Category: Cookie Decorating

Cookie Cutter Organization!

FINALLY managed to go through my cookie cutters, sort them into boxes and get labels made.

Don't they look so nice and organized?!

Don’t they look so nice and organized?!

JUST in time for me to turn around and by a huge bag full of cutters and not have room in the boxes to store them.  And no, I’m not kidding 🙂  Guess I’ll be redoing this project here soon!

Scooby Doo Cookies – Averie and Mommy’s

Averie LOVES to make cookies alongside of me.  Often I don’t have enough time to make extra cookies or icing, but I try to make it a point to make blank circles whenever possible so that she can play while I work.  I had been asked to make some Scooby Doo themed cookies for a friend of mine, and since it’s Averie’s favorite show, I knew she would want to participate too!

Averie Decorating her Scooby Doo Cookies

Averie Decorating her Scooby Doo Cookies

I think she did a pretty darn good job in the end.  It’s definitely amazing to see her decorating skills improve over time.  She’s going to be one amazing cookie decorator if she keeps this up!

Averie's Scooby Doo Cookies

Averie’s Scooby Doo Cookies

I almost think hers turned out better than mine!

Scooby Doo Cookies

Scooby Doo Cookies

Amazing Friends – Christmas Cookies 2013

I have something I need to say before I go any further: I have some of THE MOST AMAZING FRIENDS IN THE WORLD!

Yes, that required all caps.  Yes, you might even consider that to be yelling.  But it’s true, and I don’t mind yelling the truth from the rooftops!

I had a TON of cookie orders for Christmas this year.  And on top of that, I decided that I wanted to do a market just before Christmas as well.  Needless to say, I was BUSY!  My friends came to the rescue!  It’s amazing what a little bribery of fried chicken and moscato will get you around here!  😉

Most of the time I flooded while they piped.  A couple of people worked up the bravery to pipe as well.  Others helped roll and cut cookies with Aaron, and still others just sat around and kept me company while I worked.  And they are ALL amazing.  Most of them even drove from 45 minutes or more away to help out.

Did I mention I have amazing friends??

It's amazing what you can get accomplished with a little help!

It’s amazing what you can get accomplished with a little help – this is only a handful of the cookies we worked on!

Anyway, here’s a selection of the cookies that were sold this year at the market and in gift boxes, etc. It was a crazy holiday season. There were over 1000 Christmas cookies decorated and sold!  And somehow, this was all I managed to take for pictures!

Oh.  Also, I celebrated the fact that I made these in advance quite a few times.

Royal Icing Transfers

Royal Icing Transfers

 

Never underestimate the power of friends, or royal icing transfers! 

Thankful for Cookies

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving always serves as my ‘slow’ transition into the heavy workload of the holiday season.  This year we’re doing a market for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it’s not exactly a ‘slow’ transition.  Just check out our freezer!

Just a little bit of dough...

Just a little bit of dough…

The more impressive part of all that dough?  I made it myself!  Usually Aaron makes all the cookie dough, but I was feeling ambitious and helpful!  That picture was taken before I was done too – there were a couple batches of mint-chip dough that were made as well!

This year I struggled a little with what to offer for thanksgiving cookies.  We still did the standard turkey and leaves sets that we’ve done prior, but I wanted to do something different.  In my random brainstorming process I started to write down the sort of things that I was thankful for.  

I wish I had taken a picture of everything I scribbled on the paper – it included the basics like family, health, friends, career, etc.

And then I wrote down ‘cookies’ in the only space that was left, near the top of the paper.  When I looked back down, I could have sworn that the phrase I had actually written on the page was “What are you thankful for cookies”

That kicked off a lightbulb in my head that result in these simple and pretty cookies:

What Are You Thankful For Cookie Set

What Are You Thankful For Cookie Set

 

Blank white leaf cookies, with a pretty plaque in the center that read “I am Thankful for”.  I included a pen for writing, packaged them up neatly in my BRP box shop boxes and tah dah!

I seriously think these are my favorite cookies to date.   I just wish I could see what EVERYONE writes on theirs!

In other news – here’s a sampling of what was packed up to go to the market.  I definitely am thankful for cookies this year, among many, many other things!

Cookies for Thanksgiving NewBo Market

Cookies for Thanksgiving NewBo Market

Gingerbread Cookie Season Has Arrived!

I think a sign of being a cookier is that you mark the beginning and end of different times of the year by what kind of cookie dough you’re spending most of your time making.

As much as I love pumpkin spice cookie dough, I’m happy to see gingerbread season arrive!

This might be a self preservation thing though – mostly because I can’t eat as much gingerbread.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s amazingly delicious, but for some reason I’m more ‘satisfied’ after just one cookie, versus the pumpkin spice cookies that I end up eating one after another….

Nom Nom Nom!

Nom Nom Nom!

If you’re looking for a great gingerbread recipe, Karen’s Cookies has an excellent gingerbread spice recipe that I would suggest trying out.  It’s not the one we use, but it’s still darn tasty!

My favorite part of gingerbread cookies?  The simplicity of the designs means I can make the dough and the cookies on the same day and even get them packaged up without sacrificing any of the ‘cuteness’!

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Which means I’m left with extra time to clean up things like this:

Pizza Making Fail

Pizza Making Fail

Oops.  Good thing the girls are downstairs playing and haven’t realized that it’s past dinnertime….

GoBo Bakesale – Halloween Cookies

Bo was nothing short of amazing – at 12 he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. Instead of living out his last year in the hospital, he opted to get out of the hospital to “live life to the fullest and enjoy every day” going to school, the beach, sporting events, etc – even speaking to his classmates. These cookies are all packed up and headed to a fundraiser in Wisconsin for the organization that works to carry on Bo’s message.

Halloween Themed Cookies for Go Bo Bakesale

Halloween Themed Cookies packed up and ready to go to the GoBo bakesale!

 

I am so, so humbled to be participating in this event along side of some of the world’s greatest cookie decorators – with representation from ALL 50 states as well as 8 other countries! It’s amazing how much this young man continues to pull the world and community together with his powerful message of living life to the fullest. I encourage everyone to check out the Go Bo! Foundation and for those of you who are in (or near) Wisconsin, you should also attend the bake sale. I’m positive it will be nothing short of AMAZING!

Another Cookie Explosion Post

I’m guessing most of you can guess what happened to my blogging time.  It’s been spent in the kitchen…  I tend to think that my cookie skills have improved – there are a few designs in here that were done more than once – like these turtles:

Ninja Turtle Birthday Cookies Cedar Rapids IANinja Turtle Birthday Cookies Cedar Rapids IA

I love seeing improvement from order to order.   I love learning new things.  I love that I have convinced myself to take part in more events in the cookie community, even if I’m a little shy about my skills and humbled to be surrounded by such great bakers/decorators!

Anyway, here are the majority of the cookies that were done since last time I blasted the blog with cookie pictures…   here’s to hoping I don’t go another 7 months between cookie posts next time!

If you haven’t already, you should probably go like our cookie page on facebook.  🙂

Cookie Catchup (Jan-Feb)

FAIL!

I was so planning on doing better at blogging the last couple of months.  But then the market happened. And then another market happened…  And then I was travelling for work.

Excuses, excuses.  No good, I know!

So, without further ado – here’s another ‘blow up your RSS feeds with images’ sort of post to get me current, and hopefully make it easier for me to blog more frequently again!

Averie coloring a spongebob cookie I drew up for her

Averie coloring a spongebob cookie I drew up for her while I worked on an order of spongebob cookies!

Patrick and Spongebob Cookies

Patrick and Spongebob Cookies

Gymnastics Cookies for a Party by Amy Lynn Events

Gymnastics Cookies for a Party by Amy Lynn Events

Averie made a puppy cookie

Averie made a puppy cookie

Mustaches and Ties Cookies

Mustaches and Ties Cookies

Mustache Cookies on a Stick!

Mustache Cookies on a Stick, and a kiddo that needed her bangs trimmed 🙂

Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling Cookies

Iowa Hawkeyes Wrestling Cookies

Butterfly Cookies

Butterfly Cookies

Gymnastics Cookies (see Sugarbelle for the originals!)

Gymnastics Cookies (see Sugarbellefor the originals!)

Little People Cookies

Little People Cookies

Mini Swirled Flower Cookies

Mini Swirled Flower Cookies

Hockey Cookies in a gift box for Valentines day

Hockey Cookies in a gift box for Valentines day

University of Iowa Sports Cookies

University of Iowa Sports Cookies

Some of our cookies packed up by a customer with other goodes for valentines!

Some of our cookies packed up by a customer with other goodies for valentines!

Adventure Time Cookies

Adventure Time Cookies

Puzzle Cookie(s)

Puzzle Cookie(s)

Love Letter Cookies gift box for valentines day

Love Letter Cookies gift box for valentines day

Purple Princess Castle Cookies and Cupcake Cookies

Purple Princess Castle Cookies and Cupcake Cookies

Super Hero Birthday Cookies

Super Hero Birthday Cookies

Mix Tape Cookies

Mix Tape Cookies

Blank Coloring Cookies - these went to Averie's school for a Valentines Day project.

Blank Coloring Cookies – these went to Averie’s school for a Valentines Day project.

Super Hero Cookies Valentine Gift Box

Super Hero Cookies Valentine Gift Box

Meat Cookies Gift Box (original credit goes to someone else!)

Meat Cookies Gift Box (original credit goes to someone else!)

Dinosaur Cookies Gift Box

Dinosaur Cookies Gift Box

Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers cookies for the Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers cookies for the Super Bowl

Averie Working on Cookies

Averie Working on Cookies

Pink Castle and Cupcake Cookies

Pink Castle and Cupcake Cookies

Whale you be my valentine Cookies

Whale you be my valentine Cookies

 

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A Cookie Family at NewBo City Market

This all started in January — when I got an email on Friday, January 4th from NewBo City Market confirming my market space for Sunday, January 6th.

I immediately went into a panic.  I did NOT sign up for that…  …or did I?  A quick check on their market signup site answered that one quickly.  Umm.  Oops.  I did.  I had intended to sign up for the weekend before Valentines day.  But somehow in my haste of checking prices and availability, I managed to sign up for the first Sunday in January as well.

I wasn’t going to back out, so I panicked instead.  I called Las.  I called Emily.  I called my mom.  And then I quickly had an ‘aha’ moment and remembered that my neighbor ran an event planning business, so I made plans to touch base with her for some serious help.

I’m a planner.  I don’t do things at the last minute.  Anyone that’s seen Averie’s birthday parties (here and here) knows this!  Everything needs to color coordinate and look nice — nevermind the number of cookies I still needed to make, and the fact that icing takes up to 24 hours to dry, I didn’t even have a table to put them on!

So my neighbor rescued me, and I will be eternally grateful that I didn’t have to think about table coverings and plates and stands…  And while she packed up some things for me to use on the tables, I spent 48 hours in a sea of cookies coupled with panic.  I didn’t have labels, I didn’t have a sign saying who we were or how much they were, I didn’t even know what to charge!

In the end, everything worked out okay…  but geeze I was stressed!

A Cookie Family at NewBo City Market

So that was the first market.  Then there were some orders.  Then we did a SECOND market, you know, the one I had already planned to do…  *shaking head*.

I was much more organized the second time around.  Averie had helped me make a banner, and I had all of the little things done that I knew I needed.  I had ordered the tablecloths, I had bought runners and coordinating ribbons, I had plates of my own, I had labels and a heat sealer…  All of my ‘OCD’ planning was (mostly) covered, and I was much less stressed out.  Well, until we pretty much sold out right away on Saturday, but… I’m not complaining there 🙂

A Cookie Family at NewBo City Market

I’m going to imagine that our next time around will be the smoothest yet.   We are still discussing when that will be yet, but I’m kind of missing it – and I’m ready to go back soon!!  I didn’t do all that planning to only set it up once you know!! 🙂

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Got a New {cookie} Toy!

Although I think we’ve been doing a pretty darn good job on cookies, there are a few areas that I thought could use improvement — one was consistency on larger orders — making sure things were the same size, etc.

The other was spacing and writing out words/letters.  I don’t have the best handwriting.  I’ve tried royal icing transfers for these, but it just at times gets to be too much work.

So after much researching, and internal debating, I finally purchased something I had been drooling over.

KopyKake

A KopyKake.  A nifty projector that projects images DOWN onto the surface you’re working on.

Some people call it cheating.  After having used it a couple of times – I definitely wouldn’t say that!  You still have to be able to work well with your medium before you can successfully use the machine, and it takes PRACTICE to figure it out!

Averie picked out my first project to try — putting a My Little Pony on a Cookie.

My Little Pony Cookie

 

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  She was only unhappy because I used an old cookie that was leftover from a market, so the cookie was far too hard to eat.

I’m excited to see what else comes out of this — I have a feeling I’ll slowly find more and more ways to use it — I can see it coming in handy for other crafts and scrapbooking too!!

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