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Pink Ombre Sugar Cookies

Pink Ombre Heart Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are so versatile, they can really be made in any shape and color.  I’ve even used this recipe to make stained glass or window cookies and it worked like a charm.  Icing and sprinkles can make for a really cute cookie but these cookies are delicious fresh out of the oven, just simple and classically delicious.  I have dyed my sugar cookie dough before to make patriotic cookie pops and loved how those looked.  I thought that ombre heart sugar cookies would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Pink Ombre Sugar Cookie Dough

I started by mixing up a batch of my perfect sugar cookie dough.  Then I divided into three parts; you can do this by eye, but they happen to be 1 pound each if you have a kitchen scale.  Then I used Americolor gel paste to dye each piece of dough.  I used deep pink, hot pink, and tulip red to achieve these colors.

Cutting Out Ombre Sugar Cookie Dough

Starting with the darkest color, I cut out large hearts.  Then I cut out the centers using a medium heart shaped cutter.  I set those aside.  On a second piece of parchment paper, I rolled out the medium colored dough.  I used the medium sized cookie cutter and cut out lots of hearts.  Then I used the smallest heart shape cutter to cut out the centers.  I put these hearts into the freezer while I worked on the smallest hearts.  On a third piece of parchment, I rolled out the lightest pink dough and cut out the smallest hearts.  Place these in the freezer as well.  Now it’s time to assemble.

Ombre Heart Sugar Cookie Assembly

Start with the largest hearts, insert the frozen medium sized hearts inside.  Then insert the smallest hearts in the center.  Bake for about 8 minutes; the separate colors will bake together, forming a solid cookie.  I realized I could make the ombre go both ways, from light to dark, and from dark to light, and that would use up all of the dough equally.  The center color remains the same.  You just need to roll half of the darkest color out and cut it with the largest heart cutter.  Use the other half of the darkest color for the smallest heart. Then repeat with the lightest color of dough.

Ombre Heart Sugar Cookies

I can’t decide which pattern I like better, they are both so cute!  I’m glad I went with both, that way I don’t have to choose.

Cookie Snacking Time

My son Charlie really enjoys these cookies.  He couldn’t wait for his turn to be in the picture!

Stained Glass Cookies

One of my friends has been asking me to make him stained glass cookies forever.  It has turned into a running joke between us.  When I heard he got engaged, I knew that I could not show up to his engagement party without these cookies.  The only problem was that I had never made stained glass cookies before.  After a little bit of research I learned that all I needed was sugar cookie dough and some hard candies and voila!

Stained Glass Cookies

I rolled out sugar cookie dough on the thinner side (my recipe puffs up a bit) and cut out large heart shaped cookies.  Then I cut a medium heart out of the large one and set it aside.  From the medium heart I cut out a  small heart out and placed it inside the large heart.  I filled the gap in with crushed hard candy and filled the medium hearts with the hard candy as well.  I chose red hard candies because it also happens to be Valentine’s Day, but any color would work.

Heart Shaped Stained Glass Cookies

I recommend rolling out, cutting out, and adding the crushed candy to these cookies directly on parchment paper so you don’t need to use a lot of flour underneath.  This should help candy from melting underneath the cookies as they bake.  Transfer the whole sheet of parchment paper with the prepared cookies to a baking sheet.  Then  bake  at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.  As the cookies bake, the hard candies melt and spread into a gorgeous thin glass layer.  Please allow them to cool before handling because they are super hot!

Stained Glass Heart Cookies

These are the classic stained glass cookies aka window cookies.  They are cute and all, but I had to take them a step or two further.  I saw this idea on this great blog named The Decorated Cookie.  You can see the original post here.

Stained Glass Cookie Dough

I started this project by cutting a heart out of sugar cookie dough.  Then I cut a smaller heart out of one side.  I placed a lollipop stick under the dough and filled the little heart with crushed hard candy.  While in the oven, the cookie bakes onto the stick and the hard candy fills the heart shaped hole.  Once the cookies were cool, it was time to decorate.

Sparkly Stained Glass Cookies

I iced these with white royal icing and immediately dipped each one into crystal sugar.  I couldn’t stop at just white.

Sparkly Pink Stained Glass Cookies

Here they are pretty in pink!

Sparkly Red Stained Glass Cookies

I decorated these cookies in red as well.  These are really perfect for Valentine’s Day! These sparkly stained glass heart cookies were a great idea and I’m so glad that I found this idea!  I had to put my own spin on them though and this is what I came up with:

Heart Shaped Love Stained Glass Cookies

I iced these in white royal icing and let them dry overnight.  I then used one of my cookie stencils to apply the word “Love” and a few little hearts.  Here is the whole collection:

Stained Glass Cookie Collection

Share these with the people you love; Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whimsical Heart Cookies

Whimsical Heart Cookies

These heart shaped cookies are so pretty.  I probably have over 20 heart shaped cookie cutters but those are all the standard shape.  These are so elegant and whimsical, I just had to have this cutter!  And once I was buying the cookie cutter, I might as well buy some cookie stencils to go with it.  That’s how I got this elegant white design on each cookie.

Heart Cookies All In A RowUsing white royal icing to apply the stencil design gives these cookies great texture.  I love using the stencil because each cookie comes out just as perfect as the one before and it’s so easy to do!

Pink and White Whimsical Heart CookiesThese can be made in any colors imaginable!  They would be a great party favor for an engagement party, wedding or even a sweet sixteen!  Order some for your next special occasion!

Personalized Heart Cookies

These cookies have been all the rage at engagement parties.  I have attempted to make them before but was never happy with the results.  Recently though, I found a royal icing recipe that I loved.  So when I was asked to make these cookies I was more than willing to redeem myself.  I am so pleased with how these black and white personalized cookies turned out!

Monogram Cookie

Here is how I made these.  I baked up my favorite sugar cookies and then iced them in white royal icing.  I love how smooth the royal icing looks.  Once the royal icing was dry and hard I stenciled on the bride and grooms initials.  Holding the stencil in place, I dipped a clean paintbrush (only used for food) into black gel food color.  I like using Americolor super black.  Before applying the gel color to the cookie, I like to dab some of the excess color onto a paper towel.  If there is too much gel color, it starts to bleed out.  Then using a good amount of pressure, I dabbed the food coloring onto the stencil.

Black and White Monogram CookiesNext, each cookie got a black royal icing border.  I used a number 2 straight tip fitted in a disposable piping bag to pipe the tiny shell border.  Finally, each cookie was decorated with a black fondant flower.  Each flower was attached with more white royal icing.

Personalized CookiesThe black and white color scheme give these cookies an elegant look, but they can be made in any color to match any party decor.  Order some for your next occasion!  Contact me for details.

I love making cookies, but sometimes my son Charlie isn’t so happy when he is being ignored.  He hates being locked out of the kitchen.

Charlie locked out

Look at his sad face…it’s too cute to ignore!

Charlie Cute

Don’t worry baby…mommy’s done!  Time to play!

Strawberries Dressed to the Nines

When the weather heats up, the last thing I want to do is heat up my oven and bake.  How do I satisfy my chocolate fix during the hot and humid New York summer?  Chocolate covered strawberries!  Just thinking about red, juicy strawberries enrobed in sweet, velvety chocolate makes my mouth water.

chocolate covered strawberries

I love using long stemmed strawberries but they are not always available.  These are just regular strawberries dipped in melted milk chocolate.  I melted the chocolate using the double boiler method.  If you have never done this, it’s simple!  Fill a pot with an inch or so of water and over low heat bring to a simmer.  Then place a heatproof bowl on top of the pot.  Make sure the bowl is not too small, it shouldn’t fall into the pot, you should be able to remove the bowl easily.  The steam that hits the bottom of the bowl will gently melt the chocolate.  Be careful because the bowl will get hot.  If you want to dress up the classic chocolate dipped strawberry, melt some white chocolate and drizzle it on top once the milk chocolate is set and dry.

White Chocolate Drizzle

Not so confident in your drizzling abilities?  Here is my new favorite idea.  Crush up some pretzels.  First dip the strawberry in chocolate and then immediately in the pretzels. These are ridiculously good!  The sweet and salty combination is divine.

Pretzel Covered Strawberries

If your strawberries are invited to a black tie event you might want to try these.  What is cuter than a strawberry in a tiny tuxedo?

Strawberry Tuxedos

These are a little more difficult to do.  The best strawberries to use are big and flat.  The bigger the better (and easier).  First dip the strawberries in melted white chocolate.

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

They are delicious just like this!  They can also be drizzled with milk chocolate or dipped in crushed pretzels.  However, if you want them to wear tiny tuxedos, allow them to dry completely.  Then tilt the strawberry to one side and dip it in milk chocolate.  Then do the same for the other side.

Step TwoThe last step is to add the buttons and bow tie.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a tiny round tip and fill with melted chocolate.  Pipe three buttons and two triangles for a bow tie.

All Dressed Up!

I bet you could use an edible food coloring marker to draw on the buttons and bow tie, but I haven’t tried it.  Let me know if you try it!

PS-What is your favorite no bake dessert?