Shiny Cookie Icing

Shiny Cookie Icing

Dana and I love making and decorating cookies!  Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am.  This does not prevent me from trying.  Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies.  So we have been testing different recipes.  We tried royal icing.  It was great tasting and easy to work with.  However, it dried dull and not shiny.  Our next step was to try making our own recipe.  We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted.  We used corn syrup for the perfect shine.  We then added vanilla for flavor.  Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill.  This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

My wife Dana is a great baker.  She also has a great eye for design.  So I have to put it out there, these cookies are all her.  My hands are not steady enough and my decorating ideas are not good enough to make these cookies. However, she was happy to share them with all of you.  So a big thank you to Dana! How awesome do these cookies look? By the way, these sugar cookies are perfection.  They are not too sweet, thus allowing you to coat them in super sweet royal icing.  Plus, they hold up great without overly rising.  Therefore, your cutouts look exactly as they should.

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Royal Icing

Royal Icing

I love Christmas Cookies.  They are delicious and fun to eat.  My favorite cookie is the humble sugar cookie.  However, you can turn that humble cookie into an extraordinary cookie by using royal icing.  This simple icing uses meringue powder as a base to form a strong and delicate icing that can hold together a gingerbread house or add whiskers to a Santa cookie.  I love it!

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Layered Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Layered Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Dana’s Aunt Lois sends me recipes every once in a while.  Lois has great taste, so I try to make them whenever possible.  Last week, she sent me a recipe from Tea Time Magazine that looked absolutely fabulous.  We decided that we should make it right away.  This recipe makes one half of a sheet cake and then cuts it in thirds to make a layer cake.  The cake is layered with a fresh Orange Cream Cheese frosting.  The orange in the frosting gives the cake a little something extra that is different from other pumpkin cakes.  It keeps you guessing.  The cake was delicious.

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Soft Sugar Cookies With Light and Fluffy Frosting

Soft Sugar Cookies With Light and Fluffy Frosting

I was trolling around the internet looking for some inspiration and discovered these tasty cookies over at SavorySights.com.  They were posted by Fake Ginger and they reminded me of the super soft and delicious sugar cookies that the local Ukrop’s Bakery inside of Martin’s makes.  They were perfect.  Light and fluffy and exactly what I expected.  These cookies are almost like eating sugary air.  They are a must try.

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

Last week I wanted something sweet.  After trying to recreate the Pot Belly dream bars, I had a ton of coconut lying around.  The one thing that I always think of when I have coconut is German Chocolate Cake.  It is that chocolate cake that is iced with a creamy coconut frosting.  When I was researching this recipe I found that it is not German at all.  German Chocolate Cake was originally made with a type of Baker’s Chocolate called German’s Sweet Chocolate bar.  German’s Chocolate was a type of chocolate that was made for Baker’s by a man named Sam German.  Yep, the cake is named after a type of chocolate, not a country.  I had no idea.  No matter where it comes from, it is super tasty.

German Chocolate Cake

The three layers of cake with the coconut frosting are amazing!

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