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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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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

When Justin and I lived in Philly, there were these brownies by BT Baking that were pretty much the greatest idea ever.  They were Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies.  What could be better than that?  Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies are pretty much the two ultimate comfort foods and combining them is simply bliss.  I always keep some chocolate chip cookies frozen in individual balls in the freezer for cookie emergencies, which is the easiest way to make the cookie brownies.  If you don't have chocolate chip cookies on hand, you'll have to make a small batch of chocolate chip cookies as well as a batch of brownies.  And what makes these special is they're completely gluten free!!  They combine crispy, chewy chocolate chip cookies with soft, rich, decadent brownies.  They're the ultimate indulgence!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
- 16 1 oz chocolate chip cookie dough balls from Jesicakes' original Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 1 full recipe of Gluten Free Blissful Brownies

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Butterfly and Circles Decorating Tutorials

 This weekend I helped out at Compost for Brooklyn's Block Party.  I donated packs of decorated gluten free sugar cookie butterflies with gluten free chocolate chip cookies for their bake sale.  I also helped out at the booth then lead a decorating demo for the kids at the block party and let them have their go at decorating!  Afterwards I came home and made video tutorials for decorating butterflies.

Decorating using "pulling" is such a fun way to decorate.  I think every butterfly I made was different.  It's such a great way to experiment with what you can do with royal icing!  It's a process that requires speed though, so I couldn't really do photo tutorials so I tried my go at videos!  Unfortunately I didn't put my camera quality on high, so the video isn't HD (by any means) but I think you can still see everything fine and hopefully I explain it well too.  So the first video is the butterflies above, and also these "monarch" style butterflies:
I also did a second video for decorating circles with pulls to make borders and starbursts.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Butterflies for the Community

This Sunday (June 3rd), I'll be donating 24 packs of gluten free cookies with one chocolate chip cookie and one of these butterflies to Compost for Brooklyn.  It's a local community project about ecological restoration and reducing and recycling waste with their compost program.

They're having a block party this Sunday:
If you're in the area you can stop by, buy some delicious baked goods, enjoy live music, and even get a free tree!  Also, I'll be doing a decorating demonstration! I'll show how to make these butterflies, how to make monarch style butterflies, and basic techniques in pulling. 

If you can't make it out, Justin will be taping the demo and I'll post it as my first video tutorial! This is a technique that requires immediate action once you've flooded the cookie so it's difficult to take step by step photos.