Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!

There are times in a blogger's life when you're filled with regret. Like, when you have eaten your 18th cookie of the day. Also, when you forget to take pictures of key steps or the finished product.

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!

So, I present to you a tutorial....missing two pictures. (Yay, me.)

These cookies were made for a trivia night at our school. It's called Facts and Folly (isn't that the cutest?) and the logo is a light bulb. Light bulb cookies were in order.

DIY cookie cutter template
I do not own a lightbulb cookie cutter, so I made a template. You can make templates out of cardstock or a file folder...something sturdy....but I like to make mine from quilting template plastic. (Shout out to the blog reader who gave me this idea ages ago.)

how to make a cookie cutter template
how to make a cookie cutter template
Just find an image, place the plastic over the top, and trace. Then cut out the shape and you have your template.

Here's where I forgot to take picture #1...showing how to use it. All you do is roll the dough to the thickness you'd like, place the template on top and cut with a paring knife. The edges will be a bit rougher than if you'd cut with a cookie cutter, but you can tap them lightly with your finger to smooth them out a bit. Once they're decorated, it doesn't make much difference. :)

For all of the details on make cookies on a stick, please stop over to my post over at The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends.

To decorate the light bulb cookies, you'll need:
  • lightbulb cut-out cookies 
  • cookie sticks, if making on-a-stick
  • royal icing, divided into 3 bowls and tinted...you can use any gel paste food coloring (I used...AmeriColor Egg Yellow mixed with Electric Yellow, and Super Black for both the grey and the black.)
  • piping bags
  • couplers and tips (#4, #2 and #1)
  • squeeze bottle
  • toothpicks
  • silver luster dust
  • vodka
  • clean (food-only) paintbrush 

Make the cookies on a stick following these instructions

How to Make Light Bulb Cookies ... on a stick!
Use a #4 tip to make the base of the lightbulb in grey icing. 

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
With a #2 tip, outline the bulb in yellow. 

Thin the yellow icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed. Pour into a squeeze bottle.

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
Fill in the outlined sections, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let the icing dry about 1 hour.

Use a #1 tip to add the filament detail.

Let the cookies dry uncovered for 6-8 hours, or overnight.

How to Decorate Light Bulb Cookies
The next day, mix silver luster dust with a bit of vodka. Paint onto the grey area.

How to Decorate Lightbulb Cookies
Here's the second place I forgot to take a picture...the finished product!!! I waited to stand the cookies up in their box until I arrived at the event and didn't snap a picture.

Tie ribbons on the sticks and press into a styrofoam or floral foam filled container. (Take photo.) ♥


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Latest Post : How to Separate Eggs

Guys, my latest post is up on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends: How to Separate Eggs.

Maybe this seems like a no-brainer, but I go through 3 methods and tell you which one is my hands-down favorite.

How to Separate Eggs + storage tips and recipes for yolks and whites | bakeat350.blogspot.com for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
ALSO...there are storage tips for once they are separated AND a list of yummy recipes using yolks or whites.

Pop on over and check it out!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday : Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle

Kringle must be a regional delicacy. In Texas, we have kolaches, but no kringle.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle, reviewed!
A few days ago, I was in Trader Joe's pretty much scanning each and every aisle for pumpkin anything. (Pumpkin O's are back. I bought 8 boxes...only because 12 seemed like too much. I'll be back.)

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle, reviewed!
This Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle caught my eye. I found it in the section near the baked goods. The kringle package is big, and fairly flat...a large waxed paper-like bag. A 24-ounce kringle costs $7.99.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle, reviewed! #traderjoes
A mom's (my) take: I had no idea what to expect from a kringle, so I was excited to open the package and slide out a huge, oval, frosted pastry. The pastry itself it flaky and buttery. The filling is generous and chock-full of pumpkin and spices. (Pumpkin is the 2nd ingredient listed on the label, so if you are a pumpkin lover...and not just a lover of "pumpkin spice," you're going to be happy.) The frosting is a beautiful caramel glaze studded with pecans. Here's another thing I learned about kringles...do NOT open a package when you are home alone. You'll be tempted to eat all 12 servings by yourself.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: For those of you excited that pumpkin-flavored things are back in season, this won't disappoint. The pumpkin hits you from the first bite and stays with you the whole way through. I love the croissant-y base, and the salted caramel comes through surprisingly well. The sugary glaze is a great finish. The only drawback, if this even is one, is the messy quality in eating it; use napkins! Unless you're a kid, then there's no point even trying... :)
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle, reviewed!
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle, reviewed!
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle: Go get your Kringle on! 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

Read all of our reviews of Trader Joe's treats and sweets here
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Danish Kringle review #traderjoes
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