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So Sweet: Sugarbelle’s Autumn Stamp Cookies

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for fall. I love cozy sweaters, warm drinks, and turning leaves…but more than anything, I love autumn baking. With the hustle and bustle of a new school year, plus three major holidays, it’s sometimes hard to find time for holiday baking projects. The Sweet Sugarbelle’s Cookie Stamp kit makes cookie decorating quicker and easier than ever!

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

To make these cookies you will need:

STEP 1

Following the directions and recipe included in the cookie cutter stamp kit, prepare the sugar cookie dough. Feel free to use your own cut-out cookie recipe if you have one.

Once mixed, follow the instructions on the dough dye package to color the dough. I used orange with a little touch of yellow to brighten it up.

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Maker Tip: If you are only using one color, add the dye while mixing to incorporate it into the dough.

STEP 2

Roll the dough out to approximately 1/4 inch thick on parchment paper or a lightly floured surface

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

Maker Tip: Use rolling pin rings, or 1/4 square dowel rods on either side of the dough to create perfectly even cookies.

STEP 3

Working one at a time, first cut and then stamp each cookie.

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

Maker Tip: If the stamp sticks to the dough, lightly dip it in flour and tap off the excess before stamping.

STEP 4

Place on a cookie sheet and bake according the the recipe you used.

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

After baking, the impression from the stamps will still be visible.

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STEP 5

Now it’s time to decorate! Prepare a small batch of royal icing (the recipe is included in the kit) and use the Wilton Color Right System, to create green and black icing. You won’t need a lot of icing, but the amount will vary depending on the number of cookies.

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

 

STEP 6

Use water to thin the icing to flood consistency, which is about the consistency of honey or shampoo, and pour it into bottles.

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

Maker Tip: Sometimes royal icing separates over time. The Sweet Sugarbelle Bottle Spatula is the perfect tool for stirring icing that has separated in the bottle.

Maker Tip: Use a small spray bottle to thin the icing to prevent adding too much water at once.

STEP 7

Use flood icing to fill the impressions left in the dough. If necessary, use the Sweet Sugarbelle 2 in 1 tool to move the icing into small spaces or to pop air bubbles that may appear as you work.

Sugarbelle's Autumn Stamp Cookies

STEP 8

Let the cookies dry for six to eight hours and they’re ready to share!

Sugarbelle Autumn Stamp Cookies

Since royal icing needs time to dry, it’s best to make the cookies a few days ahead of time. When they are dry, they can be stored in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to a week.

Decorated cookies are great for holiday parties, and you will be proud to say that you made them yourself.

Now that you have entered the world of cookie decorating, what do you want to MAKE next? With the Sweet Sugarbelle Stamp Cutter Kit the possibilities are endless! We love to seeing your DIY decorated cookie projects on Instagram so be sure to use hashtags #MakeItWithMichaels and #sweetsugarbelle so we can take a look!

Wilton’s Top 7 Game-Day Snacks

Game-Day Snacks Spread

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just there for the party, there are plenty of ways to snack hard on game-day! Show your team spirit by making sweet treats that match your favorite team’s colors, or savor the flavor of these tasty game-day snacks. Check out the recipes below to score a touchdown on your party spread.

Game Day Snacks Cupcake Football Field

1. Football Field Mini Cupcakes

This mini cupcake football field should be at the front of your game-day playbook. It’s easy to put together, but eye-catching enough to bring the “wow” factor. Whip up 48 mini cupcakes in no time using the Wilton® 48 Cavity Muffin Pan. Just add your team colors and you’re good to go! Check out the full recipe.  

Game-Day Snacks Mini Pizza Puffs

2. Mini Pizza Puffs

These tasty pizza puffs are perfect for tailgating at football games, fantasy football draft parties or after school snacks. Make a variety of flavors – some cheese, some pepperoni, some veggie – in the Wilton® 48 Cavity Muffin Pan to satisfy all your football fans in a snap. Get the details!

Game-Day Snacks Helmet Donut Hole Pops

3. Doughnut Hole Helmet Pops

These delicious pops use store-bought doughnut holes, so all you have to do is decorate! Match Candy Melts candy to your favorite team’s colors for a spirited bite-sized sweet treat that adults and kids will love. Shop supplies!

Game-Day Snacks Garlic Pull Apart Bread and Spinach Dip

4. Garlic Pull-Apart Bread and Spinach Artichoke Dip

Your Candy Melting Pot can play more than one role – switch over to the savory side and use it to keep this spinach artichoke dip warm through the whole game. The combo play of tasty garlic bread and hot, cheesy dip will satisfy every player on or off the field. Here’s how to MAKE it.

Game-Day Snacks Football Root Beer Jelly Shots

5. Root Beer Football Jelly Shots

Everyone will be passing these root beer flavored football jelly shots. They’re a perfect play for tailgating and football parties! Make one batch with alcoholic root beer for adults, and another with regular root beer so the kids can enjoy them too. Use white icing to pipe on laces that keep them looking official. Ready to MAKE it? Get the game plan.

Game-Day Snacks Mini Taco Cups

6. Mini Taco Cups

Enjoy a bite-sized twist on tacos with these beef-filled mini taco cups, served up in a light and flakey wonton wrapper cup. No need for overtime, either – use the Wilton® 48 Cavity Muffin Pan to knock ‘em out in no time.  Get the scoop on how to MAKE it here!

Game-Day Snacks Popcorn Cups

7. Popcorn Cups

These popcorn waffle cones are a perfect sweet and savory treat. The inside of each cone is coated with Candy Melts candy and filled with crispy, salty popcorn. Spray the popcorn with Wilton® Color Mist® Food Color Spray that matches your team’s colors, and hand them off to the team. Get the supplies!

What’s your go-to game day snack? Tell us in the comments below!

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels

A Love for Baking: Q&A with Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino is an entrepreneur, actress and culinary personality who is best known for her YouTube cooking show, “Nerdy Nummies,” which she launched in June of 2011. Today she has over 8.8 million subscribers and her channel has received over 2.1 billion views. Ro recently partnered up with Michaels and Wilton to create her first-ever baking line, which aims to bring out the creative geek in everyone. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A to learn a bit more about the product line and Ro.

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Spatula

How did you get started with baking?

My Grandmother was the person who originally introduced me to baking. I have such good memories of my family getting together for special occasions and baking together in the kitchen. All through high school and college I loved baking themed treats for my friends.

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Chocolate Molds

Why was Wilton the right fit?

I have used Wilton products for as long as I can remember and in the very first episode of Nerdy Nummies I am using Wilton icing. I am very picky about who I work with, which is why Wilton was the perfect company to partner with.

Rosanna Pansino Baking for Michaels Cupcake Holders

What was your favorite part about creating this product line?

Creating a product line was something completely new for me. I wanted to wait to do it until the time was right and I could do it right. The line itself took over a year to develop and I loved being very hands on during the process. Wilton really worked to make my vision for the line come to life and I’m excited to see people’s response to it!

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Cookie Cutters

Where do you find inspiration?

I get inspiration from everywhere. I have a very active mind that can be hard to turn off. Even when I’m in the shower I’ll be drawing ideas on the glass door. I have always loved being creative.

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Cupcake Sprinkles

Do you have a favorite project? Why is it your favorite?

My new projects often become my favorites as I’m constantly learning something new, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be any video that I’ve had my Dad as a guest. I’m really close to my family and any chance I get to share my world with them is very special.

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Mustache Cookie

What’s your favorite part about meeting your fans?

I am convinced that I have the nicest and sweetest viewers in the world. Any time I release a product or go to a convention I try and work meetups into them. My supporters energize me and always put a smile on my face.

Rosanna Pansino Baking by Wilton for Michaels Emoji Cake Balls

Do you have a favorite dessert? What is it?

My favorite dessert is constantly changing because I never stop learning new recipes. That said, I am absolutely loving tiramisu right now because I am a big coffee drinker.

Check out more from Rosanna Pansino’s new baking line! Share your finds with #MakeItWithMichaels.

Dylans Candy Bar

What Candy Can Do: Q&A with Dylan Lauren

What can’t candy do when it comes to decorating? We sat down with Dylan Lauren, founder & CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, to find out all about the inspiration behind our new, exclusive bakeware collaboration together. Full of candy-a-tized essentials like whirly pop candles, sugary toppers, and candy shaped cookie cutters—the colorful line aims to help bakers everywhere cook up some truly bright ideas.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Why did you want to partner with Wilton?

I’ve always loved Wilton and discovering new, interesting treat ideas. I’m drawn to the idea of combining homemade creations and candy in unexpected ways. This line is a great nod to that. We’re even taking it a step further with items that also “look” like candy, like gumball machine shaped cake toppers. That’s really what makes it double the fun. Life is supposed to be full of sweet surprises.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

How were you involved with the creation of the products?

I love being involved in every step from the initial concept to the actual creation of the product. The colors, the design, the final aesthetics—it’s all important to me. I love working with different members of the team and talking through interesting ideas. I like to listen to lots of opinions so we can create the best products possible.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Which product is your favorite?

It’s so hard to choose, but I absolutely love the Candy Apron Kitchen Set, the Sprinkles Tacklebox and the Cake Decorating Kits. They all feel very characteristic of our brand. We’re all about merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy—I think these products do the trick. I also love the Sugar Sheets because you can apply our “candyspill” pattern right to a cupcake!

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

How do these products make it easier for people to express their creativity?

There are so many ways! We hope that the collection inspires bakers and candy lovers to have a ton of fun in the kitchen. Whether it’s decorating a box of cupcakes and adding some fun wrappers or making an entire cake, the beauty is that you can also share what you’ve made and inspire someone else. You can move your creativity forward!

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

What types of baking and decorating projects inspire you?

Right now, I love seeing the rainbow and color block trend all over social media. I can’t believe how inventive people are! It definitely gives me some great product ideas.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

What’s your favorite dessert?

That’s always a tough one! In terms of candy, I love licorice and Swedish Fish. In the baked goods category, I was raised in New York City, so I think I’m going to have to go with a classic Black & White cookie. Plus, you don’t have to choose between chocolate and vanilla frosting.

Dylans Candy Bar at Michaels Stores

Check out the line at Michaels Stores here!

About Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar was founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren with a mission to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone. Renowned for merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan’s Candy Bar is the pioneer in changing the way we see candy today. As the largest state-of-the-art sweets emporium and candy lifestyle brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar is not your average “candy store.” The modern day candy land is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the most popular destination for the ultimate sugar rush experience. For more information about Dylan’s Candy Bar, visit www.DylansCandyBar.com and follow them @DylansCandyBar.

7 Muffin Pan Hacks That Make Cooking Easy

It’s a standard staple in most kitchens…possibly passed down from moms or grandmas. Lying there among cookie trays and casserole dishes sits the humble muffin pan.

Sure you pull it out to make cupcakes for birthdays or muffins for Sunday morning, but the muffin pan can actually be a handy tool in the kitchen. From flavored ice cubes to edible bowls, the muffin pan will no doubt become your favorite kitchen tool after you learn about these eight muffin pan hacks!

1. Fresh Squeeze

Freshen up pitchers of lemonade or bowls of punch with fruit-infused ice cubes made in a muffin pan. Simply fill the muffin pan cavities with water and top with slices of lemon, oranges, or a handful of your favorite berries. They’ll make your drinks taste (and look) great!

2. Here’s the Scoop…

When summer rolls around, we all scream for ice cream! Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or just a family dinner, let guests create their own delicious ice cream concoctions with an ice cream bar set up in a muffin pan. Fill the cavities with crushed cookies, sprinkles, gummies, candies and more. You could also do this for cupcake decorating or cookie decorating parties, too.

3. Moo-ve Over, Cupcakes…

Meatloaf just got a makeover! Forget the loaf pan…now you can make tasty meatloaf “cupcakes” topped with mashed potato “icing” for a fun meal that kids and adults will love. Hosting a party? Use a mini muffin pan to make little meatloaf appetizer bites. You can find our favorite meatloaf cupcake recipe here.

4. Go Cookie Crazy!

No one likes doing the dishes, so why not serve dessert in bowls you can eat? Flip that muffin pan over and use this tasty Cookie Bowl recipe to make mini cookie bowls that are great for serving everything from mousse to ice cream.

5. Rise and Dine

Make Sunday brunch even more fun with these cute mini frittatas. The great thing about making frittatas in your muffin pan is that you can mix and match flavors and toppings so everyone has a flavor combination they love.

6. Something to Taco Bout

Hosting Taco Tuesday this week? Create your own hard-shell taco holder by turning your muffin pan over and stacking your hard-shell tacos between the cavities. Fill all the tacos at once and serve them in the muffin pan for quick grab n’ go tacos that won’t fall over!

7. Let’s be Frank…

The best part of any hot dog or burger is the condiments! Relish, ketchup, mustard, and mayo can all be organized and served in a muffin pan. A great hack for a summer BBQ or cookout, this condiment bar is a space saver and time saver…and great for holding all your favorite toppings and dipping sauces.

Condiment Muffin Pan Hack

 

So next time you’re hosting a party or dinner for family and friends, let your muffin pan come to your aid. From organizing condiments to creating small one-person meals, the muffin pan can help make cooking, baking and entertaining so much easier!

Top 10 Essential Tools for Holiday Baking

It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s also the busiest time of year for baking. Many of us are looking for ways to save time and make a lot of cookies all at once. These ten tools will help make your cookie baking more efficient and enjoyable!

1. Unbleached Parchment Mega Roll, 100 Feet

Parchment Paper

This unbleached, silicone-treated non-stick parchment means there’s no need for spraying or greasing the pan, saving on clean-up time. Use it to line baking pans and cookie sheets. The on-trend, kraft paper color also comes in handy for gifting. Use it to line tins and gift boxes for cookie swaps, or even wrap gifts in this paper.

2. 3-Piece Large Cookie Sheet Set

Cookie Sheets

Keep the baking marathon going with a set of three cookie sheets. They feature a nonstick surface for quick release and easy clean up and are designed for easy handling in and out of the oven – even while wearing oven mitts!

3. Holiday 4-Piece Grippy Cutters

Cookie Cutters

This 4 piece set features classic Christmas icons: a stocking, tree, star and gingerbread boy. The cutters make for save and easy cutting with a comfortable grip and deep plastic sides, so the kids can easily join in on the cookie making fun.

4. The Really Big Spatula

The Really Big Spatula

Big baking jobs call for big tools, so say hello to the Really Big Spatula. It’s safe for non-stick pans and over six inches wide, so you can lift more cookies in one scoop. It features a stainless steel handle and can scoop up as many as six cookies at once.

5. 3-Tier Cooling Grid

3 Tier Cooling Grid

Do you have a cramped kitchen? This 3-tier cooling grid is a fantastic space saver. Stack the cooling grids on top of one another – the sturdy steel wires allow ample airflow for treats large and small, and the nonstick coating gives easy release and clean-up.

6. 3-Pack Cookie Icing

Cookie Icing

Save some time with ready-to-use cookie icing in the colors of the season: red, green and white. The icing comes in a microwave bottle and sets quickly to give your cookies a smooth finish in just one hour. A 10-ounce bottle covers about 12 3-inch cookies.

7. Candy Cane Decorating Icing

Candy Cane Icing

Add some flavor to your decorating while saving time with the ready-to-use candy cane flavored decorating icing pouch. The easy to squeeze bag comes fitted with both a round tip and a star tip and works like a traditional bag and tip.

8. Holiday Sprinkle Mix Mega Pack

Holiday Sprinkles

Big baking jobs call for a lot of sprinkles! Get all the variety you need with this mega pack of four different types of sprinkles: green sugar, red sugar, snowflake mix and holiday nonpareils. The plastic bottles make for easy pouring and storing and are perfect for cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more.

9. 3-Pack Melting Bottles

Squeeze Bottles

These melting bottles have a variety of uses. They’re perfect for filling with royal icing for all of your cookie decorating, and can also be used with Candy Melts candy to get the perfect drizzle on all types of sweet treats.

10. Large Santa Cookie Box

Santa Cookie Box

Ho, ho, ho! Give cookies to everyone you know in these cute Santa cookie boxes.

All of these essentials can be found at you local Michaels. For more sweet treat inspiration, check out our Holiday Desserts Pinterest Board.