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10 May '16

Kids Baking Party

Posted by Kurt Krems in baking, baking party, craft, crafting, party, pin, rolling, rolling pin, wooden

Kids Baking Party

I'm sure this is the case with you but if you have a kiddo in school,there are endless ways of raising money for your school. The trip to Washington D.C., new tablets for the first graders or smart boards for all classes. 

Our amazing elementary school in Morrison, Colorado was having a huge silent auction and crazy to say they raised about $30,000 in one night! Filled with fellow parents donating their crafts, wares and services and it was so fun to learn what other moms and dads do. Might I add to that moms and dads were quite unrecognizable from their daily sweat pants and ponytails to fancy, schmanzy real people!

So with great joy and a skip in our step we decided to donate a baking party for any fellow 3rd grader at our daughters school. Included in the package was a personalized apron as well as their choice of rolling pin. It could be one already in our inventory or they could have us customize one as well. 

I think for this party we had a panda bear, cats, turtles kissing cats, horses and a "made by" pin. It was so fun to see such an assortment and get an insight into what the little sweet girlies liked! 

Lasted about 2-3 hours and was certainly filled with lots of sugar and flour! Together we all prepared our trusted peanut butter roll out dough and took turns rolling out the dough with our new rolling pins. The girls found such pleasure in not only seeing the final product but were mesmerized with how the dough looked!  I love 9 year olds...while they're growing into mature little beings I still saw a few glimpses of sweet, little girls who giggled with such delight!

If this is something you would find fun for a birthday party or special event, we'd love to add some fun with our pins. Let us know and we'd be happy to give you a great price to ensure you have a fun and memorable event! 

28 Mar '16

Recipe: Peanut Butter Roll Out Cookie

Recipe: Peanut Butter Roll Out Cookie

With this easy peanut butter recipe, you're sure to be loading up on the PB at Costco! This recipe comes compliments of one of our happy clients, Cathy from Wisconsin.  

Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies 

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups flour

Cream together butter, peanut butter and both sugars until well blended. Add eggs and mix again. Stir in salt and baking powder. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add 3 cups of flour. Add flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough together gently before rolling out. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. With moderate pressure, roll the embossed pin over the flattened dough. 

Bake at 350 F for 7 minutes or until the center of the cookies look "dry."

We would love to see pictures of your final project! Feel free to email or post to:

  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweetrollingpins
  • Instagram: #fsweetrollingpins (post a picture or even the recipe you used) 
  • Email: stacy.krems@sweetrollingpins.com
28 Mar '16

Recipe: Fondant

Recipe: Fondant

Fondant, wow. The things you can create with this magical frosting is amazing. I am still a novice but enjoy trying new designs and shapes with our daughter. She actually likes to eat it raw, ew. 

You can find fondant at a few key stores. So far I have found them at: Joann Fabric, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and a few Walmart stores. 

The image shown here was my first attempt at using fondant. I finished the edges with a piped frosting and called it a day. 

28 Mar '16

Recipe: Springerle Cookies

Recipe: Springerle Cookies

If you’re really in the mood to make something absolutely spectacular, try making a Springerle Cookie. We tried this recipe below and the cookies are not only edible, but are beautiful. We aren’t professional bakers so if we can make these – you can too! One thing to share is that this recipe (at least for us) was time consuming.

The picture shown here I just adore. The images are precise. This little cookie is gorgeous and being a novice baker, I was shocked. If you're willing to put in the work, you'll be rewarded!

Springerle Cookie Recipe:

  •  ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting and surface
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 9 cups sifted cake flour, plus more for dusting and surface

Glaze (Optional)
  • Pure lemon extract
  • Luster or petal dust, for decorating

Dissolve baking powder in milk in small bowl. Whisk eggs with a mixer on high speed until very thick and pale, about 10 minutes. With machine running, slowly add sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in milk mixture, salt, anise extract, and lemon zest until just combined.

Reduce speed to medium-low. Add 6 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Remove bowl from mixer, and stir in remaining 3 cups of flour, 1 cups at a time, until flour is incorporated and dough is stiff.

Transfer dough to a floured surface, and knead until dough is smooth and not sticky, adding more flour if necessary. Divide dough into 4 pieces, and wrap in plastic wrap.

Dust surface with flour. Roll out 1 piece/section of the dough with a non-patterned rolling pin to ¼ inch thickness. Dust your new patterned rolling pin with flour and press firmly into dough until the shape of the patterned rolling pin appears. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until completely dry, about 1 hour. They should not color. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies will keep, unglazed and covered, for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

To make the glaze, mix lemon extract and a pinch of luster or petal dust in a small bowl, adding more dust as needed to get desired color. Using a very fine paintbrush, brush the tinted extract onto the flat portion of each cookie around the relief. Using a clean, damp paintbrush, removed smudges. Mix additional extract and luster or petal dust in ½ teaspoon increments. (Recipe compliments of: www.marthastewart.com)

We would love to see pictures of your final project! Feel free to email or post to:

  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweetrollingpins
  • Instagram: #fsweetrollingpins (post a picture or even the recipe you used) 
  • Email: stacy.krems@sweetrollingpins.com