How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies

How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies

A plate piled high with homemade goodies is a welcome sight anytime, but especially around the holidays!  These Halloween Linzer cookies look so festive, the kids are going to love them!  Filled with your favorite jam, what’s not to love?How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

You have seen Linzer cookies with the classic round holes in theHow To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com top cookies but have you seen the cookie cutters with the witch hat, the pumpkin, ghost, cat, tombstone, and the bat shaped punch outs?  I found these  R&M Halloween Linzer Cookie Cutters on Amazon!

 

Halloween Linzer Cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup blackberry jam
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • Powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Thoroughly, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl with a wire whisk.

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In a separate large bowl, beat the softened butter and powdered sugar together.  Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined.

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Beat in the flour mixture.

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Divide the dough in half and place each half on a large piece of wax paper.

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Flatten each into a disk and fold the wax paper over the dough, completely encasing each disk in wax paper.  (The flatter the disk is at this point, the less rolling you will have to do after it is chilled!)

Stack these and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.

Heat oven to 350°.  Line cookie sheet pan with parchment paper.

 

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Remove one disk from the refrigerator and roll to 1/4 – inch thickness.  Use the 2 – inch round scalloped cookie cutter and the cookie cutter fitted with the cutouts to cut out equal amounts of cookie bottoms and tops.

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly brown around edges.

Gather the scraps back into a ball and roll out like before in the wax paper and return to the refrigerator.  Repeat the process with the second disk.  Makes about 22 double cookies.

 

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Spread half of a teaspoon of seedless blackberry jam on some of the solid cookies and apricot jam on the remaining solid cookies.

Dust powdered sugar over the cookies with the Halloween shapes.  Place on top of the solid cookies spread with jam. How To Make Halloween Linzer Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stack on a plate and serve!  Aren’t they adorable?  For more of my favorite cookies click here ►Cookie Recipes

 

Baking Tips

Unless a recipe says otherwise, allow your refrigerated ingredients to come to room temperature for about an hour before you start your recipe.

Always use butter, preferably unsalted butter, not margarine.    

Always check your first batch of cookies at the earliest time given.  Once you've ascertained the perfect number of minutes, set your timer for that time for each of the remaining batches.

To keep cookies from spreading too much, be sure to place the cookie dough on a cool sheet pan and place in the oven quickly.

Use AirBake cookie sheet pans for baking cookies.  The layer of air prevents the top sheet from overheating which prevents burning.  After you use these, you will never go back to your old ones! 

Always allow cookies to cool on a wire rack, especially before stacking!
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Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume –

For Girls With Attitude – Part 2

Sophia came by and tried on the cat costume dress before we added the ‘Cat Costume Details’.  It was a perfect fit, fortunately.  We did take her measurements and matched them to a size 10 and that’s what we made.

She pranced all around the house in it.  Clearly, she likes it.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2  on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

While she was wearing it, we pinned on the boa ‘tail’.  We were thinking of adding the boa to the hemline, too.  That was too much and distracted from the tail.  We ended up deciding to sew the boa around the neckline only.  The boa placed right on the hem of the neckline, I felt, was a little too close to her face.  We decided to sew it 5/8″ from the edge of the neckline.  It was a minor adjustment but we felt it was warranted.

I bought two of these boas and because we decided against using it for the hemline, the second wasn’t necessary.  Sometimes you just need to recognize when too much is too much and let it go.  This was one of those cases.

Cat Costume Details

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The Tail

The Boa is so light that no reinforcement had to be added to the dress.  I simply hand stitched the boa  through the fabric and through the seam allowance in the middle of the back of the dress.  A few stitches through the added bulk of the seam allowance was enough to secure and support the lightweight boa.

Then, Sophia told me how she wanted the ears.  She did not want them on a headband.  She wanted them on hair clips.  She remembered Emily’s fox costume from last year and wanted them to look similar to hers.

I showed her the fabric and tried to fashion an ear shape and explained I had planned to use black panne velour for the inside of the ear.  She wanted some wispy fur, too.  (This child has a creative mind!)

Grabbing a piece of the boa, I placed it on the leopard print ear shape around the outer edge.  She said, “Yes!”

I am not sure how to affix it to where it should go!  Lol!  Working on this…

How To Make Cat Ears

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First of all, you need to cut two ear shapes from each, the leopard print fabric, the lining fabric, and the fusible fabric interfacing.  ‘I added the Pellon, or fabric interfacing, thinking it would stiffen the ears a little and keep them more upright.

 

 

 

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Stack the ear shape print fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the black facing fabric, right sides together.

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Stitch 1/4″ from the outer edges, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.

 

 

 

Turn the ear shape right side out now.  Stitch the opening closed along the bottom edge with a needle and thread.  When I stitched the bottom edge, I took a little pleat in the middle of the black lining fabric and pinned it before sewing the edge.  It helped the panther fabric roll around the edge better.  I did not iron this.  It wasn’t necessary.

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You will also need to attach the ears to some type of hair clips or a headband.  Sophia did not want a headband.  Yes, I think it would have been easier to do that! 

I bought these hair clips and attached one to the ear.  It just was not working the way I had envisioned.  If I had made the ears smaller, it probably would have worked better.  Plan B is necessary.

What is plan B?  Why, asking my daughter, Tiffany, the hair stylist, of course!  She is sure to have an idea of what will work the best!

Update:  We asked Tiffany and she suggested we make three loops. using thread, along the bottom of the ear where hairpins could be attached.  That is what we did.  Each loop was made of multiple threads large enough for the plastic coated ends to slip through easily.  She said she could tease her hair up a little to help support them if necessary.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 Arm Gauntlets

The arm gauntlets, on the other hand, were too small.  The size 10 was too tight to even get over her hand!  They were too tight for me but I thought her hands were smaller.  Well, they are not.  Our hands are almost the same size!  This child is not going to be height impaired like her Grammy!Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The reason for this is simple.  The fabric we purchased was a knit but it did not have as much stretch as some knits.  If we had used a panne velour, it would not have been a problem.  If you’re making these, keep that in mind.  Use a knit with plenty of stretch.  I ended up making the size 14 pattern for these and only taking a 1/4″ seam in those.

Finishing up the ears, buying some black tights, boots, and shopping for the cat eye sunglasses will be the next step.  I’ve got to show Sophia these glasses from Amazon, which look perfect!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if you purchase through this link.  Thank you for supporting this website.)Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Update:  The glasses are in and they are purr-fect!  They even came with a little fabric bag!

Click here for ►Part 1 – DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude! 

We are well ahead of schedule for Sophia’s Halloween costume but Aidan’s outfit is going to be much more involved, Master Chief (Halo)…  That is a challenge!

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DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume For Girls!  This is going to make an adorable, fashion-forward costume for Sophia, my granddaughter!  A picture from an ad for Target in an old magazine inspired Sophia’s costume this year.  We both started brainstorming as soon as I showed it to her.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Cat Costume Plan

Yes, she wants bracelets and we have plans to make some to match!  I think the little plain black choker necklace we made earlier will be perfect to go with this outfit!

Tiffany, who is a hair stylist, and Sophia will figure out the hairstyle and do her nails in perfect feline fashion for Halloween night!

 At first, she said she wanted to be a black panther but a golden leopard print would definitely enhance her coloring.  From my fabric stash, I retrieved some leopard print fabric leftover from an evening dress I made for Sophia’s mother when she was in high school!  As soon as she saw it, she grabbed it and started feeling the soft fabric and the black panther idea was history.  (She is a sucker for soft fabrics!)DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A trip to the fabric stores left me a little disappointed.  I couldn’t find the same fabric, which looked richer and had more of a nap to it, but I did find a leopard print.  There was very little left on the bolt and I grabbed it while I could.  You can see a difference in the picture below.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comDIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

McCall’s pattern M7492 seemed to be a perfect pattern for this little costume.  Sophia really liked the arm gauntlet and wants the sleeveless dress.

The dress is going to be made from the newly purchased fabric but the ears will be made from the fabric scrap we already had.  It’s a little more plush and Sophia wants to use it.  What do you think?  Black velvet for the inside of the ears?

We also bought a couple of boas for the tail and maybe we will sew some around the neckline and along the hemline. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.) 

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At first I had planned to buy black boas but Sophia and I spotted these with brown coloring online and thought they would be perfect and yes they are!

 

Only 3 pattern pieces are needed for the little dress and 1 pattern piece for the arm gauntlet.  It took no time to lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern.  There are no facings.  The arm hole and neckline edges are folded back and stitched.  How easy is that?   

It would be easy to substitute a different simple A-line dress pattern to create a similar look.

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This little dress went together quickly in one afternoon!  The pattern calls for a knit fabric, and with that extra stretch,making the narrow hem was easy on the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt.  The arm gauntlets were really easy to make, too.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Now, I’m waiting for Sophia to drop by, try on the dress to make sure it fits, and decide whether to add the boa around the neckline and around the hem. DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude update coming Monday…

Click here ► for more costume ideas.  Click here ► for DIY Cat Costume Details – Part 2

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Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

These Designer Envelopes are an Easy DIY!  I seriously cannot believe how quick and easy it is to make envelopes with this little gizmo!  Have you seen this little envelope punch board in the craft stores?  Well, I had not and when I saw it, I had to buy it!   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Don’t you just love tiny envelopes?  They can hold so many things, little notes for the kid’s lunch boxes, coins, a lock of hair for a memory book, a homemade Valentine, or some seeds for someone special.  

My idea is to make tiny envelopes for our ‘Christmas Game’.   ◄(Scroll down on this page to see some of the cards I’ve made in past years.)  Each year, I buy a bunch of items and make cheesy little gift cards to go with the gifts.  This year, I think the cards will be attached to the top of the gift and the family can read the cards out loud before opening the gifts.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Have you ever messed up the envelope for a birthday card, anniversary card, or whatever and had no backup replacement?  This is the solution!  The chart on the front gives the measurements for an envelope for up to a 6″ x 8-1/2″ card!  The smallest is for a 2″ x 3-1/2″ card!

Not only does the punch board make one size of envelope, it makes lots of sizes!  Emily and I had so much fun making her ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gifts and Boxes‘ using a similar punch board for the boxes.  They turned out so cute!Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The envelope punch creates fold tabs on one side and on the other side of the punch, it rounds the corners.  On the front of the punch board is a chart where you can match the card size you have, the size of paper you need, and the 1st scoring line measurement , where you need to align your paper.  Having it right there on the face of the board is brilliant!  No need to search for paper instructions!  Not that I have ever had to do that!

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After choosing what size envelope you need, you simply cut paper the size indicated on the chart.  You will want to do this neatly and an X-Acto Mat, an X-Acto knife, and a metal straight edge will help keep everything straight and precise.   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Next, you need to line the paper up with the corresponding score line and press the punch down.

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is scoring the line using the scoring tool.  

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Rotate the paper 90° clockwise.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Line up the score guide with the line you just scored.  Press down on the punch to make the fold tab and using the scoring tool, score along the score line. 

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  Continue turning the paper 90° clockwise and repeating these steps until all four sides have been punched and scored.  Your paper should look like this.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Place one of the corners in the “Reverse Punch” located on the top side of the punch board.  Press punch to create a rounded corner.  Repeat for remaining three corners.

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Fold on the scored lines and using the scoring tool, slide the blade along the folded edge to make nice sharp folds.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Dab a small amount of Tacky Glue along the underside of the bottom flap edges and fold over the two side flaps.  Tacky Glue is thicker than regular school glue and holds more quickly.  You only need a thin line along the edge, allowing a little room for spreading when folded and pressed together. Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Isn’t this great?  It looks perfect and this is the first envelope I made with this little jewel!

No more boring envelopes!  Now we can make Designer Envelopes for every occasion and every season!  Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY!Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon

Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon

 

Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon!   The ever-popular cheesecake, and a favorite dessert of mine, is reinvented in this easy, moist, tangy, lemon bar cookie!  Creamy and delicious, these are incredibly quick and easy!  

Some of my favorites are found here.►Cheesecake


Easy Cheesecake Bars

Preheat Oven – 350°

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Filling:

  • 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese – room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Prepare the Crust:

Place the flour, butter, and brown sugar in food processor bowl.  Process until you have a fine textured, lump-free, mixture.  Add the chopped nuts and pulse just to mix.

Don’t have a food processor?  Combine flour, softened butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer until you have a fine textured, lump free, mixture.  Stir in the nuts.

Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for topping, press the remainder into an 8″ x 8″ square pan, lined with parchment paper or Reynolds Quick Release foil.  (See Tips Below.)Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Use a glass with a heavier base to press the mixture into the pan bottom.►

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Prepare the filling:  

With an electric mixer, thoroughly blend the softened cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com 

(If you don’t want lumpy cheesecake, this step is key.  Make sure the mixture is creamy and lump-free before adding egg and liquids.)

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Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and mix well until mixture is smooth.

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Pour the prepared filling over the lightly browned crust.  

 

Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cheesecake filling.

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Return to the 350° oven for an additional 20 – 25 minutes until light, golden brown.

Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store in the refrigerator.  This makes 16 (1-3/4″ square) bars.

 


 Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com  After the pan of cheesecake had cooled for several minutes, I placed it in the refrigerator to cool faster.  Then, I took the pan out a bit later to slice the bar cookies.  Dave came over and tried one, and another, and another.  I think he really likes these little “Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon”.  

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