Tag Archives: Decorating

Last-Minute Gift for Bakers… Plus, A Cookie Decorating Party!

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Christmas is approaching fast. Really fast.

That may not be news to any of you, but the fact that Christmas is only about a week away is hitting me pretty hard at the moment. Let’s just say that I have a friend (just a friend, definitely not me) who has barely started getting ready for Christmas yet. This crazy lady hasn’t finished buying gifts, hasn’t wrapped a thing, and hasn’t even thought about baking yet. Yup, what is she thinking?

Anyway, enough about my friend.

Today, I wanted to share a fun idea for any bakers on your list. It’s perfect if you are still looking for something at the last minute like me… Errr…. Like my friend! It will all arrive from Amazon.com via Prime shipping. Is free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime not the best thing ever? That friend I was telling you about? Sometimes she orders shampoo from Amazon so she doesn’t have to run to the store. True story.

(Legal stuff… No, they aren’t paying me to say that… I pay for my own Prime membership. But, my links are Amazon affiliate links.)

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How to Make Tea Bag Cookie Favors

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Today I thought I’d share a quick cookie tutorial with you… Sound like fun? I thought so!

I am all about tea these days. Sure, I still drink the occasional cup of coffee (or, in my case, it’s more often a latte), but I’m obsessed with tea. My current favorite is a coconut chai tea with just a bit of honey and a splash of milk (when I feel like indulging).

Now I want a cup of tea… Back to the cookies.

I was thrilled to be a part of a tea party bridal shower for one of my best friends who is getting married this fall.  Naturally, I offered to bring cookies to the shower.  I did some tea cup and tea pot cookies (of course… I’ll show some of those another day), but my favorites were these little tea bag cookies that we used as favors. We put one cookie in the tea cup at each place setting at the shower. How fun is that?

They’re super easy to make, too… Here’s what I did!Continue Reading

Photo Friday: Lego Cookies for an Architect

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Recently, one of my good friends passed all of his tests to become a Registered Architect. His wife threw a big bash to celebrate and I agreed to do a few cookies for the guests. The invitations used the quote, “From Legos to Lincoln Logs to real bricks and mortar, Andy has always wanted to be an architect.”  It seemed like the perfect theme for cookies. Each of the guests at the party got a lego cookie to take home to symbolize being a building block on his journey to being an architect.  And, as a special surprise, I did a few extra cookies that displayed some of the experiences that have been a big influence on his career.

I was happy with the cookies overall. Sadly, it was a humid week around here, and I had some trouble with splotchy icing and craters in the lego cookies. AGH! Fortunately, the party guests didn’t seem to notice and the cookies were a big hit!

Congrats, Andy!

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On Mondays…

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The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. There have been a lot of great memories – my first Color Run with the hubby, a cookie decorating party, and the kiddo’s first trip to Hersheypark. Sadly, I’ve also found myself a bit more stressed than usual, as well. I’ve been busy decorating cookies, getting very little sleep, dealing with the day-to-day struggles of staying home with a toddler, and also dealing with a broken camera. I’d love to say that I kept it all together, but I know that I’ve lost my temper more than I’d care to admit. I’ve had my share of cranky moments.

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White Balance for Perfect Cookie Color Palettes

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Want to know a secret?

I hate to color icing. I know, hate is a strong word… But, I’ve been known to go to great lengths to come up with cookie ideas that use only white icing. (Remember my Christmas cookies from this past year?)  Seriously, though… Who wants to spend an hour coloring icing when you have cookies to decorate?

I think part of the reason I dislike the icing coloring process is that I’m picky. When I set out to decorate cookies, I have an idea in my mind of exactly how they will look. I know how each color should look. If I am decorating a beach cookie, the water has to be the perfect seafoam blue… Not sky blue, not aqua, and certainly not royal blue.  Since I do not have an endless variety of food coloring for my icing, I often find myself mixing up my own custom colors, which can be a bit of a hassle.

So, I’ve developed a trick for faster color mixing that ensure that my icing color palettes work together… I white balance my icing.

(Please note – The only thing worse than the wrong color blue for beach cookies is a color palette that doesn’t work together. Actually, I lied. A color palette that doesn’t work together is worse. Much worse.)Continue Reading