Hello Kitty gives me the creeps. Kind of like the sock monkey.
I usually like to pretend they don't exist...that's how much they freak me out.
But this cookie request came from a very special little girl.
She's my sister-in-law's niece.
These cookies are super, duper special because they're gluten free.
This is the first order of unique cookies for this little girl and I wanted them to look just like Hello Kitty. Because of her allergy, Abby doesn't usually get to eat the fun party foods.
I made the bow as a royal icing transfer to give the cookie some depth.
I learned a lot from making these cookies.
Like the fact that I'm sooooo thankful I don't have to eat gluten-free.
The mix tasted pretty good, but I didn't have enough dough left over to make any extra cookies to be able to try one after it was baked.
I'll let you in on a little secret.
All of the Hello Kitty cookie heads in the picture below came from the same shape cookie cutter. Evidently the dough and my oven decided they should come out being different sizes.
The gluten free dough was extremely sticky and the cookies were very fragile when they came out of the oven. In fact, I'm in awe that the tiny little cracks that appeared in the icing aren't showing.
You can tell the different sizes in the picture below. The one on the left came from my first roll out of dough. They were thicker....which I quickly learned is not a good thing with gluten free dough. Thicker=more spread. The one on the right is my 'prayer' cookie...as in "Dear God, please, please let me be able to piece together enough dough to use the cookie cutter and make the one last cookie I need".
All in all I don't think they turned out too shabby.
But gluten free will definitely not be a regular on my list.
Confession time. After attending Cookie Two Shoes Spring Fling this past weekend, I am thoroughly embarassed to show you these pictures. In fact, I'm pretty much petrified of all the photos I've ever taken of my cookies. Glory from Glorious Treats shared some awesome photography tips, none of which I used when taking these photos. Unless you count my lame attempt at layering.
Oh well, there's always next time.
I recently received a request (yay alliteration!) for damask print bachelorette cookies. Evidently the bride to be hates pink and extreme girliness in general. Sounds like her and I would get along well! :) The host of the shower chose a classic damask print with black and blue as the main colors.
Here's the irony though...these cookies are still girly.
Which, I guess, is the unwritten rule for all bachelorette parties.
The hostess gave me cookie creative freedom.
Originally, I had this grand idea of doing all damask print backgrounds with the words written on top of them. I made one cookie like that and realized how preposterous of an idea it was. First of all, that darn damask print took me for.ev.er. Secondly, the words didn't show up well.
I used my Wilton extra fine tip food marker for precision and ease.
Plus these cookies were traveling a long distance in the car and I HATE chipped black icing.
I love how it looks like a sugar sheet.
So I scrapped the idea of doing them all that way and came up with the various designs you see below. I'm absolutely obsessed with the elegant simplicity of these cookies. Brushed with a little luster dust provides the perfect sparkling finish. And I do love sparkles.
Wait...did I say I wasn't girly? Hmm...
Happy Bachelorette party Heather! I hope you had a great time!
Recently I was asked to make baptism cookies. Immediately I knew I wanted to give Sweet Ambs technique of piping filligree a try. She makes it look so beautiful and elegant and easy! I definitely have alot to learn, but I had fun anyway.
I added some luster dust for a shiny look.
Of course a few personalized cookies were added to the mix.
The two orders I had due yesterday represented the beginning and end of life.
Each one was humbling in its own way.
Several posts ago, I wrote about auctioning off some cookies at the school where my mom works.
The woman who bought the platter of 2 dozen cookies had a specific 16 year old girl in mind who had cancer to give them to. This 16 year old absolutely loved cookies and bright colors and things full of life.
Originally (because of my busy schedule), we had discussed completing the order at the end of May.
When I emailed the winner to check in and let her know I could do them sooner, she informed me that the girl had been recently hospitalized. The same day I emailed her to tell her I would complete the order as soon as possible, the child passed away. Evidently, her passing happened a little more sooner than expected. Although, in my mind, I think 16 is too soon no matter how you look at it.
The winner asked if I could make some and have them ready for a celebration of Kganya's life reception held by a family friend.
I knew what Kganya loved and I tried to represent all things positive and uplifting and fun,
because at 16 that's how she should be remembered.
I chose bright colors, flowers and butterflies.
The winner of the auction emailed me to let me know how much the platter of cookies was appreciated. I am so happy I was able to help out in some small way and to help brighten the day just a little bit.
Question: What's the most used phrase in our household over the past year?
Answer: _________ are expecting.
We're in that season of life.
In this particular case, the couple are best friends with my sister and brother-in-law.
In a strange coincidence, the daddy to be was actually my RA my freshman year in college.
Which means I've known him almost 10 years....longer than I've known my brother-in-law!
Shannon and Phil gave me the huge honor of letting me make their gender reveal cake.
But naturally, I had to do gender reveal cookies also!
You know how much I love the onesie cookie cutter!
I wanted the guests to be able to share in the fun.
There is a special surprise in these onesies!
Now, I only do cakes for really, really special people. They're not my forte.
I'm so OCD and royal icing cooperates much better with me than buttercream does.
Plus, I loathe cleaning up buttercream ridden dishes. Yuck.
The cake design inspiration came from their football themed invitation.
It looked like a giant ticket!
I know Phil would appreciate something a little more 'manly' and sporty, but I also knew Shannon would love the baby details of buttons, bows and ribbons! I'm just happy they looked so adorable together. I LOVE it when an idea in my head ends up looking just as cute when it becomes reality!
I used fondant for the first time outside of a cake decorating class.
I usually hate wilton fondant, but their brown fondant is chocolate flavored and tastes like a giant tootsie roll. Thanks for the heads up, Fresh Baked!
I bought a button and ribbon mold and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to use it!
Any guesses what they're having???
(Besides a baby, duh)
Or have you already scrolled down?!
It's a GIRL!!!!
In case you're wondering (humor me, will ya?), this is how I did the gender reveal cookies.
I read around on some various websites about how to make cookies like these but most of them involved some sort of measuring and this gal hates measuring.
So, I used my onesie cookie cutter and while it was still pressed in my regular dough, I put in the rectangle of pink dyed dough and pushed it down. By keeping the cookie cutter in place, the cookie maintained its shape. Then I baked them as normal!
And I have one last surprise for you!
How about a video so you can actually see their reaction (and my cake working its magic!)