Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Bouquet of Spring

I made this design twice, once using the Martha Stewart punched Doily punch and the other without.

Cheery Lynn Designs - Lattice Heart & Vines
Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Heartfelt - small Camellia Carnations
Martha Stewart -Punch Around the Edge Doily & Butterfly
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Purple
Spellbinders - Classic Square Large

Decorator's Dream Cookie Recipe
This is a website I found that also has the recipe.
I believe it originally came from King Arthur Flour but I can't find it on their website)
This is one of the best cookies I have eaten and make a fun cookie to decorate or just eat plain

1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) butter
2 cups (8 ounces) confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons (1 3/8 ounces) light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract (note I use Lorann Oil Almond Emulsion bought from Amazon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, light beaten with 2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon baker's ammonia*, optional
3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour

Yield about 4 dozen 2 inch cookies
Baking Temperature 350 Fahrenheit
Baking Time 8 to 12 minutes

In a medium bowl cream together the butter, sugar and corn syrup until light and fluffy ( I use a Kitchen Mixer for this)  Beat in the flavoring and salt.  

Add the baker's ammonia to the egg and water, stir to dissolve.  Add this mixture,  then add 1 cup of flour to the ingredients in the bowl,  mix then second cup and mix then third cup and mix finally 1/2 flour mix.  You should have a nice smooth will mixture dough.

Divide the dough in half, put each half in wax paper then a plastic bag.  Flatten each slight.  Refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Take one piece of dough out of refrigerator, and flour a clean surface.  Roll as thin or thick , for slight less crisp cookies roll it out more thickly.  We roll Decorators Dream Cookies 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick.  Use flour under and on top of dough to prevent sticking.

Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter .  ( I am lazy so I just use a 2 inch round cookie cutter to make it go faster)

Bake cookies just until they're slightly brown around the edges.  Let cookies cool on baking sheet for several minutes.  Transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

*Baker's ammonia will make an ultra-crisp cookie
Personally I have used Baker's ammonia and it has no shelf life, gets hard from absorbing the moisture in the air.   So I just don't use it anymore.  One more thing, if you do use it DO NOT eat the raw dough, it really smells like ammonia.


  1. First of all - I love your cards! They're both absolutely beautiful. Stunning!

    I'll have to try the cookie recipe too. Looks great!

  2. Hi Diane, Your cards are beautiful, I love the little flowers and the lovely colours. The heart die is so pretty and as ever beautifully designed.
    Thank you for the recipe, can't remember when I last baked, keep safe, Kate x

  3. Both beautiful cards love the flowers and heart die-you have some beautiful dies
    Carol x

  4. Diane, love both gorgeous cards. The flowers and heart die are beautiful. Very pretty design. Hugs, Carol S.xx

  5. Two really gorgeous creations, super heart die and a great use of it. Love the colours of the lovely flowers, a lovely frame too on the second card.

    Kath x

  6. A beautiful card Diane, such a delicate die cut and pretty flowers.
    Thank you for sharing the cookie recipe.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  7. Beautiful card with lovely flowers!
    Hugs Doris

  8. Beautiful cards and flowers. The recipe sounds tasty. Stay safe. Emmax

  9. Purple is by far my favorite color and the blooms on your design as just stunning! To top it off you put a gorgeous butterfly on it as well! So pretty!! Thanks for sharing my friend! HUGS

  10. What a pretty card and so very feminine. Great dies and absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing the recipe and hope the 'bears' are not around? x.....

  11. Such a lovely card, Diane. Reminds me of the beautiful spring that is waiting for us outside. Stay safe, my friend.

  12. What gorgeous cards Diane; my favourite colours :-)

  13. I love these lavender beauties, Diane! Beautiful work!

  14. Both cards are just gorgeous, I so love the combo of yellow and purple for spring time!!

  15. Not sure how I missed seeing these two beautiful cards
    Diane, they're so pretty. Love the heart die-cut and the flowers are one of my favourite colours. Take care and stay safe and well.
    Hugs Jennifer xx.


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