Friday, January 30, 2009

chocolate dipped cookies + an altered tin = heaven


Today we have what we call a mega post. A recipe PLUS a tutorial so you can deliver your treats in style! It may be a little long, but it's worth the read.

After Christmas we found several sizes of tins for only $.25 in the clearance aisle. Well yeah, look at it--it looks like it's worth about a quarter. But we're going to make it look like a million bucks.


Altered Tin Tutorial


What you'll need:
*Tin of your choice
*Sand paper
*Acrylic paint
*Mod Podge (or any other decoupage medium)
*Foam brushes
*Patterned paper
*Scissors
*Brayer (optional--for smoothing out wrinkles in the paper)

1. Sand your tin all over--this will help the paint adhere better.



2. Paint the outside of the tin with acrylic paint. Let it dry and apply additional coats if needed (this pink one took three coats to cover up the red plaid). We also painted the rim of the tin's lid. If you like, once the paint is completely dry you can sand the edges for a distressed, shabby-chic look as well.


3. Trace the tin on your patterned paper. Cut it out, just inside your line.


4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge (decoupage medium) to the back of the paper with a foam brush.


5. Position the paper on the tin's lid and use a brayer or the side of your hand to smooth out any wrinkles. Allow to air dry for about 30 minutes before proceeding.



6. Once you've given it time to dry, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over entire outside of tin, everywhere you have painted or adhered paper. This will protect the paper and keep the paint from scratching off.


7. Line with tissue paper and fill with cookies, then replace lid and tie with a ribbon and tag (or don't). Give it away before you're tempted to eat them all yourself!

Here are a few other examples of altered tins we made for our Valentine's cookies.







And cookies aren't the only thing you can put in your tins for a sweet Valentine gift. How about candy or a stack of love coupons?

We also loved this cool way to alter larger tins (you know, the kind that come filled with flavored popcorn?). Pink & Polka Dot made gorgeous canisters out of them with just a stencil and some spray paint!

If you can't find cheap or used tins to re-purpose, check out Specialty Bottle for tons of different shaped "naked" tins.

Here's the easy shortbread recipe. If you don't like the traditional taste of shortbread, try leaving out the almost extract. Then it's more like a crunchy, yet buttery, sugar cookie. Dipped in chocolate. Either way, it's heaven.

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Recipe


4 cups flour
1 lb. butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 bag Wilton Candy Melts or similar melting chocolate (we like "light cocoa" flavor)

Cream the butter and sugar, then add flour and mix well. Roll out on a lightly floured
surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
(Start checking after about 20 minutes. You want them to be just barely browning
around the edges.) Yields about 3 dozen cookies, depending on size of your cookie cutter.

Allow cookies to cool. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip half of each cookie in chocolate and place on wax paper to cool. When you start running low on chocolate, use a spoon to pour chocolate over cookies. Use the back of the spoon to smooth chocolate around until well-covered. Try not to eat too many before you pack them in your tins! They're addictive!

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39 Responses to “chocolate dipped cookies + an altered tin = heaven”

Bloom said...

What a fantastic post! Thank you. This is a wonderful idea for using all the 'dead ugly' tins that seem to accumulate around our place. Thanks so much for taking the time to show us 'how to'.

Katy said...

Such a great idea, i didn't know you could use mod-padge on tim, gonna be trying that!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Love it, love it! Just the best idea for a great valentine's container. Bravo! xo, suzy

pve design said...

this bird wants one of those tins - right now!
so clever and full of heart.

Danielle said...

Such a cute idea!!

Rachel said...

What a great idea for the tins! Now I wish I would have stocked up after Christmas. This would be so great for Valentine's treats. The cookies look FAB! I am going to have to try this recipe. I love anything you can dip in chocolate.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Thank you, thank you, what an action packed post!! I'm thrilled to have instructions for altering tins, I have a lot of thrift store tins just waiting to be beautified!

stephanie said...

I shared your upcycling on my blog today! I love it ;) p.s. I have nominated you for The Lemonade Award. Thank you for being SO inspiring! Grab your award on my blog.. http://compulsivecrafter.blogspot.com/ <3

Homekeeping Heart said...

What a wonderful idea!

Love your blog!

Alena said...

Y'all are brilliant! Why didn't I think of that myself?! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your gorgeous ideas! It's always a pleasure reading your posts!

gloria said...

Excellent! I love what you did with the tins and of course the cookies look delicious. I am definitely going to think about trying this now and saving this idea for future holidays/gifts.

Thanks for posting such a lovely craft and recipe.

Ashlee said...

How CUTE! I love it..now I wish I would have bought up all the $0.50 tins from Wal-Mart during their after Christmas sell! I'll have to remember this one!!

The Eadle Family said...

looks awesome!

mommy4life said...

I need to go dig out some cookie tins....

Thanks for the inspiration

4handfulls said...

I never thought of re-doing a tin! Awesome idea!

Barbara Brown said...

what an incredibly cool, fun idea. i did love the plaid on the side of the santa tin however. this is definitely a noteworthy project. have to remember to look out for tins. thank you so much for this idea and all of the ideas you ladies share with us.
barbara brown

Katie said...

Oh I am so all about altered things, love the tin idea!

I'm such a big fan of your blog, so it was so thrilling to see you stopped by to see my button pillow, thanks so much!

Another gal took the idea and made a cute door knob hanging pillow. So the idea looks great on a pillow, door knob hanger, or card. Buttons, they're a good thing for crafting ☺

Norma in NZ said...

Fab idea! now all the tins that I've got stashed away can be made beautiful. The biscuit recipe looks yummy too!

Laura said...

Great post! I am loving anything that makes a nice gift on the cheep. I have never been able to toss a tin in the bin now I can use them as gifts. Thanks!!

Beeb said...

Those cookies look sooooo good. I'll try to make them!!

PaisleyJade said...

Wonderful idea... look so lovely and yummy!

sewhipbaby said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for all the effort you put forth, it definitely doesn't go unnoticed or appreciated. Thanks.

Shannon said...

Oh- I think I have enough stuff ON HAND to do 2 of those...Thanks!

Sarah said...

Love the tin! Don't we all have tons of those hanging around and you've made them look a million times prettier!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Reluctant Housewife said...

Those tins are great. I especially like the one with the ribbon.

mommy4life said...

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Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

YUM! I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to receive that! I'll be linking.

Annie said...

Uber cute. We've been dipping chocolate this past week too! We love this - super cute tins. :)
We're linking you!
Annie
No Fuss Fabulous

Katherine said...

The tins look gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing how to do this!! I am definitely going to have to try it!!

Molly said...

Those turned out darling!
And I will definitely have to make some of those cookies!

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Katie said...

Ooh these tins are so cute!! Thanks for sharing this great idea and the great recipe!

Alicia said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe. I made a vegan version.

Angie said...

I love those tins!

Andrea said...

a good tip for painting lighter colours over a darker color or a pattern is to do a basecoat in Flesh Tan (or any light tannish colour, but Flesh Tan works best) -- just one coat, it should cover the underlying color/pattern quite well :)

Pia said...

Cool gift ideas! Glad I saw this post. I've got an idea. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting.


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Angela Noelle of SK said...

I thought your tutorial was one of the lovelier ones on this project online, so have linked to it as an example here.

Linda K said...

What a great idea. I plan on using a sugar cookie recipe to do the same thing with my grandson. I am not big on shortbread ones. I might do the reverse by making choc. and dip in white. You could also use a bright pink or red melting candy by adding a little food coloring to the white.

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