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Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies

Looking for something a little less tradition for Valentine’s Day? Try these super adorable Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies made with sugar cookies and buttercream!

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I have no reason for making these Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies other than I fell in love with the cookie cutters when I saw them. I mean, fishies and kitties?

YES PLEASE!

Valentine's Day Cat & Fish Cookies | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comThis cute set included a cat head, a cat paw, and a fish. I don’t know which one I loved more, the kitty head or the fishy! Seriously both so adorable!

Have you ever shopped at Charming Charlie?  It’s a jewelry store that also sells the cutest accessories and fun home stuff!  I love them because everything is sorted by color and theme.

I found these adorable cat & fish cookie cutters at my local Charming Charlie and luckily for you they are on clearance on their website now!

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Recipe

I’m not going to write the entire recipe for these cookies Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies out here because I’ve used this recipe so many times you can find what you need at the links below!

Use a full batch for a lot… double the recipe for a lot more!

Kitty Cookies

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Supplies:

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a little)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tips #4, #1
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a #1 tip and fill with black frosting.
  4. Outline the kitty head with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  5. Using the pink buttercream, pipe two lines to a point for the years.
  6. Using the black buttercream, pipe 2 eyes, whiskers and mouth.
  7. Add the pink heart for the nose.
  8. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Paw Cookies

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Supplies

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  3. Outline the paw with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the black buttercream, pipe the four “toes” and the palm of the paw.
  5. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Fish Cookies

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Supplies

  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Outline the fish with black frosting. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the pink buttercream, pipe a little half smile/mouth.
  5. Add the pink heart for the eye.
  6. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

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Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Squeeze out every last minute of summer fun with these easy to make Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies!

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If you’ve been a follower of my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that I love this recipe for sugar cookies!

I’ve made buttercream rose sugar cookies, baseball sugar cookies, pretzel cinnamon sugar cookies,  donut sugar cookies,  stamped sugar cookies, and classic frosted sugar cookies… just to name a few!

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My husband thinks I’m a little obsessed with it because I’m always searching for new cookie cutters to buy when we’re out shopping just so I can make this dough again!

The most recent cookie cutter purchase was in this super cute ice cream cone shape!  I love the way jenny cookies bakeshop decorates their ice cream cone sugar cookies and was inspired to make my version.

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I’m not a huge fan of royal icing on sugar cookies, so I exclusively use buttercream to decorate cookies.  I love the flavor of buttercream so much more than royal icing and I feel like you get a much more rustic looking cookie – which I like!

To make these cookies, you’ll need these three tools to be successful…

  • Ice cream cone cookie cutter
  • Small round piping tip
  • Small star piping tip

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Unlike royal icing, buttercream doesn’t “flood”.    You’ll need to cover the entire cookie by piping the frosting on.

Traditionally, sugar cookies were frosted by spreading the buttercream with a knife or spatula, however it’s difficult to achieve a finished look with that technique.

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Piping the buttercream onto the cookies using different piping tips allows you to get detailed with your design and create some super cute cookies.  These ice cream cone sugar cookies were pretty quick to put together and the result is total cuteness!

So get out there and squeeze the last few days of sunshine and fun out of the summer and whip up a batch of these ice cream cone sugar cookies for your kids!

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Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ice cream cone cookie cutter

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • Wilton tip #2 (very small round) and #21 (small star)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Cookies
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  8. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  10. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with ice cream cone cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  11. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  12. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Buttercream
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  16. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  17. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  18. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  19. Separate frosting into two bowls. Add color to one bowl and stir to completely incorporate. Add the cocoa powder to the other bowl stir to completely incorporate.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the brown frosting.
  2. Pipe the outline of a "V" shape onto the cone part of the cookie. Fill in the triangle with back and forth horizontal lines of frosting.
  3. Attach the small star tip to a piping bag and fill with the colored frosting.
  4. Pipe a row of three small swirls just at the top of the cone, overlapping slightly. Repeat with a row of two and finish with one swirl on top.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles!
  6. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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My Go-to Vanilla Buttercream

This frosting is whipped, light, fluffy and oh so delicious making it My Go-to Vanilla Buttercream that I use on everything!

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I recently hosted a dessert decorating workshop where I made at least 8 batches of my vanilla buttercream.  I ranted and raved about how easy it was to make and told everyone in attendance that I’d post a link to it on my blog.

Strangely enough, I’ve never actually posted this recipe just on it’s own but I’ve used it in so many places on my blog!

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Without further adieu, here’s the recipe for My Go-to Vanilla Buttercream!

My Go-to Vanilla Buttercream

My Go-to Vanilla Buttercream

Yield: Enough to frost 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Pour in the vanilla, salt and remaining powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  4. Add half the heavy cream and mix on low until it is incorporated.
  5. One tablespoon at a time, add more cream until you reach the consistency you desire. More cream for softer, less cream for stiffer.
  6. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  7. Turn the mixer on high speed and let whip for 3-5 minutes.

 

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Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

This rich, thick, delicious Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect consistency for creating beautiful swirls on cupcakes!

I will be honest with you… I have never been a fan of cream cheese frosting.  I know, I said it.  I’m a crazy person because everyone loves cream cheese frosting, right?

The main reason I never liked it is because every recipe I tried was too soft, messy, and I couldn’t pipe beautiful swirls with the finished frosting.

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Doing a bit of research, I found that cream cheese frosting becomes too soft with a few things are done to it.

Tips for Perfectly Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

First, when too much sugar is added, the cream cheese frosting becomes very soft.

Second, when the frosting is over-mixed the cream cheese gets soft and loses its shape and firmness.

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Third, use butter that is soft enough to cream, but that is still a bit cool and not all the way room temperature.  (Does this make sense? It needs to be soft, but still a bit cold so that the cream cheese doesn’t get too warm while mixing.)

Finally, do not add milk unless your frosting is too stiff.  And even then mix a bit more before adding milk.

With all four of those things in mind, I set off to make the perfect pipeable cream cheese frosting.

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And you know what… I think I did!

This pipeable cream cheese frosting is firm, yet still creamy and smooth and is packed full of delicious cream cheese flavor!  My daughter has never been a fan of this kind of frosting, but after having this she requested it for her next birthday!

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Let me know how this recipe works for you!

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FAQ’s for this Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

Will this recipe work to pipe flowers?
Maybe.  Depends on how hot it is where you live.  If you live in a very warm climate, you’re likely to have softer frosting that won’t hold up to piping flowers.  With that said too… if you overwork the frosting that can also make it too soft and unusable for flowers.  My suggestion:  TRY IT and see if it works.

Can I pipe on the frosting the night before?
Absolutely.  Just keep the cupcakes chilled overnight to prevent any chance of melting or getting soft.

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What is the best way to store overnight? 
Chilled!  Make sure you’re keeping this in a container with a lid in a cold place.   I find that frosting and cupcakes sweat when in a box with a sealed lid, so I suggest putting them in a bakery box or covering lightly with plastic wrap.

I don’t have a stand mixer, can I use a hand mixer?
Yes, you always can.  It may just take a bit more patience to get it all mixed together.

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Cream Cheese Frosting Trivia

Cream cheese frosting recipes became popular in the 1960s, with the increasing availability of packaged cream cheese in supermarkets.

Some eastern European cultures, have cream cheese cakes and it could well have developed from this, and a lot earlier.

Cream cheese frosting is typically described as being lighter and tangier than buttercream. Individuals who prefer cream cheese frosting over buttercream often find buttercream to be too rich and sugary, and enjoy the tangy nature of the cream cheese as a balancing contrast to the sugar.

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Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This rich, thick, delicious Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect consistency for creating beautiful swirls on cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature (NOT spreadable - brick only)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP heavy cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Mix in the salt and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  3. One cup at a time, with the mixer on low-medium speed, add the sifted powdered sugar. Scrape the bowl after each cup making sure the sugar is completely combined before adding more.
  4. Once all the sugar has been added, turn the mixer to high for 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl and mix for 5-10 more seconds.
  5. At this point, check the consistency of the frosting. If it is too stiff to pipe, add up to 1 TBSP of heavy cream and mix on medium. Add the cream in small amounts, mix and check the consistency.
  6. Do not over beat or mix the frosting - the heat of the friction and beater will soften the frosting. There's a fine balance of mixing and cream that create the perfect pipeable cream cheese frosting.
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