Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hooray for Fall!!!

 
Fall just happens to be my favorite season.  I'm pretty sure it has to do with moving away from shorts (not that I wear them) and sleeveless tops to sweaters and boots.  And tomorrow, the high will only reach 66 degrees.  {That's downright chilly for south Texas.}

I wanted to ship some cookies to friends, friends I've never met, actually...namely a certain book editor and team. 

So, I went with a fall theme.  Original, right?

{PS...I really like photos of cookies from the side.  Bear with me; it's a weird little obsession I have.}

Both the pumpkins and the acorns are so easy to make...I'll show you the pumpkin how-to here.

To make the pumpkins, you'll need:

  • pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies
  • royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor orange, a darker orange (I used electric orange mixed with super red), chocolate brown and green
  • disposable icing bags
  • tips: #2 (and/or #1)
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
Use a #2 tip to outline the pumpkin shape in orange.

Thin the orange, darker orange and brown icings with water, a little at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any large air bubbles that have formed. Transfer to squeeze bottles.

Working about 6 cookies at a time, fill (flood) the pumpkin with the thinned orange icing.  Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop and large air bubbles that have formed.

Starting with the first cookie flooded, drop lines of the thinned darker orange icing on top of the wet orange icing to make the pumpkin "ridges."

Repeat the process with the thinned brown icing.

Let the cookies sit for at least 1 hour.

Use a #1 or #2 tip (I used a PME #1.5...right in the middle) to pipe on a stem and vine.  I like the stem piped rather than flooded to give it some texture.

Let dry 6-8 hours, or overnight. (Keep in mind that the colors will deepen as they dry.)

Package and mail to friends you've never met...
but hope to one day.

80 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness, they are super gorgeous, so beautiful I would eat them all right now! I am following you from Rome! Your blog is so tempting!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    Perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert table!!

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  3. I don't know how I found your blog, but I'm so glad I did. God bless you and your talent. Beautiful cookies from an obviously beautiful person.

    P.S. Sorry, had to delete to correct my spelling. *blush

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  4. I love how those pumpkins came out!

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  5. I am in love with these cookies!!!! I have been reading your blog for about a month, but never commented (not sure why cause your blog ROCKS!) I've never done sugar cookies, probably becuase they intimidate me... but this post makes me want to give it a try! Thanks so much for all of your ideas and inspiration! :)
    - Alexandra

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  6. I should not visit your blog before I eat breakfast. =)

    Feel free to send me cookies any day!

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  7. These are gorgeous, Bridget! I love those acorns!!!

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  8. These make me so happy! I love fall.

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  9. I love the acorns... so cute! :D

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  10. Beautiful cookie! They look so adorable and I bet they taste great!

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  11. Great cookies and a sweet gesture. I'm sure your book editor (and team) are delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with you and these cookies will be greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Your publisher is certain to hear that they couldn't have made a better choice in deciding to give you a book deal.

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  12. Wow, those are gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat but I'm sure I would manage - I know they are as delicious as they are pretty. I really need to learn how to do this type of cookie decorating.

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  13. These are beautiful B! I LOVE those pumpkins!

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  14. Perfect fall cookies,I love the shadowing technique. PS: Love your new look darlin'!!

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  15. I think I have that same pumpkin cookie cutter. Made some last week when I did the Rangers Cookies. But I stopped at flooding with orange. I thought about doing accent lines, but I was just done & didn't want to mess with it any more. Yours are way cuter than mine.

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  16. LOVE the bigger pics! Almost feels like I could reach into the screen and sample one of your perfect pumpkin cookies.

    Gorgeous, Bridget!

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  17. This is fabulous! I was just looking up cookies for Thanksgiving! Where do you get roal icing? I've never worked with that before? And do you need practice with the fine tip?

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  18. Oh my gosh! Those are beautiful! Your cookie decorating skills never cease to amaze me. You can mail me some if you would like! ;)

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  19. Love the new blog design and layout! Gorgeous cookies, as always, Bridget. :)

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  20. Your new Blog layout is beautiful! Love the top banner! The cookies look too perfect. ;-) Fantastic!

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  21. Oh my gosh! These are adorable. My sister lives in North Carolina and I want to send some treats for Thanksgiving since she and her family aren't going to come home. I think these would be great! :)

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  22. Your cookies are so darn beautiful! And I also love boots and sweaters--though not so much the freezing cold rain that we have blowing about in these Chicago winds . . .

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  23. You always impress me and get the fire under my butt to keep baking and -try- to make them as cute as you do!

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  24. They are so pretty!! I don't think I've ever commented before, but I always look at your cookies and tell myself that I HAVE to practice making cookies like this! Life keeps getting in the way though! ;)
    I was wondering if you've ever posted before and after drying pics that show the color change? If you have, please disregard this idea! :) I just thought it would be interesting to see.
    Thank you for your lovely pics and inspiration!!!

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  25. ooooo love the bigger pics! they're beautiful pics of beautiful cookies!

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  26. They are gorgeous, Bridget! I love the pumpkins!

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  27. BEAUTIFUL! you did such a great job; I am impressed as always :)

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  28. Your site and cookies look amazing - cannot wit to see your cook book--when I retire (someday) I am going to try to make some of your beautiful cookies :)

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  29. I love that they're all one "layer," not bumpy at all. They're beautiful!

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  30. Love! Perfect colors for Fall....and by the way I have the same obsession with photographing cookies from the side:) Love the new blog design too:)

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  31. I adore these Bridget... you make a "simple" design into elegant and classic. I want to be your someday.

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  32. Bridget, these are fantastic...as are all your cookies. I can't wait to get your book! Don't know if I'll ever decorate as well as you, but you've inspired me to try my hand at cookie decorating. :)

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  33. Darling as are all things you make. I like the side pictures...looks like a substantial cookie that's not going to fall apart easily. Thanks for directions. Gotta try these one of these days

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  34. Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! Love the simplicity of the designs...makes for really striking cookies.

    Also really loving the new look for the blog. So clean and pretty. :)

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  35. I love your blog (& your cookies) no matter what it looks like, but this is Wonderful!!! You are one clever, creative girl - thank you so much for sharing this with us!!!

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  36. You really are a cookie genius. Love your gorgeous little pumpkin cookies! You can't help but smile when you look at them.

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  37. Wow... These are absolutely gorgeous, Bridget! I am hopelessly in love with fall... and these cookies!

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  38. Very pretty and festive. Love the new look too !

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  39. Bridget!
    Can you hear me belting your name out from BAINBRIDGE ISLAND!
    Oh my goodness!
    Do I ever ever ever LOVE the BIG pictures!
    I don 't know if it's the pictures or the advanced cookie decorating skills going on but honestly these are the prettiest cookies you have EVER ever decorated.
    Aside from the Homemade Animal Crackers of course!
    These are fabulous!
    I too love cookies that are photographed from the side!
    These are spectacular!
    Love the cursive font for the title of the post!
    It's so happy and whimsical!
    I'm sure I've asked before...but what camera lens do you use?
    I need a new lens.
    And do you just take pictures in the sunlight of your kitchen?
    Would you please do a post on how you photograph cookies~ ;)
    Hugs from Bainbridge!
    My mouth is on FIRE from those TEXAS Firecrackers!
    Greg's gone to Alabama for the Bama vs. LSU game. He may not get to taste the Texas poppers! ;)
    Hey...tell Kiddo and Mark to root for BAMA on Saturday!
    xoxoxoxo
    Roll Tide!
    LOVE these cookies!
    If I had these cookies I would make a wish on every bite I took! ;) {not kidding!}

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  40. You are so, so talented! I've never honed my cookie decorating skills, but am fairly decent at drawing -- I think I need to stop oohing and aahhing and get down to business, using your tutorials as my guide!

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  41. I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites. I`ve tried it this morning and it was very good, thanks for sharing.

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  42. You are really the master of the most beautiful and perfect sugar cookies! They are amazing! So is the new look of your blog, lovely :)

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  43. those look amazing, you always wow me with how great your cookies look.

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  44. Beautiful! I'd take side shots of my cookies, too.....if they looked like that!

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  45. The more I see the cookies, but I am excited. I love the color and craftsmanship. Happy Weekend

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  46. Dear (now deleted) Anonymous,

    Bake at 350 is where we talk about cookies and all things sweet. You are more than welcome to have a differing opinion, but rude & hateful comments will always be deleted. My blog is my home on the internet and impolite comments will be escorted off premises.

    Happy baking!
    ~Bridget

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  47. You are truely a cookie master, these look lovely! Love the new look of the site! looks great!!!

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  48. I can't wait to have a kitchen to be able to decorate like you do!

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  49. So gorgeous. You are seriously talented!

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  50. I've always been impressed with your photography skills. I see what you mean about the pictures of cookies from the side. Very appealing indeed!

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  51. Wow! After Skypeing last night through my first cookie decorating I know have a MUCH better idea of how good you are. I am so impressed. These cookies are amazing. And kudos to you for sharing them with deserving people. I am going to start practicing with Audrey and Maurene this holiday season so we can share the love of cookies.

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  52. Love the cookies, Bridget...so simple and gorgeous!! love your big pretty photos :)

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  53. Your cookies are beautiful and flawless! x

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  54. These cookies are so beautiful. I love baking shortbread cookies but icing them takes forever. Besides I never seem to get this neat look. I never know which tip to use to ice them, I am going to follow the instructions.
    These are truly exquisite!

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  55. I like the two tone. Very pretty.

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  56. Love these, especially the pumpkin ridges! Beeeeautiful!

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  57. When you let them dry are they covered or just sitting out. I made some cookies the other day and put the glaze on then covered them over night because I didn't want to cookies to dry out and the glaze never set. It was so soft so when I packaged them the glaze stuck to the bag :(

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  58. Love it and love your site! Always great ideas!

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  59. LOVING the two tones of flat stripes on the pumpkins! And you're right... I can't believe how much the color darkens after it dries.

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  60. Those are so beautiful! I love them!

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  61. I'd love to win! That fudge looks so scrumptious :)

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  62. These fall cookies are a piece of artwork, so pretty!

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  63. I love the idea of chocolate chip cokie dough fudge. I have bookmarked this recipe and site to make this recipe in my Christmas goodie bags. Yummy. ;-)

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  64. As always, you knocked it out of the park!

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  65. that cookies look amazing,really. i definitely would try this one.

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  66. Stunning work, as usual! You are so talented!

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  67. I know this post was from awhile back, but I'm going to be making my first batch of fall cookies this week and your blog is always my inspiration. I love your acorns, but I can't seem to figure out what colors you used for them. Any tips on how to make these (or other fall) colors would be amazing. Thanks, and I can't wait to get your book!!

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    1. I just used two tones of AmeriColor chocolate brown. :)

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  68. Love, live, love your new book!

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  69. Beautiful!!! I would love to learn how to do it! :)

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  70. Just made a Thanksgiving platter and was not so happy with the pumpkins I made. Kinda boring. Going to try your design . I love that yours are smooth and have a dual color. Looks so striking! Love your work! Will send you pictures once I am done! Thank you.

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