Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply {Giveaway Closed}

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If you’ve been around Glorious Treats more than a few minutes you’ve likely noticed I love pretty props and baking supplies!

Pretty cupcake liners… love them!  Sprinkles… must have them!  Paper straws…. obsessed!

One of my favorite shops to find all of the pretty supplies I love is Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply.

From pretty packaging and specialty cupcake liners to baking basics like food coloring and piping tips… Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply has you covered!

I often browse through the pretty on-line shop just for a bit of inspiration!

Just look at all of these pretty things…

Baking Supplies Giveaway! - glorioustreats.com

In addition to providing eye candy for today’s post… Sweet Estelle’s has set aside a $50 shop credit for one lucky Glorious Treats reader, yay!!

Would you like to win?

To Enter -  (giveaway closed)

Simply leave a comment below with what you’d love to pick out from Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply if you won.

And if you love pretty and sweet things (like I do!) be sure you’re following Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply on Facebook, and Glorious Treats on Facebook.

 

Details – One entry per person.  Giveaway open to U.S. residents.  Prize provided by Sweet Estelle’s Baking Supply.  Winner will be chosen using Random.org.  Giveaway ends Thursday, Jan 23rd, 9pm Pacific.

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Winner- Comment #29, Veronica!

Modern Baby Cookies

Modern Baby Cookies - by Glorious Treats

I’ve made a LOT of baby shower cookies over the years, but it’s always fun to play with new designs or different color schemes.  These Modern Baby Cookies were designed for a sweet blogging friend, Jamie of My Baking Addiction.  Jamie is due any day with her first baby, a sweet little girl!

Today I’m joining with a group of Jamie’s blogging friends and we’re surprising her with a Virtual Baby Shower!  Surprise! =)

Each of the “virtual” shower guest (listed at the end of the post) were asked to make a baked good, in honor of all of the amazing baking projects Jamie shares on her blog.  I got the inside scoop on the colors Jamie is using for the baby’s room and had fun decorating this set of cookies with white, gray, aqua, coral and yellow.

This was such a fun color scheme and would actually work perfectly for a boy or girl!  I kept many of the designs simple and modern, but added a few “girly” touches by added bows and plenty of sanding sugar.

Modern Baby Cookies - by Glorious Treats

Ready to decorate cookies?

To make these Modern Baby Cookies you’ll need…

A batch of Sugar Cookies (I added a 1 tsp. of fresh orange zest and 1/2 tsp. almond extract in addition to the base recipe).

A batch of Royal Icing (color notes below).

Cookie Cutters – I used a baby onesie, bow, small cupcake, scalloped square.

I don’t have a full step-by-step tutorial for these, but you can see the first layer for each design here…

Baby Cookies Decorating Tutorial - by Glorious Treats

(Please excuse the late night photo!)

Decorating Notes -

Colors – (all colors are Americolor brand gels)  Aqua blue (sky blue + turquoise)  Coral/Orange (orange + peach + red red)  Yellow (lemon yellow + egg yellow)  Grey (black)

For the bows – I outlined and then immediately flooded the full cookie, then allowed it to dry completely (overnight).  Once dry, I outlined the cookie with piping consistency, as well as added icing where the knot of the bow would be.  Once outlined, immediately sprinkle with white sanding sugar.  Use a clean, dry paintbrush to brush off any excess sugar.

For the scalloped squares (centerpiece cookies)-I outlined the cookies in aqua blue, let that set up a bit (30 minutes or more), then flooded the cookie in white.  Allow the white icing to dry completely (4+ hours or overnight).  Once the cookie was dry I added the lines of color (using a PME 1.5 tip).  Allow the lines to dry (at least 30 minutes) then I added the dots a few at a time, with none touching.  Allow these details to dry (1+ hour), then I added grey dots and immediately sprinkled the area with white sanding sugar.  For the initial (E) I piped the letter, then immediately covered with white sanding sugar.

For each cookie that has two colors side by side (the onesies and cupcakes) I flooded one area, then let it set up a bit before adding the adjoining color.

Modern Baby Shower Cookies - by Glorious Treats

These Modern Baby Cookies are just one of the pretty baked items made in honor of Jamie.  Please visit each of the other blogger’s contributions below…

Jamie's Virtual Baby Shower

Amber from Bluebonnets & Brownies | Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes
Julie from The Little Kitchen | Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes
Jen from My Kitchen Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cookies
Shaina from Food for My Family | Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses
Glory from Glorious Treats | Modern decorated cookies (you’re here!)
Cheryl from TidyMom | Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
Katie from Good Life {Eats} | Raspberry Hibiscus Soda
Aimee from SimpleBites | How to freeze a big batch of homemade waffles
Amanda from I am Baker | Heath Bar Cake
Steph from Steph Chows | PB oatmeal cookies
Allison from Some the Wiser | Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Megan from Stetted | Strawberry Jalapeno Palmiers
Shelly from Cookies & Cups | Bacon Cheddar Scones
Emily from Jelly Toast | Meyer Lemon Scones
Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Samoa Layer Cake

Congratulations Jamie!!

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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These Flourless Chocolate Cookies are so rich, fudgy and delicious you’d never know they’re gluten free and dairy free!

I was recently looking at the website of a very nice, local bakery and noticed they listed their ”Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies” as their best selling treat.  Although the bakery’s site doesn’t list the exact recipe, it does say that the cookies contain “sugar, cocoa, egg whites and walnuts”.  I’ve seen similar recipes before and thought that if this was the bakery’s top seller, they must be really good!  I easily found a recipe (linked in the recipe below) that looked just the same and I thought it was worth a try.   Now I understand why these would be such a hit at the bakery… they’re delicious!!

These cookies are a great option for those on a gluten free or dairy free diet… but they’re so good, anyone would love them!  The cookies have a very delicate texture, and are wonderfully crisp and chewy.  They are so chocolaty that just 1 or 2 cookies are quite satisfying.

You’ll want to make a batch of these delicious cookies soon!

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies

These cookies have a delicate crispy and chewy texture and are packed with chocolate flavor!

Yield: 20-22 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups finely chopped walnuts

4 egg whites

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Chop walnuts, then lay on a baking sheet and bake in a (preheated) 350*F oven for 6 minutes. Allow to cool.
2. Prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or a Silpat type liner, and set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or use an electric hand mixer) beat egg whites until they are well combined, white and foamy, but are not stiff (about 2 minutes on medium-low speed). Add vanilla.
4. In a medium bowl combine the powdered sugar, cocoa, salt, walnuts and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
5. Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the bowl of beaten egg whites and stir with a spatula just until well combined. The batter will look similar to a brownie batter.
6. Use a 2 tablespoon sized cookie scoop to scoop mounds of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Space the batter several inches apart (6 cookies per baking sheet).
7. Bake cookies in a (preheated) 350* oven for 12-13 minutes, until the cookies are puffed, shiny and cracked. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet at least 3-5 minutes. When the cookies have cooled, pull up one end of the parchment paper or Silpat and gently peel the liner off of each cookie. Move the cookies to a cooling rack.

Recipe Source - Adjusted from Epicurious (originally by Francois Payard)

Notes- If you are baking these cookies for someone on a strict gluten free diet, please check the packaging of the chocolate chips to make sure there are no gluten ingredients.

If you are baking these for someone on a dairy free diet you can omit the chocolate chips, or use a dairy free option.

If you do not care for nuts, I'm sure they can be omitted, but the texture of these cookies is so delicate I think the walnuts add a really nice element of texture.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies!  Rich, Fudgy and so delicious!  glorioustreats.com

I have lots of fun plans for blog posts in 2014 and I’m looking forward to doing some traveling with my book, Glorious Layered Desserts.

If you have any special requests for things you’d like to see more of this year, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Happy New Year and Happy Baking!!

Merry Christmas 2013

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Our Christmas tree is decorated, my girls are on school break and I have lots of butter and sugar in the kitchen waiting for me to make Christmas goodies!

I’ll be stepping away from the computer for the reminder of the year to enjoy this precious time with family and friends.

If you are still looking for some Christmas ideas, feel free to browse my Christmas posts (here).

I have lots of ideas for fun (and delicious) blog posts for the coming year, but if you have any special requests for things you’d love to see, please feel free to leave a comment below.

I am truly thankful to each of you who read this blog, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, send sweet e-mails, leave comments, and share my recipes with your family and friends.  Thank you!!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

 

“But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:10-11

Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists

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These Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists are an easy and delicious little treat that comes together quickly and are simply delicious!

These pretty little twists could be served as an appetizer, as a brunch item with coffee, or serve them along side a bowl of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for a fancy (but super easy!) dessert.

The recipe starts with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry and just a few simple ingredients, but you’ll be surprised how delicious and versatile they are!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists

Cinnamon, Sugar and Pecans transform puff pastry into a delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

2 sheets (1 package) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
1 egg
1 Tablespoon water
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans

powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

1.) Thaw puff pastry sheets according to package directions (about 40 minutes).
2.) Preheat oven to 400*F
3.) Gently unfold the pastry sheets onto a floured work surface.
4.) In a small bowl beat the egg and water with a fork until combined. Brush one sheet of the pastry with the egg wash.
5.) Combine the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto the pastry that has just had the egg wash added.
6.) Add the chopped pecans, then another tablespoon of cinnamon sugar, try to distribute evenly all over the pastry sheet.
7.) Brush the second sheet of puff pastry with egg wash, then put the egg side down on top of the pecan/cinnamon/sugar pastry. Use a rolling pin to roll on top of the pastry sheets and seal the two sheets together.
7.) Use a pizza cutter to slice the pastry into strips about 1 inch wide. You can make short strips (as pictured) or long (full sheet) size.
8.) Move the strips to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and twist twice, then press the ends down onto the baking sheet.
9.) Gently brush the twists with egg wash and top with the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
10.) Bake one baking sheet at a time in a pre-heated 400*F oven for about 10-12 minutes. When they are golden brown and puffy (after 10-12 minutes), remove from oven and use tongs to flip over the twists, then return to the oven for another 2 minutes or so.
11.) Allow to cool slightly, then enjoy!
Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

These twists could be served as an appetizer, as a brunch item with coffee, or with a bowl of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for dessert.

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How to make Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists ~

1. )  Thaw pastry as directed on the box (about 40 minutes) and carefully unfold onto a floured work surface.

2.)  Brush one pastry with egg wash (as directed in recipe), then add a layer of cinnamon-sugar, pecans, and more cinnamon-sugar.

3.)  Add egg wash to the second puff pastry sheet, and put the egg side down on top of the cinnamon-sugar pastry.  Roll on top with a rolling pin to seal the two pastry sheets together.  Cut into strips with a pizza cutter.

4.)  Twist strips and press down ends onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Gently brush with egg wash and add more cinnamon-sugar.  Bake as directed in recipe (above).

 

Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists - glorioustreats.com

I created this recipe as part of my ongoing work for Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry as a member of their “Puff is Spark” panel.

Last month I shared these Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites and asked you to share your ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Over the next several months I’ll be bringing you a delicious and creative recipes using Puff Pastry and choosing my “top pick” from your suggestions from the previous month.  In the spring, I will chose my favorite from the highlighted “top picks” and that reader will win a grand prize trip to travel to the Pepperidge Farm Headquarters!

My top pick from last month’s suggestions is from Rena, who said… “I love to make deli roll- layer turkey, corn beef, and pastrami with mayo and mustard on a sheet of puff pastry and roll up, brush with egg and bake!  The deli makes a beautiful swirl pattern inside and its a real crowd-pleaser!”

So here’s your opportunity to chime in and share your original ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog post.