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Cake it Pretty: 4th July Desserts Round Up and Recipes!!

Posted: 21 Jun 2011 05:17 AM PDT

With 4th July round the corner, I'm so delighted to have our talented Hani share with you some red, white and blue dessert ideas and yummy recipes for all your patriotic celebrations - Including some of her fabulous recipe photos also featured in the "1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies and Cakes" Book!!

Today I'll show you how you can make these cute little flag cookies, using the same recipe I used for my Watermelon Checkerboard Cookies last year, if you haven't seen them go check them out, they are so fun to make and really great for Summer Parties.

This cookie dough is great to work with, it can be flavored, colored any way you like, it handles well too.

Cookie Dough Recipe:

2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all purpose flour
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1tbl orange essence or 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

How to make them:

-Sift flour and salt in a medium size bowl.
-Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color.
-Add one egg and continue beating until doubled in volume, about 4 minutes
-Add extract, beat until well blended
-On low speed add flour, just until incorporated
-Dough will be soft

* You should have about 750grams of dough, so what I did I divided dough into 3 bowls.
2 bowls with 280 grams of dough  and one bowl with 190 grams of cookie dough. These are just approximate numbers.

* I colored one batch of 280 grams with red food coloring, and second one I left uncolored
Small batch I colored with blue food coloring.

* Using 2 painter's sticks as guides I rolled the white and red dough into a rectangle, 5 inches wide and about 9 inches long. I cut it in half, making 2.5 wide strips of dough, at this point I placed both rolled cookie dough strips into the freezer, until firm.

* Blue dough: I rolled into 2 inch rectangle about 9 inch long, cut it in half into a 1 inch stripe and chill until firm.You will have some blue cookie dough  left that you can reuse later if needed.
When ready to assemble the cookie, have some water and pastry brush ready, we will brush each  layer with water so they stick together.

* Gently brush red cookie strips with water and place white cookie strips on the top, Press slightly.
Now ,cut these in half and you should have 4 strips layered,  red and white, in about 1.25inch  wide 9 inches long.

* Cut the blue cookie dough strips in half, forming 1/2 inch wide and about 9 inch long strips.

* Layer strips as shown in the picture, make sure you brush each layer and sides as well with a tiny bit of water so they stick together.

If you have any red and white cookie strips left over, make another blue cookies trip and continue making flag pattern using cookie strips

* Place the block into the freezer , until firm. In needed trim any imperfections.

* Bake at 350F for 5-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Finished cookies make a perfect treat for 4th of July celebration, don't you think?


More 4th of July Treats:

These along with several other sweet treats of Hani's are published in the publication 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies and Cakes (1000 Series)

Cool Customers: Alice in Wonderland Inspired Tea Party!

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 06:11 AM PDT

As promised last week, we have some rather wonderful, "real" Alice in Wonderland Party photos to share with you! They were sent to us by one of our Cool Customer, Anelise from the Brazilian blog Cupcake Art! Check out the stunning details below...

WOW!! Thanks again Anelise for sharing your fabulous party  with us! :)

Party Credits: 

Styling and photography: Anelise - Cupcake Art
Party Printables (except licensed characters) by Bird's Party

Click here to see our complete Alice in Wonderland Inspired Party Collection!

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Coronet Guinea Pigs – Frankie and Moe

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 08:51 AM PDT

Coronet Guinea Pigs , Frankie and Benny

Frankie and Benny
"Which one would you think is the bossy one?"

Here’s what Tracey Watton says about Frankie and Benny:

"Lively little brothers we rescued from a shelter at 6 weeks old. Benny, the dark grey & white is very bossy so we nickname him Victor Meldrew but both love their cuddles from us, being groomed and are totally spoiled.rnThey live in an adjoining pen to our two 6 month old Abyssinian brothers and we designed the pen and built it ourselves."

"These guys are beautiful coronets! It looks like they are pretty spoiled with their own room and all… bravo! Thanks for sharing Frankie and Benny here."

More pictures and information about Frankie and Moe the coronet guinea pigs

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