Welcome & Happy St. Pat's Day!!
I have some goodies to share with you today!
I've planned this set for a few years now and I'm glad I finally got around to bringing it to life!
There were a few bumps along the way (as per usual) and I had to do some improvising but I'm super happy (almost happier) with the results!
I can already tell from how many pictures I added that this is going to be a long one so let's get started! I promise it's worth the scroll!!!
THEY ARE SO PRETTY!!!
Sketch & Introductions
The sketch is pretty boring this go-round seeing as we all know what the Lucky Charms are..
Or at least we would, if they would stop changing the shapes..
(Speaking of shapes...
I did create a set of St. Patrick's Days coloring sheets that are pretty fun and they're FREE!
You can find them HERE.)
Now. Back to these adorable cookies!!!
Full disclosure... I made quite a few sets of these.
The very first set I made was my test set and it was done sorta last minute.
I was thankful for the opportunity though because I learned some very important things but we'll get to that. First of all. Here is how I created my bowls!!
Don't ask me where I got the idea because it just came out of nowhere. I was sifting through my cutters looking for something to create a bowl shape and BAM there it was...
I was gifted a moment of genius.
The BEST set for beginners!!
I can't believe it's taken this long in the post to mention it but I think besides Christmas, because everybody can make Christmas cookies, this is by far the BEST set for a beginner to get started with. It's super simple but you still get to work with flooding, wet on wet, and marbling. Best of all, you can't really mess these up.
Trials and Errors
This part is mostly just for giggles.
Y'all I hadn't made basic chocolate chip cookies in so long I had forgotten how to actually bake them.... absolutely ridiculous.
I made them WAYYYY too big. I actually had to flip the first batch over and cook them on the top just to get them cooked all the way through bahahaha....
Luckily, these were for my momma and my step dad so they didn't complain much AND that only happened with the first set.
As you can see below, I remembered how to properly portion the dough before baking and they came out just fine. LOL.
*Marshmallow Notes & Problems
Okay so. The deal with the marshmallows.
I really wanted to do a bunch of these and bag them up and send them off to my awesome little nieces and my nephew BUT I didn't think about the marshmallows.
*Once you bag these up the marshmallows soften.
It actually makes total sense, they are dehydrated marshmallows so they just suck in all the moisture from the cookies and they become super soft.
Now, the taste is not affected, they still taste perfectly delicious BUT the little crispy texture you'd expect from the marshmallows is completely gone.
I just wanted to add these notes from my own experience.
If you want them to be crispy then you have to eat them right away. I even tried freezing them and that didn't work either, the marshmallows still got soft.
You want to put them on the cookies fresh out of the oven when the cookies are still a little soft. If you put them in the oven with the cookie dough they will melt.
Part 2 and Adjustments
So that was my small test batch.
Now onto the bulk sets... I say "bulk" it was like 6 LOL.
So I made 48 minis (plus a few extras) and 30 Rainbow cookies (plus a few extra).
So total I made between 80-85 cookies, roughly.
These were so fun to decorate and they only took me about 30 minutes decorating time.
Now onto the chocolate chip!
So the Lucky Charms cookies were white chocolate chip. After that semi-fail I decided to just make them double chocolate chip so these are white chocolate and mini milk chocolate chip cookies.
No oopsies on sizes this time, I got them portioned out just right and they all came out good.
Now onto the bowls.
So it's at this moment that I realize that I forgot the Rainbows in my sets of minis haha
Not a biggy because I still had to make the bowls but it was kinda funny.
I also ended up with "left handed" bowls because I forgot to flip my dough before I baked it but guess what... my Dad is left handed anyway and literally no one noticed or cared LOL.
Since I decided to make so many bowls I made these smaller.
I was lucky enough to have 3 different sized circles and 3 different sized pumpkins so I created the exact same cookie as the first time, just smaller.
I actually had to crush up the cereal and the marshmallows to get them in the bowls this time but I think they came out super cute!!
So the bowls are pretty much done except putting their names on them.
I'm ready to decorate the Rainbow cookies now!
After what learned about the marshmallows I decided I was going to do something different.
I already had a ton of icing from the cookies so I just decided to do a rainbow and add some gold sprinkles.
They came out better than I imagined and they were fun to decorate.
I was even amused by all the icing leftover from decorating the cookies.
It made a cool pattern on the plates.
Jaxon got to test these out for me to make sure they tasted good.
I also started with the darker green but decided to use the brighter green, it just looked better.
Here's a behind the scenes shot and I decided to send little bags of Lucky Charms too.
I just thought that would really be a perfect edition especially since I changed plans and made the Rainbow Cookies.
Yeah it was dark by the time I made the Rainbow cookies but the next morning the sun was out and these cookies really came to life!!
They were SO BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL!!
I took a million pictures... I really love how they came out they are amazing!!
My minis with their marshmallow counterparts
These were 2 separate sets. One went to my Dad and my niece and nephew and the other set went to my Sister-in-law and my nieces.
More behind the scenes: Coffee & Bagging up
The picture below shows everything I did!
All the minis, rainbow cookies and lucky charms snacks!
As much as I dread and whine about packing up my cookies they always look super cute and I know they are fun to open!!
In a rare turn of events, even after the test tasters, I ended up with some extras for Jaxon!
I'm going to surprise him with them when he gets home today!
I know he will be happy!! He used to not really care for cookies but here lately he's been more interested so I think I'll be making a lot of extras in the future.
If you made it this far THANK YOU SO MUCH!
We did it. We made it to the end and I'm so happy you joined me!
I hope you come back and see what else I'm up to and if you've thought about trying cookie decorating for yourself I HIGHLY recommend this as a starter set.
Until next time.