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ANTIQUE PUMPKIN COOKIES/ Happy Halloween



Are you ready for the trick-or-treaters to come knocking at your door tomorrow night? Are you fortified with plenty of goodies for the little angels, goblins and super heroes?

I don’t know about you but Halloween brings back childhood memories. My three brothers and I lived in a small neighborhood with only 11 homes which translated into a huge haul of candy on Halloween night. The Moms would simply count the number of kids which never numbered more than 15, with no worry of running out of treats. Most neighbors gave large candy bars and the Harvey’s would give out three candy bars. It was chocolate heaven for me! My Mom would make up decorated bags stuffed with candy bars and Hershey Kisses. Mrs. Fritchman would hand out her homemade popcorn balls wrapped in colorful cellophane and ribbon. As I think back, how nice it was of her to make these special treats. Although, for me it fell short because it wasn’t chocolate! Tell me about your Halloween memories.

For those who love bling, I added some sparkle to this cookie. 


Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Orange with AmeriColor Orange, Wilton Ivory and Wilton Gold
Royal Icing for detail tinted Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Leaf Tip #67
Meringue Powder
Paintbrushes
CK White & Silver Sanding Sugar
Gold Luster Dust

Outline and pipe sections of pumpkin with #2 tip in orange icing.

Fill two sections of pumpkin with orange icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Fill three remaining sections with orange icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Pipe stem in brown icing.

Pipe leaves in brown icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth. 
Using a paintbrush apply to pumpkin.

Sprinkle with white or silver sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Using a paintbrush apply gold luster dust to leaves and stem.



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STRIPEY PUMPKIN COOKIES/ The Great Pumpkin



As Linus sits waiting, he says: "The Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerely as far as the eye can see."  
(Source:  "Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin" by Charles Shulz)

We all grew up watching the annual Peanuts Halloween TV special. We know all the lines and can even watch without the audio. It's a classic tale viewed by each generation and nowadays likely viewed with your own kids or grandchildren. Even as an adult, I watch every year. What about you?


This is the second design in the three-part pumpkin cookie series. The colors are the same as first cookie in the series, but here flood icing is used with the wet-on-wet technique to create a unique design.


Stripey Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red Orange with AmeriColor Orange, AmeriColor Red, AmeriColor Super Brown and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Toothpicks

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red orange icing.

Flood top third of cookie with red orange icing.

Flood bottom third of cookie with brown icing.

Flood middle of cookie with ivory icing.

Pull icing with toothpick to create design. Let dry 15 minutes.

Pipe stem with #2 tip in dark brown detail icing. Let dry overnight.


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PUMPKIN COOKIES/ October Fun



You’ve been waiting for October all year when we celebrate two big events. October signifies the last blast for the Boys of Summer culminating in the World Series. The matchup between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals has proven very competitive and entertaining. Can you believe the ending in the third game of the Series when an obstruction call allowed another run to score for St. Louis? What an exciting finish!  Which team are you routing for?

October also means Halloween. Costumes, scary yard decor, parties, candy and lots of fun are in vogue this month. By now the kiddies have their costumes and trick or treat bags, as they wait with great anticipation for the big night when they go door-to-door and gather oodles of goodies.

To kick off Halloween week, I’m posting three back-to-back Pumpkin Cookies using three unique designs. Today’s design is the first in the three-part pumpkin cookie series. It’s a traditional pumpkin where icing consistency creates distinct sections to give the pumpkin a realistic look.


Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for flooding tinted with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red Orange with AmeriColor Orange, AmeriColor Red, AmeriColor Super Brown and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown and Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Dark Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown
Royal Icing for detail tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Leaf Tip #67

Fill three sections of pumpkin with ivory icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Fill two remaining sections with ivory icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Pipe stem in dark brown detail icing.

Pipe leaves in green icing. Let dry overnight.

Hint: Use up-and-down motion to create elongated leaves.

Alternative Method:  Outline and pipe sections with #2 tip. Then fill in sections as above.

Decorate Orange and Brown Pumpkins in colors and manner described above.


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PREPPY CANDY CORN COOKIES/ A New Trend



Autumn has always been my favorite time of year a/k/a sweater weather. I love the browns, reds, oranges, greens and golds of the season and the colorful mums in the neighborhood gardens. Just after Labor Day bloggers begin posting fall themes. There are tons of pumpkin recipes for breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, cupcakes and even pumpkin cocktails. There are oodles of adorable Halloween crafts such as centerpieces, wreaths and costumes. Candy Corn is always a very hot topic even in cakes, cookie bars and fudge.

September is still summer in Northern Virginia so I wait until October to post my autumn themes. This is a fun cookie to decorate and to change things up a bit, I decorated these candy corn cookies in preppy pink and green. I may start a new trend, candy corn in all kinds of colors!


Preppy Candy Corn Cookies
Egg Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining, flooding and detail tinted Dark Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink and AmeriColor Red
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Star Tip #24


Before baking impress two lines on cookie with spatula.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in pink icing. Pipe lines to create three sections.

Flood middle section with pink icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Flood bottom section with green icing.

Flood top section with white icing. Let dry 30 minutes. 

Pipe edge of cookie with #24 star tip in pink detail icing. Let dry overnight.



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