Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flower Babies

My Bible study group had a surprise shower for my friend Amy last week. It was a lot of fun to celebrate with her!

I made cupcakes, but I couldn't resist making cookies too.

So I decided to do little cookie toppers on the cupcakes.

They turned out cute, but I have to say that I ate one of the cookies the next day and almost broke a tooth biting into the face! I didn't see anyone in pain the night before so maybe it's just because this one was sitting out an extra day. I'll have to make the icing a little thinner next time just in case.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring is here!

You wouldn't know it because of the winter coats I had to put on myself and the kids yesterday, or the fire in the fireplace tonight, or the snow in the forecast for Sunday, but it really is Spring! So to celebrate, I made these cookies for a friend's mother who is having a dinner party this weekend.

Here they are in the box so you can see them better.

I loved doing these butterflies! I got the design from a tutorial (click here to see it) on This is also a great tutorial for how to decorate cookies in general if anyone's interested in trying it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Race and Tumble

My friend's adorable twins turned four last weekend and I made some cookie favors for their party. The party was at a little gym and it was so cute to see all the kids bouncing and balancing and tumbling. Except for my kid. He was still grumpy because he just woke up from his nap :( oh well.

I made gymnast cookies for the little girl.

I really love how these turned out. I had a hard time with the faces- but really like the ones with black eyes and a half smile. I'll remember to do that next time I have to do faces.

Notice the red armpits and thighs? (You can click on the pic to enlarge... but don't do that with the pics below because they don't look as good close up :) The red bled into the flesh color as they dried. That was a real bummer. I think any other color leotard would have been fine, but I wanted to use the same colors for the Lightening McQueen cookies that I did for her brother.

I have to confess that I kind of cheated on these because I used my cool new cookie toy - a KopyKake projector! It went on sale at an online art store and I knew I had to have it. This thing is awesome. You just put a picture in the box and it projects it down onto your cookie for you to trace! I felt sort of ridiculous buying it but it was on sale (did I mention it was on sale?) so I was able to justify the purchase a little bit. Plus it will save me so much time on cookies in the future, and time is money right? Besides, I love it!!! I plan to do all sorts of fun things with it. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Birthday and Bon Voyage

I did 65 of these cookies for a 1 year-old's birthday party.

I didn't think 65 would be that big of a deal... but it was. Mostly because I thought I had to bake the cookies and frost them on the same day. I am always concerned that they won't taste fresh by the time they are delivered. But we still have some of the left over cookies and 5 days later they are soft and delicious! So next time I will definitely be baking the cookies ahead of time. Which will be helpful next week when I have to do cookies for a birthday party and a baby shower on the same day.

So after I stayed up way too late working on those, my mom (who thankfully was there to take care of the kids while I did cookies) said the next morning, "You have to make more cookies!" My first thought was that my daughter had eaten the ones that were out drying on the table, and I almost cried. But, actually she just wanted me to make some Bon Voyage cookies for my nieces who were going to Paris with their parents that evening. (I know - lucky girls!!) So, we whipped these up with the leftover icing.

I love the "Tiffany Blue" (which is actually just turquoise) with the white.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

School Spirit

A former 5th grade student of mine is now in college at FSU. (That makes me feel so old!) Her mom contacted me and asked if I could do some FSU cookies in a care package for her. "Sure!" I said. Then I looked at the logo and thought, "uh oh"...

But they actually turned out ok. Some of the seminoles seemed a bit more angry than others and a couple of them just kind of looked like clowns. Those I didn't send. They went into the container in my kitchen for the "mookies"- a term coined by my husband for the mess-ups that he's allowed to eat.

Here are some of the ones I did send. Once I figured out a plan to do them, which took lots of trial and error (and mookies), they actually went pretty quickly.

For those that are interested... First I did the black, yellow and red outline in a thick icing. Then I outlined the hair and the face. As they dried I thinned out all my icing and then "flooded" the hair and added the feathers. Then I flooded the face and added the facial features. Next I flooded the red. When everything was all dry, I used a food coloring marker to write on the feather.

Over all they were fun to do and I really enjoyed the challenge!