Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Hanging Mug Sugar Cookies

A few months ago I was walking through Clapham Junction - an area just south of London that I don't really frequent that often. It's a pretty area lined with cutesy shops and funky eateries. It's also where I found the cutest little cookie cutters.  You see, I was walking along when all of a sudden I noticed a pink store.  Yes, a PINK store!  How could I not take notice of a pink store?!?  It wasn't just any pink store either.  It was one of Jaime Oliver's Recipease stores.  Recipease isn't just any old store - it's a cooking school, a kitchen store, a cafe and a prepared food store all in one.  How did I not know about these before??? Note to self - I must go back and take a cookery lesson there.  The pasta making ones sound like great fun! 


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I had a little wander around the store which sold loads of cool things like freshly baked bread,  food storage containers with pastel flip lids, kitchen gadgets and the cutest little cookie cutters. Cookies cutters which I just had to have!  

These weren't just any cookie cutters - they were hanging cookie cutters!  Don't laugh.  I'm easily excitable when I find cool new kitchen "thingys".



The cookie cutters are sold in a set of 6, although 2 of the cutters are a pair.  There's a heart, a star, a circle, a little bird and a pair of angel wings.   And they're all designed to hang on the side of your coffee mug or tea cup.  


I've never been one to fall into the English habit drinking a cup of tea, alongside a biscuit (cookie) but lately I've found myself wanting to enjoy just a tiny treat with my afternoon coffee.  These little cookies are the perfect solution.  Simply make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and hang one (or two!) of these fun little cookies on the side of your mug, pop yourself in your favourite chair, put your feet up, relax and enjoy!



You definitely don't have to go crazy and decorate them like I did, but I saw a fun opportunity and I took it!  I used royal icing to flood all of my cookies, and then I did something a bit different to each of them.  I shook some opalescent edible glitter on one pair of angel wings while the royal icing was still wet, and I used a silvery pearl lustre dust on the second pair once the icing was dry.  I kept the birds fairly basic and just added some yellow beaks and drew on black eyes with a food marker.  I used gold lustre dust on the star and I pink lustre dust on the hearts and circles, and tried out a new royal icing painting technique that I'd been wanting to try for ages now.  



The painting technique is so simple and just involves piping a curved line of royal icing on your cookie, and then taking a dry paint brush and dragging the royal icing inwards.  Although I thought my first try turned out ok, I wasn't entirely happy with my painted cookies as I think my icing consistency was a bit off.  Coincidentally the weekend after I made these cookies I saw this same painting technique being demonstrated at the Cake International Show, so I picked up some tips there.  I will definitely be making some more of these pretty painted cookies that I'll share with you soon.  I think my pink one matches the flowers on my mug!



I used Peggy Porschen's sugar cookie recipe which is a favourite of mine.  Her dough holds it's shape and doesn't spread while cooking, plus it tastes great too.  You can get the recipe for the sugar cookie dough along with Peggy's royal icing recipe and all my cookie decorating tips and tricks  here

14 comments:

Cupcake Kelly said...

Freaky how many times we've kinda made the same thing! I have similiar cutters and made little cookies too but not with pretty decorations. The birds are adorable!

Made With Pink said...

Really? That's too funny! Come to think of it, I've been wanting to make something with Lemon Curd for ages, but haven't decided on a recipe. I made it months ago and it's been sitting in my freezer ever since. (I used a tiny bit in my easter egg cakes though). The lemon curd you made for Peggy's cake looked delicious! Did you also use the Jamie Oliver cutters for your cookies? I'd not seen such a variety of hanging cookie cutters before. I'd seen the mini gingerbread houses and I think I've seen mini people as well, but not the cute little angel wings.

Kezia said...

I love Recipease, in fact I was in Clapham Junction today and popped in there! I love all the glass jars with the pastel lids and the selection on cakes and bread is great too. Your cookies look fantastic:)

Kezia said...

I love Recipease, in fact I was in Clapham Junction today and popped in there! I love all the glass jars with the pastel lids and the selection on cakes and bread is great too. Your cookies look fantastic:)

Made With Pink said...

Thanks Kezia! I know exactly which jars your talking about!! They featured some pink flip top ones in the window when I was there and when I went to buy them they told me the pink ones were only sold in sets of 3 that also game with green and yellow tops. I can't be having green and yellow in my kitchen!! I was disappointed, but I left with the cookie cutters I used above, so it wasn't a total bust.

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Ooh I NEED those cutters! They are fab! I feel a shopping trip coming on!
Victoria xx

Becs @ Lay the table said...

Oh gosh, they are so pretty! I think I would have to trick out the entire top of the mug with just enough room to slurp! I am somewhat of a biccie addict

Janice said...

Oh they are gorgeous, I want some NOW! Wish there was a Recipease shop near me :(

Michelle said...

I've never heard of Recipease but I will be heading their way soon. These biscuits are gorgeous and would be lovely for a lady-like tea with some girlfriends. You've inspired me. x

Made With Pink said...

Thanks everyone! You might be able to order them online from Jamie Oliver's store. I forgot to mention that you can really use any cookie cutter you'd like, and simply cut a little piece out of your cookie before you bake them and make your own mug cookies if you can't find the Hooked on You ones I used above.

Jackie said...

Hooked on You! Wow! I have never seen these before, they would make a delightful gift for my British friend here in the States. Of course, I cannot decorate cookies anywhere near the amazing and beautiful way that you decorate cookies! I love looking at your lovely creations.

Cheers,
Jackie

Elajr said...

I was just thinking of making those cookies but we don't have those cutters where I live in the the U.S. I love those!!!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Always meant to go here - it's opposite end of town to me. I had some of the mug handing cookie cutters for Christmas from Helen at FFF but not managed to use them yet.

lfmatthews said...

These are simply adorable, good job my sister is moving to Clapham soon: a brilliant excuse to visit her!

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