Decorated Elephant Cookies and a Virtual Baby Shower

Decorated Elephant Cookies

I bet you didn't know when you woke up this morning that you'd be attending a baby shower...surprise! Today we're celebrating the upcoming birth of the baby boy that I've affectionately named Baby Bluebonnet.  He will actually be called Evan {which I'm very partial to being the mom of an Evan myself} and his sweet momma Amber is the native Texan behind Bluebonnets and Brownies. I "met" Amber way back at the beginning of my blogging … [Read more...]

Quilted Royal Icing

Quilted Cookie

Quilting?  Tufting?  Whatever you call it this easy technique is a simple way to dress up decorated cookies.  It's pretty much my new favorite thing. It's possible to make quilted cookies without special equipment but to save time I prefer to use a Kopykake.  If you don't have a projector, check out Sweetamb's tutorial on or purchase her how-to video here. To make quilted cookies you will need: Printable quilting … [Read more...]

Custom Alphabet Cookies

Custom Letter L Cookie

Maybe it's just me, but I've always dreamed of having my own little family of cookie elves.  They'd spend their days singing happy little cookie tunes while washing dirty icing bowls and making custom cutters to suit my every need.  A girl can dream, but until they show up creative thinking and hand cutting are the best solutions for me. I usually prefer re-purposing to hand cutting cookies but sometimes it's the easiest and most inexpensive … [Read more...]

Simple Owl Cookies

Pastel Owl Cookies_Sweetsugaebelle

Growing up, I was surrounded by owls.  My mom was a chi omega and collected cute little owl figurines.  She thought the were the coolest thing even though my entire family teased her about her collection.  Now the laugh is on us.  Owls are everywhere!  As usual, mom was right. There are a lot of cute owl cutters on the market but I like an egg cutter as well as any of them.  By overlapping the tips you can make two owls at once. To make … [Read more...]

Perfect Monogram Cookies

Perfect Monogram Cookies

Simple classic monogram cookies are great for many occasions.  This time around I made them for a baby shower. Start by finding a letter you like.  I usually Google a specific letter rather than sorting through fonts.  If you have a Kopykake, print and pipe.  If not, here's a quick way to transfer a letter from paper to cookie. Cut out the letter and position it on the cookie.  I used a cookie that was already flooded but this works on … [Read more...]

Making Icing Color Match

Damask Baby Shower Cookies

Do you struggle with mixing perfectly coordinated icing palettes?  Then I have a tip for you and it's simpler than you may think. A few years ago my friend Jen taught me this trick and I've been doing it {or mostly trying to} as often as possible since then.  Not only does this ensure perfectly matched colors, it also cuts down on dirty dishes. I've nicknamed this the "one bowl method".  It's so simple I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't … [Read more...]

Vintage Duck Toy Cookies

Duck Pull Toy Cookies 2

The month of March brought not one, but THREE precious babies into my life.  A tiny little nephew named George, a niece, Sara, and another one of my besties *finally* welcomed sweet John into the world. Babies of course make me happy, and when I'm happy it puts me in the mood to make cookies. I wanted to do something a little different than the standard bibs and bottles so I came up with a simple duckie pull toy cookie. Yes, they're three … [Read more...]

Lamb Cookies

Lamb Cookies

Today I have a little blast from the past...last year's lamb cookies.  I meant to share these much earlier, but somehow I managed to misplace the photos of the finished product.  I do things like that. The best I could do is this single shot I posted on Instagram last year.  Not really prize-winning photography, but you get the idea. The idea for these cookies came from this nifty little candy box I found at Michaels.  In hindsight, I might … [Read more...]

Pretty Stenciled Damask Cookies

Damask Cookies

A few years ago, I was invited to a baby shower in honor of a childhood friend.  My job was to make cookies, of course.  She sent me pictures of her bedding and we came up with some designs which I made into cookies. Now I don't know if I've mentioned it, which is really a lie, because I mention it all the time...I live in a pretty rural area which happens to be about seventy miles from where the shower was going to be. That morning I left … [Read more...]

Play With Your Food Project {Vintage Toy Cookies}

Fisher Price Xylophone Cookie

Every once in a while I get decorator's block.  That's when I know I'm about due for a group project.  This fun collaboration, "Play With Your Food" was organized by one of my favorite decorators, Angela, of Oh, Sugar Events. It took me a while to decide on a theme, but when I finally did {thanks, Nicole} I chose vintage-ish Fisher Price toys.  They bring back wonderful memories.  Especially the School Clock and Little People, which were … [Read more...]