Surfboard and Wave Cookies

Surfboard and Wave Decorated Cookies - by Glorious Treats

A good friend recently asked if I’d make some fun Surfboard and Wave Cookies for a baby (boy) shower she was hosting.  I love making special treats for friends, and I rarely get to make things for boy parties so this was a perfect request!

My friend got to work on lots of “beachy” decorations for the party, including 8 foot tall (Styrofoam) surfboards, and I started planning the cookies!

I’ve made lots of beach and luau themed cookies before (shell, sunshinebeach scene, flip flops and grass skirts), but I was looking forward to trying a few new designs!

For the surfboards I did a little looking on-line at photos of vintage style longboards, and sketched out a few ideas.  Then I just played around with different variations, trying to make each cookie a bit unique.  They were really a lot of fun!

Surfboard Cookies - by Glorious Treats

I knew I wanted to include some water or wave cookies and I remembered the most amazing and perfect wave design I had seen by Kelley Hart Custom Cookies.  I contacted Kelley and asked if I could recreate her design and she graciously agreed!   As a side note, Kelley does take order for her beautiful cookies, so be sure to bookmark her blog and facebook page.

This wave design is so fun and quite simple for the great effect!

Wave Cookies Tutorial - by Glorious Treats

Let’s decorate!

You’ll need a batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe, and a batch of Royal Icing.

Prepare three colors of icing, blue (I used Americolor sky blue and royal blue), blue-turquoise (I used some of the blue icing and a drop of Americolor turquoise), and white.

Thin each color to a medium/flood consistency, something similar to the consistency of shampoo (about a 15-20 second icing).

Directions as pictured above…

1.  Use a food color marker (such as Foodoodler) in a light color (I used yellow) to draw a wave shape (I just eyeballed it, but feel free to make a paper template if you like).

2.  Start with the blue icing and fill in a section of the wave (as shown), leaving  a jagged edge where the next color will meet up.

3.  Fill in with the blue-turquoise icing, again, leaving a jagged edge (as shown).

4.  Fill in the top of the wave with white icing.

5.  Drag a toothpick from the blue section all the way to the white, then repeat several times (without cleaning off the toothpick).  Blend the colors as much as desired.

To complete cookie, sprinkle some white non-pareils sprinkles mostly onto the white section (while the icing is still wet).

Allow icing to dry (6-8 hours) before packaging.

Wave and Surfboard Cookies - by Glorious Treats

Shopping notes - The surfboard cookie cutter is available from Country Kitchen Sweet Art, and the swim shorts cutter is available from Country Kitchen Sweet Art or  Karen’s Cookies.  The oval cutter for the wave cookies was a simple circle cutter that I smashed until it was the shape I wanted.

I hope you get to spend some time near a beach this summer… but if not, you can bring the beach to you!

Happy Decorating!

12 Creative 4th of July Desserts

12 Creative 4th of July Desserts - by glorioustreats.com

Summer is in full swing at our house, and we’re gearing up for some fun 4th of July celebrations this week!

Whether you’ll be picnicking, traveling to visit friends or family, or celebrating with a backyard BBQ, I’ve compiled a collection of 12 creative 4th of July desserts perfect for any setting.  From quick and easy snacks, to a show stopping cake, I think you’ll find something sweet to complete your holiday menu.

For each treat, click on the image itself, or the title below the image to go to the full post related to that dessert.

(All images and desserts by Glorious Treats)

4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar - glorioustreats.com

4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar

 

4th of July Decorated Cookies - glorioustreats.com

4th of July Decorated Cookies

 

Summer Berry Tart - glorioustreats.com

Summer Berry Tart

 

Watermelon Decorated Cookies - glorioustreats.com

Watermelon Decorated Cookies

 

4th of July Snack Mix - by glorioustreats.com

4th of July Snack Mix

 

Watermelon Krispie Treats - by Glorious Treats

Watermelon Krispie Treats

 

4th of July Jello - by Glorious Treats

4th of July Jello

 

Apple Pie in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

Apple Pie in a Jar

 

4th of July Star Cookies - by Glorious Treats

4th of July Star Cookies

 

Mini Berry Trifle - by Glorious Treats

Mini Berry Cheesecake Trifle

 

4th of July Cupcakes - by Glorious Treats

4th of July Cupcakes

 

4th of July Flag Cake (with full tutorial) - glorioustreats.com

4th of July Flag Cake

 

Do you see a treat you you’d like to add to your 4th of July celebration?

Happy Independence Day America!  (And have a great week friends around the world!)

Apple Pie in a Jar

Apple Pie in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

As we head into the weekend, I imagine many of your are thinking of fun 4th of July celebrations for next week!

This delicious and cute Apple Pie in a Jar just might be the perfect treat to add to your picnic or BBQ menu.

These classic little pies start with a buttery pastry crust, are packed with sweet and tart cinnamon apples, and then topped with a delicious crumb topping.

These little pies in jars are perfect to pack up and take along with you to any 4th of July celebration.

If you’d like, you could certainly use this same recipe to make one large pie (I have in the past and it’s always a hit).

Apple Pie in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

Add some extra special details to the pies with red, white and blue bakers twine (from Shop Sweet Lulu), and wooden spoons (from Shop Sweet Lulu).

Top the pies with custom labels and flags, which are both a free printable designed by Loralee Lewis and available through Layla Grayce HERE (link to printables is at the very end of the post).

How to Make Apple Pie in a Jar - by glorioustreats.com

Supplies and Assembly

Supplies-

6, 1/2 pint wide mouth canning jars (usually available from Wal-Mart, or your local grocery store)

1- Pastry pie crust (1 sheet, or recipe for 1 crust)

Assembly (as pictured above)-

1.  Thaw the pie crust (if using frozen), or prepare pie crust.  Please note, frozen pie crust sheets usually need to thaw several hours.

2.  Use the ring from the lid of the jars to cut 6 circles of dough.  Place one circle of dough into the bottom of each jar and use your fingers to press the dough into the bottom of the jar and up the sides a bit.

3.  Fill jars with cinnamon apple pie filling (following recipe below).  Pack the apples in as tight as you can.  The apples will shrink down a lot during baking.

4.  Top cinnamon apples with 2-3 tablespoons crumb topping, pressing down a bit, as needed.

5.  Bake as directed in the recipe below.

*Note, you may notice I have 7 jars shown in the how-to photos above, but I found the apples shrunk down so much in baking that packing the apples into 6 jars produced a prettier final pie.  The images shown in this post of the finished pies were from a batch that was divided into 6 jars.

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Crumb Topped (Dutch) Apple Pie

A delicious classic crumb topped apple pie, perfect as a standard sized pie, or made for easy serving and travel in small jars.

Yield: 1 large (9") pie, or 6 (1/2 pint) jars

Ingredients:

1 sheet of prepared pie crust dough (available in the freezer section of the grocery store), or one recipe pastry pie crust

Pie filling
4 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith), peeled and chopped (about 5 1/2 cups chopped)
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)

Topping
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup Challenge butter, at room temperature

Directions:

Directions-

1. Thaw the pie crust (if using frozen), or prepare pie crust. Please note, frozen pie crust sheets usually need to thaw several hours.

2. Preheat oven to 375*F.

3. Use the ring from the lid of the jars to cut 6 circles of dough. Place one circle of dough into the bottom of each jar and use your fingers to press the dough into the bottom of the jar and up the sides a bit.

4. Peel and chop apples and place in a large bowl.

5. Add lemon juice and toss to coat well.

6. Add both sugars, flour and spices and stir to fully coat apples.

7. Scoop apples into the prepared jars, pressing the apples in as tightly as possible. Divide the apples between the 6 jars.

8. Prepare the crumb topping by combining all ingredients and mixing together with a pastry blender, or fork until the butter is in small pieces and the mixture is crumbly, yet well combined.

9. Top each jar of apples with a generous portion of crumb topping, pressing down a bit as needed. The apples will cook down quite a bit while baking, so you want to start with full jars.

10. Bake the jars on a large baking sheet (because the pies will likely bubble over a bit while baking). Bake 35 minutes at 375*F.

11. Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.

Serve as is, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Recipe Source- Glorious Treats

The pies may be made up to two days in advance. Keep covered and in the refrigerator when storing for more than 1 day. Serve at room temperature, or heat for 20-30 seconds in the microwave before serving.

Apple Pie in a Jar - by Glorious Treats

Earlier this week I shared this recipe on Layla Grayce, as part of an interview post (about me) by the talented Kate Landers.   Head on over to the Layla Grayce blog if you’d like to learn a bit more about the lady behind all these sweets (me!).

 

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4th of July Snack Mix

4th of July Snack Mix - by glorioustreats.com

With the 4th of July fast approaching, I thought I’d share a quick and easy 4th of July Snack Mix perfect for feeding a crowd.

Earlier this year I made a very similar snack mix for Valentine’s Day, but this mix can be easily adapted for most any holiday or occasion.  This yummy mix can be customized to include most any snacks you love, from pretzels to popcorn to chocolate candies.  Combining sweet and salty snacks makes this an irresistible treat.

Mix up a big bowl of this 4th of July Snack Mix and just watch how fast it disappears!  Even as I was preparing these photos, I noticed my mix was disappearing bit by bit each time one of my kiddos (or hubby) walked by.

Fill small treat bags with this colorful snack mix for a perfect 4th of July party favor.

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4th of July Snack Mix

Mix and match your favorite sweet and crunchy snacks to create a delicious mix!

Ingredients:

(mix options)
mini pretzels
popcorn (air-popped)
cereal (chex, cherrios, or your choice)
peanuts (or a nut of your choice)
M&Ms or other candies
sprinkles

white chocolate or white candy melts

Directions:

In a large roasting pan, or large casserole dish, mix all ingredients except the M&M's, sprinkles, and candy melts. Do not over fill your dish, you will need room to toss the ingredients together.

Melt white chocolate (or candy melts) in a microwave safe dish (at 50% power) in 30 second intervals until almost melted. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the dish of snacks. Mix as needed to coat. It's up to you if you want the mix to be totally coated, or lightly coated (depending on the amount of melted chocolate you use). As soon as you've mix up the snack mix, but the coating is still warm and melty, add sprinkles of your choice, and M&M's to the mix. Stir to combine.

Spread the snack mixture out onto a baking sheet (or two if needed). Allow to cool, then break apart as needed.
If desired, add some of the melted white chocolate to a small plastic piping bag (or small ziplock bag), snip off the end and drizzle over the mix, then allow the chocolate to set before packaging up the mixture.

Store snack mix in an airtight bag or container.

Snack mix with popcorn in it will remain fresh tasting about 2-3 days, and a bit longer without popcorn.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

Notes- For the mixture pictured, I used mini pretzels, corn chex, popcorn, white chocolate, sprinkles and M&M's

I have not listed quantities because it's really up to you how much you want to make, or what ingredients you have on hand.

All American Snack Mix - by glorioustreats.com

Looking for more 4th of July treats?

Here are a few of my favorites…

4th of July Flag Cake

4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar

Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Trifles

4th of July Star Cookies

I have even more 4th of July treats and ideas gathered from around the web on my 4th of July Pinterest board.

Prop note- Blue polka-dot snack cups from Shop Sweet Lulu

Blue and White Party

Blue and white party display {and easy menu ideas for entertaining at home} from glorioustreats.com

I recently had a few friends over for a special lunch.  Of course I always like to add some pretty details when I’m hosting a party, even if the “party” is only 4 friends.

For this lunch, I went with a menu and decorations that could easily work for many different occasions… a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday, graduation, or most any gathering of friends.  You’ll also notice that I used the same general display techniques that I use for my dessert tables, but with “real” food.

Decorations ~

When planning the lunch I chose a pretty color scheme of various blues and white (my favorite colors).  I made a fun polka-dot paper garland (tutorial coming soon) as a cute, yet simple way to set off the food table.

I almost always like to include fresh flowers on my tables.  I love flowers so much and I think they add great color, texture and life to any display.   For this table I chose all white flowers (daisy mums, gerbera daisies and button asters).  My favorite places to pick up fresh, yet inexpensive flowers is Trader Joe’s or Costco.    Certainly, if you want something very specific and don’t want to drive around to more that one store to find things, placing an order with a florist would be a sure bet.

Menu ~

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on croissants

Fresh fruit in small bowls

Pasta salad

Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella and tomato slices with fresh chopped basil, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dress with salt and pepper)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (here’s my post on How to Frost Cupcakes)

Easy party menu ideas {with a pretty blue and white party} from glorioustreats.com

 

Caprese Salad {and more easy entertaining recipes} from glorioustreats.com

Summer is the perfect time to make a fresh and delicious Caprese salad (ingredients listed in menu above).

Mini Fresh Fruit Salad {and more easy entertaining menu ideas} from glorioustreats.com

I like to serve fruit salad in individual bowl as a way to make it easy to grab, and a little extra special.

Cupcakes and flowers {part of a pretty blue and white party} from glorioustreats.com

I often use this same menu for baby showers, birthday’s or any moderate sized home party.  It’s simple, yet beautiful and delicious.

Is there a certain dish or menu you almost always turn to when hosting a party?

Props ~

Blue single cupcake stand (with dome) - Rosanna

Mini bowls (holding fruit) - Anthropologie

White and blue cake stands (holding cupcakes and sandwiches) - Target (Christmas 2012)

Blue cupcake liners – Confectionery House

Blue vases/jars – Hobby Lobby (vases) and (jars) Ebay (similar available from Shop Sweet Lulu).

Flowers (from Trader Joes) gerbera daisies, daisy mums, button asters.