May 28, 2012

Rockin' Graduation Cookies

Graduation cookie platter

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Unfortunately I don't have any patriotic cookies to share today.  I took a break from cookies this weekend and went white water rafting in West Virginia.  We had an absolutely amazing time camping and rafting the New River.  I highly recommend it!

So, no Memorial Day cookies today, but I did make these cookies recently for my cousin Michael's graduation party.

Graduation cookies

They had the coolest invitations for the party.  They looked exactly like concert tickets and I just had to make some matching cookies! 

Concert ticket cookies

Mike is an awesome musician, so I included some replicas of his favorite guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop.  His band played during the party and they were AMAZING.  I loved their classic rock style.

Guitar cookies

This was one awesome high school graduation party.  I'm so glad that I could contribute with some cookies!  Congratulations Michael!

May 25, 2012

Penn State Graduation

Penn State cookie

I can't believe it, but my "little" brother just graduated college from Penn State!  I'm proud of you Matt!  My family headed up to State College, PA a few weeks ago (Cinco de Mayo weekend) to celebrate Penn State style.

Mt Nittany

Of course, I made some cookies to bring to the graduation / Cinco de Mayo party that night.

Penn State cookie platter

And forced Matt to pose for pictures with the cookies in his cap and gown :)

Penn State Grad cookies

My cousin Kelly was a bit more enthusiastic for the photo shoot :)

Penn State Grad cookies 2

How cute is this little photographer?!  This is my cousin's daughter, Mackenzie, who was very focused on getting some great shots during our photo shoot! 

adorable little photographer adorable little photographer

I had a great time spending time with my family in State College.  We ate, we drank, we hit pinatas that were filled with mini liquor bottles, we sang about red solo cups...

my family

We even got to practice icing cupcakes with Mackenzie!

I digress, but she's just too cute not to share!  Anyway, back to the cookies...

Penn State Graduation Cookies

Congratulations to Matt and all the other 2012 grads!  I promise life isn't that bad after college.  Eventually you'll find a job, make some money, and be grateful that you never have to stay up late doing homework ever again (hopefully)!

May 22, 2012

Bachelorette Cookies

I've seen lots of versions of these cookies on the internet and have been wanting to make them for a while, so I was excited when I got a request for them for a bachelorette party.  A week later, I got another request for the same thing!  Yay!  So here are a few variations of bra and butt cookies  

Bra and thong cookies

I got the idea to add the "tattoo" to some of the bums from a really cute picture that my client sent to me.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure who made the original cookies, so I can't give them credit.  If you know, please tell me so I can link it back!

Underwear cookies

This was my first attempt at leopard print using Sweet Sugarbelle's tutorial .  I thought it made for some fun underwear  

Underwear cookies

I kind of want that blue and pink lacy set on the left 

Corset cookies

For variety's sake, I threw in a few corsets in addition to the bras.

Bachelorette lingerie cookies

I had lots of fun with the colors and patterns on both of these collections.  Hopefully the bachelorettes and all of their friends enjoyed!

May 18, 2012

60th BDay Cookies-Maryland Style

Hey everyone,

Just a quick post today!  I was going through some old photos and realized that I never shared this one with you!

Maryland themed birthday cookies

I made these cookies a few months ago for a 60th birthday party on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  They had a really fun surprise party planned involving a limo ride across the Bay Bridge and dinner in Annapolis, so I made some cookies for everyone to snack on while they were in the limo.

Unfortunately, it was a really busy week when I made these, so I only snapped one photo. Grrr!  I'm really trying to allow more time in my schedule for photography.  It always seems to be rushed no matter what I do.  I'll try to do better in the future, I promise!


May 15, 2012

Baby Shower Cookie Platters

baby shower cookie platter

I've never done a cookie platter for a customer before, but at the Cookier's Spring Fling a few weeks ago, Maryann (Cookie Artisan) gave an awesome talk about how to design a platter.  When I got home, I was so inspired to give it a try.  It was fate when a customer called just a few days later asking for several cookie platters for her daughter-in-law's baby shower!

I designed a total of seven platters, some large and some small.  Luckily, I had the CUTEST invitation to work with from Tiny Prints.  The colors and patterns gave me tons of inspiration and I used the same "Baby" lettering for some of the centerpiece cookies.

baby shower cookies inspired by invitation

Maryann is a cookie platter design genius, and I learned several tips from her that really helped me when I was designing these platters:
  1. Before you start, lay out your cookie cutters on the platter to get an idea of approximately how many cookies you'll need.  As I was baking, I arranged one small and one large platter with naked cookies so I knew exactly how many more cookies I needed to bake.
  2. If possible, cover the platter with a layer of plastic wrap before arranging your cookies.  This will help the cookies stick to the platter so they don't slide all over the place while you're trying to arrange them.
  3. Include 1 large centerpiece cookie as the focal point of the platter and limit yourself to just a few other complicated designs per platter.
  4. Make lots of small, simple cookies with your extra dough.  They save your sanity, help fill in an any spaces, and they're great for propping up cookies on the platter.  This customer wanted hearts incorporated on the platter, so they were perfect for my small, filler cookies.
For the sake of full disclosure, here's a picture that I took of my naked cookie platter (forgive the crappy cell phone pic):
cookie platter layout

I snapped this picture to help me remember what the platter was supposed to look like after I finished decorating.  

And here's the finished, decorated platter:

baby shower cookies

Pretty similar to my original layout!

The baby cookies were my first attempt with Karen's Cookies' super cute new cutter.  She has some great design examples on her site so I didn't change things too much.  Thank you, Karen, for the great cutter and the great ideas!

baby cookies

I had so much fun working on these platters.  Plus, I didn't have to tie ribbons on the 100+ cookies that it took to fill these plates!  That's a HUGE bonus for me  

Baby shower cookie platter

Hopefully they were a hit at the shower!

May 10, 2012

Toy Story Aliens {Tutorial}

toy story alien cookies

Ooooohhh the claw....

I love the aliens from Toy Story.  These guys were fairly easy to make and you don't need a lot of special supplies, so I figured I'd share with you how I made them.

May 7, 2012


Simpsons cookies

D'oh!  That's what I was thinking at 3 am when I was trying to finish these cookies!  Now I know why cookie decorators dread doing character cookies.  They take FOREVER!

Simpsons cookies

Even though these cookies were extremely labor intensive, I still had fun in the process.  I mean really, who doesn't love the Simpsons?!

Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson Cookies

The cookies were for a 30th birthday party, so I added some "30"s to Homer's belly.  I love all the expressions of Homer.

Homer Simpson Cookies

I thought the Duff beer cans would be my quick and easy cookies to make up for the characters, but not so much. They still involved a lot of steps, but I really liked how they broke up the rest of the cookies on the platter.

Duff beer cookies

These cookies were really fun and I love how they turned out, even if they did take a little longer than I anticipated!

May 2, 2012

New Mother's Day Cookies!

Cookies are the perfect gift for Mom for Mother's Day, so if you haven't picked up a gift yet, check out our new cookie packages up on the website!

These cookies were inspired by my favorite gift to give to my Mom - coupons for chores.  I liked them because they were easy to make (though not as easy to fulfill) and free, and my Mom liked them because she actually got some help around the house!  I know this is the gift that I would want if I were a Mom :)

Mother's Day coupon cookies

We also have a new Mother's Day tea set for the tea-drinker in your life.  Our sugar cookies are perfect with a cup of tea, so what could be cuter than tea-themed cookies!

Mother's Day Tea Party Cookies

Mother's Day orders need to be in by May 5th if you need your cookies shipped.  If you'd like to pick them up in Gaithersburg, MD, orders will be accepted until May 8th.


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