Thursday, December 18, 2014

Not Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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Ugly? No! Tacky? Maybe!  Cute?  Yes!!
  I wish someone would invite me to an ugly Christmas sweater party.  Or tacky, as they are often called.  Back in the early 90's, there was a high end boutique that sold the most adorned Christmas sweaters ever, and I was lured in year after year.  I would cringe with embarrassment if you knew how much I paid for them!  But, as a true daughter of Pasquale, I have saved every one of them.  I need an occasion where it would be acceptable to wear them once again. But, there are plenty of these parties happening, and I am just making their cookies!







I wouldn't call these necessarily ugly or tacky, but pretty darn cute, if I may.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get those sweaters out of mothballs and party!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ho Ho Ho, Here We Go!

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I love the holidays!!!  And I love to make cookies for them as well. I try to choose a theme and maybe a half dozen cutters and use those throughout the holiday.  When you are sitting on a bin of about 75 holiday cutters, it can get overwhelming very fast!  So I thought I would revisit some of the old designs, and maybe in the process be inspired for this year!

Santa is made from a pumpkin cutter...

This adorable guy is a gingerbread man, upside down!

Simple snow theme, love polka dots!

The mittens are great for parties, not too childish!

Love these together...

Place cards for the table.

Favors for a party.

Platters are my favorite!

Nice assortment...

Did I make all these cookies????

Decided I am not a fan of blue at Christmas...

Not crazy about the pink either...
So, now I have to start a little sketching and see what the season brings....stay tuned!  What are you waiting for?  Get in there and bake!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Splattered Acorn Cookies

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These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving cookies.  I love the simplicity of the acorn, and the rustic look of the copper splatter. All on a chocolate cookie base!  What's not to love!  
Prior to these, I made another Acorn Cookies that I was pretty proud of.  I thought they were cool with that Disco Dust on them.   A few years back when I first made the splatter cookies, I had read this post  Splatter Acorn Cookies from Sweet Sugarbelle.  She made some splatter autumn cookies, and I knew I had to go there.  As a kid, I can remember the blue splattered tin dishes we used in the summer around the pool.  I knew I wanted to splatter my cool, Disco Dust acorns.

The old acorns. They were cute.

These acorns are a little more special!


I started with chocolate cookies, and you may already know that I use LilaLoa's chocolate cookie recipe. It never fails and is delicious.  Of course I am a cocoa snob and use only Pernigotti.  When it came time to ice the cookies, I took my standard Royal Icing (really, it is nothing special, no secret, read the can for directions), and added a little snooty vanilla and more Pernigotti.  Then I thinned it to the right consistency and made it brown.  It tastes delicious!  I piped the borders and flooded only the bottom half and let them dry.


Once they dried, I mixed up some copper Luster Dust and vodka to the right splattering consistency and using a larger paintbrush, I splattered it on.  I used a large coffee filter as my paint area, and I have to say it worked pretty well.

Splattering area


I made a few extra cookies so I could experiment on the flinging method, the sprinkling method or whatever.  Find what works for you.  After I splattered them all and cleaned up the splatters everywhere else in my kitchen, I flooded the tops of the acorns and using another coffee filter cut in half as a shield, I dusted the tops with Disco Dust.  I think they are pretty stunning.  Such gorgeous colors and delicious too!  So, what are you waiting for?  Get in there and bake!