How to use your decorated cookies this coming Christmas




Are you looking forward to Christmas?

We all have been living unusual times and are looking forward to our lives going back to "normal." Yet, I am so grateful that in this time at home, I have enjoyed so much of my family, we have tried to use this time to learn new things, to finish past projects, to exercise, to pray together, to prepare complicated family recipes, and so much more. So in three words, we have been: Eating, Praying and Loving...yes, like in the movie (or book). 





We have tried to live and enjoy the Now, doing all what we can do to stay healthy and finding courage to continue with our lives. 

Today that it is almost the last day of July, (I can't believe it) I want to share a new Christmas family tradition, that started last year on how to use your decorated cookies this coming Christmas. 




It was almost Christmas and I hadn't baked the cookies for my family, so I thought that it would be good if my daughter could help me on the decorating part, and as she was decorating the cookies, I was wrapping presents and the idea to put the cookies on the presents came along. It was such a nice touch to the presents that everyone really seemed to enjoy.





This is a great family activity, the kids will enjoy decorating the cookies so much. They could use edible markers or use the watercolor technique.  




One thing that you need to remember is that Christmas cookies need to be delicious, click here for a great recipe. 

If you are looking for a royal icing recipe you can watch this video on YouTube and here in the blog this tutorial will be helpful. Click here 








Grandparents will love to receive a cookie decorated from their grandchildren, and will love the originality of each of the cookies, remember that the cookies don't need to be perfect, they need to be delicious and will need the most important ingredient...LOVE!









And, am I looking forward for Christmas?....Yes, I am looking forward for Christmas!! but I am also looking forward to live one day at a time and to enjoy things that I didn't enjoy in the past and continue baking cookies for you all. 




Enjoy the last days of Christmas in July 2020 ...








How to decorate your kitchen for Christmas




Here is a video if you want to check it out










If you are like me and find joy remembering of happy moments in your life, the pictures that I will share in this post really bring joy to me and hope it will bring joy to you too!








With this global pandemic, I have had time to take a look at all the pictures I have and find these pictures of my kitchen and thought that they will be perfect to share  for this Christmas in July.




For so long I have ever wanted to decorate my kitchen hen for Christmas but for one or other reason I never did. 








My idea was to decorate it with a bakery themed like ginger bread cookies, but then I thought... what about if I used cookie cutters instead? 




And having choose the cookie cutters as my focal point, the other decorations came along. 







My kitchen is white, so it is the perfect canvas for any color combination I wanted to choose. 





I also have a lot of black and white items and red and copper appliances, so I choose, white, black, red, copper and green as my color palette. 




I had so much fun decorating my kitchen and really love how it look.




Most of the things I already have them from other Christmas, so I did not expend so much money, the only thing I bought were the command strips. 





I hope that this #2020ChristmasinJuly you and your family take some time see some Christmas pictures and savour and rejoice in those moments.  Also July is the perfect time to start planning your Christmas decorations and now that you have time take a look in your storage boxes and I am pretty sure you will find a lot of things that you can reused and add a little jolly Christmas joy!

Stamped messages cookies ideas #StayHome







The month of May is normally full of celebration, from prom to recitals, but the one that stands out the most for me is month long celebration of the Virgin Mary, the month to celebrate the mother of mothers in the world. 



I made this set of cookies for Mother's Day using a stamped cookie cutter set and to give them a nice twist I covered the cookies using tinted fondant. 



I love the look of these cookies and making them is not complicated at all. 



I hope that this tutorial inspired you to make some cookies for your mom for this Mother's Day. 


Here is the video:


Sacred heart inspired cookies




If you have been following me here on blogger or in Youtube you might know that when I get a cookie idea, I try to make it happen using everything I have on hand. 



And this happened with this cookie. I wanted to make a flaming heart very similar to the Sacred Heart of Jesus I have in my bedroom. 

For this project, I started by drawing the design of my cookie and then I made the template to cut-out the cookies.  








I wanted to decorate them using bright colors and lots of sparkles and glitter. 

Here is the video so you can watch the process and hopefully this video will help you if you have a cookie idea that has been bugging you for some time. 







These cookies can be decorated so many ways and you can embellish them with edible glitter, shimmering sugars or sprinkles. 














Speckled coffee egg cookies

I can't believe that 6 years ago I shared a tutorial on how to decorate a speckled egg cookie, it really seems like yesterday when I made those cookies for the first time. 



I really enjoyed making those cookies and few weeks ago, when I went shopping one of my cage free eggs reminded me of those cookies I made, and I thought about making a video this time.

This cookie is super easy and it will have a unique taste but still  will be really yummy. 




For this cookie you will need:

* Egg cookie cutter
* Magic consistency royal icing
* Turquoise food gel color
* Coffee extract (homemade or  brand name)
* Water 
* Brush

Procedure:

1) Mix 2 tbsps of water with 1/4 tsp of coffee extract.




2) Cut and bake your cookies and let them cool.

3) Prepare your magic royal icing consistency and add a tiny drop of turquoise food gel color. 

4) Cover the egg cookie with the icing and let it dry

5) Dip the brush in the coffee extract and then flick the brush bristles and let the coffee droplets fall on the cookies and let dry! 




These cookies are really simple to do, your kids can help you and they will have fun making them.







You can substitute the coffee extract with a mix of water and brown food gel color. 

I hope you will have a very happy Easter with your family, this will not be a traditional Easter for many, but I am sending you all my Love and Hope! 



La consistencia mågica del royal icing



Desde hace algunos meses había querido hacer este nuevo video, siempre hay much confusion en question de la receta perfecta para hacer Royal Icing o glaseado real.




Es un hecho que cuando vas a dedicarte ha hacer galletas decoradas vas a necesitar aprender a hacer muchas consistencias de Royal Icing, porque cada una tiene sus propias cualidades y te ayudan a hacer efectos completamente diferentes, pero también es un hecho que hay una consistencia de Royal Icing muy especial, que a mi me gusta llamarle "LA CONSISTENCIA MAGICA DEL ROYAL ICING".



Esta consistencia es la que tu me has visto usar en varios videos, es una consistencia fluida, "pero no tan fluida" . Esta consistencia me ha ayudado a decorar galletas de una forma mas rápida y con esto me ayuda a bajar el costo de mis galletas, ya que tampoco necesito comprar duyas (decorating tips)  y tener que enfrentarme con el problema de que las dudas se tapen y de lavarlas, que la verdad no me gusta mucho lavarlas, LOL. 

Aqui te dejo el link del video para que le des un vistazo y espero que este video te guste.   




Toma en consideración que cada receta de Royal Icing es diferente y la firmeza de tu icing va a hacer diferente que la mía, así es que empieza con añadir el agua poco a poco y tu vas a poder encontrar la cantidad exacta de agua que se adapte a tu receta. 








Espero que te pongas a decorar muchas galletas! 

Te mando un abrazo y un beso muy fuerte!


Minions Cookies 2020

I love to make Minion Cookies, the ones that I made back in 2013 were very little and I wanted to make a big Minion for a while and finally I had time to make it!

You can check here the video.





I used a bigger baby bottle cookie cutter to cut out the cookie  and follow the same technique that I used to make the tiny cookies.




I used equal parts of egg yellow and neon brite yellow food gel color for the minion's body.


Kisses for my Valentine





Sometimes the simple gifts in life is the one that warm up our hearts the most. 

These cookies are a perfect example, they are little but can mean a lot to the one special person that will received them. 

I love to decorate  these lips cookies, they are very simple and fast to do.

I started by baking and preparing royal icing, here is the link for the video of how to prepare royal icing. 



To safe time and don't use to many containers, I started tinting flooding consistency icing in a very light shade of pink, decorated some cookies  and later I started adding little drops of orange and pink food gel color and decorated some other lips cookies, and I finishing up adding drops of red food gel color to decorated  the last lips cookies.  I let them dry and using edible markers 
I made some lines in the middle of the cookie. 



Making these cookies I notice how pretty the red icing look and that it didn't have spots like some other times I used red food gel color. 

So I started using pink food gel color every time I need to prepare red icing. 

Here is the video for more detailed explanation on how I tinted red icing. 





Another thing that make these cookies so special is the  sweet heart box. 



Remember that the presentation for your cookies is as important as the flavor  and the look of your cookies.