I made these cookies for a friend's daughter's baby shower. Sweet Sugar Belle had a tutorial last year that used a balloon cutter instead of a ladybug cutter. I didn't have either of them, but re-purposing is always a good thing so I tried it out. The knot on the balloon makes a perfect place for the antennae, and I can re-use it next year for a certain someone's birthday party :-) I made the leaves with a heart cookie cutter and just cut the heart in half and re-shaped them a little bit.
My friend Delphine bought this "Homemade" cookie press for me, isn't it the cutest? Perfect for including a "signature" cookie with my creations. They were a big hit at the party (and an even bigger hit when I brought a couple left over ones home for Kevin :-)
I mean, Go 49ers! Actually, I don't even care, I just like to make cookies.
Isn't my little raven the coolest? Totally free-handed, not that I'm bragging ;-P Interesting that my raven is better than my oval for the SF pennant. Simple shapes require an exactness that I don't have.
I used two new tools in this week's cookie-making extravaganza.
The first was my new Joesph Joseph adjustable rolling pin that Kevin gave me for Christmas. Let me just tell you that this thing is The. Bomb.
I had been using square dowels from Home Depot as my thickness guide, and well, they were getting a little worn. (Splinter cookies, anyone?) Originally I wanted an adjustable dough board, but apparently they don't make them anymore, so he found me this contraption. The 1/4" setting is perfect for cookies, and there's even a 1/8 or a 1/16" for pie crust! (I guess that means I have to start making my own pie crust now, huh? Hmph.)
The other tool I used was a heat gun. Remember the cratering that I've been complaining about? Well, the Experts say that a heat gun helps with this problem, so I stole (acquired) Kevin's heat gun out of the garage. It did actually help some, though I did get a little cratering still on my dots, it wasn't nearly as bad as usual.
I also used the convection feature on my oven to see if I could bake two sheets of cookies at the same time and have them bake evenly. The answer is yes, but even though the oven adjusts the temperature for you, I found that I needed to adjust the time down as well to avoid over-cooking. The cookies are a little crunchy, but I learned something.
Hope everyone enjoys the game tomorrow! (okay, commercials. I mean, who really watches the game?? Did you see the one with the baby Clydesdale? awww...)