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how to make birthday candle cookies

candle birthday cookies

Can’t get much birthday-er than candle cookies. These candles served double duty for both my mom’s birthday and a friend’s. As you can see, when making 40 or 50 or more of a cookie, I don’t like to mess around with multiple consistencies, with outlines and floods and all that. One consistency, that’s it. Outline. Pipe back and forth to fill. And if you see the lines a bit? Well, here’s a secret I’m sharing. I don’t mind at all. Neither do the recipients. These are cookies. They are going to be consumed. They look awesome no matter what. Now, raise your hand if you feel a tremendous amount of relief at this admission. If perfection came naturally to me, I might think otherwise.

candle birthday cookies

 

how to make birthday candle cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
candle cutter
food coloring
disposable decorating bags
couplers
size 3, 4 and 5 decorating tips
rubberbands

*Find the decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. Bright White, Egg Yellow, Orange, Sky Blue, Electric Green and Electric Pink used here. I got the candle cutter years ago, but you can find a similar one in the resources below. You may also use a crayon cookie cutter. Find basic cookie decorating how-tos HERE.

candle birthday cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare dough, chill, roll out, cut out and bake cookies according to the recipe. Let cool completely.

step two: make your icing. Prepare icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your preferred colors. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing and close tightly with rubberbands.

step three: decorate your cookies. Choose a color for a candle. Using a size “3″ tip, pipe the wick and outline the candle. Let set about 15 minutes. Switch the tip to a size “4″ or “5.” Pipe back and forth to fill the cookie and let set a bit. With the white icing fitted with a “3″ tip, pipe dots or stripes on top of the blue. Use the yellow icing with a size “4″ tip to pipe the flame. Let the cookies set overnight before packaging or handling.

 

candle birthday cookies

candle birthday cookies

 

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flashback friday: popsicle cookies

If you came here from facebook, you’d have seen this image:

popsiclecookie_puzzle

 

Did you figure it out? Of course you did. Next time it’ll be harder. These are my popsicle cookies from four years ago. Four years ago seems like a lifetime in blogland. Four years ago, I hadn’t yet written Sugarlicious, I only had a two-year old, and… guess not much else has changed. I need more excitement in my life, methinks.

popsicle cookies

 

Find full how-tos to make popsicle cookies HERE.

 

 

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wednesday links: fun food and craft finds and Washington DC in 1921

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Several years ago, a former neighbor emailed this found photo to those of us who also lived on this block in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Shown here is the 700 block of Columbia Road in Northwest Washington DC. Our house was about halfway up the block, and we lived there from 2003 to 2008. I found more information about the picture HERE where you can see more images from this 1921 car accident. I don’t know the original photographer or source. The site lists the Library of Congress as providing the photos.

 

your links this week:

I just love love this DIY giraffe nursery art.

Please tell me you follow My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter.

Push-up cupcakes from paper cups are smart.

I’m going to make toilet roll bracelets with my kid.

Ha! to these animals made with frozen treats.

Yum to summer fruit slush puppies.

I need these basic crochet instructions to make all those cool crochet projects on Pinterest.

A fire pit s’mores cake is freakin’ awesome.

Make your own sprinkle tape!

 

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how to make easy sea creature candy pops

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

I’m a sucker for the sea, but then, I grew up with sand between my toes thanks to that whole great-grandfather being a lighthouse keeper thing. While I would never own a fish tank because that kind of freaks me out (it just feels weird to me), I do so love sea creatures. I remember a time when starfish (and sea glass, remember sea glass?) could be found on the beach. And when crabs bit my toes in the ocean.

 

sea animal candy pops

It’s summer. The kids are in my hair. I’m allowed to check out and only do easy things. Oh, who am I kidding. I always check out and do easy things. And candy pops from candy melts are the easiest thing ever to make. See? I have a history. Chicks, bunniesmonsters, more monstersghosts, shamrocks, Christmas trees, and hearts. And every time I say the same things. These are easy, take minutes to make, and are kid-friendly. All you need are disposable decorating bags, candy melts, lollipop sticks and candy eyes, all available from the craft store.

 

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

how to make sea creature candy pops

you will need:*

candy melts
disposable decorating bags
baking tray(s)
parchment or wax paper
scissors
lollipop sticks
candy eyes

*Find the candy melts, disposable decorating bags, lollipop sticks and candy eyes in the craft store, or see below for resources.

sea animal candy pops

 

Line a baking tray or trays with parchment or wax paper and set aside. Fill a decorating bag with about 1/2 cup of candy melts. Microwave at 60 percent power for 90 seconds, then at 30 second and 15 second intervals until the melts are fully melted, massage after each time in the microwave. Twist the top closed tightly.

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Pipe a dot on the baking tray. Place a lollipop stick on the dot. Pipe the sea creature design on top (see below) and immediately add two candy eyes. Fill the tray and let set at room temperature until fully hardened, about 1 hour. TIP: Candy melts harden quickly, so only melt one bag at a time (except for the turtles, I melted both greens at once), work with one color at a time, and make one whole pop at a time.

The crabs are red circles with six little lines for legs.

sea animal candy pops

 

The starfish are basically messy yellow stars.

sea animal candy pops

 

The octopi (octopuses?) have only four legs to make them less crowded. Tell the kids they are sitting on the other four.

sea animal candy pops

 

The turtle is fancy, made with two shades of green.

sea animal candy pops

 

The fish is just a circle with a “V” shape tail.

sea animal candy pops

 

sea animal candy pops

sea animal candy pops

 

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Happy 4th of July! Here are some red, white and blue marshmallow pops.

4th of july marshmallow pops

Remember way back when I told you how my red, white and blue sparkle marshmallow pops were in Bird’s Party Magazine? Yes, of course you do. You remember everything. (Side note, why is it I can’t remember what I did last weekend, but I can remember every episode of every ’80s sitcom ever?) Well, you kind find the full tutorial I made for the magazine over at Bird’s Party blog.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

 

4th of july marshmallow pops

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