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jar of sparkly rainbow cookie bites

rainbow cookie bites

Who wouldn’t want a jar of sparkly rainbow cookie bites? If you have an answer to that question, these are people I don’t want to meet. (Unless, of course, there are dietary restrictions, allergies, or anything else beyond the control of these poor souls, and then I will happily meet them and spend all day chatting.) But back to sparkly rainbow cookie bites. I made these for two birthdays: One for a friend turning 50 and one for a niece turning 9. So you see, they are the perfect gift for any age.

rainbow cookie bites

And just look how cute they look all shoved in this mason jar. It’s a jar of joy, right?

rainbow cookie bites

 

To make sparkly rainbow cookies bites

You will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
1-inch circle cookie cutter
food coloring
decorating bags
couplers
sizes 4 and 5 decorating tips
rubber bands
sprinkles in coordinating colors
mason jars for packaging (optional)

*Find the cookie cutter, decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. You can also click HERE for tips on finding supplies (or see below). For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. (Electric Pink, Red Red, Orange, Egg Yellow, Electric Green, Sky Blue and Regal Purple used here.)

rainbow cookie bites

step one: bake your cookies. Roll out your chilled cookie dough according to the recipe. Cut out tons of 1-inch circles with the cutter. I cut out about 120. About 60 fit in a standard mason jar.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint whatever colors you like. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the colors and close tightly with rubber bands.

rainbow cookie bites

step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe a spiral to fill a circle cookie with icing and immediately cover with a coordinating color of sprinkles. Don’t worry if your spiral isn’t perfect, the sprinkles cover up imperfections. Let the cookies dry overnight before packaging.

TIP: After I packaged my cookies in a mason jar, I put the jar in a freezer-safe Ziplock and froze the cookies. When ready to give, I removed from the freezer and let thaw completely before removing from the Ziplock.

rainbow cookie bites

 

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apple pie sticks for Pi Day

Pi Day pie sticks

If my husband reads this, he’ll make fun of me for bragging about my math prowess. But I was really, really good in math. In high school, I didn’t just take AP Calculus, which is hard math. I took AP Calculus BC, which is super hard math. I even understand my daughter’s 2nd grade Common Core math. Which means I appreciate Pi. And I appreciate Pie Day, which is 3-14 of course.

Pi Day pie sticks

I’m calling these “apple” pies because I filled my pie sticks with apple butter. So it’s apple-y without the hassle. You can use any filling you like: Pumpkin butter, almond butter, pie filling, jam, Nutella, whatever.

Pi Day pie sticks

 

how to make pie sticks

you will need:*

1 package refrigerated pie crusts 
filling of choice
1 egg, beaten
cinnamon sugar mixture 

*For filling, I used apple butter. You could use jam or Nutella or anything comparable. For the cinnamon sugar mixture, a good ratio is 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You won’t need all of it for these.

What to do: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Unroll a pie crust. Use a pizza cutter to cut out 3 lines across and 1 down to make 8 “rectangles.” I know these rectangles have rounded edges, and if it was 20 years ago, I’d have described them using integrals and functions, but I forget all that math I learned. So let’s call them rectangles.

Pi day pie sticks

 

Place 1 teaspoon of your filling along the center of a rectangle. Brush the edges of the crust with the egg and roll the pie into a stick. Press the edges to seal.

Pi day pie sticks

 

Brush the sticks with the egg and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top generously.

Pi Day pie sticks

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Yields: Each pie crust makes 8 sticks.

Happy Pi Day!

Pi day pie sticks

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Wednesday Links: 21 DIY egg carton crafts

21 egg carton crafts

Egg cartons. They aren’t just for eggs. Some quick searching on the interwebs shows just how clever you folks are with egg cartons. We’re not just talking kids’ crafts, either, but some DIY projects for the grown-ups, too. Below are links to 20 of my favorite egg carton crafts for my Wednesday Links series. Because there are just so dang many, you can also find a lot more:

HERE on my egg carton craft Pinterest Board

Here are your links.

Make a piggy bank.

Play checkers.

These cherry blossom branches say Spring.

Stack cartons into a stool.

Make fun animal noses.

Or some beautiful flower garland.

Or some fairy lights.

Show off some wall art.

Make some characters.

Plant some succulents.

I need to make fairy houses.

Craft rose name cards.

Make sea creatures.

Decorate with a flower mirror.

Or a gorgeous lamp.

This wreath is gorgeous.

I can’t believe this rooster is made from egg cartons.

Fly some helicopters.

Sail some pirate ships.

Make intricate masks.

Party with pom pom ice cream cone garland.

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rainbow candy pops

how to make rainbow candy pops

You know how much I love the candy melt pop thing. And of course I love rainbows (inspired particularly by my unicorn-rainbow-loving 7 year old and by the fact I’m an ’80s kid). So candy melt pops + rainbows = awesome, in my view. And my daughter’s. And anyone with a heart.

how to make rainbow candy pops

So you can make these on a rainy day. Or make them for a rainbow party. Or, you know… St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. Rainbows go with pots of gold.

how to make rainbow candy pops

 

how to make rainbow candy pops

you will need:*

6 disposable decorating bags
candy melts (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
scissors
baking tray(s)
wax or parchment paper
lollipop sticks

*Find decorating bags, candy melts and lollipop sticks in the craft store, or check out the links below. You can also click HERE to find more information about supplies.

 

Line a baking tray (or trays) with parchment or wax paper. Place lollipop sticks in a row on the tray and set aside. Fill six disposable decorating bags, each with about 1/2 cup of candy melts in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Add a few more candy melts to the green, blue and purple bags, because these dots are on top of the sticks and a little bigger.

how to make rainbow candy pops

Start with red. Place the bag of red candy melts on a paper towel in the microwave and microwave at 70 percent power for 90 seconds. Massage the bag and continue to microwave at 30, then 15, second intervals until fully melted. Snip 1/4-inch from the tip of the bag. Pipe red dots (or squares or whatever) on the tray a couple inches above each lollipop stick.

how to make rainbow candy pops

Repeat with the orange, piping the dot just below the red dot and overlapping slightly so they are attached. Only microwave one bag of candy melts at a time, since they harden quickly. Continue with the yellow. And then the green. At this point you should be hitting the stick. Pipe a dab of green candy melts under the stick so it stays in place, then pipe a dot on top of the stick.

how to make rainbow candy pops

Continue with the blue and purple candy melts. Let the pops harden for about 30 minutes. When fully set, carefully remove from the tray.

how to make rainbow candy pops

 

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the thaw: winter-to-spring snowflake cookies

winter to spring snowflake cookies

Even though I’m the curmudgeon that likes the quiet indoors that winter allows, I know the rest of you enjoy that moment of Spring’s arrival. And it does have its appeal, I will concede. Plus, I was really excited by this idea I had in the middle of the night (though less excited about waking up in the middle of the night): Snowflake cookies that turn to Spring.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

These are in the same spirit as my melting snowman cookies, I think. Though truthfully, I don’t know for what purpose you could use these. A Spring Equinox party maybe? Does anyone have those?

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

how to make winter to spring snowflake cookies

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
snowflake cookie cutter
food coloring (white, brown and green)
white sprinkles
disposable decorating bags
couplers
tips (size “2” and/or “3”)
rubber bands

*Find the cookie cutter, sprinkles, decorating bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. Use any size snowflake, but the one shown here is 3-inches across. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Chocolate Brown and Leaf Green). For tips on finding supplies, click HERE, or see below. For basic cookie decorating how-tos click HERE.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Roll out chilled cookie dough according to the recipe, cut out your snowflakes, bake and let cool completely.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint white, brown and green. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the colors and close the bags tightly with rubber bands.

 step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe the snow side first. Pipe three spokes and then pipe lines on top. Immediately cover with white sprinkles and shake off the excess.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

For the branch half, pipe three brown spokes. Pipe small lines on top, but notice for the branches I staggered the small lines a bit. Pipe leaves in green.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

You can even do some whole snowflakes and some whole branches. Let the cookies dry overnight before handling or packaging.

winter to spring snowflake cookies

 

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