Spring Chick Sugar Cookies

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 | Read the Rest

Sugar cookies decorated to look like little chicks or chickens using royal icing

One of the two cookies I made for Easter with the family were the Spring Chick sugar cookies. I used Betty Crocker’s sugar cookie package to get a head-start on them and to help ensure that they’d make it all the way through the decorating process. I used oval cookie cutters to cut out the shapes and learned a new technique to ensure that the cookies don’t stick to the counter or my fingers: lots and lots of flour…

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My Commitment to Easter Cookies

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 | Read the Rest

Photo of Sugar Cookies decorated like chicks and Easter grass with jelly beans

Throughout the year I’ve been incredibly busy with my web design business, Fourth Floor Interactive, and have subsequently neglected not only my Baking and Decorating website but actual baking and decorating as well. But this Easter, with a trip to my parents’ house and time spent with my family, I was determined to keep my laptop packed away and instead pull out my WIlton supplies to create some fun springtime cookies…

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Recipe: Royal Icing

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Friday, November 5th, 2010 | Read the Rest

This is a recipe for Royal Icing straight from one of my friends. Beth Rode Maurer. It includes ingredients, instructions and any further information that might help you recreate it.

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My Bloody Valentine Cake

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest

Needing to turn out a cake for a visit to my parent’s house, I turned towards another boxed cake mix. This time around, at the word of a family friend, I used a Pillsbury cake box mix and let me tell you – it is so much better for cake baking and decorating than Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. It was perfect. The crusts were slightly harder, which made decorating easier and the inside was wonderfully and perfectly moist. It was easy to decorate and delicious to eat. I will be using Pillsbury cake mixes from now on for all box mixes that I need to use.

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Recipe: Raspberry Filling

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest

This is a recipe for Raspberry Filling with as few ingredients and instructions as possible – super easy. It includes ingredients, instructions and any further information that might help you recreate it.

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Recipe: Buttercream Icing

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Read the Rest

This is a recipe for Buttercream Icing straight from the mouths of the decorating gods at Wilton. It includes ingredients, instructions and any further information that might help you recreate it.

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Melted Snowmen: The Finale

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 | Read the Rest

I finally finished my cookie decorating. This week got a little more hectic than planned and I had less time to play with my baking and decorating pieces in the evenings than I would liked. But I suppose, better late than never. Plus, while slightly-old cookies are still great to decorate, it makes them less tempting to devour them all after the decorating is done.

Check out the Melted Snowmen: The Beginning to see where our story is starting from and to get an idea of how to do the first portion of this project.

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Melted Snowmen: The Beginning

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 | Read the Rest

The other day I noticed the cutest cookies: sugar cookies with melted snowmen! Apparently this cookie idea has been all the rage this holiday season, just check out this Google search for melted snowman cookies. You’ll see a ton of way adorable half-melted snowmen.

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Nicht So Gute

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Saturday, January 9th, 2010 | Read the Rest

Tonight my husband and I had one of the most harrowing sessions our kitchen has seen since we moved in two years ago. We decided that we would bake together a Swartzwelder Kirsch Torte, which is German for Blackforest Cherry Cake and is what I remember as one of the most incredibly decadent cakes I have ever had.

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Fields of Yellow Roses

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Friday, January 8th, 2010 | Read the Rest

Okay, so maybe not ‘fields’ per say, but I did finish seven lovely yellow Wilton Roses per the Wilton Cake Decorating Book 1. I have to be honest, when I started the roses, making the triangle-esq shaped bud that goes under them, I really thought that I am simply not a flower-creator. They just were not looking correct. The book shows them to be beautiful cone-shaped things and mine looked more like the tips of baby bottles with a long snout at the top.

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