Amandolin Kitchen

Cookies, cakes, candies, and other kitchen escapades

Turkey Cookies

Did you know that a group of turkeys is called a rafter?  Well now you do.  So here is a rafter of turkey cookies for some Thanksgiving friends.Turkey Cookies

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Roller Derby Cookies

These were for a very special Roller Derby gal I know.  Her derby name is “Bizzness”, and boy does she mean it!  Her team is Gem City, and the purple diamond is their logo.

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Cookie Giveaway Winner

Congrats to my cookie giveaway winner.  She requested some fall themed cookies to celebrate the changing of the seasons.  These were fun to do and I got to try out some new techniques.

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The oak leaves were done using a technique called brush embroidery.  The outline is piped, and before it drys paint brush is used to brush it in towards the center of the cookie.

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The maple leaves were done by swirling the red and yellow together with a toothpick.  Once dry, the veins were piped on to add more depth to the design.

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The acorns used a combination of both techniques.  A toothpick was used to swirl the lines on the hats, and brush embroidery on the bottom.

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Together they made for a very festive fall celebration.

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Happy Jack-O-Lanterns for October.

I just love how these smiling Jack-o-lanterns came out!  They seemed just the think for the begining of October.  The leaves are changing and the weather is cool, and the kids are wearing their Halloween costumes every day!

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

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It’s Giveaway Time!!

Everyone love free stuff!  And even better than free stuff, is free cake. Because you can eat it and don’t have to keep dusting around it.  So two lucky winners will get free goodies this week.

Ivory fondant chocolate roses cake

To enter the giveaway, you need to Like Amandolin Kitchen over on Facebook.  http://www.facebook.com/amandolinkitchenbakery

Then, come back here and leave a comment on this post that says you’ve liked my Facebook page, and something you’re celebrating in the next month (come on, dig deep people.  There is always something to celebrate.  I don’t mind if you’re reaching.  Friday is always a good reason for a party. If all else fails, use Halloween, but I’m not making you an all black cake.  That would take gobs of food coloring.)

Puppy Cookies

This time next week, I’ll use a random number generator to pick two numbers.  The comments that corresponds to the numbers generated will be the winners.  Winner #1 will receive an 8″ round cake decorated to the theme of your party/celebration.  Winner #2 will receive 2 dozen cookies, also decorated to the them of your party/celebration.

Roses and Ruffles side view

To be eligible for the giveaway, please be local to the Yellow Springs area, or able to arrange for pick up.

Good luck, friends!

 

UPDATE: The winners have been announced and contacted by e-mail.  Congratulations JoFrannye Reichart and Kendra Cipollini!

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Puppies!

These cookies were just begging to be made!  Done freehand on a round cookie, because I couldn’t find a cookie cutter to match my vision.  One of the funnest cookies I’ve done to date, and I’m thrilled with how they turned out.

Puppy Cookies

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Leaves and Sunflowers

No sooner had Labor Day come and gone then Fall was upon us.  Overnight the weather changed from scorching 90 degree days (I’m in Ohio, that’s hot for here!) to chilly mornings and cool evenings.  To me, nothing says fall like sunflowers.  So I made a few.

Happy Sunflowers

Fall also means beautiful leaves.  I took a different approach, and used ivory on ivory to give these cookies a subtle and elegant feel.

Elegant Fall Leaves

I love this time of year!

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Back to School Pot Luck

Last night was our annual back to school potluck at my kids elementary school.  Of course, I had to bring cookies.  I’d been dying to try out my new monkey, lion, and elephant cookie cutters, and this was the perfect opportunity.  I brought about three dozen (I didn’t have time to make more than that) and they were gone within minutes!  Next year I’ll start a little earlier and bring more.  There were several disappointed children who really wanted a cookie and they were gone by the time they got through the line.

Animal cookies for potluck

Not only did I get a lot of compliments on how cute they were, but a surprising number of people were astonished that they were really tasty too.  Maybe it shouldn’t surprise me, but it seems people expect them to either look good, or taste good, but not both.  Since I would never serve anything that I wouldn’t eat myself, I spent a lot of time developing my recipe so that it would be yummy, soft but not crumbly, and sturdy enough to hold up to the icing decorations.  It looks like I did a good job.

Monkeys

I had the most trouble with my monkey cookies.  The black icing was too thick, and that made it difficult to control, and you can see all the piping on their noses.  I’m getting better with every cookie though.

Lions

These lions were so much fun!  I loved giving them their furry manes.

Elephants

I am particularly happy with my elephants.  I loved doing the mendhi designs on their foreheads.  It was my first go at piping this type of design, and after a couple of learning cookies (which my children happily helped me dispose of) they turned out really well.  I have plans for a whole batch of cookies using this technique.

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Pink Daisy Cookies

These cookies were made as marketing gifts for some of the local coffee shops around town.  I had a very good reception, and developed several new leads.  I would love to get my cookies a permanent spot in some of the local establishments.

Daisy cookies

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Nana’s Favorite Flowers

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My Nana has always kept a windowsill full of African Violets.  They are always beautiful, and remind me of her when ever I see them.  These sweet violets in their terracotta pots were inspired by these by one of my favorite cookie bloggers, The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

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