I’m no Cake Boss…but so what?!

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I’ll be honest, baking really intimidates me! I swear it’s like a science. It’s taken me a long time to perfect making cupcakes. (Yes, from a box!) I inevitably fail at baking brownies EVERY SINGLE TIME I try! (Yep, from a box!)

The way I see it, folks, you can’t get better unless you try!

So, I decided to try and put together my own little cupcake art…

I shall call it ‘Leaf the cupcake to me’…it’s a bit catchy anyways, right?

Here are the instructions & steps I took to create these little masterpieces:

Your Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 c. {two sticks} of unsalted butter, softened (use real butter!)
1 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
1 1/2-2 tsp almond extract (I prefer about 1 1/2 tsp)
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Instructions:
• Cream together softened butter and confectioner’s sugar
• Crack your egg into a separate bowl
• Add the almond extract in with you egg
• Add your almond/egg mixture to the butter sugar mixture and mix until the egg is thoroughly incorporated
• In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt
• Add the flour/baking soda/salt mixture little by little to your butter/sugar/egg/almond extract mix
* Get it all mixed up! Your dough is ready when it’s got a good texture & it’s not sticking to your fingers when u touch it!

OK…now to give your dough some color…

Ingredients:
• Some of the yummy sugar cookie dough you just made
• Gel food coloring

Instructions:
• Split your dough up into 4-6 equal parts (depending on how many colors you want)
• Put each separate ball of dough into baggies
• Take your gel food coloring and add it to your baggies of dough
• Knead your dough until it’s all one pretty color (it should look like the picture below)
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• Remove a small portion of each colored dough from your baggies
• Set these balls of colored dough onto your very lightly floured counter (like my picture below! Ok…I probably didn’t exactly “lightly” flour)
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• Get your rolling pin (rub a little flour along your rolling pin, too) and gently roll out your pieces of pretty colored dough & flatten
image• Cut out your leaves with a cookie cutter
• Place your cut-outs onto a cookie sheet
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Cooking Directions:
• Preheat your oven to 400°
• Depending on the size of your cookies you’ll want to bake anywhere from 7-9 minutes (of course my cooking time for these mini leaf cookies was only about 3-4 minutes)

SOOO…now you got yourself some pretty, neat looking leaf sugar cookies!!

Next…
• Bake yourself some cupcakes (I cheated and used some of my favorite Pillsbury cake mix). Simply follow the directions on the box
• Allow plenty of time for your cupcakes to cool before you begin decorating
• Get creative and decorate your cupcakes any way you want (I used chocolate frosting in a can. Don’t judge, it’s easy! Then, I outlined the cupcake with Pearls edible candies that I found at Walmart, threw on some sprinkles, and placed my adorable mini leaf cookies in the center of my cupcake)
• WALA!!!!  You got yourself some very cute, edible cookie cupcakes to display (and eat) at your Thanksgiving day spread!

• I realize a cupcake connoisseur might find my skills juvenile, but hey I’m not a professional! Again, it is my goal to make you realize that, with a little bit of patience, you can create little works of art, too! (Even if the Cake Boss says otherwise).
• The more fun you have with baking the less scary it becomes, I promise.

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