Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cute as a Mitten


leaves and flours vegan mitten sugar cookies

Buttons are cute, but mittens are way cuter. I have had a mitten cookie cutter for a few years, however it wasn't the best shape. It was one of those cookie cutters that makes sense when you see it labeled in the basket with all the others, but once the cookie is baked people have no clue what it is (also filed under: the teapot cookies I made last year that stumped everyone). Recently I saw this Wilton cookie cutter with a much more defined thumb, and it had to be mine. I even waited in line at a Michael's on a Saturday in the middle of December to purchase it. That is patience.
So I made these adorable sugar cookies. I flipped half of them over before baking so that I could have pairs of mittens! I was running a little low on time the afternoon I made these, so I didn't split the icing and tint it multiple colors and pipe it on to make more defined cuffs and what not. I think the single color lets my sprinkles shine though. I am so hooked on the mitten cookie cutter that I have gingerbread mittens in my oven baking as I type this.
This morning I broke out my candy thermometer and made some other sweets, but I managed to misplace my camera (again). This has been one of those months where I can't keep track of most objects. I am really on-point as far as getting things done, but I have probably lost about 10 pens while crossing things off my to-do list.

leaves and flours vegan mitten sugar cookies
leaves and flours vegan mitten sugar cookies

10 comments:

  1. Where did you find vegan candy decoration? I have been looking everywhere.

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    1. I am personally not too concerned with confectioner's glaze. People always give me sprinkles as gifts, so I don't feel to bad using them.
      The snowflakes are definitely vegan, but they came from a little shop in the UK.
      If you are looking for certified vegan snowflakes it's definitely a challenge. India Tree and Chocolate Craft are good places to look, but it's generally just tinted sanding sugar.

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    2. Actually, I checked again and the stars are from Betty Crocker and they are totally vegan too. Mostly just cornstarch and rice flour.

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  2. Hi! How do you make vegan royal icing? ^^

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    1. For every 1 cup of powdered sugar add 2 tsp non-dairy milk & 2 tsp corn syrup. You can also add a little extract if you want a nicer taste.
      Betty Crocker also makes a pre-made cookie icing that is chemically vegan. It sets really quickly and you don't have to use a piping bag, if you don't mind the artificial vanilla taste.

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    2. Can I substitute the corn syrup with agave nectar?
      I live in Brazil and we don´t have Betty Crocker stuff, it´s really hard to be a vegan here...
      Thanks, Shannon =]

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    3. I haven't ever tried it, but it is worth a shot. The corn syrup just makes the icing shiny and firm. Agave isn't as stiff so the icing will probably be a little softer, and you might have trouble stacking the cookies.

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  3. they are so cute :) you always come up with amazing/original recipes :)!

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  4. Adorable mitten cookies- Such a unique take on the standard Christmas cut-outs. Love that vibrant lavender colored icing, too.

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