Fall Colored Sugar Cookie Idea

gfdfgSo this is done so much easier than you would actually think. The picture above is done with a sugar cookie recipe – so use your favorite or you can even use store bought in a pinch. Allow dough to go to room temperature so it is easy to work with. As shown above the dough was divided into four equal parts (green, burgundy, orange, yellow). Use food coloring (paste or powder – do not use liquid it will change the recipe too much) and color each separated chunk of dough with a different color. Take chunks of dough off of each separated color and put on parchment paper covered counter with flour. Push down and put different colored chunk next to it until you get a nice array of colors. Use rolling pin and make cookies the thickness you desire. push cookie cutters down and make cookie shapes. Squeeze remaining dough together and roll out. The more you roll the more the colors will me mottled but thos can be a sweet treat just for you.

Home Made Doggie Bisquits

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These are a healthier choice for your doggie -doggie treats bought from a store are usually sent here from a foreign country that has no standards for what is put into the treats. Home made allows you to know what has been put into the recipe to keep your doggie from having chemicals and unhealthy leftovers from the processing of animal meat.

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

Cookies Shaped Like Easter Baskets

150402_633368540010381_921416405_nUse your favorite sugar cookie recipe and divide cookie dough into at least four equal portions and use a separate food color to dye each section of dough.

Spray inside of mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Place a small amount of dough into each well and bake according to your sugar cookie recipes directions but watching to make sure they don’t burn.

When cookies are removed from oven and while cookies are still warm make an impression into them with your thumb to make the inside of the basket.

Be careful to make sure you are not putting your thumb into a cookie that is too hot so you don’t get burned. When cookie is completely cooled pipe icing into the cookie well after you have removed cookies from mini muffin pan.

Place jelly beans, M&M’s, chocolate chips etc into the icing.

Sprinkle coconut if you like around candies that were inserted. At the end use a section of string licorice to make a handle for the basket.

Great for parties, kids school functions including bake sales and can be placed on small plates around a party gathering to provide a sense of Easter decorations.

Bacon Cookies

Making cookies is always so much fun but at times it seems I really don’t want to roll dough, use cookie cutters and just do the same ole same ole which always makes such a mess.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar cookies recipe or pre made cookie dough works
  • Various food colorings coming close to maroon, beige and pink
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar dyed black (to look like pepper for the edges)
  • Meringue powder
  • Small paintbrush
  • Wooden skewers to fit the width of your cookie sheet
  • A cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

1.Use wooden skewers and put lengthways across the cookie sheet . This will give the cookies a realistic appearance.

2. Divide the cookie dough into 3 balls – two larger and one smaller. Dye the smaller dough ball a dark red. Dye one of the larger dough balls a beige color and dye the other large dough ball a pink red. Put the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Once your dough is cold, start building your block of dough. Since we want to cut these cookies, you want the side view to look like a slice of bacon.

3. Take the darkest color of dough and place it on some plastic wrap, and make some funky shapes with it. If you ever look at bacon and study the colors you will notice the darkest meat of the bacon is usually concentrated to one side. Then add some of the beige dough and the pink dough in the random layers. Then back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

4. Uncover the dough and  cut the rest of the slices. Cover the skewers with parchment paper. Lay the slices on the cookie sheet, on top of the dowels.

5. Bake your cookies according to your recipe’s instructions taking note that the thickness of your cookies can change the time frame you need to bake them for. Allow cookies to cool.

6. Use brown and black colored sugars (readily available in stores) and place in bowl. Use meringue powder slightly damped with water and brush the edge of each cookie and just touch the cookies edge to the sugar.

 

Piggy Bisquits

Makes about 20 piglets:
Dough:
400 g (13 1/2 oz) all purpose flour
1 package instant dry yeast
1 egg
2 dcl (7 oz) plain yogurt
1 dcl (3 1/2 oz) warm milk
a pinch of salt
Puffed or flaky dough:
150 g (5 1/2 oz)flour
100 g (3 1/2 oz)magarine (unsalted)
pinch of salt
Filling:
As much as you like: cheese(she used Gouda), tomato (pizza) sauce, oregano;
or something else you would like for filling
Wash:
Egg white to use as «adhesive»
Egg yolk and some milk to brush @ the end

First, make first dough by mixing all ingrediens, and let it rise in a warm place. In the meantime, make puff dough with second batch of ingredients, and then mix it into the risen dough (yes, mix’em together), and work it well on a floured surface. Roll the dough and with a round cookie cutter or something else cut out circles about 3 inches in diametar or desired size. Leave some dough for ears and noses 🙂

Make filling with cheese, tomato sauce (pizza sauce), and oregano. You can be creative and use different kinds of ingredients to make a filling of your own. You can also add ham, or salami, or vegetables.

Place half of circles onto baking sheet (aligned with parchment paper), brush edges with egg white wash. Put some filling in the middle, cover with other half of circles, and press the edges to assure nothing will come out while baking.

Remainder of the dough use to make smaller circles for nose, and for ears by cutting them into quarters. Use egg whites wash as «adhesive» for ears and nose. For nose make somewhat smaller circles. For eyes and nostrils use a toothpick to make little lines and then inside, put cumin, pepper or something similar.

Now that you have little piglets, let them rise again for a little while, and then brush them with a little bit of egg yolk wash mixed with a little bit of milk. Bake for about 20-25 min. @ about 385-405 F.

 

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