Everyone knows the tradition of sharing a cigar once a baby has been born. Some people have bubble gum pink or blue cigars. Something to hand out as a small token of congratulations, thanks for stopping by, etc.
Amanda at I am Baker made adorable edible baby announcements when her little boy was born back in March. I was enamored when I saw the adorable creations. And I tucked the idea in the back of my mind.
Then one of my co-workers asked if I would make some cookies for her to hand out to people when they stopped by to see her new baby or to give to the nurses and doctor who assisted with the delivery.
I immediately looked to Amanda for inspiration and that's about as far as I got. These design concepts were all my own. Although, it is hard to personalize such generic baby shapes.
This is what I came up with. 20 cookies, 5 of each shape.
The baby bottles were super easy. I learned something about the baby bottle cookie cutter after I had made these. Everytime I saw baby bottle cookies on the internet, all I thought was how much the cookie had spread during it's baking time. However, these cookies didn't spread. The cutter is made with a natural rounded shape, which looks a lot wider after you have piped a rectangular shaped bottle.
Then I made 5 different onesies. The one on the bottom left corner, I really wanted to write "Spit Happens" on it, but I wasn't sure that's what new parents wanted to be reminded of.
The little tie was my favorite.
I had every intention of doing all the onesies with green polka dots and writing Blake on them, but after I finished this first one, I decided it looked too much like chicken pox and I immediately changed my designs.
I love the baby rattles. I researched and researched and researched different icing techniques for the baby rattles. Ultimately, I decided I liked the thin handle and ring on the end for more of an antique baby rattle look. The downfall to these cookies was that the top part of the rattle became so heavy with the icing on it, that it tended to crack off the handle part.
This is a beautiful case of how the perfect icing consistency matters the most when writing on cookies. The wet-on-wet technique worked perfectly again. A "B" for Baby or Blake and a special thank you for those who helped out during the delivery.
When I went to Michael's to look for ribbon for the packaging, I stumbled across these silver "It's a boy" charms, which I knew would provide the perfect finishing touch.
At the urging of my mother, who pointed out exactly how many people would potentially be seeing these cookies, I added a little subtle sticker with my name and blog.
Side note: I keep telling my husband that when they decide to get rid of all the policeman and America still wants to eat and people are buying my cookies and I'm supporting us, he'll be happy I have a cookie obsession.
Something tells me he's not buying my theory.
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