CookieCon 2021 gifts

 I am so happy that finally CookieCon is happening right now! 

Denim aprons/Baker's  denim aprons/chef's denim apron /The cookie couture aprons


I have never got the chance to attend to one of those conventions, but I am so happy that The Cookie Couture has been  present  since 2018. 


Jack' o lantern cookie cutter/The Cookie Couture Cookie Cutters


The organizers are the sweetest persons ever and I am so glad that they  give the opportunity to small business to be part of the Sponsor program. 


The Cookie Couture /CookieCon 2021

If you are passionate about cookie decorating and sugar art, you would love to attend to one of those conventions, there are a lot opportunities to learn new techniques, see new products, hands on classes and the speakers are always great cookie artists. 

You can apply to be a sponsor and you can cover the fee with gifts that meet the requirements or paying the fee. 


Denim aprons/Baker's  denim aprons/chef's denim apron /The cookie couture aprons


These are some of the items I sent this year, I can't wait to see who wins them.  


Denim aprons/Baker's  denim aprons/chef's denim apron /The cookie couture aprons


I designed these aprons thinking about all what I wanted in a apron, and off course I choose denim for the material. 


Denim aprons/Baker's  denim aprons/chef's denim apron /The cookie couture aprons


I used to embroider my logo on the aprons, but I thought that it will be best to put a pin, so the winner can embroider their brand name. 

Jack' o lantern cookie cutter/The Cookie Couture Cookie Cutters

I am so exited that I was able to sent these cookie cutters, I have made so many cookies using similar cookie cutters, the jack o' lantern has eyes and mouth and with some creativity you can make a lot of designs! 



Jack' o lantern cookie cutter/The Cookie Couture Cookie Cutters

These cookie cutters are so much fun and I am sure the winner will create beautiful cookies! 

The Snowflakes cookie cutters are also a lot of fun, and I love the little pieces that can help you recreate the beauty of a snowflake. 

Snowflakes cookie cutter set /the cookie couture cutters

Jack' o lantern cookie cutter/The Cookie Couture Cookie Cutters

And I have few of these items available on my  Etsy shop. 

Apron click here

Cookie Cutters click here


Cant't wait to see what I will come up with for the Next CookieCon! 

Royal Icing color trends for fall 2021

 Royal Icing color trends for fall 2021

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Since Fall 2020, I noticed that the color trends and designs for Halloween cookies were changing and instead of being the traditional bright colors and spooky cookies, they were more subtle and sweet.

And this year the cuteness and pastel color cookies are making a big scene on Instagram and Pinterest.


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Here is the video:




And  as a "Trendy girl",  as a good friend from High school described me, I am very excited to tint some royal icing with new shades of food gel color. 

I had these food gel colors in my color drawer waiting for me to use them.  I used Wedge-wood, gold, eggplant, moss, watermelon and coral red, all of these colors are from Americolor.


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I prepared magic consistency icing and divided in several mini containers to tint the icing, I started by adding just a tiny touch of each of the gel colors and covered some cookies with it, then I added more gel to each container to achieve a darker shade, but still in the soft pastel color range. 


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I LOVE all the colors!! I let dry the cookies completely and then using a Sweet stick palette I added some gold accents to the cookies!! 


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They look really great, the gold really makes the cookies look festive! 

I can't wait to decorate BIG cookies using these colors! 


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Which royal icing color  do you like the most?






Hispanic Heritage Month Cookies

Hispanic Heritage Month

Fiesta Cookies Piñata cookies to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month @ www.thecookiecouture.com 

 

It is so amazing that we have a whole MONTH to celebrate our Hispanic Heritage! 


Living in a foreign country is always hard for many reasons, for me primarily is being away from my family and missing all the parties and celebrations!

 

 

Aches and pains of a cookie decorator

  Aches and pains of a cookie decorator


Aches and pains of a cookie decorator



When you see a lovingly hand decorated cookie you might not think about what is behind the making of that precious piece of edible art.


I am sure that a lot of hours of labor have been put into making them, and I think most of us don't think about that. We often just think about how pretty and delicious they look.  


Being a cookie decorator is not as glamorous as it seems, we have a lot of aches and pains especially if you have been decorating cookies for a while. 


When I first started making cookies, I would enter into a "Cookie Mode" and would to make as many cookies as I could. Also a lot of different cookie ideas came to my mind, particularly around 3:00 am, and I couldn't wait to wake up and make the idea that kept me awake at night. So normally I started making cookies in my pajamas and barefoot in the kitchen.  


This was not a good idea, later on I started having a lot of back problems and had to stop making cookies for a while.  

I remember that on my first visit with the massage therapist, after she diagnosed me, she asked me: "where do you work?  And I answered: "I make cookies"?  She was very surprised that I had all those problems just for "making cookies". 


Fast forward to today, and I am happy to have found out how to deal with some issues that help avoid some aches and pains and I will share them with you. 


In this video you can learn more:




Thinking about Halloween Cookies?

 Right after schools starts I normally start thinking about Halloween cookies, but why the rush?


Witch's hat cookie Halloween cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com


Don't get me wrong, I love Halloween cookies and they really have a super special place in my heart.  When I started selling cookies on Etsy, a very kind lady from Oklahoma order a lot of Halloween cookies for her granddaughter's party. I was so excited because it was a very big order and actually my first order for Halloween cookies!  

In the picture below you can see some of the cookies that I made for her, I already forgot about the cookie banner!! I need to show you how to make it, it is super fun to do! 

Halloween cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com


Another day I will continue telling you more about that special lady,  because by Christmas her orders turned out even more special and I will always remember her with a lot of gratitude.


Coming back to the rush of "Thinking Halloween", I used to think  a lot of what is ahead and really not pay too much attention of the present moment and the current events, there are so many special dates in September and early October, like birthday celebrations, the announce of a baby coming on the way, a bridal showers, a move to a new house, a starting of a new job, anniversaries, Independence days, and so much more !


Here are some cookies that I have made for some of this events in past years.

Back to school cookies

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Summer is soon coming to an end and all the kids will be back to school! My daughter finished her school years by now, but back to school cookies have always been very popular around the house. 

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I am working on next week's video, so please don't forget to watch it. I will be making some back to school cookies!

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For now I will share some back to school cookies ideas for you!

 I loved sending my daughter one of these cookies in her lunchbox for her first day back. I am pretty positive that sending your own version of a back to school cookie treat will make their day. 

Gluten free cut out cookie recipe

                       Gluten and egg free cut out cookie recipe @ www.thecookiecouture.com


Way before "Gluten free" were in vogue, almond and rice flour sweets and cookies were very popular around my house, but being sincere I have never made a cut-out cookie recipe using almond and rice flour, until now. 


Gluten and egg free cut out cookie recipe @ www.thecookiecouture.com


When you use almond flour instead of regular flour, your cookies will have a very different consistency and will also have a very short shelf life. The almond's fat (good fat) content is very high and can therefore get rancid. So I decided to make a mix of almond and rice flour to make these cookies, and they turned out really, really good and the flavor is just lovely. 

You can watch the video here:






Gluten and egg free cut out cookie recipe @ www.thecookiecouture.com


You need to be more careful when you cut out the cookies too. Try to use simple shapes and the colder your cookie dough is before cutting the cookies the better. 

Christmas in July cookies 2021

Elf on the shelves cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com
 I love Christmas cookies and I think July is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas baking. Maybe there is an old recipe you haven't prepared in a while or maybe there is something you would like to learn to bake.

Time goes by so quickly that, and before you know it Christmas time will be here soon!

Elf on the shelves cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com


For this Christmas in July, I made several cookies inspired in the Elf on the Shelf. Although that is a tradition that we don't have in our house, I love the Elf and I think it is very retro and reminds me about the toys that were in-style when I was a little girl.  I remember that some of my friends had this Elf, but I don't think that they ever followed the tradition of leaving them hidden around the house.

Elf on the shelves cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

Summer cookie decorating class

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YAY! 

Finally I got the time to put together a cookie decorating class for all of you! 

Summer is the perfect time to start learning something new and have time to practice what you have learned. 


Summer cookie decorating class @thecookiecouture.com


In this class I will teach you everything you will need to know to start baking and decorating cookies. 

When I was putting the class together I thought that this will be a great activity to do it with kids, so I am explaining everything very well, so every one can do it, if you have never make cookies or icing, not a problem, the step by step instructions will guide you along the way! 

High school Re-June-ion Party favors 2021

High school Re-June-ion Party favors 2021


It never crossed my mind that I would have a high school reunion living in a different country from where I grew up, but it HAPPENED… and it was in June! So I am not kidding when I said it was a Re-June-ion! 


High School reunions party favors 2021 @ www.thecookiecouture.com


High School reunions party favors 2021 @ www.thecookiecouture.com



This was such a beautiful event in my life, growing up in Mexico in a small town, you kind of go to the same school from kindergarten to high school and your friends become a very special part of your life, because besides watching you grow, they share almost the same experiences, and have the same values. 


High School reunions party favors 2021 @ www.thecookiecouture.com




Oddly enough, four of my friends that live in the US now live in the same city and three of them even live in my neighborhood! And even more odd, three of us grew up living the same street! Weird right?



So you can imagine how many experiences we have shared together and how exciting it was meeting them after more than 30 years!!


Due to the pandemic we changed the date of the reunion so many times and finally agreed to meet in early June. It was not in my mind to make cookies for this important event, I was so excited that I didn't think cookie for once in my life. A few hours before the reunion, I had the idea of making some photo cookies and started gathering the pictures. I always have cookie dough and royal icing ready, so I put my self in action and made the cookies! 


You can watch the video on how to make these cookies here:





For these cookies I used the following materials:


Easy ideas to make cookies for Father's Day 2021

 I know very few men that don't like sweet treats, most of the ones I know, LOVE sweets and they don't care too much if they look picture perfect, they put more attention in the taste of the treat and sometimes they preferred them just as they come out of the oven, like these heart cookies. ( My husband does! ) 


Best cut-out cookie @www.thecookiecouture.com

My husband also love these chocolate cookies on a stick they  are another great  easy option. 


Chocolate heart cookies on a stick @www.thecookiecouture.com


So, if you are looking for some ideas for Father's Day cookies, I  will recommend that you don't spend too much time in the decorating part and spend more time in preparing a delicious cookie!   If you have a favorite cookie recipe, sometimes just using best quality  or all organic ingredients can make a big difference in the flavor and texture of the cookies. 


In the other hand if you are looking for easy ideas to decorate cookies for your dad or your husband, I made these two cookies inspired in some t-shirts that I saw on Redbubble, I hope you like them! 


Here you can find the video with full instructions: Click HERE  or press play. 



Easter Cookie Decorating 2021



Best Easter Decorated Cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

Over the years I have made a lot of Easter cookies and I put a recompilation of some of my favorites! 

Best Easter Decorated Cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

One of the things that I enjoy the most about cookie decorating is how many different designs you can do using the same cookie shape.

Best Easter Decorated Cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

If you want to spend several hours in your cookies, you can add a lot of details and use different techniques,  but if you are short in time you want to make a yummy cookie that  still look cute.

Best Easter Decorated Cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com

Best Easter Decorated Cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com


I hope that this video inspired you to bake some cookies for your family or invite your family members to bake them together. 

Best Easter Decorated Cookies @ www.thecookiecouture.com


Here is the video:



Galletas de Arcoiris

 

Rainbow cookies- watercolor cookies @www.thecookiecouture.com


No importa cuál técnica utilices para  decorar tus galletas de arcoíris, de cualquier modo se verán muy bonitas. 


En el video de esta semana comparto como decorar una galleta de arcoíris sobre una galleta de forma de nube utilizando tres técnicas diferentes.



En la primera utilizo una paleta de acuarela de pintura comestible para pintar el arcoíris, esta es una técnica muy fácil de usar y es muy buena para niños, ya que no se hace mucho tiradero y los niños disfrutaran mucho decorando sus galletas.


How to use a watercolor technique to decorate cookies -Rainbow cookies 2021 @www.thecookiecouture.com


Para la segunda galleta utilice royal icing de consistencia magica en diferentes colores y los puse en una manga pastelera sin duya para que dure mas fácil.  La verdad, utilizando esta técnica las galletas quedan mas bonitas, se tarda uno mas tiempo en hacerlo pero el resultado vale mucho la pena.  Esta foto es la primera galleta que hice de arcoíris hace varios años.

How to make Authentic CAPIROTADA!

 Capirotada @www.thecookiecouture.com

Kah-pee-roh-tah-dah is how you pronounced this beautiful word, that just the sound of it transport me to my mom's kitchen...

CAPIROTADA recipe @www.thecookieouture.com


Growing up in Mexico, lent was a season with a lot of traditions, not only in the religious part, but also in my mom's kitchen.  

Lent food is very unique and there are dishes for all kinds of paletes, I remember some of sisters dislike some of my mom's  lent dishes,  like 'sopa de haba" ( Broad bean soup) or the  "tortas de camarón con nopales" (shrimp cakes with cactus).  So sometimes we all were not very thrill about lent food, but we all were thrill for lent dessert...CAPIROTADA!! 


Capirotada @www.thecookiecouture.com

Tuna pie for Friday Lent dinner

 One of my family favorite dishes during lent is TUNA PIE!

Tuna pie recipe @www.thecookiecouture.com


Tuna pie recipe @www.thecookiecouture.com



This recipe has been in my family for so many years, I remember that when I was a little girl every family road trip include a TUNA PIE! 


Tuna pie recipe @www.thecookiecouture.com


The day before my mom started cooking the pies and sometimes ROMPOPE! Yes, this might sounds weird, but we had to travel "My mom style".  And the food was part of the road trip experience!

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