeballs!
Leave cookies out for about 1 hour to dry. You can store in tupperware, then refrigerate or if you are short on space (i was) you can place cookies in freezer bags and stack flat in your freezer. I served the cookies from the freezer 2 days later and they were absolutely delicious. They were the only food item of the party that was completely eaten up!
P.S. I use this exact same recipe for all of my holiday cookies… Christmas, Hannukah, Valentine’s Day, etc
I’m not Irish, but I do love this holiday. SO-MUCH-FUN! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d share 4 GREEN treats that may be fun to try with your children this weekend. Or perhaps bookmark for the next rainy day?
I’m making the emerald mint milkshakes for our Sunday afternoon dessert. The recipe is super simple:
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream
1 cup of milk
McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
green glitter sprinkles or green candy topping
Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food color in blender container; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.
For more fun food ideas for children check out my Pinterest Board: FOOD 4 CHILDREN
Leave it to Color Me Katie to come up with this clever idea! I’m hoping to make some cute Marshmallow Faces for our hot cocoa this weekend. The weather has been BRUTAL this week!
Katie used a paint brush + icing + food coloring. If you involve your kids in this activity it may be easier to use Edible Color Markers
I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be really fun to make a bunch of these for dessert table decor. If I did it again I would probably melt white chocolate chips instead of frosting because the frosting never fully dries.
& be sure to slide a clean piece of paper under the cones before you shake the sprinkles on. A lot of sprinkles will fall off & this way you can re-sprinkle using the ones you collect on the paper.
I prefer my cones with simple glitter sprinkles, but the decorating methods are endless!
Peggy Porschen creates the most magical and heavenly baby shower cakes and cookies that look too pretty to eat! Peggy’s baby shower culinary goodies are irresistibly pretty and elegant with delicate touches that ooze style. Peggy has a bespoke cake company in Belgravia, London, which has a loyal fan following including celebrities Kate Moss, Sting and Trudie Styler, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow to name but a few.
You can hold your baby shower at their elegant ‘Peggy Porschen Parlour’ in Belgravia in their private function room, or order cakes and cookies for your own baby shower party. If you are feeling particularly creative you can follow her recipes from her stunning book ‘Peggy’s Favourite Cakes & Cookies’.
To create your own sweet baby shower at home you can bake cakes and cookies using Peggy’s recipes, then decorate the room in an intimate tea party theme with soft pinks or blues with chic porcelain and crisp white table cloths. Then fill vases full to brim with fresh flowers, beautiful roses with complimenting coloured flowers are perfect for this. Why not send your guests home with a sweetly packaged baby shower cookie favour, or with a little kit to make their own cookies at home with, or why not a selection of fine teas packaged elegantly in a small favour box.
Lets talk birthday cake for a second…
Have you noticed the fancy, themed cakes at children’s birthday parties lately? A lot of them have more tiers than my wedding cake!
Whatever happened to home made cakes? Growing up my mom always whipped up something pretty delicious. It was usually from a box & I’m pretty sure never cost more than $5-$10! Betty Crocker makes it sooo easy… I guess nowadays we have so little time. It is a lot easier to leave it up to the bakery, right?
When Harper turned 3 last December she asked me for a PURPLE & PINK cake. I knew that I wanted to make her something in my own oven. After buying all of the ingredients she offered to be my assistant. So, we decided that she would get to decorate her OWN cake. It was her birthday after all!
I covered the cake with purple frosting, then she helped squeeze out the yellow piping. She also wanted an Elmo face. ((do i dare take credit?)) After that she went at it with glitter & sprinkles.
She did a fabulous job & enjoyed cake decorating so much that we’ve decided to make this a birthday tradition!
So, what about you? Are you Team “Bakery” or Team “Homemakery“?
For Harper’s 2nd birthday last December we had Elmo & Cookie Monster cupcakes, but I would have LOVED to have had a tutorial for Big Bird & Oscar as well! Annie’s Eats teaches you how to make the Sesame crew as well as how to make your own cupcake tower. I LOVE how she used red, yellow, green & blue cupcake wrappers for each character.
found via pbs.org
I love fun birthday treats. These Birthday Cake Cookies look especially yummy, and much more fun than a slice of birthday cake! I think they would be just perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Do you make a traditional birthday food/recipe?
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
1/4 cup rainbow candy sprinkles
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 can Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1/4 cup confetti candy sprinkles
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cake mix, rainbow candy sprinkles, butter, milk and egg until soft batter forms. Scoop 20 tablespoonfuls of batter onto ungreased large cookie sheet.
2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until cookies are set. Remove from cookie sheet; cool completely.
3. Spread frosting on bottom of 1 cookie; top with second cookie, bottom side down.
4. Roll edges of frosting in confetti candy sprinkles. If desired, top each with a birthday candle.
What do you think of this idea? Can you fool your kids into thinking they are eating something much more fun than plain fruit? I know Harper will totally go for it, although she loves fruit to begin with!
P.S. all the mamas at the birthday party will love you for this!
Pretty pastels, polka dots, hoola hoops, and lots of vintage details at this ice cream birthday party.
photography by Jackie Wonders
A simple and fun photobooth:
Decorate with this cute and colorful toy train:
Dress your little party animal in this adorable romper:
Happy party planning!
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I thought I’d share a few photos from Violet’s first birthday party with all of you today. We ended up having a great day despite the threat of rain! If you’d like to see more photos or know sources, head over to my blog with two cats – I’ll be posting photos throughout the week!
Hope you had a festive weekend!
mini cupcakes via Amy @ shewearsmanyhats.com. for the flags she printed the text, cut flag shapes, and attached them to toothpicks with a little craft glue.
Ducky Punch via Cheryl @ tidymom.net. the blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.
have you ever tried making these? yesterday harper and rex both decided to nap at the same time (AMAZING!) so, i decided to use up the food coloring from the homemade playdough i made over the weekend.
this was so much fun and easy-peasy! the directions:
*mix up a box of white cake mix. (i used Betty Crocker) preferably a recipe that uses egg whites and oil instead of butter (your colors will come out better and cupcakes will brown less.)
*divide batter into bowls
*add your food coloring. i used McCormick’s neon pack for my pink, green, blue, and purple. then i mixed the neon pink with the yellow from the original pack to get my orange. this is really just a guestimate until you get the desired colors.
*line your muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. i used silver cupcake wrappers to make “surprise” cupcakes and white/clear wrappers for the rest of the cupcakes:
*using a fork or spoon drizzle each color on top of the next. i used forks because i found that it gave me more control. do not try to spread the colors out on your own (it will cause your colors to mix).
*purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink
bake (as directed on your cake mix-i baked about 21 min.) let cool and frost them if you like.
even the wrapper is pretty!
are you getting a ridiculous amount of snow this year? this is my 4th winter in NJ/NY and we have had more snow than the 3 previous winters combined!
check out this mama’s creative snow day snack idea. all you need is a bowl of snow and some milk, vanilla, sugar, food coloring, and sprinkles. for the entire recipe visit back to her roots
a simple acorn cake to celebrate fall! yum yum!
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Bake Time: 50 Min.
Decoration Time: 20 Min.
Yield: Makes 2 Acorn Cakes (Each Acorn Serves 15).
2 boxes (18.5 oz. each) Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 container (16-ounces) prepared vanilla frosting
Brown food coloring (or green and red to make brown)
1 ½ cup prepared chocolate frosting
3 cups SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures
2 pieces TWIX® Brand Caramel Cookie Bar Minis
colorful M & Ms
1 1/2 quart oven-safe glass bowl
1 (9″x13″) cake pan
1. Prepare both cake mixes according to box directions. Divide batter between buttered oven safe glass bowl and buttered and waxed paper lined oblong cake pan.
2. Bake both cakes in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 40 to 50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.
3. Cut both cakes in half. Use photo as guide to cut the flat cake into bottom portion of acorn. Use half moon shaped cake as acorn top. Push cake against the straight edge of flat cake to form acorn.
4. Tint vanilla frosting beige with several drops of brown food coloring. Cover bottom of acorns. Cover acorn tops with chocolate frosting. Arrange SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures around acorn tops, using a TWIX® Brand Caramel Cookie Bar Minis for the stem.
LOVE these! definitely the cutest turkey food creation that i have seen!!
supplies: 1 large gumdrop, 7 small gumdrops, 6 toothpicks, nerds candy, gummy worm, marshmallow, scissors
1. attach a small gumdrop to the end of 5 of the toothpicks, and poke into the large gumdrop to form the turkey’s tail and body.
2. cut a gumdrop in half and attach to the turkey body as wings.
3. create the turkey head by first cutting two small pieces of marshmallow and attaching them to a gumdrop as the whites of the eyes (the sticky marshmallow adheres quite well!). push a small candy nerd into the center of each eye. poke a larger candy nerd in the center to form a beak, and then trim a small chunk of the gummy worm to form the snood (red flap that falls along the beak).
4. cut the last toothpick in half and use it to connect the head to the body of the turkey.
now that Halloween has come and gone, we can talk about my favorite holiday! i love Thanksgiving- delicious food and football! here is a cute and simple turkey cupcake recipe. your kids will think you are genius
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Bake Time: 20 Min.
Decoration Time: 25 Min.
Yield: Makes 24 Cupcakes.
1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
36 pieces STARBURST® Fruit Chews
3 cups prepared chocolate frosting
24 thin chocolate wafers
24 pieces thin pretzel sticks
24 TWIX® Brand Miniatures
¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits
Fall-colored paper cupcake liners
Small rolling pin
Resealable plastic bag
1. Prepare cake batter according to instructions on box. Divide batter evenly into paper-lined cupcake cups.
2. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, soften STARBURST® Fruit Chews (about 6 at a time) in the microwave for 2 to 3 seconds. Flatten them with a rolling pin and immediately cut into feathers using scissors. Use any red STARBURST® Fruit Chews scraps to make the waddle.
4. Frost the top of each cupcake. Using the scissors, snip a corner off of the resealable plastic bag and spoon 1 cup of chocolate frosting into the bag. For the tail: Pipe a line of frosting across the chocolate wafers and arrange three feathers on each one. Press pretzel stick to support wafer and press it into the cupcake. For the head: Pipe 4 dots on the short end of a TWIX® Cookie Bars candy to stick on the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies eyes, nose and STARBURST® Fruit Chews waddle.
recipe and photo from brightideas.com
photos by livetpaalandet.com
are you having a 1st birthday party theme? i usually like to stay away from themes but i kind of like the idea of having a party decorated around a cute cake. wouldn’t it be fun to decorate around this cute pirate or choo-choo train cake?
by the way, did you notice the Oreo Cookie wheels, Kit Kats, and other fun candies on the choo-choo train? how fun!
the cupcake obsession has hit the streets of NYC! here is the Little Cupcake Lover street stand on Broadway between Bleeker and Houston on our walk today. there is nothing like a cheerful cupcake on a chilly, rainy day in the city! (photo via my iPhone)
i LOVE creative food ideas (in fact i am going to start another blog soon so i can bookmark all my favorites for future use). this butterfly cake is so easy and you don’t even need a fancy cake pan.
1. Make the cake batter according to the directions on the package. Bake in a greased 9-inch cake pan. Once baked, remove from pan and cool.
2. Cut the cake in half. Arrange the cake on a serving platter, turning the halves so that the rounded sides touch. To shape the wings, cut out a 1-inch triangle from each straight side, 2-inches from the bottom.
3. Completely frost the cake with the icing. Design a mosaic pattern with M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Easter, and then press them into the top of the cake.
4. To make the butterfly’s antennae, unwrap and soften the STARBURST® Brand FUN SIZE® Fruit Chews for Easter in the microwave for approximately 5 seconds. Then roll the candy into thin ropes and place them at the top of the butterfly.
easy, right? for more details visit brightideas.com
i was talking to my sister last night and she brought up her childhood friend, Cindy. she has always been an amazing artist and is now in the cake making business! her cakes are gorgeous and about 1/3 of what they cost here in NYC! while i was uploading these photos my daughter went crazy when she saw ELMO pop up on the screen. (“Momo, Momo, Momo, Momo!!!”) if only i was in MN i would order that little ELMO cake for her birthday. for those of you in Minnesota, here is her contact info:
and some of my fav. cakes:
for more, including pricing info visit Lil’ Cake Lover
here are my cupcakes for the Bake-N-Blog. they are #30 - Coconut Rum Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe from Ming Makes Cupcakes). they turned out delicious, but i have learned that i don’t like coconut on my cupcakes (i love coconut flavor, but the actual shredded coconut on top not so much!) i added some fun cupcake wrappers from the etsy store The Cupcakery (from blogger growingupanjwife.com). for photographing purposes i sat the cupcakes up higher on the cupcake wrapper (so you can see the entire top of my cupcakes- and i actually think they look really cute this way too!) i am including a MckLinky for all Bake-N-Blog participants. feel free to add you name so we can take a look at your cupcakes!
have you seen these? i love the “it’s a boy!” and “baby girl” cookies. what a great idea for a baby shower. the set comes with three shaped cutters, seven premade words, and three sets of alphabet letters (plus extras of vowels and other commonly used letters. check out williams-sonoma.com for more info and a video about the cookie cutters.
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