Halloween Cookies for the “Boss”

There’s always that one teacher or boss that you will always hold dear.  That one boss for me is Ms. Tiffany. She was, and is, a very kind, understanding and fun manager. Now, she is a long distant friend of 18 years and we have exchanged birthday card ever since our days working in satellite television. I know Tiff loves cookies as I used to make cookies for our creative team for special occasions and holidays.  So this Fall, I thought Tiff would like some holiday cookies that I planned on making with the Franklin kids this year. With my new “cookie mailing method,” I was positive that her cookies would arrive unbroken and just in time to celebrate one of her favorite holidays, Halloween. Sugar cookies have always been my favorite cookie but I never considered decorating them. I used to color the dough and cut them into a desired round shape, orange for pumpkin’s and red for a simple Christmas ornament cookie. Slice, bake, easy and good tasting! I tried my hand at icing cookies a while back but they didn’t come out very good. They were okay for eating but not for holiday gifts.  But four years ago I dabbled in decorating cookies for a Spring charity auction. The icing method was very organic and simplistic but  I was pleasantly surprised how they came out. Four dozen cookies brought in $240. Not bad considering. So, I dove “all in” and gave it my best shot to decorate… read more

Decorating Halloween Cookies with the Franklin Kids

I think its officially Fall and I’ve started to think about holiday cookies. I have been wanting to test the difference between using raw pasteurized eggs and meringue powder of my royal icing.  So I have recruited some little friends of mine to see if the Meringue powder will pass the kid test. When I showed up the cookies and icing supplies, the kids were elated! I pulled up the bar stools, set out a couple paper towels (like that was going to make any less cleaning difference or hurt the protect the granite) and they were frosting focussed! LOL! They had a blast decorating their halloween cookies and the icing worked out perfectly.  However, I wasn’t happy with the flavor of the frosting. It just didn’t have  a natural flavor. But there wasn’t 5 egg yolks left over and seemed to be just a wee bit less of a mess. But Im still gonna vote strongly for the raw pasteurized eggs whites just on taste alone. I think it’s worth the mess and left over yolks and less expensive too! I always have just as much fun decorating cookies with the kids  – perhaps maybe more!

It’s a “Harry Potter” Halloween

Halloween always sneaks up on me every year. Probably because I don’t want Summer to end.  Yet, the air begins to get cooler and the leaves start to change fast. I wasn’t going to put up decorations these year because we’ve been so busy. However, my little friend Finn gave me grief about not being in the Halloween spirit.

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