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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Simpsons Gingerbread Men Cookies



Happy 2020! 

These cookies were supposed to be posted before Christmas, but oh well better late than never right?!

As a tradition, I make decorated gingerbread men cookies around the holidays in my fav pop culture characters every year.

This time I went with The Simpsons! The kids are totally into the show and since we have a free year of Disney+ we can watch all of the seasons together.  And there are a lot of seasons.  Did you know they had their 30th anniversary last December?? 30 years and the haven't aged a bit!


I used a regular gingerbread man cutter but added a little extra for Marge's hair and cut down the size for Maggie the littlest Simpson.


I had a hard time picking my favorite characters because there are SO many to choose from over 30 years!


But some of my favs are Mr. Burns and his side kick Smithers.


Krusty the Clown and Chief Wiggum


Everyone's favorite bar keep Moe and Apu from the Quickie Mart


And rounded out with Groundskeeper Willie, neighbor Flanders, and Bart's best bud Milhouse


They made a great addition to a holiday party cookie platter!


Do you still watch the Simpsons? Did your fav character make the cut? If not who is missing??

Here are some of the other gingerbread men / women I've done over the years! It's so fun to make the characters in gingerbread man form!

Willy Wonka Gingerbread Men Cookies













Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Baby Yoda Sipping Soup - The Mandalorian Cookies


Are you guys watching The Mandalorian??? It's almost impossible not to get on the Baby Yoda kick.

I mean look at him!  And I know it's not really baby Yoda - he/she is technically called "The Child" in the show but the interwebs have dubbed it Baby Yoda so I'm sticking with that.

These are Baby Yoda sipping soup cookies.  You know meme right?


Baby Yoda sippin' soup! It's just too much so I had to make it in cookie form!


I used sugar cookie dough and tinted half green (I used food coloring but use matcha to add some great flavor!) and half light brown with cocoa powder.


Roll out your dough and using a gingerbread man cutter cut out brown bodies and green heads.  


Attach them by pressing them slightly together at the seams.  I cut out ears free hand and also added some extra brown dough for robe accents.


Cut the tip from a Bugle chip for the soup bowl and rub with some cocoa powder.


Fold arms around bowl and add a little green dough for hands


Add a little more brown dough for more robe accents.  Use black sprinkles as eyes and a little pink melted candy wafer to color the ears.


Be warned! If you eat the ears Baby Yoda turns into Uncle Fester from the Addams Family! 
So creepy!


BUT - until then you have some super cute Baby Yoda Sipping Soup Cookies!


This should be a fun week.  The last Mandalorian episode is this week.  We see the Rise of Skywalker this weekend.  And it's Christmas next week so all in all a great end to the year!

Hope you enjoy the cookies!


Baby Yoda Sipping Soup Cookies

Ingredients
  • Bugles crackers
  • 1 batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe
  • Cocoa powder
  • Green food gel (or use matcha for color and flavor)
  • Pink and light green candy melt / wafers
  • Black large round sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Divide cookie dough in half
  3. Tint half with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  4. Tint the other half with a few drops of green food gel
  5. Roll out dough and cut out bodies in brown and heads in green
  6. Attach green heads to brown bodies (use slight pressure where the come together)
  7. Add brown dough as robe collar
  8. Free hand cut out green ears and attach to head
  9. Cut tips off Bugles so it looks like a soup bowl and rub with cocoa powder
  10. Fold arms over bowl and add some green dough as hands
  11. Add more brown dough for robe accents
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  13. After coming out of oven, add black sprinkles as eyes (NOTE: I added them before baking in one batch and the black color ran so add them immediately after they come out of the oven and the cookie is still soft)
  14. Once cooled, use melted pink candy wafer (or icing) to add pink ear coloring, use melted light green candy wafer to add a small green nose.
Prep time: 60 minutes for about 20

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker D-0 Droid Cupcakes



So I'm back (finally!) with another new Star Wars treat! 

Have you seen the adorably cute new droid in the last and final Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker movie??

It's name is D-0 and we love it already!


My kids say it looks like a desk lamp on a wheel and that's probably pretty accurate.  
I for sure knew I had to make some.


It's relatively simple too.  You'll need Bugles snacks, white fudge dipped mini Oreo Thins Bites cookies, and some round vanilla candy melts/wafers.


Dip the Bugles in melted vanilla candy wafers and assemble using melted candy as the "glue"


Use one of the melting wafers as a base so you can stand the little droid up.  Add details by painting on gel food color or you can use edible markers.


I think there is only one D-0 droid in the new movie but I made a small droid army!


I used them as cupcake toppers so whip up your favorite flavor - chocolate is always a hit around our house.  I also crushed up some regular and chocolate graham crackers to look like dirt or dust since he doesn't look super clean in the released pics.


Also since he's part of the rebellion (I think??) - I made up some Rebellion logos by melting some orange candy wafers and tracing the logo.  Once hardened add a little wear and tear with a black edible food marker.


Add some frosting, sprinkle on the "dirt" and add D-0 and a logo


Super cute right??


I really really hope this 9th movie in the Star Wars saga is a great one.  1) Because I love the series and 2) Because I'm tired of the critics picking every movie apart.  

These days we need movies to escape a bit and to just enjoy.  Real life is hard enough so lets try to agree that each person can enjoy a movie and just because someone else doesn't - doesn't mean it's terrible.  Life would be very dull if we all thought and experienced life in the same way.  I think sometimes we forget that. 

Thanks for reading - I know its few and far between these days but hoping to get back into the *swing* of things!

Other Star Wars posts you may like!













Edible Star Wars D-0 Droids

Ingredients
  • Bugles crackers
  • Mini white fudge dipped Oreo cookies
  • White/vanilla candy melt / wafers
  • Black candy melt / wafers
  • Edible food writers in black and dark green (or you can use food gel colors)
  • Silver circle sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Snip the very end of the small end of Bugle off and smooth flat; dip in melted white/vanilla candy wafers; let dry 10 minutes.
  2. Cute a rectangle shape from white candy wafer (see photo above)
  3. Using melted white candy wafers assemble; start with flat white candy wafer as base then glue the Oreo (body), then the square piece of candy wafer (neck), then the dipped Bugle (head); let dry 10-15 minutes. 
  4. Add D-0 detail using edible markers or dip into edible food colors. Let dry
  5. Using melted black candy wafer - add line from center of body to the neck.  Add silver sprinkle to center (use photo as guide)
Prep time: 60 minutes for about 20

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good Humor (Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Eclair & Toasted Almond) Ice Cream Bar Cake Pops


Hey there Peeps! It's August and I just saw an ad that Pumpkin Spice lattes are coming back soon.

NOOO! I want to keep Summer for a bit more. 

We haven't even been to the beach yet.  So bummed but I have been trying to keep Summer going with one of my fav treats. 

Good Humor Ice Cream Bars - specifically the infamous Strawberry Shortcake! It's been one of my favorites since I was a little kid running to the ice cream truck when it came into the neighborhood.


I found some of the crunch sprinkles that coat those infamous ice cream bars so knew I had to use them to make some mini treats.

These are my mini versions of the Chocolate Eclair, Strawberry Shortcake, and the Toasted Almond.

chocolate eclair ice cream bar cake pop

The chocolate bar is a mixture of Funfetti cake and frosting plus some crushed up chocolate creme cookies (I used Trader Joe's Joe Joe's) 


The Strawberry Shortcake is the Funfetti cake, frosting plus some powdered freeze dried strawberries.


The toasted almond is plain Funfetti cake and frosting mixture.


Once the mixture is uniform shape into the ice cream bar shapes.


My local supermarket had "crunch" sprinkles in chocolate crunch, nut crunch, and "pink" crunch flavors.


Add a popsicle stick (coffee stirrer) 
Freeze for about 15 minutes 
Coat "popsicle" with melted vanilla candy  
Add the crunch sprinkles 
Let harden


And you have some super cute ice cream bar cake pops!


Don't they look like mini versions of the real thing?? Bonus - they don't melt!


I'm going to try to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer before we head into pumpkin spice season!

And thanks for swinging by!