Peppermint Candy Decorated Cookies for a Holiday Hostess Gift

Have you ever seen a cup that calls to you making you wonder, “What can I put in it besides the obvious?” or “What excuse can I come up with to justify buying an entire spool of baker’s twine with a sparkly red tinsel thread happily running through it?” or “To whom can I give a gift so I can play with the pretty letterpress gift tag that I had to buy so I could run my fingers over the… [Read More]

Pink Christmas Tree Cookies with Fondant Pennants

Happy December! I can’t believe the countdown has begun!  What have you got planned this holiday season? This year we’ve been invited to a few parties where, for some reason, I’ve been asked to bring cookies.  😉  I wanted to design a cookie that said fun + party with more of a generic feeling in the holiday affiliation area but still said “happy holidays”. Did you know I’m crazy for pennants?  What says fun + party more than pennants?  I… [Read More]

Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop

Last week began my cookie decorating workshops for this holiday season and we had a great time! I was honored to be invited to teach a group of Newport Beach tennis friends who gathered for dinner and wanted to learn how to become cookie decorating rock stars.  They were all so lovely, welcoming and enthusiastic that I could have easily forgotten I was there to teach! Don’t you love their matching aprons?  Diane, the organizer of the evening and third… [Read More]

Decorated Milkshake Cookies

You might recall, I recently designed and decorated these milkshake cookies for a post I wrote for Tiny Prints being inspired by one of their party invitation so now I’m going to show you how I made them and baked them with the straws. I began by drawing a template of the basic shape of what I think looked like a milkshake. I cut the template out of card stock and used it to help me cut out the shape… [Read More]

Decorated Apple Cookies

I noticed last week was Teacher Appreciation Week for our local schools.  It brought back good memories of classes winding down and students anxiously awaiting summer vacation. Last fall, I made these cookies to accompany a give-away but I never showed you how easy they were to make.  Raise your hand if you’re ready! If you wish to make them like I did … You’ll Need: My Sugar Cookie Recipe My Royal Icing Recipe Apple design template Fondant – white,… [Read More]

Decorated Champagne Glass Cookie Party Favors–DIY

For two…. …or more. Either way, a bit o’ the bubbly always makes a celebration sparkle. In this case, for an engagement. Best wishes to the happy couple! DIY Champagne Glass Cookie Party Favors: Things You’ll Need: Sugar Cookie Recipe & Tutorial Royal Icing Recipe & Tutorial Gold cake coloring (I used Americolor Gold) Icing decorating bag or parchment cone #3 decorating tip Gold dragees (two sizes) White colored pearlized luster powder (optional) (one brand is Wilton) Super gold luster… [Read More]

Isty Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Tushie Cookies

Surfs Up! I’ve been a busy bikini designer lately.  In fact I made over 100 Bikini Tushie Cookies for my son’s fraternity’s fund raiser. The event was a friendly Best Dance Crew competition between the college’s sororities to benefit the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. These girls sure knew how to twerk with all the other hip hop moves on the stage.  And these ladies had the moves!  Don’t know what twerking is?  You’ve seen it but you… [Read More]

Meringue Cookie Heart Pops

While I was making Meringue Heart Cookies for a recent post, I thought how cute they would be sandwiched with white chocolate ganache or white candy coating, dipped in colorful sprinkles and placed on a red and white striped straw, so I gave it a try. Won’t they be fun to attach to Valentines? If you’ve made the meringue hearts you only need a few more things to transform them into pops. If you’re using *white chocolate ganache:  1.  Heavy… [Read More]

“Be Still My (Meringue) Heart” Cookies

Chocolate might reign supreme as the sweet choice for Valentine’s Day but if something lighter tickles your fancy, meringue heart cookies just might make your heart go all aflutter. Made with ingredients most of us already have on hand in our kitchens, the ingredients are simple: egg whites, cream of tartar, granulated sugar (either ‘super fine’ or regular), and vanilla.  The pink food coloring for tinting the meringue is optional but soft pink hearts are the language of love on… [Read More]

Dear Friends…

As the year winds down I wanted to tell you, you’ve made my year merry and bright and I count you among my blessings.  Espresso martini decorated cookies. I’m going to be doing more of this over the next couple of weeks… … so I’ll see you again after the brief holiday intermission.  🙂