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how to make mini burger and fries cookies

burger and fries cookies

Here’s one way to make burgers and fries look cute. And vegetarian. And potentially vegan. And they are only about 2-inches across, so I suppose technically they are sliders.

burger and fries cookies

I made these mini burgers and fries cookies for my burger and fry-loving Dad for Father’s Day, but I think they are apt for any summer BBQ, shindig, party, get-together, picnic, whatever, so file them under “4th of July” and “Labor Day,” too. And they are relatively easy to make and decorate.

burger and fries cookies

 

how to make mini burger and fries cookies

you will need:

cookie dough
royal icing
small circle or oval cookie cutter
knife or dough scraper
food coloring
disposable decorating bags
couplers
decorating tips sizes 4 and 5
rubber bands
chocolate jimmies (optional)
white sprinkles (optional)

*Find the cookie cutters, decorating bags, couplers and tips and sprinkles at the craft store (or below for online resources). For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Chocolate Brown, Egg Yellow, Red Red, Electric Green used here). TIP: Find basic cookie decorating instructions HERE.

burger and fries cookies

 

step one: bake your cookies. Prepare cookie dough, chill and roll out according to the recipe. For burgers, I cut out small ovals (mine are 2 inches across). For fries, I used a dough scraper (you can use a knife) to cut out rectangles 1/2 inch by 3 inches.

step two: prepare your icing. Prepare icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint dark brown, light brown, yellow (I used two shades, you don’t need to), green and red. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with each color and close tightly with rubber bands.

step three: decorate your cookies. Use size 4 and 5 tips for decorating, whatever your preference. For the burgers, pipe to outline and pipe back and forth to fill the bun with the light brown. Immediate sprinkle chocolate jimmies on the top bun, if desired. Pipe and fill an oval in the middle with dark brown. Pipe a squiggle between the burger and bun with green. Pipe two lines in red and yellow for tomato and cheese.

burger cookies

For the fries, pipe back and forth to make a yellow stick. Immediately sprinkle a few white sprinkles on top for “salt.” Let the cookies set overnight before packaging or handling.

fries cookies

 

 

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Father’s Day roundup from the archives

Father’s Day is a mere two days away! Don’t worry, there is still time to whip something up that looks like you remembered weeks ago. Here are some ideas from the archives.

wm.beerart_fathersday4Easy beer bottle art.

 

 

father's day cookiesMake POP! cookies.

 

 

father's Day cookiesReaching way back. Cookies by kids.

 

pizza on a stick

Make dad pizza on a stick.

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Just for Kix: Father’s Day snack mix

Father's Day snack mix

Even if the dad in your life doesn’t have a mustache and doesn’t wear ties, this tie n’ mustache snack mix rocks, methinks. And you can always substitute something else for the mustache and ties. Hammers, bowling bowls, Spock, whatever.

make mustache and tie snack mix HERE at Kix

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wednesday links roundup: fun food and craft finds around the web

dcprideparade

If you’ve noticed a trend in this just-started “Wednesday Links” series, I open each post with a snapshot of my life here in DC. I’ve never really brought my life and DC into my blog posts too forcefully before, and it occurs to me that’s crazy. It kind of belongs here in some way. This is another picture not taken by me. This was taken by a family member at my daughter’s school. My daughter is up front on the right walking with her best friend. My daughter’s school marched in this year’s DC Pride Parade. Not just marched, but made their presence loud and clear with all those orange shirts. Not to mention numbers. We had 80 folks representing the school, more than any other school that marched. I’m so proud of my daughter for wanting to join the march against hate and discrimination, and I’m super proud to be part of such an amazing DC public charter school that in only three years had made such an impression in DC.

 

Now on to your links:

Make jumbo popsicle garland for your next summer bash.

Transform your light switch covers.

I’m adoring these 2-ingredient red and blue bread sticks for the 4th of July.

Ha! A bearskin picnic blanket that folds into a cute bear.

The perfect dessert, I think, no-bake Neapolitan cheesecake.

Here’s a crazy easy summer dinner I tried that worked beautifully: BBQ chicken and slaw sandwich.

Doughnuts that look like people! Find your own Doughnut Double.

Here’s an adorable summer soup ice cream cup printable.

Hot air balloon madeleine cookies need two exclamation points!!

 

 

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how to make fondant rainbow cupcake toppers (for the Girl Scouts)

fondant rainbow cupcake

So my daughter is a Girl Scout. A Daisy, to be precise. But as she enters 2nd grade in the fall, she’s bridging now to Brownies. At the end-of-the-year ceremony, naturally, I was assigned the cupcakes. They were to be “rainbow” themed, as in the theme of bridging. I’ve made rainbow cupcake toppers before (here). But making 50 of those would have taken way more time than my 18 month old gives me during the day. So instead, I sped up the process. Rather than make each color arc along the rainbow, I instead use a stripe design to give the suggestion of a rainbow. A mere likeness. A rainbow essence, as it were.

fondant rainbow cupcake

I’m guessing these astute kids will notice the colors run straight across and not in arcs. Oh well, if they bring it up, I’ll just tell them to back off. I’m a busy woman.

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Look, I even made cupcake toppers with the Troop number on them.

fondant rainbow cupcake

 

To make fondant rainbows:

You will need:*

White fondant
Food coloring in rainbow colors
Dough scraper or roller tool
Small paint brush
Water or edible glue
Wax paper
Confectioner’s sugar and/or shortening
Rolling pin
2 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch  circle cutters

*Find premade fondant in the craft store or online, or make your own. Find circle cutter sets in the craft store or online. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Red Red, Orange, Egg Yellow, Electric Green, Sky Blue, Electric Purple). For supplies, see below.

 

Prepare each color of fondant. To do this, grab a chunk of fondant and knead in a few drops of food coloring until well blended. Knead additional drops of coloring in until desired shade is achieved. If your hands get sticky, coat them with some confectioner’s sugar.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Roll out some of each color of fondant about 3/8- inch wide, and cut strips about 6-inches long by 1/4-inch.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Stack one of each color strip, brushing each layer with just a bit of water or edible glue as you go.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Place the stack on its side and gently roll about 1/8 to 1/4-inch flat with the rolling pin. Make sure to keep moving the strip so it doesn’t stick. To prevent sticking, place wax paper underneath the strip. You may also sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on the wax paper or spread a thin layer of shortening.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Use the larger circle cutter to cut a circle so the red sits at the top of the cutter. (The fondant won’t reach the bottom of the cutter.) Then cut out a small hole at the bottom to make an arc. Cut the circles as closely together as possible, as you can’t really use the scraps. I got 4 rainbows each time I rolled out a stack. And I made 48, so I had 12 stacks. This still took a good bit of time, mind you, but it went more quickly than forming each one individually.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

Rest the rainbows on a baking tray lined with wax or parchment paper to stiffen. Use to top cupcakes.

rainbow fondant cupcake topper

 

To make the cupcakes, I just baked cupcakes and used my yummy buttercream frosting. I made the frosting thick enough to hold its shape and tinted the frosting white. Then, I fit a decorating bag with size 1M tip, filled the bag, and piped a swirl of white frosting on the top of each cupcake.

 

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