Pastel Christmas Cookies

I’ve done quite a few Christmas cookies so far this year (over 160 to be exact!), and I was getting a bit fatigued of seeing red, green and white, so I was ecstatic when a friend ordered 4 dozen Christmas cookies and wanted non-traditional colours. I had been dying to do a pastel colour schemed but I couldn’t justify making any more cookies just for myself.

They have a toddler and are expecting their second little one in the New Year so I was happy to help provide them with treats for the holidays and all the visitors that will no doubt be by to see the new baby.

We agreed on 2 dozen sugar cookies and 2 dozen orange vanilla spice cookies.  The orange vanilla is a fun twist on the classic sugar cookie; not to mention it smells divine!

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I had seen some inspiration for these adorable penguins so I jumped on the opportunity to include them in the set.  They were so much fun! I love the added whimsy the earmuffs give them. Honestly? I kind of wanted to keep them! But of course, I didn’t 😉

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I wasn’t sure if the teddy bears would fit in but they turned out so cute and cuddly.

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I try not to waste a single ounce of dough so I added in some bite-sized birds and mini ornaments to the set.

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I wanted to use my house cutter but I really wasn’t sure what direction I would take it – turns out it was one of my favourite shapes to decorate. I loved adding all the details.

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Isn’t sanding sugar the BEST thing?!?

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Some bells and Christmas cheer to tie it all together.

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This set was my first time using luster dust and can I just say: I LOVE luster dust!! I want to make ALL the cookies sparkle and shimmer! I had to exercise extreme self-restraint once I got into the luster dusting.

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I had so much fun making this set and I was so happy to be able to share it with a wonderful (and growing!) family ☺

You Are My Sunshine 1st Birthday Cookies

Our little girl recently turned 1 – I still can’t believe a full year has gone by since we became a family of four! She’s brought so much love and laughter into our lives. She is our little sunshine girl. It seemed fitting then to have a sunshine theme for her birthday!

She was born in December, so unfortunately she’ll forever have to share her birthday month with Christmas (and I cringe at the thought that she’ll no doubt someday get a birthday present wrapped in Christmas paper!), so I wanted to go with a theme that was totally opposite to winter and Christmas.

The song “You Are My Sunshine” also holds a special place in my heart as it was the song my mom used to sing to me when I was a baby. I’ve sung it to both my little ones and get emotional just thinking of the lyrics.

In honour of all those things, I went with a pink and yellow colour scheme and made sun and cloud cookies along with a few personalized number “1” and monogrammed cookies.  I didn’t have a cloud cookie cutter so I got creative and used a flower cutter then cut the shape in half to make two clouds. It worked surprisingly well!

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I had made pink “peonie” royal icing transfers when I was making roses and I thought they added a pretty touch to the set.

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We already had these prints for our master bedroom so I used them to help with the decor – it worked really well! I highly recommend repurposing existing decor for special occasions.

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My piping icing could have been a little stiffer for the wording.  I’ll have to practice getting the right consistency.

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I baked lemon cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting to serve along with the cookies (and the rest of the spread!). I loved the pink and yellow – it was so bright and cheerful, just like the birthday girl!

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She had a great time digging into her birthday cupcake and made a complete mess of herself – just like a one year old should! 🙂

 

 

Rustic Christmas Cookies

Halloween wasn’t even over and I was itching to bake Christmas cookies.  I really wanted to try Sweet Sugar Belle’s brown sugar recipe and loved the idea of rustic Christmas cookies so took inspiration from her post and made my own.  (As an aside, if you haven’t checked out her stuff yet, GO NOW! Seriously amazing creations.)

I had also made some royal icing poinsettia transfers (once again an awesome Sugar Belle tutorial) and wanted to put them into action.

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I had made some royal icing holly along with the poinsettia and I really love them! They were relatively easy to make too.  Unfortunately my piping icing was a little too runny for the burlap pattern I wanted to try.

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Sadly, this branch, which was one of my favourites, was a victim of fumbling fingers and some of the berries got crushed during the photographing process 😦

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I’m in love with this pinecone cookie! I’m actually quite sad I didn’t make more.  10679496_10152533297577523_1995760117900685526_o

The birch pattern is my second favourite! I foresee many more birch cookies in my future 🙂 1604694_10152533297582523_2277235305393027062_n

The brown sugar cookie recipe was delicious, although I ended up cutting way back on the leveanor for my second batch because I found they spread too much the first time around.

This was just one set of MANY Christmas cookies I’ve made so far this year and I look forward to sharing the rest 🙂

Baptism Cookies

About a month ago, a friend of mine asked me to make some cookies for her daughter’s baptism.  I was beyond flattered and incredibly nervous as this was my first ever “customer”!  She wanted crosses and gave me creative license with a colour scheme of white with pink accents.

One lesson I quickly learned was that some cutters are not as common as you’d think.  I didn’t have a cross cutter but was certain I’d seen them in a number of stores and yet when I went out to buy one, not a single store had them.  Evidently they’re considered a seasonal cutter and available mostly around Easter*.  Luckily, my wonderful husband was able to build me a custom cross cutter.  I love that man.

(*Of course a few weeks later, closer to Christmas, I found a cross cutter at Target…because isn’t that just how things go sometimes!)

I looked up some inspiration and decided to try my hand at some new techniques I’d been eyeing: lace, quilting, wet on wet roses and some royal icing rose transfers.  I’m happy to report that all worked out fairly well.  I wasn’t 100% happy with my quilted pattern so I’ll have to practice that one.   I was nervous about piping the lace too but it turned out to be easier than I expected and surprisingly incredibly relaxing!  I got lost in the pattern and time just flew by.

Here are some pictures of the final product:

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I really enjoyed making the royal icing roses and have a ton left over that I’m itching to use!

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IMG_4367The wet on wet swirl roses were another favourite.  I watched Sweet Ambs video tutorial to get a good grasp on the technique.  You have to work fast before the icing dries but it makes such a pretty product.  I already have ideas for other applications of this technique.

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I also made a special monogram set for the guest of honour. IMG_4363IMG_4364

Hunting Cookies

 

I’m still relatively new to this cookie decorating thing, but I’ve discovered it’s a whole world of edible art and goodness and I want to be part of it! For my third time decorating cookies, I was inspired to make some hunting themed cookies for my husband and his hunting buddies when I saw Sugar Belle’s moose cookie.  So cute!

I made a batch each of gingerbread and sugar cookie dough and made the moose using a large angel cutter that I had. I also wanted to experiment with some wet on wet techniques and 20 second icing so I made some camo and wood grain cookies.  All in all I was pretty happy with the results – I don’t think the boys had any complaints either!

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Here are the steps I followed to make the moose.  I varied from Sugar Belle’s technique  – and of course my outcome isn’t nearly as clean and perfect as hers, but practice makes perfect!

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I waited until the base coat was dry to add the details for the ears, eyes and nose.

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Like I said, not nearly perfect, but I think it gives them a bit of a rustic feel 😉