4/13/15

0 Create Texture to Your Sports Ball Cookies

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Think you need fondant to make this fabulous texture on these Soft Sugar Cookies?
Country Kitchen Sports Ball Cookie Cutter Texture Set

Think again.  You can use butter cream frosting and these texture sheets to create a cool texture to these sports themed cookies!


The process is very simple.

1. Frost your baked and cooled sugar cookies using this method with butter cream icing.

Cover and let dry overnight.  I love these plastic covers that fit my baking sheets!



2. Use a clean, dry template and line it up with your cookie.


3.  Using gentle pressure with your fingertips, smooth the template onto the cookie.

4. Carefully lift the template.  If the template sticks to your icing, it is not dry enough.  The best type of butter cream recipe is one that uses milk or water. This is also known as a "self crusting" icing.


5.  Smooth the edges of your cookie with a clean, dry fingertip.

I love how soccer, basketball, and volley ball turned out.  Not so much on the baseball...seems like the lines are a little too close together.


The football turned out great! It paired really well with the jersey and helmet cookie.


The template package includes a tennis ball, but I prefer this design and EASY method of making the curved white lines. 


I like the #8 pool ball, but my first experience in making black frosting ended up tasting very bitter.  I'll need to do some research on making a great tasting black frosting.

Happy Baking!

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4/6/15

0 KA Flex Edge Beater Review: A Useful Kitchen Tool


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Have you tried this cool kitchen tool?
It is a paddle scraper designed for a Kitchen Aid mixer.
I had a Christmas gift card and decided to splurge.  I'm so glad I did!
It is technically called a KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater, but I call it a "paddle scraper."
Let's put it to the test on some room temperature butter, which will become my go to buttercream frosting for soft sugar cookies.


As you can see, it scrapes the sides pretty well.  Not perfectly clean, mind you, but clean enough that I don't have to stop the mixer, tilt the head back, dig a rubber spatula down all the sides and repeat the process throughout the recipe.

It even does a fair job of keeping ingredients from piling up on the "dimple" in the bottom of the mixing bowl!  I''m pretty thrilled about that.

I have been consistently using this paddle scraper for all my cookies, cakes and frostings, all with great results. 


I would NOT recommend putting this tool in the dishwasher, although it states on the box that it is dishwasher safe. The surface of my original KA paddle began bubbling and pieces of the white coating began breaking off. Not good.

To qualify as one of my Cool Kitchen Tools, it must:

~ Must be comfortable/easy to use  YES
~ Easy to store   YES
~ Easy to clean  YES - hand wash only
~ Does it serve more than one purpose? No, but mixes more than one type of recipe
~ Good quality for the price; durable YES - I paid less than $25
~ Use often YES

My next Kitchen Aid Flex Edge beater will be for my 7 qt. mixer.  I can't wait for it to go on sale!
Check out Flex Edge Beaters in Various Sizes


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