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Celebrating International Sushi Day!

Sushi cookies

SushiThe first time I tried sushi was way back in 2004. I was living in New York City for the summer, on break from my costume design graduate program in Pittsburgh. I’d sublet a small studio apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The apartment didn’t have much to offer in the way of kitchen space (it didn’t even have a full-size refrigerator, just a mini fridge!), so I ended up eating a lot of takeout that summer.

One evening on the walk home from my internship in midtown, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things. For some reason I decided to pick up some sushi, too. (Vegetarian brown rice rolls, if I remember correctly!) And while in retrospect supermarket sushi probably wasn’t the best way to start, it certainly did the job: I was hooked.

These days I eat sushi about once a week, and it will always be my choice when it’s my turn to choose the restaurant. So it’s no surprise that, when I started seeing various examples of sushi cookies popping up on Pinterest and around the web, I had to create my own.

Sushi cookies

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Pride-Inspired Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Pride-inspired rainbow sugar cookies

June is Pride Month, making it the perfect time to try my hand at some of the rainbow-inspired recipes I’ve bookmarked over the past few months.

There are lots of rainbow recipes to choose from, from cakes and cupcakes to fudge and fruit pizza. I stumbled upon this sugar cookie recipe from the Etsy Blog and thought it looked like a fun (and fairly simple) project.

Pride-inspired rainbow sugar cookies

These rainbow cookies are easy to make. You basically start with a standard sugar cookie dough, divide it into six smaller portions, then tint each dough ball with a different color. Then, the dough is rolled with a rolling pin, with each color wrapping around the next. (The Etsy Blog includes complete directions and a photo tutorial, which I found helpful.)

I did learn a few things along the way, and made some notes that I will keep in mind if/when I attempt these cookies again. See below for some tips and tricks that will help you to make this recipe a success.

Pride-inspired rainbow sugar cookies

Rainbow Cookie Tips
A few things I learned while making a batch of these cookies…

  • Double the recipe. You’ll need a lot more dough than you think you’ll need! My cookies turned out much smaller than expected (only about 1″ or so long), because I just simply did not have enough dough.
  • Do NOT divide the dough into equal-size balls, even though this is what the instructions say to do. Instead, make six balls in varying sizes. You’ll need the most red and orange dough, so make the two largest dough balls in those two colors. Make the smallest dough ball purple, and use medium-size dough balls for the remaining colors in between.
  • Use gel food coloring, rather than the liquid stuff. (I like this Liqua-Gel coloring, but any brand will do.) Gel will produce much brighter/more saturated colors, while using a lot less product to achieve these results.

Pride-inspired rainbow sugar cookies

More Rainbow Recipe Ideas

For more rainbow-inspired recipes to try during Pride Month, check out my rainbow desserts board on Pinterest. You can also cook up a batch of my old-fashioned hard candy, which makes a lovely rainbow of sugary fruit-flavored treats!

And, keep an eye out for my take on rainbow gummy bear candies…recipe coming soon!

Pride-inspired rainbow sugar cookies

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Doughnut-Shaped Sugar Cookies!

donut sugar cookies

Did you know that the first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day?

Making homemade doughnuts is high on my baking “to do” list. (I’ve even earmarked just a few recipes on Pinterest!) But for National Doughnut Day I decided to bake some doughnut-inspired sugar cookies instead.

doughnut shaped sugar cookies

I always keep a batch or two of homemade sugar cookie dough in my freezer, which can quickly be defrosted for last-minute baking projects. I’ve tried several different recipes (they’re all fairly similar) but for this batch I followed this recipe from Baked Ideas.

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