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Yo Gabba Gabba Cookies

Syler turned 2 this last weekend! Last year I made these Monkey cookies from this post for his party. This year his birthday was Yo Gabba Gabba themed!

Last summer I first learned Yo Gabba Gabba when I made this very special cake for a very special friend of mine. Since then, I have been scared to make Yo Gabba Gabba cookies. Not only are the characters all uniquely shaped, but as a group they total 10 colors!

When Syler’s mom asked me to make Yo Gabba Gabba cookies for the party, I was relieved that she liked the idea of doing simple circle shaped cookies with just the basic elements of each character.

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Each cookie was bagged and tied with tags as his party favors.

Mama said Syler loved his cookies!

As part of Lilaloa’s February challenge of Sketching your cookie designs before you cookie them, I thought I would share my sketches. I typically do these before a complicated set, or if I am not sure the exact shape of something (for example when I’m doing animals) so I can play with it until I am happy with the outcome.

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So glad Georgeanne had such a fun challenge for February and I got it in in just the nick of time!

I will post more of my sketches soon. Every cookier has their own way of doing things and I’d love to share my method in case it helps anyone else!

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16th Birthday Cookies & Cake Balls

Alyssah turned 16 this week! Her mom is an old coworker of mine and decided to trick her for her sweet 16. Alyssah was told that there was just no money for a birthday party this year… but in reality there was a huge surprise party planned!

We went with zebra, hot pink, and turquoise as the “theme.”

This was my first time making zebra cookies. I contemplated a few ways I could do it before settling on outlining each stripe and filling them separately.

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They came out better than I imagined, and each one was unique because I just free handed the stripes.

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The rest of the cookies were filled in hot pink and bright turquoise, with alternating mongrams, 16’s, and her name.

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Don’t they look cute together? I am in love with this set.

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Last year for Alyssah’s birthday I made these Red Velvet Cake Balls. Her mom asked for cake balls again, so this year I went with yellow cake and chocolate coating.

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I colored the chocolate coating black (or as black as I could) so that they would match the cookies. Then I drizzled the tops with turquoise and hot pink to match the cookies.

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Alyssah was so surprised at her party! Her parents told her they were going to her aunt’s house for dinner. All her friends were hiding under the tables and behind furniture so they could pop out as she walked through the door!

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Valentines’s Day Cookies

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Sea Creatures Cookies

Last year for my mother-in-law’s church crab feed live auction I made these cookies. This year I wanted to do something a little different, while still sticking to the under the sea theme.

I found this amazing set of cutters on the Wilton website. Included were so many “sea” creatures that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few!

I sketched out my ideas on paper first, but once I hit the cookie it was all freehand.

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I outlined in black to give it that cartoon feel. I just love how it makes the colors pop.

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The eyes I used the same technique I used on my Santa cookies. I love how googly-eyed it made them and it turned out perfect for these silly sea creatures.

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The next day I got an email from my mother-in-law telling me that bidding for my cookies was fierce, but that my husband’s grandpa persevered. I told him next time I will make him his own plate so that he doesn’t have to bid on them. Haha..

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Glitter Bacon Pigs

For Christmas my mother in law bought me a pig cookie cutter. I love pigs!

Last year I stopped eating pork. I have never really liked bacon, so it wasn’t a hard decision to make. I was already contemplating it when I saw a horrible episode of Extreme Hoarders that involved pigs. I still can’t really think or talk about it without tearing up.

Anyways, the men in my life love bacon. Obviously. They all own T-shirts exclaiming so.

A while back, one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer of Not Your Momma’s Cookies, made these really cool (pork free) bacon cookies. I was just talking about them and showing them to my husband on Christmas Day right before I received my pig cutter. With the image fresh in my mind, I knew I had to combine them!

I dyed my cookie dough 3 different colors:

dark redish/brown

pinkish/brown

yellowish/brown

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Then I made skinny snakes out of the cookie dough and arranged them randomly on my flour dusted work surface. Once I had a bunch of snakes of all colors made, I squished them all up against each other…

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Then rolled them flat.

See those wooden dowels/skewers? I place one on each side of my dough, cover the whole thing with a piece of cling wrap, and roll it across from side to side. The dowels keep the dough an even thickness all the way across.

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Then I cut my pigs as close together as possible. Don’t want to waste any of those bacony stripes!

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…and bake them up like normal.

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When al the pigs were moved to the cookie sheet for baking, I balled up the scraps and rolled it back out. It’s not as stripey, but still kind of looks bacony!

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They look pretty cool as is…

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(I also made some mini pigs.)

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..but I couldn’t leave them alone. They needed something… when in doubt, add sprinkles.

When you don’t want to ruin the color and stripes of the cookies, you can’t add sprinkles.

Know what else makes everything better?

Glitter!!!

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They look wet, but really they’re just shiny and glittery. I used the same glitter on my Unicorn Poop Cookies.

Bacon lover or hater, these bacon pig cookies are for you!

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Goodbye 2012, Happy 2013!

Happy New Year friends!

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2012 was a really good year for this little blog. Thank you everyone who follows and reads and comments! You make me want to keep doing this day after day.

I’ve made a few personal blog goals for the coming year, and I can’t wait to share more treats and continue to learn and try new things.

I made the cookies above for our little New Years house party we went to. I used my new curly number cutters my mom bought me for Christmas:

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I created this color swatch to work from. I wanted bright fun colors, but something a little different than what I normally do.

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It was fun trying to get my icing to match colors I chose ahead of time.

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I iced the small tile cookies by pouring the icing over the cookie, like I did with these I Voted cookies. It might be my new favorite method of icing. It’s easy and I don’t have to outline and flood each one. I did the same with the numbers, but in white.

I thinned out the remaining icing and put just a tiny bit into a squeeze bottle. Then I squeezed it and let the color splatter all over the numbers. (Saw this technique on Sugarbelle’s blog here.) It was fun and came out so much better than I was even hoping!

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Once the splatter on the numbers dried, I planned on attaching them to a couple base cookies and then icing the bases. But…. I ran out of time. So I used hot glue. Sorry cookies. (Oh and I learned a tip from the cookie gals of Cookie Con. Place some bunched up cling wrap on the platter before stacking the cookies, and they won’t slide around. It worked great!)

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I stacked the tiles all around the base cookies, and they were ready for the party!

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I’m so ready for 2013, bring it on!

What goals or resolutions did you make for the New Year?!

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

I made peppermint patties. As in the York type. I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible for them to taste as amazing as they did. After one bite my jaw dropped… and after the second bite (to make sure I wasn’t dreaming) I had to snap this photo and send it to my husband and brother.

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I’ve seen homemade peppermint pattie recipes before, but this one seemed so easy and quick that I decided it was time to give it a try.

Homemade Peppermint Pattiesadapted from Sweet Savory Life

Ingredients:

1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

5 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tbsp peppermint extract

food coloring (optional)

24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or candy melts

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of powdered sugar, the sweetened condensed milk, and the peppermint extract. Mix on medium speed until everything is incorporated.

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2. Add food coloring if desiered. Add remaining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until all is incorporated. Candy mixture will be thick and sticky.

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3. Line a few baking sheets with wax paper and make room in the freezer. Prepare to get messy.

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4. With a spoon or spatula, grab a dollop of candy about 1″ in diameter. It’s going to be very very messy so just do the best you can with it. You want them to eventually be disks on the wax paper, about an 1″ or so apart. The original directions say to make a ball then press it flat on the wax paper. I found it was easier to plop the dollop on the wax paper, use my fingertips to push the edges into a round shape, then carefully pat down the top until it’s smooth.

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(Have you ever played with cornstarch/water goop as a child? It feels hard but then it always sinks down flat again.. This was kind of like that. It settles on it’s own, you just want to make sure it happens in a nice round shape.)

5. Once an entire pan is full, put it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. I ended up with 3 trays full of these little pink patties.

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6. Melt chocolate chips or candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time. Once smooth, remove a pan of peppermint patties from the freezer. Peel off one of the disks, coat it in chocolate, and lay it back on the pan to set up. I found it easier to dip these with my fingers. (They don’t freeze completely solid, so when I used a fork the pattie drooped over the edge of the fork while I was tapping off the excess chocolate.) It’s messy doing it with your fingers, which is why I didn’t get any photos of this step. I had no one else home with me to snap them!

The patties soften to room temperature quickly, so I could only dip about 6 at a time before I had to return the pan to the freezer and switch to another pan. During that time the chocolate coated ones hardened and could be removed to the fridge (or to my mouth).

The dipping was long and aggravating, but TRUST ME, I realized it was worth it once I bit into that first one!

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Store in the fridge or freezer. And be sure to share, this recipe makes a ton of these!

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Beer and Babies

The men always get left out for the baby showers… so this grandma-to-be decided to throw her son-in-laws (both of her daughters are pregnant) their own party!

An anti-shower if you will.

(Please note that I didn’t say anti-baby. Everyone seems to think that when I say anti-shower.)

Of course there had to be beer…

And a little reminder of what these soon-to-be dads are going to be dealing with…

One daughter knew the sex and the other didn’t, so we did a combination of blue and pink… and I added one mystery baby for luck.

Enjoy the beer while you can guys!

Hope you enjoyed your party!

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Girly First Birthday Cookies

I am so in love with these pink gems!

The designs were sent to me by the mama, she found them online. I just mimicked them with my own style of frosting/icing. And they turned out better than I expected!

The cake on the cake stand is identical to the cake ordered for the party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nate’s Cookies

Does everyone know my friend Nate? His blog Nate Makes Cookies is not only hilarious, but it’s a fun creative take on food blogging. He makes only Martha Stewart Cookie Recipes and writes about his experience, (sometimes) problems, and how everyone loves each recipe. It’s honestly one of my favorite blogs to read!

Annnnyways… Nate recently emailed me asking if I wanted to do a “foodie pen pal” thing and send each other local foods and some homemade cookies. Of course I was on board!!

I made these cookies for Nate:

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(if you go see his site you’ll see why I did this design!)

I also had to throw in some California cookies because he is in Oregon. I got my inspiration for these from Andrea of Cupookie. I saw these California cookies she did and knew I had to make my own version!

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If you look carefully, the dot on the first “i” is right about at Sacramento. 🙂

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So glad you loved your cookies Nate!!

Want to check out the cookies he made me?! Click here.

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