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A BFA Painting and Drawing graduate gone cookie designer and decorator.  I bring my knowledge of art, composition, and color to pastries to create the perfect cookies and cakes for your events or occasions.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Pastries

A few months ago Justin was out of town, and I wanted to surprise him with something special that would really be something just for him.  Justin eats Maple Cinnamon Pop Tarts every morning, and I thought the perfect thing would be to make him a homemade version with all natural ingredients..  I also have to admit, I used to love those pop tarts, but they have gelatin in them so I haven't eaten them since I was a kid.  So I also really wanted to taste a "pop tart" again!  So of course I made them gluten free.  Making these was a little time consuming for 8 pop tarts...but they were absolutely delicious!  Bursting with real maple syrup flavor and warmth from the cinnamon.  And most importantly, he absolutely loved them!

Also sorry I've been on a bit of a hiatus...I actually had surgery to fix the tendinitis in my wrist that started back when I was a full time decorator so my hand has been a little out of commission for a few weeks leading up to it and after.

Homemade Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Pastries
Recipe adapted from Back to the Cutting Board, made gluten free by Jesicakes
Makes about 8 tarts
Pastry Ingredients
- 2/3 brown rice flour
- 2/3 sorghum flour
- 1/3 tapioca flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
- 3 Tbsp shortening, chilled
- 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
- 6-8 Tbsp ice water
- 1 egg
Maple Cinnamon Filling Ingredients
- 1/2 cup maple or light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 - 2 tsp cinnamon
Maple Icing Ingredients
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Doctor Who Cookies

I am a huge fan of anything scifi/fantasy...so it's pretty much a given that I'm a huge Doctor Who fan.  I posted this photo a few months ago in a post about a few events I did.  I did these for fun do I didn't really do a tutorial but I did do vine's for them!  So I figured I would post my vine's which while not the same as a tutorial, do show my decorating process and give a little bit of an explanation on how planning and executing more complicated cookies works.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Go-to: Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookies

Before the new year, I posted in my opinion, the best chocolate sugar cookie recipe.  It is my go-to for chocolate dough, and while I love how the colors pop off the darker base, sometimes I also crave the classic sugar dough taste.  I have been working on getting this recipe just right, since it's such a staple for my decorating, and I think I finally got it!  Easy to roll out, cut easily, hold their shape...everything you want from a cookie you're going to decorate.

Go-to Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookies
Recipe a Jesicakes Original
Makes about 2 dozen 4" cookies
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Ingredients
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 2/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1/3 cup white rice flour
- 3/4 tsp xanthan gum

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Go-To Gluten Free Pie Crust

Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit pies.  Especially fruits like peaches or berries which are in season.  I have to admit, I was intimidated by the idea of making a pie crust gluten free.  Pie crust can be very unforgiving.  There's a lot that can go wrong, and it typically doesn't like to be rerolled if you mess up.  But intimidation is not a good enough deterrent!  Too my surprise this turned out great on the first try!  Just a hint of sweetness, flaky, buttery but not oily, crispy edges yet not dry.  It's the best all-purpose gluten free pie crust - great for sweet pie or for more savory I'd just leave out the sugar.  It's also very easy to work with and roll out.  So go pick up some fresh summer fruit and this will be your go-to pie crust!

Go-To Gluten Free Pie Crust
Recipe a Jesicakes Original
Makes a double pie crust
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Ingredients
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks, cold, cut into pieces)
- 3 Tbsp shortening (1.5oz)
- 5 Tbsp ice water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Fun Cookies Decorating Tutorial

I love making decorative cookies that are bright and fun, and summer is the perfect time to make them!  If you remember my ocean cookies you may remember the starfish, sailboats, and seashells, but this time I wanted to amp up the color even more.  What more perfect cookies to do to celebrate summer than brightly colored beach themed cookies?

Summer Beach Cookies
Decorating level: Easy-Medium
Concept, design, and execution by Jesika Rose

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Go-to Chocolate Chip Cookies (Revised!) plus a Coconut Variation!




Almost two years ago, I posted my Best Ever Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Recently, I decided to see if I could revise the recipe and make it even better!  I changed some of the ratios a bit, added a secret ingredient or two, and although I didn't think it was possible, this version is even better than my original!  While I was at it, I also made a variation that included organic coconut flakes and more dark chocolate.  While the first version was good, this version is sure to be your go-to gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Go-to Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe a Jesicakes Original
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
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Ingredients
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulate sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla, gluten free
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup white rice flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup chopped 60% or 70% cocoa chocolate

Saturday, June 8, 2013

How to: Make Character Cookies

A month ago was my Grandma's 90th birthday, and to celebrate my family all went to dinner.  I made these cookies to go on the place settings when everyone was seated.  My Grandma loves Tweety so we went with him for the cookies.  Decorating cookies is what I specialize in...especially character cookies.  Once you learn how to do a basic character it's easy to take that idea and use it as a template for any other characters you do.  Especially animation characters with black outlines.  This tutorial is to show you how to do a basic character.  The more you decorate the more you'll learn how to break down a design and in what order to decorate it.  This tutorial will show you how to decorate Tweety, with general instructions that will apply to any cartoon character!

Tweety Bird Cookies
Decorating level: Medium
Concept and execution by Jesika Rose, Tweety Bird is a creation of Bob Clampett, Looney Tunes, and Warner Brothers.  I claim no ownership of his design and these cookies were for personal use only.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Sugar Dough Recipe or the gluten free regular sugar dough recipe of your choice.  I'll be posting a "regular" gluten free dough recipe in the next few weeks =)
  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • 4" Circle Cutter
  • 7 Decorating bags, couplers, tips, and rubber bands
  • Two #3 round tips
  • Four #2 round tips
  • Four #1 round tips
  • Toothpicks 
  • Edible Ink Food Safe Markers
  • Gel food coloring:
    • Sky Blue
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Orange
    • Black