Harry Potter

     
Growing up as a kid Harry Potter was one of my all time favorite things. I read all the books at least twice, some more than that, and I own all of the movies, the first one so old that it’s on VHS. My cousins, sister, and I grew up loving this series and when I found these cute images created by Casey Robin, I knew that they would make the most adorable cookies!




Just a few weeks ago it was Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family and I figured it was time to actually give these cookies a go. The images that Casey Robin made were of some of the basic main characters and their beloved pets, which make these cookies super cute and simple.

To make these cookies I just used a buttermilk cookie recipe from the Taste of Home website. I’ve had trouble with royal icing in the past, as every single time I try, they always dry rock hard and it feels like you could break a tooth trying to eat one of them. So instead I used some buttercream that I had leftover from a previous project, iced the cookies, and then rolled out some fondant as thin as I could get it to go without tearing and cut out some squares that would fit perfectly on top of the iced cookies. From there I just painted the images on with a basic mixture of food coloring and water.

Now I’m not the best at being able to do anything artistic, and the people out there that can paint and draw, you are the luckiest people and I wish I could have talent like that. In all honesty I have a secret weapon when it comes to painting images onto my baked goods, and for now I’m not willing to share quite yet on what the secret weapon is. I’ll share it eventually but for now you’ll just have to wonder and guess on what it could be.

Overall I’m thrilled with how these cookies came out and I couldn’t be happier about them!

Here’s the buttermilk cookie recipe from Taste of Home, and these cookies happen to be really delicious, too!
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Buttermilk Cookies (via Taste of Home)     
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar                         

3 eggs                                    
1 tsp vanilla                      
5 cups all-purpose flour        
2 tsp baking powder  
1 tsp baking soda                    
1/4 tsp salt                              
1 cup buttermilk                      

Cream the butter and the sugar in a mixer for about 3 minutes and then scrape down the bowl. Gradually add the eggs and the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and sift into a separate bowl. Alternate between the dry and the buttermilk into the mixer, beginning and ending with the dry. When fully mixed, cover and refrigerate for an hour. Set the oven to 350*F. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut-out in desired shapes. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.  Let the cookies cool and decorate anyway you desire.
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