Thursday, November 8, 2018

Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp


When we went apple picking with our family at Apple Ridge Orchards, I baked this Apple Crisp with our apples. Apple Crisp is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream. I bought pumpkin ice cream and it was the perfect compliment. This is a very easy recipe to put together. I increased the cinnamon by 1/2 teaspoon and used light brown in place of brown sugar. See recipe and directions below.

Apple Crisp with pumpkin ice cream

Ingredients
6 Large Apples (I mixed tart and sweet)

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour

1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1 cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal

1/2 cup (1 stick) Salted Butter, melted

Apple Crisp with pumpkin ice cream, so good!

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and slice apples. I peeled all the apples and then used a corer.

Combine the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. 

Add the apples and with a spatula combine until incorporated.

Apple Crisp fresh out of the oven
Add the coated apples into a 9 inch round dish (I used a Pyrex glass dish).

In a small sauce pan on low heat, melt butter. Let cool.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, oatmeal, light brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda  and then add the melted butter, and incorporate until crumbly.

Our apples from apple picking
Top the crumbly mixture over the coated apples covering completely.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Serve warm with your favorite ice cream. I served ours with pumpkin ice cream.

For the Perfectly Crumbly Apple Crisp recipe visit:

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Transformer Cookies

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Transformer Cookies

I made Transformer Cookies for my cousin Pam whose son who was celebrating his sixth birthday. The Autobots are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. I also made a dozen number 6 cookies with flames in red and blue; the colors of Optimus Prime. My fave is Bumblebee and my hubby and I have seen all the Transformer movies and enjoyed them all! Go to my Holiday Sugar Cookies post for the vanilla cookie and royal icing recipes. The recipe yields 48-50 cookies. 

Transformer Autobot Cookies
Transformer Autobot and Number Six Cookies

Transformer Autobot Cookies
I covered the Autobots using a border icing first, letting that dry for 1/2 hour and then with the flood icing to cover each cookie. I let the cookies dry overnight. I made yellow, blue, and red Autobots. For the number 6, I made a dozen in red and blue and alternated the two colors on the cookies making 6 with blue flames and the other six flames in red.

Yellow Autobots done

Blue Autobots have to dry

Red Autobots have to dry
The next day I used a Chefmaster Food Decorating Pen in black to outline the face of each Autobot cookie and for the flames on the number six cookie. I then used black border royal icing with a Wilton #1 tip on my icing bottle to apply the detail. I let the cookies dry overnight. This is necessary if you are stacking cookies.

Chefmaster Food Decorating Pens

Wilton #1 Tip on icing bottle for detailing work

Icing Colors in Royal Blue, Super Red, Lemon Yellow

I was inspired by the Transformer Autobot Cookies made by One Sweet Treat:

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Vintage Halloween Cookies

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I purchased these Vintage Halloween Wafer Paper Designs from Fancy Flours for Halloween cookie baking. I really love the designs. For a tutorial on applying wafer paper visit my Sunflower Cookies. Rice paper breaks easily so you need to take care when cutting and applying the wafer paper to the cookies. If you love skulls and anatomy, the designs make a great cookie set. In college, I studied human osteology, anatomy, and forensic anthropology so bones are dear to my heart. The designs in this sense were appealing to me and a treat to be able to work with in cookie form.

Skull anatomy

Skeleton with top hat

Skeletal hand
I like the Undertaker business cards and the Poison design. The font for the BOO wafer paper are also real cool. They make great gifts too!

George H. Stewart Undertaker Business Card

BOO letters

Another undertaker card

Arsenic Poison label
For wafer paper and other fine products, visit:
https://www.fancyflours.com/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Friday, November 2, 2018

Skeleton Cookies

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I was so excited when I bought these Williams-Sonoma Skeleton Cookie Cutters and made this skeleton for Halloween. The cutters are not anatomically correct but they are adorbs either way. I saved some of the vanilla cookie dough from my Halloween Cookies post and used white royal icing with 2 drops of super white to fill in the cavity of the bones. This skeleton set is a fun activity to do with your kids.
Skeleton Cookies

Skull
These were fun to make. The trick for the imprint is to make sure the dough is cold and to first cut the shape with the cutter and then press the imprint into the dough as you do each bone.

Bones

Cute rib cage

All the bones except the legs

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls



Feliz Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead! I love the vibrant colors and intricate designs of sugar skulls celebrated in Mexico to celebrate/honor the lives of dearly departed family and friends! I used wafer paper designs to make these cookies and the vanilla sugar cookie recipe from my Christmas Cookies. I love the wafer paper designs for the sugar skulls.

Sugar Skull Cookie

Sugar Skull Cookie
To adhere the wafer paper on the sugar skulls, I decorated them with royal icing and once the cookies were dry, used a brush dipped in light corn syrup on the undecorated side of the wafer skulls and gently pressed them onto each cookie. It is important to let them set overnight so they do not stick together and the wafer paper tears.

Sugar Skull Cookie

Sugar Skull Cookie
Sugar Skull Cookie
For more information on Day of the Dead, visit:
http://traditionscustoms.com/death-rites/day-of-dead-mexico

For Day of the Dead Sweets and Treats, visit:
https://www.history.com/news/day-of-the-dead-sweets-and-treats

Top 10 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/top-ten-day-of-dead-mexico/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Cookies

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BOO! Happy Halloween and Samhain Wishes! I made these vanilla and chocolate cookies on Sunday and Monday. I was sick with bronchitis and this was the earliest I could do them since I needed to get better first. I recently purchased some new cookie cutters for these cookies: vampire and skull couple from Semi Sweet Designs, pumpkin with hat, raven, and a witch broom to add to my collection. I also made: coffin, tombstone with wafer paper designs, jack o' lanterns with wafer paper designs, rectangle to make the ouija with wafer paper designs and a small heart to make the planchette, candy corn, candy corn to make the candy jack o' lantern bucket, bat, cat, cauldron, witch hat, witch face, skull, Jack Skellington, round cutter to make eyeball monsters, frankenstein, large candy corn to make the bride of frankenstein, mummy, spider, and spider web. For the Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe visit my post, Holiday Sugar Cookies. See below for the chocolate cookie and royal icing recipes.

Halloween Cookies

Jack O' Lantern Wafer Paper Cookies and a pumpkin with hat

Jack O' Lantern Wafer Paper Designs and a pumpkin with hat

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
2 cups (4 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

2 cups Granulated Sugar

2 Large Eggs

3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

4 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour

1 ½ cups Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Coffins

Skulls

Spiders and spider webs

Directions
Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt in large bowl and combine with spatula; set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment on low to medium speed. Mix until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.

Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix again for 5-10 seconds more.

Add eggs one at a time. Scrape down bowl with spatula and mix again for another 10 seconds.

Skull, Cat, Jack O' Lantern, Ouija, Tombstone

Ghost, raven, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein

Ghost, raven, bat, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, sugar skull couple
Add vanilla extract and mix for 1 minute.

With the mixer off add the flour mixture, cover the mixer with a kitchen towel, and turn the mixer to low speed and incorporate.

The dough is ready when it begins to clump around the paddle attachment.

Form disk shape and cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-3 hours or overnight. I chilled the dough overnight.

Mummy

Tombstone Wafer Paper Design Cookies

Cats

Heat oven to 350°F.

Use two sheets of parchment paper with dough in between and roll out with the rolling pin until the desired thickness is reached.

Cut out shapes and repeat until you have used all the dough.

Place onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes. The cookies hold their shape when you do this.

Pumpkin with hat, Frankenstein

Ghosts, Mummy, Dracula

Sugar skull top hat, candy bucket, Jack Skellington, eyeball monster, cat, Uni-candy corn
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until center of cookie no longer looks wet. My cookies baked in 11 minutes.

Let cookies cool in baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely; about 1 hour.

Let cookie sheets cool completely before you bake again. I put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes. Repeat until you have baked all the cookies.

Ghosts

Ouija Board with Planchette Cookies

Bats and a raven

Large Batch Royal Icing
Ingredients
8 Egg Whites

8 teaspoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

12 cups Powdered/Confectioners' Sugar, sifted

1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon Water (or more as needed)

Directions
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar; set aside.

In a bowl, add egg whites.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites and lemon juice.

Transfer to stand or hand held mixer with paddle attachment and mix on high for 1-2 minutes.

Add vanilla extract and mix for 5-10 seconds.

Jack Skellington

Eyeball Monster Cookies

Candy Corn

With the mixer off add the sifted powdered sugar, cover the mixer with a kitchen towel, and turn the mixer to low speed and beat until smooth.

The consistency using this recipe is thick and great for borders and detail work.

If you need a both a border and flood-like consistency keep reading below.

If you only need flood consistency icing, just add 1/2 teaspoon of water and mix for 5-10 seconds, and repeat until you reach the right consistency. Be careful that your icing does not become too runny or you may have to start over.

I found the best way to make royal icing is to first separate the icing in plastic containers with lids according to the different colors I need. I save the containers when I order a pint of soup from Chinese takeout. These containers are great for icing. You can also use Tupperware.

Witch Hats, Witch Face, Witch Broom and Cauldrons

Vampire; cutter from Semi Sweet Designs

Cute Sugar Skull Couple; cutter from Semi Sweet Designs
Keep the containers or Tupperware covered until you are ready to color. Royal Icing hardens fast.

I used Chefmaster Liqua-Gel Food Color in lemon yellow, sunset orange, super red, and leaf green. I used AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Food Color in super black and Wilton Icing Color in super white. To make grey, I used one drop of super black.

I separated the icing in plastic containers with lids according to how many different colors needed for tinting.

I needed border icing for each color, so I transferred them into my Sweet SugarBelle Icing Bottles.

Then with the remainder of the icing, I use a spritz bottle with water in each container. I spritzed just one or two times in the container and combined with a small spatula.

This works for me and I get the flood consistency I need. I then transferred the flood icing into my icing bottles.

By doing it this way, you also have the same color for both the border and flood consistency.

To sketch onto some of the cookies I used Chefmaster Food Decorating Pens.

Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein

Ouija Board and Planchette

Some of my Halloween Cookies
I outlined the cookies, and waited a few minutes and then filled them.

Be careful not to add too much icing or you will have overflow.

I use a cookie stick to reach edges, and the tip to pop any air bubbles. I also use paint brushes to reach the edges and have a Wilton Scraper on hand to fix and boo-boos.

I let the cookies dry overnight.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Ghosts - Vanilla Sugar Cookies

AmeriColor Super Black, Wilton Super White, and Chefmaster Colors I used
Sweet SugarBelle Icing Bottles and Tip Covers
Please keep in mind if you are baking and it is humid, you may need more time for the cookies to dry.

Add Halloween colored sprinkles, confetti, sugar pearls, silver dragees, skulls, ghosts, pumpkins, etc... over wet icing.

For the wafer paper directions visit my post, Sunflower Cookies:
https://twofrys.blogspot.com/2018/10/sunflower-cookies.html

To make the Ouija cookies, I was inspired by:
https://thesimple-sweetlife.com/ouija-board-cookies/

For the candy bucket tutorial, visit:
www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2014/10/halloween-candy-bucket-cookies/

To make the witch hat cookies, I was inspired by:
https://thebearfootbaker.com/2018/10/witch-hat-cookies/

For the uni-candy corn cookie tutorial, visit:
http://www.bakeat350.net/2016/10/uni-candy-corn-cookies.html

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys