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Princess Baby Shower Cookies

These pretty pink cookies were for a friend’s baby shower. We learned she was baking up a little girl when I made these cupcakes.

I made babies similar to these, but knew I wanted her smiling instead of screaming.

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And since she is going to be the first girl baby in our group, and will be SO SO spoiled, they had to be princess themed. Diamonds and tiaras. ūüôā After outlining the tiaras, I painted them with silver luster dust mixed with a few drops of vodka. It turned them from grey to silver. Much more appropriate for princess attire.

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I also threw in some mini hearts because they are easy and good fillers for a party when not everyone will take a larger (normal) sized cookie.

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These were the first cookies I’ve made in a long time, besides my Christmas cookies. (Which, for the record, didn’t get finished… and the ones I did finish never got photographed so they never got shared. Meh.) It felt good to make cookies again, but my skills are definitely a little rusty. I’m not gonna lie – there were a lot of re-dos, and a few tears shed… and my husband standing behind me reassuring me that I’m being too hard on myself and that I’m just out of practice. *sigh* I seriously don’t know what I’d do without him. ‚̧

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Valentines’s Day Cookies

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Love & Marriage Cookies

Sticking with the elegant theme of black and white, I made these Love and Wedding Cookies as the favors for a bridal shower.

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I bought the Love cutter late last year and have been eager to use it ever since. I had a hard time figuring out the font to work with the shape, but I’m happy with how they turned out. I might tweak it a little next time.

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The next cookies were packaged together. The mom of the bride-to-be asked for a dress cookie, but since I didn’t have a cutter for that, I came up with this idea. She fell in love with it and so did I!

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Simple lines and details, but still elegant enough for a wedding (or shower in this case).

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I am also linking up these cookies to Lilaloa‘s Colorless Challenge!

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Heart Shaped Deep Dish White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

For the past few years, I have bought my honey a giant heart-shaped cookie for Valentine’s Day. (By giant I mean it was like 12″ across.) His favorite cookie is a white chocolate macadamia nut, so the giant cookie was always that. Now that I am doing my own baking, I told him he was not getting one this year. I asked him what I could make him instead. He wants damn white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Of course.

I had never made them before, so I was a little stumped. I decided to go with a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, and just swap out the chips for white and add macadamia nuts. If white chocolate chip macadamia is not your thing, just substitute with regular chips and omit the nuts.

I recently bought myself a whoopie pie pan aka muffin top pan, and since it was during Valentine’s season, it is heart shaped! And since my honey isn’t getting his giant heart shaped cookie, I figured I would make him regular-sized heart shaped white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Ugh this post is getting me tongue-tied!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – recipe adapted from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

Ingredients

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

3/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tbsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

Directions

1. Beat melted butter and sugars for 3-5 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.

2. In a small bowl, gently mix together eggs and vanilla. Scrape the sugar/butter mixture from the sides of the bowl and add the eggs. Mix until comined.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add to rest of ingredients until completely incorporated.

4. Stir in chips and nuts by hand, then cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

5. Roll dough into balls and bake on cookie sheet, OR press into the bottom of deep dish whoopie pie pan/muffin top pan.

 

6. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Edges should be golden brown and center should be soft and puffy. Let cookies completely cool on cookie sheet or in pan so that the soft centers will set up. (The centers will also sink a bit.)

Aww look, he’s got my heart in his hands…. awwww…..

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Valentines Sugar Cookies

For valentine’s cookies, I always do the traditional colors, then throw in purple. This year, inspired by this beautiful set by iambaker, I decided to go light blue instead. Enjoy!

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Love these sweet pink and white ones…

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This one is my favorite!

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Love the little bow on this one…

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Can never go wrong with sprinkles, especially festive non-pareils!

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My husband said the blue one below looks the yummiest… the big heart sprinkles on the pink one I found at the 99 cent store!

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More Cookies!

I’m not crazy. There is a reason I have been randomly making tons of different cookies. I also have a confession.

The cookies I have been doing in the past, and up to just a week ago, have been made from this:

Seeing as I am trying to sell my cookies, I thought it was wrong to be making them from a bag. I have not had time to just “play” and find a good recipe because I had been making cookies for people and I didn’t want to experiment until they were for no reason at all.

I started in a safe place – my mom’s recipe box. My mom hasn’t made sugar cookies since I was probably in middle school, maybe even before that. She doesn’t have the patience for rolling out dough and dealing with stickiness. The recipe she had was her mom’s from when she used to make cookies. The result? It was okay. Held up its shape well, and was easy to roll once it warmed a bit (it was seriously a rock when it came out of the fridge). The cookie wasn’t as sweet as the Betty stuff, which can be a good thing since I use so much icing… but it was actually too flour-y I think. It tasted more like a shortbread or biscuit.

A few days later I decided I needed to try again. I have a HUGE cookie order coming up and I need to start baking and freezing ASAP. The next recipe was a complete success. Like, best sugar cookie I’ve ever had. I might tweak it a bit to make it my own, but it’s so good the way it is. You can find it here. That woman is a genius I tell you!

Anyway – to the cookies!

These I made for a very special reason… our offer just got accepted on a house! We have a busy and hard couple months in front of us, but I can’t wait! My house cutter is NOT cute. It is from a¬†Halloween¬†set so it’s¬†technically¬†a haunted house. I did the best I could…

These cuties are for a special mom who just gave birth on Friday night. Her shower cookies can be found here. I used my circle cookie cutter and then chopped the heads off of little gingerbread men for the ears.

The rest are just for fun!

my attempt at a flip-flop cookie. I don’t have a cutter so I used my easter egg and fit a couple pieces together.

The color is better in the first flower picture above, but the dots look better in this one. I will definitely be making more of these they’re easy and so cute!

These are sort of a fail.. I tried to do this, but they didn’t come out as cute as hers. Maybe it would have helped if I would have looked at the picture and done it right!

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Cookie Extravaganza!

I tried a new cookie recipe this weekend. I have been wanting to try a new one for a while now, but every time I make cookie I am making them for someone so I haven’t been able to experiment. I figured¬†while I am making cookies for no reason I might as well try new cutters, techniques, and other ideas I have been bottling up for a while! So forgive the jumping-around of my designs and ideas…

Oh another thing I did different this time was not make my buttercream for the outline and decorating… basically because I was too lazy. So everything is just the icing, and for the most part I just did the same consistency rather than thicken or thin it out to outline or flood. Okay here we go…

The larger cutter came in a set I just received as a gift from some friends. The smaller ones I made myself with my circle cutter and a small crinkle edged circle to take the “bite marks” out of it. ¬†Just like shown toward the end of this¬†post by Sweet Sugar Belle. She is brilliant.

These are also inspired by Sweet Sugar Belle. (See this post.) I thought they were soo gorgeous and I just had to try it. While it turned out nice, it took forever.. and without my precious buttercream I had a hard time keeping my lines straight and my curls curly. The dots were easy so I did a lot of those. ūüôā

Next is something I have been wanting to do for MONTHS. My original idea didn’t really come through on these, but there will definitely be more lemons to come! The design was easy and looks fabulous. I totally meant to do limes too, but I forgot and just kept piping in yellow.. Oh well, next time.

A little but of fun…

I don’t know how many people know, and I’m sure I haven’t ever mentioned it here, but I LOVE dinosaurs. I want them in my life more. I haven’t stopped talking about wanting dino cookie cutters ever since my cookie craziness started. While my parents were on vacation, my mom found a few dinos and brought them home for me. So excited! These are just a few trials.. now I just need a brontosaurus and a¬†triceratops¬†and a¬†stegosaurus¬†and I will be set!

These little bite-sized cookies were just leftover colors. Simple.

The recipe turned out okay.¬†It was too flour-y I think. I have another recipe in mind to try next time. Hope that can be soon… I have a HUGE order in less than a month! So excited…

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