August 28, 2018 · 8:00 am
I made these cookies for a sweet Tangled/Rapunzel themed party. Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies so I was super excited to make these!
I stopped doing characters a while back because it stressed me out way too much. Instead I offered to do things that definitely symbolize the movie without having to do actual character faces.
I did a big yellow sun, because the sun is the basis for all the magic in the movie:
A couple different bright colored flowers…
…and these sweet little purple 5’s with a long golden braid.
This was such a fun set to make! I think next time I will have to add a little green chameleon to the mix! 🦎
August 24, 2018 · 8:00 am
This sweet little set of cookies I made for a friend for her and her niece’s birthdays. One of them loves Snow White and the other loves Cinderella, so I wanted to make a princess set that captured both.
Instead of doing characters and faces (omg the stress!!) I opted for items that symbolize the royals.
Apples for Snow White of course…
A sweet little princess crown…
And a perfect glass slipper for Cinderella!
I also made some 3’s with the birthday girl’s name on them.
This set was easy and cute and fun to do!
I have another princess set coming up that I was able to do without characters. I can’t wait for you all to see them! ☀️
August 17, 2018 · 8:00 am
I once had the idea to make emoji cookies. I had never seen them before… like usual I put it off, then emoji cookies started popping up everywhere!! I eventually decided I wanted to do it anyway.
I decided to make all of my most frequently used faces, plus the little 💩 emoji cuz everyone loves that little guy.
We’ve got the eye toll emoji:
The basic smiley:
I like to call this the “eek” face:
The laughing/crying guy:
The kissy face:
All the heart eyes:
The silly tongue sticking out guy:
….aaand Mr. Poop.
Here is all of them together! 😍😂😜😬😊🙄😘💩
These weer pretty fun to make! What are your favorite and most used emojis?
August 10, 2018 · 8:00 am
I made these fun rainbow cookies for my little lady’s Unicorn First Birthday Party.
I was busy planning 2 birthday parties at the same time and needed to save myself from getting too overeager and stressed. I decided to make some simple cookies that would still have that WOW factor.
I baked them with sprinkles because nothing says rainbow and unicorn like sprinkles!
I bought this cute rainbow cookie cutter here.
I outlined these in white buttercream and filled with white icing. Once they were dry they were ready for painting!
I mixed food coloring gel with a couple drops of vodka. (Lemon juice can also be used if you don’t want to use vodka or don’t have any on hand. The alcohol evaporates so there’s no issue with kids eating these!)
I used a small paintbrush to paint the colors on one at a time.
This was the first time I’ve done this and I learned as I was going that I should have waited to do the next color until the first one had dried. Some of my colors were a little thin and started the bleed into each other.
Most of them still turned out pretty cute in the end. They kind of looked like a kid had painted or colored them. 💗
I decided to outline the clouds at the end because it helped cover the awkward line where the color met the cloud.
At the party I used them as favors. They looked so cute on the table with the rest of the decorations!
Do you love funfetti and sprinkles as much as I do?? Check out these other funfetti treats I have made:
Funfetti Sugar Cookies
Funfetti Oreo Surprise Cookies
Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles
July 31, 2018 · 8:00 am
This cake almost didn’t get made.
Levi said he wanted an “orange cake, yellow inside, with orange candles.”
I was trying to convince him to have ice cream cones instead of cupcakes (no baking needed!) when he told me his cake desires.
I checked that he didn’t maybe mean cupcakes??
Then, about a week before his party he told me he wanted a taco cake. *sigh*
Pinterest had a few different versions but I had to kind of combine the ideas to get what I had in mind.
I made 2 cakes and cut them both in half. I added frosting between them and once it had set a bit I turned them on their sides and frosted them with a crumb coat. Then I did a smooth frost of taco shell yellow frosting on just the outsides of the tacos and along the edges.
After the frosting had set up a little I moved them carefully to a cake board. It wasn’t really big enough so I had to put the tacos close together.
I piped brown “meat” buttercream near the bottom of the taco and then swirled it with the tip of s fork to add texture. Next I added lettuce with a leaf tip and green buttercream. I added layers in different directions and of different lengths to make it look more full and realistic.
Lastly I added cheese and tomatoes with buttercream. I tried to be as random as I could to make it look more realistic.
To cut the cake I just sliced it straight down from the top. After he’d blown out his candles of course. 😁
You can see the rest of the party here and the taco cookies I made here.
July 25, 2018 · 8:00 am
I shared my son’s taco birthday party here. But I wanted to do a special post for just the cookies themselves.
These were SO fun to make!
I used a crinkle edged circle cutter, then cut them in half with my spatula.
I outlined in buttercream and filled the tacos with “taco shell yellow” glacé which I made by mixing Wilton buttercup and golden yellow.
For the speckles I used this technique for splattering brown food coloring. Some of them got a little too speckled but in the end it just made them all unique!
Once the shells were dry I added buttercream “meat” brown blobs.
I alternated the blobs with leafy green buttercream stars. All of my leaf tips were way too big for these cookies, so the star tip was the next best thing.
Lastly I added the cheese and tomatoes with orange and red buttercream.
Because I wanted to present the cookies as “pantloads,” I wanted them wrapped individually and carefully so that you could see the tacos clearly. I cut the bags short and taped them down the back.
I love how these turned out! So simple yet so detailed and cute!
July 10, 2018 · 8:00 am
My little dude just turned 3 and we had a taco themed party!
He’s obsessed with food. Anytime we go to a party I ask him later what his favorite part was and he always says “the food.” Even if it’s lame greasy pizza. Even if there was a bounce house and pony rides and face painting and balloon animals. Food always wins.
He also loves the book Dragons Love Tacos. We morphed it a bit and left out the dragons, but otherwise pulled a lot of ideas from the book. We made the invitations look like mini books. Here are a couple pages from his invitation:
We had plenty of real tacos (beef and chicken – like the invite), with all the toppings in buckets (buckets of tacos!). There was also a taco cake and taco cookies (pantloads of tacos). I even made a boat for the table!
(I will be doing a separate post on the Taco Cookies. These were so fun to make!)
I found some cool taco floaties (here and here) for the pool which really tied together the taco pool party.
I made favor bags to match the Taco Cave bags from the book, which had a few goodies and also held the candy from the taco pinata.
Levi had a blast. He’s still talking about his taco birthday party days later!
We all had taco shirts for the party – though it was so hot we spent the whole time in the pool so no one saw them!
Levi’s orange shirt was custom made by my friend at SpillTheBeansEtc. Carter’s green shirt is from OliviaandAugust. The little pink shirt on Audrey was customized into a onesie by BayouCityThreads (best customer service everrrr). My shirt is from LiftHerUpCo and Travis’ is from Target.
April 23, 2018 · 8:00 am
Colette was born on Cinco de Mayo. What better way to celebrate than to have a fiesta for her first birthday!?
I happened to have this mini donkey cutter that I knew would be perfect for piñatas.
This is my favorite flower cutter. I knew it would make awesome colorful flowers for this set.
I modified an ice cream cone cutter to make these maracas cookies. Obviously a baby rattle would be perfect.
I made one extra special cookie. Cole’s family lost their very special pup Beanie a while back. He was so special that I had previously made cookies of him for their wedding. I used the cutter to make a Beanie piñata. I think he looks pretty cute in color. 💙
**Disclaimer: I made these last year but didn’t get them up in time for Cinco de Mayo. Colette is actually almost 2 now!**
November 3, 2017 · 5:00 pm
This mama-to-be is so very special to me. We’ve known each other since first grade. We went to elementary, middle, and high school together and I introduced her to her husband, who was a coworker of mine. And now they’re about to have their first baby! It was a Mickey and Minnie themed shower, and I got to make the cookies.
I’ve made Mickey cookies once before (here) but I knew I wanted to do something different this time. And since they’re having a little girl, of course I had to do Minnie too!
Sidenote – I decided years ago that I’m not making character cookies anymore. It’s so difficult to achieve the likeness of a character and it was way too stressful. Everyone is their own worst critic, and I was NOT nice to myself when I made characters. Instead, I prefer to do details and patterns that are still representative of the character or theme – but stress free!
I did a basic Mickey… (because it’s so easy and recognizable – you don’t even need a face!)
… Minnie’s bow (which I learned the hard way is NOT actually shaped like a bow) (can you tell what cutter shape I ended up using?) …
…and baby onesies! The G is for Gloria. Isn’t that the most gorgeous name?!
I was so happy with how these turned out. The colors really popped and they looked great with the rest of the decor and food.
November 21, 2016 · 8:00 am