Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Simple But Charming Chocolate Spring Bowl

This is a pretty way to add color and charm to a table that is completely edible. Perfect for Easter, Mothers Day, or a get together with family and friends. You can choose from 19 different colors of chocolate, and fill them with any type of candy that will go with your theme. We filled it up with chocolate foil wrapped eggs for Easter.

Things Needed:

Lets Get Started:
  1. Melt down chocolate slowly and on a very low power in the microwave. If you choose to melt the chocolate over a doubler, please make sure the water does NOT boil. It should just be hot.
  2. With a small brush, dot the yellow chocolate into the center of the flower.
  3. With a medium brush paint in the petals of the flowers with white chocolate. (Make sure you paint enough chocolate into the flower, or you may be able to see pink showing through.
  4. Melt the pink chocolate.
  5. Fill the mold 1/2 full.
  6. Hold the mold on the edge and roll the chocolate around the mold and up over the edge slightly.
  7. Let stand for a few minutes, then repeat the step until the chocolate is just starting to set.
  8. Use a paring knife run it along the top of the mold to remove the chocolate that went over the edge. (This will give you that smooth look at the top of the bowl.)
  9. Place mold into the freezer for approx 30 minutes.
  10. To remove turn mold upside down and gently tap.
  11. Fill with desired candies.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Large Peep Bunny Cookie

Large bunny peep cookie.
How cool is this 11" Bunny Peep Cookie! We discovered a great tasting recipe for this sugar cookie. It comes from: 
Cookie Decorating, (The complete photo guide) by Autumn Carpenter.

Buttery Sugar Cookies.
  • 1cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened.
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened.
  • 3/4 cups sugar.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  1. Mix the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cream cheese and butter are blended. Scrape the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar. Continue to blend on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add the egg, mixing on low speed until thoroughly blended. Scrape the bowl.
  4. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time. Scrape the bowl after adding each cup. Mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix, or the dough will toughen.
  5. Divide the dough into two equal portions. Flatten the dough into two patties that are approximately 1 1/2" thick.Wrap the patties in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours or until firm.
  6. Roll out and cut the cookies. Bake in a 375°F Oven. Bake for approx. 9 to 11 minutes until edges are very lightly browned, or push into cookie pans.
 Other Supplies Needed:
Bake easy spray (702-6018)
Bunny peep pan (2105-1443)
1/2 lb. merckens milk chocolate  (MMH)
16 oz. pink sanding sugar (SSUG-pin1)
Royal icing mix (CK77-101)
Pastry brush (AT-60010)
Jelly bean cake board (2104-7015)

  1. Spray cookie pan with bake easy.
  2. Make sugar cookie recipe, and push dough evenly into sprayed pan.
  3. Bake at 350°F for approximately 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are light brown. If you notice, we lowered the temperature because it's a large pan. If they are smaller cookies, bake according to directions.
  4. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes. then remove and cool on a cooling rack until completely cool.
To decorate:
  1. Make royal icing.
  2. Take a large spoonful of  icing and thin it down with water. Icing should flow off of spoon.
  3. Use a pastry brush and brush a thin coating of icing onto cookie.
  4. Place cookie into a cake pan and sprinkle sanding sugar over entire cookie. The cake pan will catch any sugar not used.
  5. Melt down chocolate and with a spatula make two dots for his eye's and a dot for his nose.
  6. We used a small amount of chocolate to attach the cookie to the board.
Remember, you can use any color sanding sugar you want your bunny to be.