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Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Kolachy Cookies

Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around baking with my mom. Birthdays, holidays, scout bake sales, my mom always baked and I was there in my “Mom’s Little Helper” apron ready to get my hands dirty. I can’t say for sure, but I believe in the beginning I helped because that meant I got first dibs on the brownie covered beaters (I had to get there before my brothers). But I then realized there is more to helping than making a mess and eating raw batter. Some of my mom’s early lessons included “do not turn the mixer on high in a bowl of flour” or “don’t crack eggs directly into the bowl or we will be fishing out eggshell for the next 20 minutes.” At this point it wasn’t really about the baking, but about making memories (and a mess) with my mom.

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6 Tips for Sweet Treat Holiday Gifting

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It’s that time of year – that time when I am up to my nose in holiday baking. Although I bake all year round, there is just something different about gifting something sweet, baked with love. (more…)

Behind the Scenes: Recipe Development

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Bloody Mary Muffins     Witch Finger Cookies     Double Trouble Pumpkin Brownies      Spiced Apple Mini Skull Lava Cakes     Mini Cheesecakes Crawling with Kiwi Flavor 

One of the best parts of working in the Wilton Test Kitchen is developing delicious and unique recipes. Whether it’s for a new pan line, treatology.wilton.com or Tito’s Vodka, we love to do what we do best – bake! (more…)

Add Texture to Your Fondant With Wilton Pattern Embosser Set and Pattern Rollers

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Thumbnail-Wilton Pattern Embosser setAdding texture to your fondant is easier than ever, thanks to the new Wilton Pattern Embosser Set and interchangeable Pattern Rollers. While the dot pattern that comes with the handle in the two-piece set  is perfect for many occasions, I’m thrilled that I have so many other options. I can make a fun and funky cake using the leopard pattern roller. The burlap pattern roller lets me add a rough-hewn fabric texture to my fondant designs. The diamond pattern on the quilt pattern roller makes it easy to add the trendy quilted design. The sophisticated geometric pattern roller provides a subtle design for an elegant cake. (more…)

Learn How to Make a Layered Cake — Level, Torte, Fill and Layer

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

New to making layered cakes? Been intrigued by, but too intimidated to try, the multiple layered tall cakes that are all over Pinterest? We’ve made two videos to help you easily make beautiful layered cakes. (more…)

3 Ways to Use Colored Cookie Dough for Christmas Cookies

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Cookie baking is going full-steam ahead and I wanted to share my three favorite Christmas cookies techniques using colored cookie dough. The first technique, piped colored cookie dough, lets me decorate my cookies before I bake them! In the video, I explain how to thin your dough so you can easily pipe the colored cookie dough accents directly on your cut-out cookies. Second, you’ll learn how to make two-toned pinwheel cookies – parchment paper makes layering and rolling easy. Third, it’s easy to make candy cane cookies using plain and colored cookie dough by rolling dough logs together and forming them into a candy-cane shape. For all of them, I love how I can make the colored dough vibrant using Wilton Icing Colors. (more…)

How to Color Cookie Dough

Friday, December 13th, 2013

While traditional sugar cookies are great, sometimes you want to add a little color! In our latest video, I’ll show you how to color cookie dough easily using your mixer and some Wilton icing colors. The Icing colors tint the dough without changing the consistency of the dough, which can happen with traditional food coloring. Learn tips to ensure the intensity of your color so you don’t end up with pale cookies. (more…)

How to make No-Bake Grasshopper Pies

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

One of my all-time favorite treats is the Grasshopper Pie. In my opinion, there is nothing better than the cool/bitter contrast between peppermint and chocolate. (more…)

Easy Baking with Bake-Even Strips

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Like many of you, I am always trying to find an easy and more efficient way to bake a cake. From start to finish, making a beautiful cake from scratch can be a daunting task. (more…)

Two-Toned Cupcakes Made Easy!

Monday, January 28th, 2013

One of my favorite “traditions” during the chilly winter months is “Monday Funday.” Once a month my close girlfriends and I get together to cook, drink wine and watch bad TV. January is my month to bring dessert so I thought what could be better than cupcakes? (more…)