Sugar Swings! Serve Some: 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

Kawaii Turkey Sugar Cookies for Thanksgiving

kawaii turkey cookies

Happy almost Thanksgiving in this pandemic era.  I know this holiday season will be so unlike others and families may or may not be getting together.  

To bring a little happiness I made some sugar cookies as "cute" turkeys! 

Every year I try making edible turkeys for Turkey day and I try to cute them up as real turkeys are far from cute!

kawaii turkey cookies
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Start with a no spread cookie dough recipe.  I use this one from In Katrina's Kitchen and it works great every time.  It's kinda like making stuff with play-doh

I used mostly natural food colorants: 
yellow = tumeric
chartreuse = tumeric + matcha
orange = tumeric + drop orange food gel
pink = beet powder
brown = cocoa powder
green = matcha
purple = hibiscus powder
dark green = green spirulina
cream = no color

I was trying to figure out how to make the turkey feathers and decide to roll out balls and/or strips of colors

rainbow sugar cookies

Roll out 2 discs of color (1 slightly larger for the back and a smaller one for the head).  Then mix and match colors for tail feathers and smush them down a little.

kawaii turkey cookies

OR you can roll out longer feathers and use brown discs for more traditional turkeys

kawaii turkey cookies

Once baked add a candy-coated sunflower seed for a beak

kawaii turkey cookies

Use a black food writer to add eyes and use red candy melt to add the gobbler thing!

kawaii turkey cookies

The short and squat turkeys took way less time and I think they may even be cuter!
kawaii turkey cookies

Do you think turkeys are cute? 

kawaii turkey cookies

But more importantly, which do you like better??

kawaii turkey cookies

Happy Thanksgiving & Stay Healthy!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Chocolate Halloween Madeleine Cookies

 spooky halloween chocolate madeleine cookies

It's Halloween season and time for all that is spooky!  Making good use of my madeleine pan again by making some chocolate madeleines in Halloween costumes.

Ghosts, Black Cats, Jack O' Lanterns, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula. and the Mummy

ghost pumpkin frankenstein vampire cat mummy madeleine cookies

Bake up you fav madeliene cookie recipe

chocolate madeleine cookies

And whip up some royal icing tinted black, orange, green, purple 

chocolate madeleine cookies

Then decorate.  These are pretty simple and you don't need a ton of piping skills either.

ghost madeleine cookies

These madeleine cookies are ready to go trick or treating!

halloween madeleine cookies

Chocolate madeleine recipe can be found here

Royal icing recipe can be found here

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Star Wars Ahsoka Tano cookies, Hera Syndulla cookies, Princess Leia cookies, Baby Yoda cookies & Loth-cat Cookies

Ahsoka Tano cookies, Hera Syndulla cookies, Princess Leia cookies, Baby Yoda cookies Loth-cat Cookies

It's one of my favorite days - May the 4th Be With You (aka May 4th aka Star Wars Day!)'

To celebrate I made some of my favorite characters in sugar cookie form.

Since the movies are done (well for now) I'm catching up on some of the cartoon series.  They have some great characters too like Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars Clone Wars (and Rebels).  Princess Leia is an all-time fav so I had to include her.

Ahsoka Tano cookies Princess Leia cookies Hera Syndulla cookies

And Loth-cats.  What's a Loth-cat you ask? They are super cute critters from Star Wars Rebels!  Aren't they adorbs?

Really easy to make too! So made a whole gang of them.

Loth cat cookies

To make all of the cookies I started with a really easy no spread cookie dough recipe.  I use this recipe from In Katrina's Kitchen.  I used it for another version of Baby Yoda cookies and it worked great.

Once the cookie dough is mixed tint with natural food colors and/or a tiny bit of food color gels to get the right colors.  

The green is matcha powder, orange is tumeric (and tiny bit of orange food gel), brown is cocoa powder, and yellow is tumeric too.

This dough holds it shape really well.  I use it like clay to freehand the characters.  Below is pre-bake.  Add some detail like the Loth-cat mouth before baking.

Bake only for about 10 minutes and keep checking to make sure they don't brown too much.  Post-bake below.

Princess Leia & her iconic buns!

Princess Leia cookies

You can never have enough Baby Yoda

Baby Yoda cookies

Ahsoka Tano is one of my newest favs on the shows.  

Also Just Jenn Recipes has tons of great ideas as well - thanks for so much inspiration!

Ahsoka Tano star wars cookies

Hera Syndulla is another great female character plus she's a Twi'lek!

Hera Syndulla star wars rebels cookies

I love the animals and creatures of Star Wars so much and the Loth-cats are no exception.  I love their colors and pointy ears.  The white Loth cat has some specialness in Star Wars Rebels so included it here too.

loth cat cookies star wars rebels

You get a pretty neat looking mix of sugar cookies from across the Star Wars universe.

Ahsoka Tano Princess Leia Hera Syndulla Baby Yoda and Loth-cat cookies

Happy Star Wars Day - Hope everyone is quarantining well!

Other Star Wars Treats you may like below.  

Star Wars Character (Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, Hera Syndulla, Baby Yoda and Loth-cat) Cookies

  • 1 batch of no spread cookie dough
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder for brown 
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder for green
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric for yellow
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric (plus 1 drop orange food gel) for orange
  • Blue food gel (for Ahsoka detail)
  • 1 black food marker
  • Pink and white candy melt / wafers (for baby yoda, Ahsoka, and Hera detail)
  • Heart shaped sprinkles for mouths
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Divide cookie dough into 5 pieces (depending on which characters you are doing)
  3. Tint each with colors as above in ingredients
  4. Free hand roll out characters (as in photos).  I use the cookie dough like clay or play doh and it works great.  Mix colors as needed to give marble effect for Loth-cats.
  5. For Loth-cat add mouth with knife before baking.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or just baked.  Watch closely so the cookies don't brown too much.
  7. Once cooled, paint on blue detail for Ahsoka's hair.  Use melted pink candy wafer to add detail for baby Yoda's ears and for Ahsoka and Hera's detail.  
  8. Use candy melt to attach heart sprinkles for Leia, Ahsoka, and Hera's mouth.
  9. Use black food marker to add eyes and Loth-cat detail.
Prep time: 90 minutes for about 2-3 dozen cookies

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