In my house, my boys were fascinated with leprechauns- those nosy little green men that popped up around St. Paddy's Day. They knew the stories of how these mythical little creatures were greedy and ruthless in their endless search for gold coins, or any money for that matter. In hopes of seeing (and catching) one of these mysterious creatures, my kids would make "leprechaun traps" of sorts with assorted boxes and toys, baited with a few pennies and quarters. Overnight, the nosy leprechaun would spring the trap, steal the coins, but leave a little something sweet to commend the boys' efforts in trying to trap him.
So I decided to make a version of these nosy leprechauns-
NOSY in the literal sense!
WOW- that's a big nose. Perfect for a nosy little creature! Let's make them!
I used an upside-down baby face cutter. Find it here. When I bought it, I wasn't sure about the pointy-hair part- but it's perfect for a beard!
Time to decorate!
And there you are- some nosy leprechauns!
Pair them with some little pots of gold! Check out the awesome pots of gold from SemiSweet and Sweetopia!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
The bane of existence of cookiers everywhere.
This particular cookie has an excessive amount of those pesky little boogers.
So embarrassing (and irritating :/).
There are tons of reasons WHY you may have bubbles in the first place:
* The royal icing was mixed too long and too fast.
* The royal icing is too thin.
* The thinned royal didn't sit long enough to allow the bubbles to surface before trying to use it.
Now that you have bubbles, you are left to your trusty toothpick, Boo-Boo stick, or turkey lacer to try to pop the bubbles before your icing crusts. Let the stabbing begin! Sometimes those bubbles get trapped under your icing for all eternity, leaving that little shadowy scar on the pristine surface on your cookie. I can feel my heart hurting right now.
But do you know that you probably have ONE OF THE BEST bubble poppers in your kitchen right now? Mine cost $.99, but it's worth a million!
STOP! Don't go away!
I know what you're thinking. This crazy girl is just going to stab those air bubbles just like a toothpick. NOPE.
The trick is to hold the cake tester parallel to the cookie.
Ever so lightly, touch the cake tester to the top of a bubble. Like the tester is giving the icing a little smooch.
Now gently lift the cake tester. By lifting the tool, it breaks the surface tension of the icing and RELEASES THE TRAPPED AIR! The little crater that is left can fill in on its own or you can swirl the icing a little to fill it in.
It works EVERY SINGLE TIME! As with all bubble-popping tricks, timing is key. You have to work ninja-fast. Trying to pop bubbles after your icing has crusted leaves you with a bigger mess. Trust me.
Still not convinced? Check out my not-so-fancy iphone video of the process.
I hope this little trick will help you say Ciao! to those irritating bubbles!
Do you have a cool bubble trick too? Tell me!
I'm Amy. Wife, Mom, former science teacher- and now full time cookie baker on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Pull up a chair and we create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.