Big Cookies for a Big Birthday

August 27, 2013

Though not intentional I guess that I have been on somewhat of a blogging hiatus for the past several weeks.  What can I say?  Summer kicked itself into high gear and with it very many commitments for Ron and I.  Judging by the number of baked goods photos I still have to edit and by the frequency of my posts of late, I think I have enough material to keep me blogging for a few months without stop! Seriously though, the pace of things around our home will be slowing significantly soon and I hope to be back on a more reasonable schedule with my site.

One of the more recent events that occurred was a very special one indeed.  Our first grandchild celebrated a milestone this month.  Yup, Ella is now in the double digits of birthdays having turned 10 on August 22nd.  As always, her parents and sister celebrated the day together with her and the party with friends was held on Sunday evening.  Ella decided on a Movie Night Theme for her gathering and after a shopping outing with her Mom all the supplies were purchased to ensure that the theme was fully carried out.  From a  Walk of Fame  entrance for her birthday guests complete with a Movie Marquee that lit up to a Movie Viewing area pretty much everything was covered to ensure her friends would have an enjoyable time.

Movie Theme Collage

Ella is not a very big eater of sweets and she decided that instead of a baked cake for her birthday she wanted to have a cake made all from fresh fruit.  A watermelon was purchased along with kiwis, melons, starwberries and grapes.  Her Dad took on the honour of making his daughter’s birthday dessert.  It was a huge hit and it was fun to watch eight girls devour it while they giggled and chatted around the table.

Fruit Cake Movie Poster

My contribution to this soiree was to create a cookie that coincided with the theme and since the swag bags were large plastic popcorn containers I chose to make large popcorn cookies to accompany the rest of the swag.  As the cookies were 5 1/2 inches high and 4 inches wide at the top I had to use two different cutters.  The popcorn container section of the cookie was made by re-shaping a large bell cookie cutter.  A large fluted round cutter was used for the popcorn section of the cookie.

Popcorn Cookie Dough & Cutters

After the initial cuts, I used my kitchen bench scraper to flatten off both sections.

Final Cut

Moving the sections to the cookie sheet, the popcorn part is pressed lightly against the popcorn container piece prior to baking.

Popcorn Cookies Pieced

Once baked and cooled, the cookies were piped and flooded with white royal icing.

Popcorn Cookies Flooded

I used my edible icing images to create the popcorn container.  I found red striped paper online and downloaded the image.  Using picmonkey I edited the image to include *Ella’s 10th*.  Once the edible images were printed, I cut them to fit the size and shape of the cookie bottoms.

Edible Image Uncut

I have found that once the cookies are flooded, waiting about fifteen minutes before attaching the edible image prevents the image from curling.  In my experience, I have found that if I attach the edible image right after adding the flood icing it is the wetness of the icing that causes the curling of the edges of the image.  Waiting 10-15 minutes allows your icing to settle a bit, to the tacky stage where the icing is still wet enough for your edible image to adhere to but not so wet as to cause the curling.

Edible Image Applied

Now, here’s where I got so involved in the decorating process that I neglected to take any photos.  I only have this one below from my Instagram feed.  Basically, I waited until the top section of the iced cookie had dried and then began applying the icing popcorn.  Using a #2 tip and white piping icing I made various sizes and shapes of icing drops.  With yellow icing I added the butter.  The design was finished off by piping a black line around the popcorn containers.  Using the same red striped paper and in picmonkey I created the toppers for the cookie packaging.

Popcorn Cookie Completed

This was a fun cookie to make and I loved being a part of my grand-daughter’s celebration with her friends.  I’m grateful for the contribution of freedigistamps blog for the red striped paper and to the staff at my local video store The Movie People for providing me with six movie posters that added so much to Ella’s party theme.

Completed Cookie Collage

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Adri August 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

What fabulous cookies! They are perfect. I love the idea, and I think Ella made a wonderful selection of theme for her party.

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Thank you so much Adri. Ella and her friends did have a great time with this Movie Night theme.

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The Bearfoot Baker August 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Awe! Happy Birthday Ella! I love these popcorn cookies. I need to try this technique. It would be great during the very humid time here.

Thanks so much for sharing!

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thank you Lisa, always enjoy your visits here :)

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Joan - My Cookie Clinic August 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Paula, It sounds like you’re having a wonderful summer. These cookies are so cute and I’m sure your granddaughter loved them. These are so creative. Thanks for the tip about the curling edges on the edible paper. I’ve had the same problem so I ‘ll use your tip next time. Kudos to Ella’s Dad on a fantastic fruit birthday cake too!

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Thank you Joan! The waiting method with the edible images does work for me and I hope it works for you two. Others who use edible images have found that by waiting for the icing to dry completely and then applying the image using a bit of clear corn syrup also prevents the curling of the edges.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm

What perfectly popped cookies for a perfectly pretty 10 year old girl! Please wish Ella a happy birthday from me. Double digits is quite a big deal! :)
I’m also am in love with the watermelon birthday cake. It’s so pretty and a wonderful alternative to a traditional cake. I’m sure it was a huge hit with all the party guests!

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Hi Renee ~ I will pass on your wishes to Ella, thank you. I was curious to see when the fruit cake was served if there would be and disappointed girls but I think they enjoyed it even more than a baked cake. Jeff did a great job with it.

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Carrie's Creations August 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

these are so fun!

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi Carrie. Doing the popcorn design is the most fun! I have done these cookies before, a few years ago but not this large, not with these cutters and not with the edible images.

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Sue {munchkin munchies} August 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I have always wanted to make popcorn cookies, but never have:( Thanks for the reminder with your cute cookies! The cake by dad is fabulous too! Happy 10th Birthday to Ella!

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Sue {munchkin munchies} August 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

P.S. Good to see a post from you today, Paula:) <3

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Believe me, I was happy to finally get one up!

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I’m looking forward to your popcorn cookie post! I will pass on your comment to Ella’s Dad and your wishes to Ella. Thanks for the visit Sue :)

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Kelly @ JAX does design August 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Happy #10 Ella! Love the theme for her party, and the popcorn cookies are perfect :-) And a cake made totally from fruit… awesome idea! Her dad did a great job putting it together :-)

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thanks for the sweet comment. Jeff will be happy to hear your compliment Kelly :)

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Georgie August 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Happy 10th Birthday Ella! what an adorable theme and the cookies are beautiful & fun.

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Paula August 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thanks so much Georgie, appreciate it :)

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The Partiologist August 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Those popcorn cookies must have been the hit of the party right up there with the watermelon cake! Both are just fantastic! I have never printed edible icing sheets and I would really LOVE to have one of the machines! Happy Birthday to Ella!

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Paula August 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

You would seriously love an edible printer but then again, you manage to do such beautiful and creative work without one too. The watermelon cake was the star attraction to be sure! Thanks for your BDay wishes for Ella, I’ll be sure she sees your comment.

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bridget {bake at 350} August 28, 2013 at 6:01 am

I cannot believe she is 10!!! It seems like she’s grown-up before our eyes!

Love this party idea…and the cake…and of course your cookies with the “talking” cookie tutorial. ;) I know she had a wonderful day!

Welcome to the double digits, Ella!!!

PS…I think summer is the perfect time for a blogging hiatus! I’ve been taking a bit of one as well…and it’s been wonderful!

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Paula August 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I know! She’ll be in high school like your Kiddo before we know it. It was a fun party theme and a great party. I will pass on your wishes to Ella. I’m glad you enjoyed your *bit* of blogging hiatus though I know it was a very wee bit of one. Hope you were able to relax and recharge. Bet you are looking forward to your favourite Fall flavour coming soon to Starbucks ;)

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Paula August 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

What fun!! Love the little voices from the cookies. Cracked me up.

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Jacquee August 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

Looks like it was a hit! Daddy’s cake looks marvelous and all fruit too – even better! Love these cookies and the comic bubble humour is hilarious! I’ve just broken my hiatus and I hope to keep the momentum. Good to see you back here!! :)

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Gail August 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Paula, so cute! Your love for your Ella knows no bounds!!

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Paula August 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Thanks so much Gail. Not as cute as your little Vivi and Mitzi though :) Hope everyone is doing well.

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Jacqueline August 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

What fabulous cookies. I just adore the red striped. I want, want, want to try that. I am sure it takes a different printer, etc. I will have to look around your site and try to find out how to do that. These are picture perfect. Lucky Ella.

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Paula August 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hi Jacqueline :) Thank you for your visit and your lovely compliment. There are many types of regular ink jet printers that you can use to print off edible images. It is important however that you purchase one new and use strictly for edible images. If you visit icingimages.com you will find a wealth of information about compatible printers, supplies etc.

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Aww, happy (belated) birthday to Ella! What a fun celebration. She’s so lucky to have you bake these lovely cookies for her, Paula!

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Paula August 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Georgia, I’m lucky to have such wonderful grand-children to bake for! It was a fun celebration. Ella is here this weekend with her family. I’ll be sure to show her your comment. Thanks for the visit:)

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CCU August 31, 2013 at 12:19 am

A big belated happy birthday to your beautiful grand-girl my friend! These cookies look perfect :D

Cheers
CCU

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Lou's Lake Views September 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

What a lucky girl Ella is to have such a talented Grandma, the cookies look fabulous! So refreshing to see youngsters enjoying fruit and veg, I love the idea of a fruit ‘cake’!

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Paula September 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thank you and yes, it was refreshing and delightful to see all the girls enjoy the “fruit cake” so much.

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Sharon September 8, 2013 at 6:55 am

Those turned out great! I love the idea of cake with fruit…fun and healthy. What a special celebration!

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Paula September 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thank you Sharon. It was a great day!

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Karen-warning sugary goodness September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Very creative and great packaging!!! Aren’t Grandkids the best :)

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Paula September 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Yes, Grand kids are the best. Can’t imagine my life without them!

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Lora September 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Those popcorn cookies are tops and I love the fruit cake. Congrats to Ella. I am sure she had a magical day.

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Paula September 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

She had a wonderful birthday Lora, thank you.

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