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how to make grapes cookies for wine club

grapes cookies to serve with wine

You don’t have to make these grape cookies for wine club, necessarily. You can make them for any old time, since they are so easy. But I made them for wine club. Wine club being a group of smart, funny women who gather once a month at rotating houses to sample lots of wine, learn a few things beyond “cork vs. screw top,” and eat lots of food that tastes good with wine. So I’m pretty appreciative of this wine club thing.

grapes cookies to serve with wine

I hosted January’s monthly meeting (let’s call it a “meeting,” shall we?). My wines: Red Blends. I can now wax poetic about red wine blends, thanks to my research friend, google. But I won’t. I’ll stick with cookies lest I bore you with my new knowledge. I served these with my cheeses and kale-topped pizza and meat pies and dark chocolate, not because they pair well with red wine blends, but because they are cute. That’s the only reason why.

I love this idea for grapes cookies because the individual grapes are so much more serve-able than making a whole bunch for each cookie. You can make green ones, too.

grapes cookies to serve with wine

 

And dang, I had the table all set up post-wine club, what with the empty bottles and fragments of food left and the few remaining “grapes,” but I forgot to actually snap the picture. Let’s blame the red wine blends, shall we?

 

how to make grapes cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
circle cutter 
sharp knife
purple and/or green and brown food colorings
disposable decorating bags
couplers
size “4” or “5” decorating tips
rubber band
purple and/or green sprinkles

*My circle cutter came as part of a set and is 1 1/2 inches, but you can use any comparable size circle. Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles at the craft store. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Regal Purple, Electric Green and Chocolate Brown). For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click here.

 

grapes cookies to serve with wine

 

step one: prepare your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill and roll out. Cut out circles for the grapes and use the knife to cut out the little branch shapes.

grapes cookies to serve with wine

 

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your colors. You’ll need purple and brown (more of purple). Prepare two decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the colors and close tightly with rubber bands.

step three: decorate your cookies. To make the stem, just pipe lines with brown. To make the grapes, pipe a purple (or green) spiral on a circle cookie to fill the cookie with icing. Immediately coat with purple sprinkles and turn over to remove excess. Let the cookies dry overnight and arrange on a plate so the grapes are piled and the stem sticks out.

grapes cookies to serve with wine

 

grapes cookies to serve with wine

 

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from the archives: Martin Luther King Jr. marshmallows

Martin Luther King Jr Marshmallows

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 19th this year. And in case you were wondering, yes, of course I have MLK marshmallows. So for this week’s Friday from the archives, I’m sharing them with you. Again. And no, I’ve not yet found edible writers that better match the reality of skin tones, sigh.

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Wednesday Links: 30 pom pom crafts

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This Wednesday Links has an actual theme. I like themes. I’m going to do more themes on Wednesdays. Themes I like. This time around it’s all about making things with pom poms. Click on these, seriously. These folks are geniuses with yarn.

 

Here are your links. Follow all the Wednesday Links at Pinterest

I love this pom pom ornament any time of year.

And pom pom wreath, for that matter.

I need some pom pom bookmarks (for my kindle?).

Make some insanely cute animal pom poms.

Or some insanely cute pom pom fruit.

I’m going nuts for this pom pom fairy garland.

I want to fill the house with pom pom rugs.

What a gorgeous pom pom tree.

Make some letter pom pom cake toppers.

Or make a pom pom necklace.

Make pom pom flowers of course.

Fix up some pom pom gloves.

And some pom pom hair pins to match.

I’ve been wanting to make a pom pom chair for ages.

Make a pom pom table runner.

And some pom pom napkin rings.

Check out this cute pom pom cupcake garland.

Or make some giant pom pom garland.

Pom pom hedgehogs!

My daughter needs some pom pom pony tail holders.

Spell stuff with alphabet pom poms.

Make pom pom mushrooms.

Hang a pom pom chandelier.

Loving this pom pom blanket.

It’d be easier to find a pom pom key chain.

Some pom pom pencils to make work more fun.

Make pom poms for your shoes.

Create pom pom wall art.

Make some fun pom pom rings.

Celebrate with pom pom party hats.

 

You might also need to know…  

how to make pom poms from cardboard. Or make pom poms with a fork. Here’s a smart way to make pom poms in bulk. Or, just cheat, like I do. I own these pom pom makers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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top 14 of ’14 (and a few more)

top 14 posts of 2014

Yikes folks. I’ve been seriously remiss these last two weeks. I know I have an excuse with the holidays and travel and eating too much and not exercising, but once I got on the lazy train, I was too lazy to hop off. So this is my slow entry back into blogland. Here are the top fourteen posts of the last year, according to google analytics.

What’s interesting is that only two of the top 14 posts are actually from 2014. Guess that means I can just keep being lazy, quit this whole blog thing, and just live off the archives? I’m seriously considering that route… Aaaah, a life of leisure. (Note to self: Play lottery.)

 

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1. ALL ABOUT FOOD COLORING

This post was written four years ago, but I can understand why it’s still so popular. The right food coloring can make all the difference in cookie decorating.

 

 

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2. BABYCAKES MAKER DOUGHNUTS

Geez, I wrote this post two years ago and have rarely used the Donut Maker since. Clearly, I need to make more doughnuts.

 

 

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3. BEST EVER CUT-OUT COOKIE RECIPE

In your defense world, these are the best ever cut-out cookies.

 

 

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4. ENDING THE CONFUSION ABOUT EDIBLE WRITERS

Also an oldie, but I can see why this is popular. Edible writers are an awesome (but sort of mysterious) tool.

 

 

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5. MASON JAR MEAL

And my 5th most popular post was not only written years ago, but isn’t even related to sweets. This mason jar picnic I created for a contest has been consistently popular. I’ve seen tons of similar creations since. Guess I need to make more doughnuts AND savories.

 

 

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6. SPARKLY RAINBOW MARSHMALLOW KEBABS

There’s sparkle, rainbows and marshmallows. Of course these are popular year after year.

 

 

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7. MELTING SNOWMAN COOKIE

Well, well, well. Mr. Melty, the well-storied melting snowman cookie, made it to the list yet again. I  invented (I use the word “invented” deliberately) him in ’08 and he’s still going strong.

 

 

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8. SUNFLOWER MARSHMALLOW POPS

Hmm, I’m a little surprised by this one. They are so simple and I forgot I even made them.

 

 

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9. DRUNKEN RAINBOW MARSHMALLOW POPS

Finally! We get to a post that I actually wrote in 2014. And it’s a good one, one of my favorites. Vodka-dipped rainbow marshmallow pops.

 

 

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10. ZOMBIE MARSHMALLOW POPS 

Another classic from the past that will always survive (in a ghastly way): Zombie marshmallow pops!

 

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11. NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE JARS

Another post from 2014, at last, and I’m so happy for my friend Glory that it’s a recipe from her cookbook.

 

 

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12. PARIS CUPCAKES

Here’s another surprise… Paris cupcakes made in 2010? They are kind of cute.

 

 

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13. MONSTER COOKIE STICKS

These are more of my favorites, so I’m glad they made the cut.

 

 

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14. HEART SPRINKLES

Homemade heart sprinkles on marshmallow pops… I guess we’re about to hit Valentine’s again, so this is sort of timely.

 

And because only two of the above are from 2014, here are a few extra of the most popular posts that were actually posted IN 2014:

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SHARK MARSHMALLOW POPS.

 

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DICE COOKIE BITES

 

 

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FOX MARSHMALLOW POPS

 

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HOMEMADE GOLDFISH CRACKERS

 

 

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countdown cookie sticks for New Year’s and more treats from the archives

new years cookie sticks

Cookie sticks, cookie sticks, I’m all about the cookie sticks. Remember Rudolph and snowmen? (There are more out there, too.) I had some dough left over, froze it, and brought it out to make more sticks, this time for the New Year.

new years cookie sticks

Speaking of the New Year… this is my last blog post until 2015. (By the way, I just typed “2014” and had to change it to “15.” Wonder how many months into the new year I’ll be doing that?)

Have a great rest of the year!

New Years cookie sticks

 

How to make New Year’s cookie sticks

You will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
dough scraper or knife
food coloring (white and any other colors)
disposable decorating bags
couplers
decorating tips (sizes 2, 3 and 4)
rubber bands

*Find the decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. For tips on finding supplies, CLICK HERE. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste (Bright White, Electric Pink, Electric Green, Orange and Sky Blue used here). For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE. Scroll to the end for links to supplies.

 

New Years cookie sticks

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, roll out and cut out rectangles. I use a dough scraper to cut out rectangles, but you can use a knife. These are about 5 inches by 1/2 inch. Bake and let cool completely.

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step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide (you’ll need the most of white, but for other colors, I usually work with about 1/2 cup at a time) and color whatever colors you like, including white for the background. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing and close the bags tightly with rubber bands. Reserve some white icing in a bowl. Thin it with a few drops of water, stirring well. Fill an empty decorating bag (no coupler or tip is needed) and snip about 1/4 inch from the tip.

step three: decorate your cookies. Outline the cookies with the white using a size 4 tip. Let set about 15 minutes. Pipe back and forth to fill the cookies with the thinned white icing. Let set well, at least 30 minutes or so. Then, using size 2 or 3 tips on the colors, pipe the numbers. Let the cookies dry overnight before packaging or handling.

new years cookie sticks

 

 

Here are some more treats from archives to ring in the new year:

 

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almost midnight cookies

 

 

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almost midnight mini cookies (Please note how I mixed up the hour and minute hands. We’re too digital.)

 

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New Year’s marshmallows

 

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champagne cookie bites

 

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