Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies

Disclaimer: This recipe has been sponsored by Wilton as a member of their Sweet Treat Team. However, all opinions are my own.

As part of Wilton’s Sweet Treat Team, I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s blogger cookie swap! I was paired up with another Wilton blogger and asked to create cookies that represented their likes and personality. Now that my cookies have been received by that person, I can finally reveal that my Secret Santa was Carlos from The Man, The Chef, The Dad.

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Carlos and his son enjoy TMNT so I set out to create some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies that represent their favorite characters! I used this roll-out sugar cookie recipe and cut out a bunch of circle cookies. I’m not artistically-gifted so I chose to go more simplistic with these cookies by using circle cookies. However, if you wanted to create more detailed cookies, you could buy a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookie cutter.

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After the cookies were baked and cooled, I whipped up a batch of royal icing and started coloring it. When you do this, make sure that you cover the royal icing with a damp cloth because it dries out quickly! I had one damp cloth covering the large batch of white icing and then another cloth covering the decorating bags I had filled with colored icing.

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I outlined each cookie using stiff consistency icing and then flooded the inside with thin consistency. Although my outlines aren’t perfect, they turned out much better than if I had just slapped some icing on using a spatula. Make sure to let the royal icing dry 8-12 hours or overnight so that it can harden. Once the green layer has hardened, you can move on to decorating the cookies!

Once I had finished decorating the cookies, I packaged them up in clear treat bags and sent them off to Carlos! I hope him and his son love these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. After sugar cookies have cooled, prepare royal icing according to recipe on the side of meringue powder can.
  2. Prepare your icing colors. You'll need about 1 cup of kelly green. You'll need about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of each: no-taste red, violet, orange, and black.
  3. Take about 1/3 c. of thick kelly green icing and place in a disposable decorating bag with a coupler and tip No. 3. Follow the edge of each cookie and pipe to create an outline/dam.
  4. After all cookies have been outlined, thin your remaining kelly green icing by adding a little bit of water. Continue to add water, little by little. You have the right consistency when you pull icing up on a spoon and it runs back into itself within 10 seconds.
  5. With thin kelly green icing, flood the inside of each cookie. Allow to harden for 8-12 hours or overnight.
  6. Once green icing has completed hardened, you are ready to create their masks. Take about 1/3 of your thick black icing and place in a disposable decorating bag with a coupler and tip No. 3. Outline a black mask on each cookie, as well as a smile. Let dry for 10 minutes.
  7. With thin icing, flood the inside of each mask - alternate between orange, red, and violet.
  8. Allow cookies to dry for 3-4 hours before adding candy eyes. Place a small dot of royal icing on the back of each eye and push firmly to adhere.

Notes

All icing colors can be tinted at once. Be sure to cover the bowls or decorating bags with a damp cloth at all times to prevent the royal icing from drying out.

Leftover royal icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.

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Black Forest Pudding Shots

Disclaimer: This recipe has been sponsored by TheBar.com. However, all opinions are my own.

There are traditional holiday flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, and cranberry. I usually volunteer to bring dessert for holiday get-togethers and people are always expecting those flavors. That’s why I like to mix it up by bringing something unexpected, like Canadian nanaimo bars. These year I’m stepping it up with these boozy, Black Forest Pudding Shots.

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Have you ever had a black forest cake? The combination of chocolate and cherries is so unexpected and so well matched. This dessert is everything you love about Black Forest Cake in a boozy, pudding shot! The tart cherries and the sweet & silky chocolate pudding are a match made in heaven.

If you like other chocolate and fruit combinations (like raspberry + chocolate or pomegranate + chocolate) then you are going to love these Black Forest Pudding shots. Speaking of shots…you could make these kid-friendly by simply omitting the Bailey’s. Or for some extra cherry flavor, substitute it for tart cherry juice.

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Black Forest Pudding Shots

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.8 oz) pkg. Devil's Food instant pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 c. 2% or whole milk
  • 1/3 c. Bailey's Chocolate Cherry liqueur
  • 8 oz. tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until thick and smooth. Add in the Bailey's and whisk until mixture is free of lumps and well-combined. Fold in whipped topping and combine until well incorporated. Allow to chill in freezer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add a spoonful of cherry pie filling into the bottom of each shot glass.
  3. Place pudding mix into a ziploc bag and cut off the corner. Pipe pudding using a swirl motion into each shot glass, stopping about 1/2 inch from the rim of shot glass.
  4. Garnish each shot glass with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Notes

You could make these kid-friendly by simply omitting the Bailey's. Or for some extra cherry flavor, substitute it for tart cherry juice.

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Holiday Baking Essentials

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The holiday baking season is finally here! My fall semester wraps up next week and I have been busy completing group projects and writing papers. With that said, there’s no way I could miss out on the best baking season of the year! Christmas is my favorite time of year because I have 4+ weeks off from school and I love using that time to try out new recipes.

I have prepared a few holiday recipes and tutorials that I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks. Most of these are cookie recipes, simply because they are easy to make and who doesn’t love cookies? However, there is so much more to baking than just cookies! Below is a list of my must-have holiday baking essentials for cookies, cakes, and other holiday treats!

 

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer – I bought mine last year for Christmas and have been using it ever since. I love using my mixer for frostings, ice cream, and other recipes that need to be mixed for long periods of time. Oh, and don’t even get me started on how awesome it is that this machine can shred chicken within minutes. They are a bit pricey, but totally worth it and are often on sale during the holidays. In fact, Amazon is currently offering a $50 mail-in rebate on select mixers.

Holiday Cookbooks – every Christmas, I splurge on a couple of new cookbooks. This the season when I have 4+ weeks off from school and I love to use that time to test out new recipes. This year I purchased Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations, and Everyday by Bridget Edwards and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drumond. I read both of these blogs on a daily basis and I’m so excited to try some of their holiday recipes!

Wilton Decorating Tip Set – this is an absolute must-have for anyone who loves to bake! This set comes with 22 decorating tips and a storage case so that you never misplace a tip again! This set is perfect for all learning levels – whether you want to learn how to decorate cakes like a professional or just add a simple dollop of whipped cream to your holiday pies.

Silpat Mat – this silicone mat is reusable and is what I use for the majority of my baking. It washes up nicely and the silicone can withstand very high temperatures. I’ve used this mat for cookies as well as macarons, all of which turned out perfect!

Rolling Pin – you can’t exactly make sugar cookies or pie crust without a rolling pin! I have a few of these in my kitchen, both wooden and silicone.

Wilton Cookie Press – if you want to make those soft, buttery spritz cookies then you need this! This cookie press is durable and comes with lots of designs, including a christmas tree and snowflake for the holidays!

AirBake Cookie Sheets – another staple for cookies. Line this bad boy with parchment paper and you’re ready to go. These insulated pans make it nearly impossible to burn your cookies!

Other must-haves include: gel icing colors, meringue powder (for royal icing), the KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater attachment, a cookie scoop, and of course you can’t forget cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes!

What are your holiday baking essentials?
Do you own any of the items on my list?