Family Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted April 7th, 2015 in News, Recipe o' the Week by daniellegrace

Sorry for the lack of updates on the blog front! Needless to say, we have still been working away with clients from all over the world. Between the day job and the wee one (who is 18 months soon, wowza!) there isn’t a ton of time for promotion, but I thought I should share this recipe while it’s on my mind. Also I updated my testimonials page?! Thanks Katy! You and David were so lovely to work with!

So – decorated cookies have made a renaissance in my family. My sister and brother in law are awesome at them and sometimes they let me help. This year we did Valentine’s Day cookies and then just this weekend we did Easter cookies! It’s a fun family activity for cool weather. This is the recipe they use – the cookies are delicious and not (somehow?) cloyingly sweet like the sugar cookies I remember. I like to make them on the thick side so they stay nice and chewy. I have icing directions below, but there are a tonne of resources available – I think this recipe derives from Sweet Sugar Belle‘s – she has awesome tutorials and images on her site. But a quick overview of our new family sugar cookie recipe:

Easter Cookies

 

Sugar Cookies

  • 1.5 c. butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 5 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. icing sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least 1 h. Dough can be frozen for use later.

Preheat oven to 400F. Roll dough to ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, transfer to cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Royal Icing

Single Batch

  • 1kg /900g bag icing sugar (~3 ¾ c)
  • 5 tbsp. meringue powder (I found this witchery at the Bulk Barn in the spice section)
  • ½ to ¾ c. water
  • 2-3 tsp. flavour (I use vanilla usually)

Stir flavouring into half of the water. Mix sugar and meringue powder. Slowly add water mixture; icing will become thick and lumpy. Continue adding water until honey-like consistency is reached. Whip 2-4 minutes until thick and fluffy.

I run this with the paddle attachment in my stand mixer until it is shiny and soft peaks form. Then the fun!

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Fill and Flood Icing

  1. Divide icing into as many bowls as you want colours. (Probably best to keep it under 4-5 colours.)
  2. Use food dye (I used beet juice for pink!) to get the colour you want, stir well and thin with water (in a spray bottle) until it is a creamy shampoo texture.
  3. Split that colour into two batches – one will stay thick and go into a bag with the tip cut off or piping apparatus. The other gets watered down to a shampoo texture – until it drizzles off the spoon.
  4. Use the thicker colour to pipe around the edge of the cookie. Allow to dry (5-10 minutes should do it) and then fill with the runnier icing – you can use a bag with a larger tip and then spread with a chopstick to reach all the corners.
  5. Allow the flooded icing to dry and then go back with your fill icing and do some decorations on top!
  6. Wait for them to dry enough that you can eat them – in a few hours, you should be able to stack them.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Notorious C.O.OK.I.E styles are recommended. :)

 

Bittersweet Chocolate Scones

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in News, Off Topic, Recipe o' the Week by daniellegrace

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had mixed results using recipes from the internet. Most often they’re ok, but I wouldn’t really use them again. Just yesterday I screwed up a batch of chocolate donuts – so sad!

In any case, this recipe is the exception. I have made these again and again, over years, and I never have to change the recipe to suit my tastes – typically I cut sugar and fat from most baked goods, but not from these. I am really only copying it here because I will be so sad if this recipe blog ever disappears! And so you lovely folks have the chance to make it of course.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Scones
(Recipe by Seven Spoons)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 large egg plus one egg white for glazing (DW NOTE – I sometimes use milk for glazing because I am lazy)
  • 3/4 cup 18% cream, chilled (DW NOTE – I usually use half and half because its what I keep in the house)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (DW NOTE – I use part of a dark chocolate bar, chopped up. PC makes a good one.)
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Use parchment paper to line a standard baking sheet and set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt. On the machine’s lowest setting, cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles course meal. The butter should be in small pieces approximately the size of peas. Alternatively, sift together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then cut in the chilled butter with two knives or a pastry cutter. As before, the blend should be rough, with uneven pieces of butter still visible.

    Lightly whisk together the whole egg, cream and vanilla. With the machine running still on low (or stir), pour the liquids slowly into the flour and butter mixture, stirring until just combined. Small bits of butter should still be visible, but almost all the flour should be incorporated. With the mixer still on low, stir in the chocolate. If proceeding by hand, use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to fold and turn the flour mixture to incorporate the liquids, then stir in the chocolate. Do not overmix.

    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Working quickly, gently knead the dough, folding and pressing gently until fairly smooth. Divide the dough into three, and shape each ball of dough into a 4″ round about 3/4″-1″ thick. Cut each round into four wedges (DW NOTE – I usually do them in sixes or eights for cute mini scones), and place on the prepared baking sheet. Once finished, brush each scone with the egg white and sprinkle with extra granulated sugar.

    Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes (DW NOTE – watch the scones if you’ve made mini scones, 12 minutes?), or until the tops are matte and the cut sides look flaky and dry. When fully cooked, scones should feel light for their size and sound almost hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. Best served warm.

    Makes 12 smallish scones. (or 18-24 mini scones!)

    Enjoy with a cup of coffee! Bring some to your neighbors! Bask in the glory of an internet recipe success. :)

    Wonder of Wonders! New work in the portfolio!

    Posted April 26th, 2014 in New Designs!, News by daniellegrace

    You guys! I finally posted a bunch of new designs in the portfolio! Can you believe it?? Ha. We’ve been often too busy working on new client projects to photograph and edit and upload here, but we finally got to it! Maybe it’s because the baby is a half year old now and is more easily entertained by other folks, but who knows? Let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth! Anyway – here are the new designs, presented without further ado!

    Harvard Yard, a creamy and classy suite:

    Harvard Yard Wedding Invitation

    Industrial Kraft, an edgy typewriter-ey black on kraft suite:

    Industrial Kraft Wedding Invitation

    Sea Farer, a nautical suite inspired by my amazing trip to Croatia in 2012,

    Sea Farer Nautical Wedding Invitation

    Black Stag, a taxidermy inspired kraft invitation (I have a kraft problem these days):

    Black Stag - Web

    Pom Pom Party, a fun and colourful invite featuring a multi coloured pom pom garland!

    Pom Pom Garland Wedding Invitation

     

    And that is all for now! I seem to have outdone myself. As always – get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project!

    New stuff in the etsy shop!

    Posted December 15th, 2013 in New Designs!, News by daniellegrace

    Wonders never cease! We have posted some new items in the etsy shop – check ‘em out!

    Cardinal Holiday Card

    Kraft Cardinal Holiday Card

    Dingle Balls Holiday Card

    Dingle Ball Holiday Card

    Birdcage Thank You Card

    Birdcage thank you card

     

    Check ‘em all out here, in our shop!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/sixmodern

    A much overdue followup!

    Posted December 13th, 2013 in Custom Projects, DIY by daniellegrace

    Well, this year has gone by so super fast. I have a client-printed invitation that was sent to me this summer that I am JUST NOW getting around to photographing! It helps that I have a new camera. Oh well.

    This is a custom DIY invitation I designed for Anna and Salim’s bicycle themed wedding at Irish Creek Farm in Lac Ste-Marie. When I met with Anna about this project at Illume Espresso Bar in Westboro, we ended up talking about anything and everything for a very long time! I seem to always get the best clients. Since their wedding was to be in a rural area, with different groups of people staying at different cottages and chalets, we made a pretty detailed custom map for the event. It even shows you where you can find wine, owls, and deer! And it was red and mint – so in this year. I was super happy with it, and Anna and Salim said they got tons of compliments on the set as well! See pictures below for more details.

    Anna and Salim Invite and Map

    Anna and Salim’s red and mint custom DIY wedding invitation and map

    See more after the jump!

     

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    It’s a Family Affair

    Posted November 18th, 2013 in News, Off Topic by daniellegrace

    So the true reason for all of the silence around here? This guy:

    We welcomed this little lady into the world on October 13 of this year – things have been a little hectic since! She is currently snoozing in my Moby Wrap while I type – sweet. We’ll see how long that lasts!

    So business is ongoing, but if I am slower than usual with my replies, this is why! Have a happy week, everyone!

    Ongoing Busyness

    Posted September 17th, 2013 in News by daniellegrace

    Wow! Where did the last 7 months go? I apologize to all of my obviously ravenous readers for the long radio silence! Hmmm… how about a quick update?

    WedByHand 2013 was a smash success – check out this photo of my new booth!

    Six Modern's WedByHand Booth for 2013

    My husband and I whipped this together so last minute that some of my samples got stain on them because it was still wet the next day – oops. Anyway, I was really happy with it. And I love the round paper garland – so much – so here is a link for a tutorial!

     

    Since then, we’ve been busily beavering away on custom projects and some other stuff for clients all over! We did a farmer’s market themed wedding this summer:

    Farmer's Market Themed  Wedding Suite

    We also worked on a nautical themed wedding shower invitation:

    Nautical Shower Invite - Detail

    And many more! I have been loving doing illustrated custom maps. Currently we’re working on a city wedding and a barn wedding in Prince Edward County. It’s been a packed spring and summer! So I do apologize for the lack of updates, but know that it just means we have been working away!

    Drop us a line if you are interested in joining the party – we’d love to hear from you.

    Look for us at Wed By Hand 2013!

    Posted February 6th, 2013 in Events, News by daniellegrace

    It’s most decidedly that time of year again – wedding planning season! We are excited to be working on new projects with several lovely couples, but we’re also gearing up to launch our new collection at Wed By Hand, Ottawa’s Indie Wedding Show!

    Wed By Hand 2013 - Postcard

    This year’s event is Sunday, February 10th, from 11AM to 3PM. It is located at the Glebe Community Centre at 175 Third Avenue.

    We will be there with samples of past work and new work, ready to meet wedding-planning-couples and friends. We would love to see you there, so we hope you can make it!

    Awesome & Free 2013 Printable Year-At-A-Glance Calendars

    Posted January 12th, 2013 in News, Off Topic by daniellegrace

    One of these years, I am going to get on designing one of these for myself. And of course I will share it with all of you! But until then, I love me a good year at a glance calendar. Here are some lovely modern ones I found in my search for my 2013 constant companion:

    Love Vs. Design Printable 2013 Calendar (Comes in three colourways!)

    Many more (including my fave!) after the jump!

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    Workin’ on a master plan…

    Posted January 7th, 2013 in New Designs!, News by daniellegrace

    Wonders never cease: some new work has trickled into the portfolio!

    See our classy orange invitation Varanasi:

    And see also our slick, modern Cincinnati Greens invitation in shades of – you guessed it – green!

    There are still more invitations to be added, but right now we are more excited about our NEW designs for 2013! We have been accepted again (yay!) to WedByHand, Ottawa’s indie wedding show, AND we are coming up with a new booth design, in addition to some fun new invite styles! Watch this space.

    I should also mention – happy new year and hope you all had the most lovely holidays! We at 6 Modern Lane had a very relaxing holiday full of food and snow and family. And now we are ready for 2013! Come at us, brides and grooms! Email us with ideas and questions! Look forward to working with you in 2013.