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Baby Cutter Set Winner (and MPB recipe)

1 Mar

I guess I just have to come to terms with the fact that Mondays are not good blogging days! 🙂 So if I have a blog giveaway that ends on a weekend, you’ll probably  need to expect the winner to be announced on a Tuesday.  And that brings me to the winner…

Donna! (with kewl granny in her email address– which I love, by the way!) She said:

Your pony cookies are fabulous and the eyes on the blue bear are my favorite too. I wish I had just half of your talent.

Aww, thanks Donna! And thanks for liking my rocking horses, too. 🙂 I’ve sent you an email, so just respond to that, or send us an email at contact at karenscookies dot net.

Thanks once again to all who entered! I appreciate all the great comments!  A few people asked what kind of frosting I used on these.  I always forget to say that! These (and all of my recent posts) were done with Meringue Powder Buttercream. I use that almost exclusively, so if I ever forget to specify which frosting I used, you can bet that it’s MPB.  Since I use the others a lot less often, I’ll be sure to say when I’m using something else.  The recipe is on my web site, but I should probably get it here on the blog, so here it is, with a few notations that might be helpful.


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 to 4  T. meringue powder*
  • ½ cup Crisco shortening**
  • 4 ½ cups powdered sugar (1 lb. 3 oz. If you have a scale)***
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (use clear vanilla if you want a pure white icing)
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
Place half of the powdered sugar and the meringue powder in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk together well. Turn on mixer (use whip attachment) and, while motor is running, slowly stream in the water. Mix until everything is incorporated. Turn mixer to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form. Add flavorings and mix well. Change to paddle attachment (for stand mixer) or dough hook (for Bosch). If using a hand mixer, use the same beaters you were using before. Add remaining powdered sugar and shortening and whip for 2-3 minutes more. 

Note: Don’t skimp on the whipping time after adding the shortening. You really need to whip it well to prevent separation later.

*If egg whites are the first ingredient on your meringue powder, you can use the smaller amount. If egg whites come later in the ingredient list, or if you live in a very high humidity area, I recommend using 4 T.  You can also add a tablespoon of pure dried egg whites along with your meringue powder to give it extra drying power.
**I recommend Crisco shortening, because it has the most consistent results. There are some store brands that will work, but some do not (they cause ugly separation when you thin it down for glaze), so just to be safe, I recommend only using Crisco brand. If you have an aversion to using shortening, I completely understand, and you can use butter instead– however, I have had mixed results using butter. The first few times I used butter, it worked beautifully, and then the next couple of times, it separated and didn’t dry well. I have no idea what made the difference. So anyway, if you use butter, be aware that there may be some separation issues if you thin it down for glaze, and you also might need to add a little extra powdered sugar  because it’s quite a lot softer when using butter. Also, if you find you have trouble with your MPB drying, you can cut down the shortening to as much as half (so use 1/4 cup per batch) and it will help it to dry faster and more thoroughly.
***I really recommend weighing the powdered sugar if at all possible. Powdered sugar is a bugger to measure. It seems like it varies SO much. If you don’t have a scale, stir or sift your powdered sugar before measuring to make sure it’s light and fluffy.
If you do everything exactly “right”, and your frosting still comes out way too stiff or way too soft, never fear! It is a very forgiving medium! Feel free to add water to make it softer, or add powdered sugar to stiffen it up. It won’t ruin anything!

Bowling Cookie Cutter Winners!

21 Feb

Woa, sorry. The weekend got away from me. But better late than never….

The winners of the bowling pin and shirt cookie cutters (along with their comments) are:

1. Ka’ala from SugarHI creations

Love them…as always 🙂 Here in Hawaii we have a lot of local bands and they all have really cool t-shirts. Id probably use the t-shirt cutter to make the bands come cookies that look like their own shirts! (My husband is a sound engineer so that’s my “in” with the bands…lol!)

2. dkelmore

You scored 10 with that Strike…very cute cookies. Would love to add those to my cookie cutter collection.

3.  Becki D.

What a perfect giveaway! I stumbled here looking for bowling pin templates. Great cookies!

4.  Christy

I would love to have these cutters!! We too are doing a scout lockin at the bowling alley and they would be perfect

5. Nana Robyn

I’m afraid the closest I get to the bowling alley is the Wii in my living room! Love your blog. So many wonderful ideas!


Yay! Sounds like they’ll get put to good use. I’ve sent the winners emails, but if you don’t see them, send us an email to contact at karenscookies dot net.

Thanks to all who entered. And don’t worry if you didn’t win. There are more giveaways coming soon…. 😀

Alphabet Winner, and a few other things

17 Feb

First of all, Cookie Crazie Pam has a blog post all about yours truly this morning.  If you want to learn a little bit more about me, head on over to her wonderful blog. Sometimes it’s fun to get a little more information about the people we “know” on the internet! 😀  Thanks so much Pam! You are too kind!

Thanks to everyone for your very kind comments about the alphabet cookies! I’m so glad you liked them!! 🙂

A few of you asked how long it took me to do them, and if I already had the frosting made up, etc.  Yes, I did have most of the colors already made. I’ve been decorating a lot of cookies lately, so I had tons of frosting colors already made up, plus a fresh batch of Meringue Powder Buttercream waiting for me on the counter.  The only colors I had to make up on the day I was decorating these were the camouflage greens and the two colors of brown for the camo and the leopard print. Everything else was already made, and I had baked the cookies the day before.  I started decorating when the kids walked out the door to school and had about 4 or 5 left to do by the time they got home. That wasn’t solid decorating time– I have a 3-year-old at home, so we had lunch and various needs to take care of during the day, but it took me a good 6 or 7 hours to get these done. If I did the same set again, it wouldn’t take quite as long, because much of the time was spent thinking, designing, and figuring out how to do it!  Thanks again for your comments! They were fun to do!

Ok, the winner of the Alphabet cookie cutter set is Cat. There were a few Cats who entered. This one has the word calico in her email address, and she said:

I have a 2 year old grandson and if I won the cutters, we would learn the alphabet together through cookies!

Congratulations, Cat! I’ve sent you an email, but if you don’t see it, send me an email at contact at karenscookies dot net.

Thanks to all who entered! I have another giveaway coming right up!  One person said in the comments that her daughter has a bowling tournament coming up… I have just the post for you, Cindie S!


Football Cutters Winner

8 Feb

Sorry I’m a little late on announcing the winner. I should probably stop having the giveaways end on a weekend because Mondays are BUSY around here! 😀

But better late than never, right? The winner of the Wilton Football Cookie Cutter set is Elena! She said:

What is Superbowl?. I live in Spain and we only know about what you call soccer, you know, we are the World Champions!!!!

This means that of the handful of giveaways that we’ve had, we’ve had three winners from the USA, one from Canada, One from Mexico and one from Spain! It’s fun to know that we’re such an international group here. Elena, I’ll send you an email, but if you don’t see it, write to me at contact at karenscookies dot net with you mailing address and we’ll get it sent to you!

Thanks to all who entered, and Congrats to all the Packers fans!!

A super-easy Valentine idea coming up next.

Valentine Mini Kit Winner

4 Feb

Thanks to all for your great comments! We have a winner–  Alyson Avoglia, come on down! 😀  I’ll send you an email, but if you don’t see it, send us an email at contact at karenscookies dot net.  If you get back to us fast with your mailing address we can get it in the mail today and hopefully have it to you in plenty of time to do your Valentine cookies.  Have fun!

I have another post coming soon for all of you getting ready for the big game this weekend. Stay tuned!

Food Coloring Markers Winner

28 Jan

Thanks to all who entered!  I purposely didn’t announce this giveaway anywhere. I’ve been announcing on facebook and twitter, etc, when I have a giveaway, but this time I wanted to see who my blog followers were. There’s a bunch of you! Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much it means to know you’re out there reading.  Also, thanks for all the dinner ideas. I got recipes and everything!! You all are great cooks! I can’t believe what people are eating for dinner. My family got tacos one night and pizza the other. But I’m totally going to refer to this post for my dinner planning!

Ok, the winner of the markers is Katherine from The Yellow House Cakery. Katherine said:

Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches are on the menu at my house!

Mmm… sounds good to me!  Congratulations, Katherine!! I’m sure you’ll put your markers to good use. I’ve sent you an email, so check your box. If you don’t see it, please email me at contact at KarensCookies dot net. We’re having very frustrating email issues (which is not good for a web business!! Grrr…)

And speaking of that, Bea from Cancun cookies– I still have your party cutters but haven’t heard back from you on your shipping address. I’ll email you again today, so watch for that, or send me an email.

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend! Hope you can do something easy and relaxing this weekend. That’s what I’m hoping for!! 😀

$100 Gift Certificate Winner!

24 Jan

Ok, this was amazing. First of all, THANK YOU for the wonderful response to this giveaway. I enjoyed reading your thoughts, and you were all so kind to Mike and myself.  I wish I could give everyone the gift certificate. But the good news is that I’ll be having tons of giveaways, small and large, so be sure to check back often.

The winner of the $100 gift certificate was Linda (from Georgia with “sweetmemories” in her email address).  Here is her post:

If I won the giveaway, I would buy squeeze bottle with couplers, writing pens and emulsions/flavorings… after I squealed loud enough for you to hear me from Georgia!  Thank you for everything you share and the time you take to help others.

And I think I just heard a squeal from Georgia! 🙂  Linda, I sent you an email, so check your box and write back to claim your prize! (or if you don’t see the email, just send me an email at contact at karenscookies dot net)

Congratulations, and thanks again to all who entered!

Coming up next, some fun Valentine cookies…