Christmas Crackers Recipe 2020

 Last Christmas a sweet treat stole my heart, not only because it is "Crunchy" but also because we had a wonderful family time making it.  And this year particularly I valued so much the time we spent with our extended family and I like to remember those moments making this recipe once and once again. 

Christmas Cracker @www.thecookiecouture.com

If you are looking for a recipe that all the family can help in an easy way, this is the one for sure! 


Christmas Cracker @www.thecookiecouture.com

You will need to prepare this recipe a day before you will enjoy them, because they need to be in the freezer over night. 

This is what you will need:


Christmas Cracker @www.thecookiecouture.com

The process is really simple and you can watch a video here for a more detailed procedure: 




Pre-heat oven at 400ºF

  1.  Arrange the cookie squares in a lined baking sheet. 
  2.  Melt butter in the stove  at a medium high flame.
  3.  Turn off the flame and add the brown sugar, salt and vanilla until it is all dissolved.
  4.   Turn the flame again to medium high and stir until it starts boiling.
  5. When is boiling turn off the flame and poured it over your crackers.
  6.  Put it in the oven for 5 min.
  7.  Melt the chocolate in a Bain Mary until smooth.
  8. Take out the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool for 1-2 min and separate the cookies carefully.
  9. Poured the melted chocolate and freeze over night or 6-7 hours. 
  10. Take it out of the freezer and crack it in small random pieces and enjoy!!
  11. Christmas Cracker @www.thecookiecouture.com
Be careful, because you can come addicted to this sweet, sweet Christmas Cracker. 

Christmas Cracker @www.thecookiecouture.com

Merry Christmas to everyone, I wish you a very sweet time with all your love ones. 




How to pack cookies for shipping

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I think this year more than other years we would love to send cookies to our family members. So since this year we won't be able to celebrate Christmas together it would be a nice touch to send a little personal gift that will remind them of how much they are loved. The taste of homemade cookies will surely warm up their hearts, and remind them that you are thinking of them.

I have had the blessing of baking a lot of cookies, packing them and shipping them by mail. 


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It is not super easy and it takes time to pack them correctly, but the work is always worth it!!!


Here are some videos that will show you step by step how I pack the cookies and I also have some of my favorite packaging materials on Amazon. Click HERE


This video is in English:


This video is in Spanish:



I have been using the corrugated strip for more that 10 years and it is great!

COOKIE PACKAGING MATERIALS @WWW.THECOOKIECOUTURE.COM

The nesting box idea is great because this assures that the box with your cookies is not going to move at all; it is surrounded with lots of "love cushions", as I like to call them. 


I have been using Priority mail as my preferred carrier and I LOVE that you can get the boxes, tape and other packaging materials for free, you can order them in the USPS website  CLICK HERE and they ship them for free to your house. 

I wish all of you the best of holidays and hopefully my tips will help you deliver all of your cookies without a single scratch or crumble.

Spread the love with your cookies this Christmas!


Free Christmas Cookie Decorating Class 2020


The Cookie Couture Cookie Decorating Class


One of the things that every year I am looking forward is to have some cookie decorating classes in my house and as you can imagine this year will not be the case, but I needed to find a way to continue teaching my classes and I thought that it will be a good idea to put a class on the channel. 


Also last Tuesday I saw that it was #GivingTuesday and I thought that offering the class for free this year will be my gift for all of you cookie lovers! So I will try to  to put together a "Christmas Cookie Decorating Class " in my channel.  This is a challenging project for me because I am the one that films, edit and do the cookie decorating, but I am going to give it a try! Wish me luck! 

I am going to divide the class in two videos so it won't be too long, and you can come and watch again, again, also I will have a live stream for Q&A. 

Please join me this coming Tuesday, December 8 and Thursday December 10 at 10:45 am!

The Cookie Couture Channel


Here I curated a supply list on Amazon, so you can see what I will be using. CLICK HERE

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Also here is a video for a very good cookie recipe. Click the link

Best cut-out cookie recipe

Here is the link for the royal icing recipe

3 Ingredient Royal Icing Recipe


I hope that you can join me and decorate a lot of cookies this Christmas!! 

Easy glaze recipe to decorate cookies

 


If you are thinking about how you can lower the cost of your decorated cookies or an alternate way to decorate your cookies this post might help you. 

One of the more expensive ingredients in the decorated cookies is the meringue powder and if you like to have a very nice looking cookie you might need to invest in a good quality meringue powder, and this will increase the cost of your cookies. 

You can also make the royal icing using egg whites, but as you may know, we used raw egg whites and this can lead to some food contamination if not handle appropriately. 

This glaze recipe is very easy to do and the cookies look really nice, the flavor is similar to the royal icing, give it a try and see what you costumers think about this thin glazed cookies. 


For this glaze recipe you will need :

  1. One cup + 6 tsp of powder sugar
  2. One tbsp of light corn syrup
  3. 3 tbsp + 1tsp milk
  4. Few drops of clear vanilla extract or any citric juice

PROCECURE:

Sift your powder sugar at least one time.

Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com

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 Add the corn syrup and mix using a whisker


Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com

Add the milk, little by little until you get the desire consistency also using the whisker. 

Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com

Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com

You can add food coloring if you want and make a test covering a cookie with the glaze and see if it runny enough to slide on the cookie without being lumpy or to runny.

Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com

You can use regular royal icing if you want to add some decorations and also you can use edible markers once the icing is completely dry.

Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com


Easy Glazed Recipe for cookie decorating @ www.thecookiecouture.com



















Gingerbread haunted house cookie


I am so happy that in my family we finally had the time to build this haunted house, as you can see here in my blog, I love to make and build gingerbread houses and I will explain tell 4 mainly reasons why I love to make them. 

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Gingerbread haunted house @www.thecookiecouture.com

  • The gingerbread cookie dough it is super simple and fast to do you don't need a mixer and is ready in a jiffy. 

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  • You can make a ginger bread house for any occasion, it does not have to be just for Christmas season. 
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  • When I make gingerbread houses I need help and it is always a family project, so I love the part that is a very social activity and it requires team work to be successful in building it.

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  • LOVE how my house smell when the cookies are baking!

I think that if I think a little bit more I still can find more reasons why I love to make this kind of cookies. 

In this project I used a lot of edible glitter, sanding sugars and royal icing. 

Gingerbread Haunted House @www.thecookiecouture.com




For this occasion we made a Haunted mansion gingerbread house, it was not very easy, because it was a rainy day, I made the cookies with a lot of intricate cut-outs and this make the cookies very fragile, but after all the house came out really nice. 

Gingerbread haunted house @www.thecookiecouture.com

I recommend that when you are going to make gingerbread houses make 2 pieces of each piece of your house, so if one breaks, so have an extra piece. 


I also like that when you are building it, you need to be creative and think out of the box and find little things the can help you support all the pieces in place. 


Gingerbread haunted house @www.thecookiecouture.com


This Halloween might be very different for most of all of us, but we will need to find a way to still have fun and visit with our neighbors and be sweet with the kids in our neighborhood in a safe way.  

Gingerbread haunted house @www.thecookiecouture.com

I think building this little haunted house will be a great activity for all ages in this Tick or Treat 2020!



Trick or treat "Piñata style " favor

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Few years ago I purchased a kit to make a mini piñata, and finally I had the time to make it, it was really nice that everything came already cut and it was very easy to assemble. 

I really like the idea of the piñata to put some of the candy cookies I made. 

Here is the video and you can see how I made it!


While making the mini piñata, I came with the idea to make a little "Piñata style" Trick or treat favor using a cookie cutter as the template and some black tissue paper. 

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Let me show you how I did it, for the project  you will need:


  • Black card stock
  • Black tissue paper
  • String
  • Any kind of crafts eyes
  • Candies
  • Scissors
  • Ruller
  • Puncher
  • Glue or hot gun

Here are some pictures of how I did it.


Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com

I used a cat cookie cutter as a template, then I cut the cat. 

Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com



Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com


I cut 1 in strips of tissue paper and cut 1/4 in fringes. 





Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com



Then I started glueing the paper to the cat starting from the bottom.


Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com

Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com

Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com


Then I made some holes in the top of the cat to pulled the string to hang the "Piñata".



Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com





Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com

Then I put the eyes and in the back I glue the cookie bag.
 
Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com




Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com




Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com

And that was it! It is really simple and looks cute, they will look cute hanging on a tree so the kids can come and pick one, or two. 

Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com



Piñata favor @www.thecookiecouture.com




Let's make some candy "cookies" for your trick or treaters!

Candy shaped decorated cookies @ www.thecookiecouture.comI have been thinking about how different this Halloween will be, this is the time of the year that we like to buy some candies for the kids that live in our neighborhood.  We will need to think in a creative "COVID" safe idea on how to give them some treats. 

I have very sweet memories of my daughter coming back from Trick or treat and check all the goodies she got, I remember my husband having the first pick on the candy mountain.

These cookies that I made are inspired in those moments, these cookies are a lot of fun to do and if you invite your kids to make them, for sure they will enjoy it! 

Candy shaped decorated cookies @ www.thecookiecouture.com

Don't worry if you don't have candy shaped cookie cutters, for these cookies I used very basic geometric shapes cookie cutters, like circles, triangles and rectangles.  You can also have a math teaching time while cutting out the cookies.

How to decorate a pumpkin with a mask cookie 2020


How to decorate a pumpkin with a mask cookie 2020


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Ok, here are the 2020 pumpkin cookies, these cookies are inspired in the little kids that I saw every day where I work.  I really admire their resilience and how they wear their masks for so many hours and how respectful are about following that rule of wearing their mask to protect them and to protect others. 

 

If you want to see how I decorate these cookies you can watch the video here:



So, these pumpkins are getting ready to wear a mask and I will cut out the cookies using the cookie cutter set that I wrote about in the last post. 

 



pumpkin with mask decorated cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

pumpkin with mask decorated cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

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