The Sweetapolita Bakebook and Blog Hop Giveaway!

SweetapolitaBakebook

Good morning, friends! Today is a very special day because I have some very exciting news to share. Rosie Alyea, my friend, and the beautiful face behind Sweetapolita, is releasing her first book, The Sweetapolita Bakebook! I have known Rosie since the early days of her blog (and mine), and I've long been a fan of her dreamy, elegant designs. I've gotta admit, I have waited for this book for years. The moment I opened it, I felt as I always … [Read more...]

Decorated Peeps Cookies…in Disguise

Peeps in Disguise Cookies Sweetsugarbelle

Okay, okay, I admit it. I love Peeps. And not just the marshmallow kind, I love cookie Peeps too. As a matter of fact, I love them so much that this is third time I've made them on this blog. Just when you thought you'd seen every possible spin on this old fave, I'm back with a new twist. Peeps cookies, in disguise! Once upon a time, if you wanted to make Peeps cookies, you had to get creative. These days, Wilton has you covered. You can now … [Read more...]

Easy Decorated Burlap Cookies

Burlap Easter Bunny Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle

To most people, these probably look like burlap Easter bunny cookies.  But when I look at them, I see so much more.  I see victory! Seriously though, I've been experimenting with decorated cookies that look like burlap for years now.  I've piped them (total hand-killer), tried stencil after stencil, and even toyed with using actual burlap, but none of these methods produced the effect I had in mind. Then, after about four years of thinking, … [Read more...]

Decorated Rose Cookies for Valentine’s Day

Decorated Rose Cookie Close-Up

I don't know if I should be ashamed or proud, but it's amazing the ways I come up with to avoid work. Usually, cookies are the exception, but lately I've become L-A-Z-Y. Rose cookies have been on the agenda since January, but in the last few weeks even the simple version seemed like too much effort. So, I came up with an even simpler design. Behold the most recent result of my total lack of motivation...even simpler Valentine's Day rose … [Read more...]

How to Make Dark Black Royal Icing

Black Royal Icing 8

Black royal icing seems pretty simple, but in reality, that's not always the case. If you've ever struggled with creating the perfect shade of black icing, this post is for you. Today I'm sharing my best tips for black icing success. When I make black royal icing, I begin one of two ways...with Super black Americolor gel, or with black icing leftover from other projects. As a general rule, when starting from scratch (meaning with pure white … [Read more...]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Cookies

Hola, everyone!  It's 2015 and I'm obviously a little late to the party. Usually, I'm on top of a new year...I love new beginnings and clean slates, but this year I needed some downtime.  After three weeks of Christmas cookies, I was ready for a break.  Who knew I'd ever look forward to cleaning house? After getting our living space in order (or as much order as possible with four kids) I spent some real, (unplugged) quality time with my … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookie Wreath with Chapix Cookies {Guest Post}

Chapix Christmas Cookie Wreath

Have you ever been so excited about something that you could barely contain yourself?  That's how I feel about today's guest.  One of my very first cookie idols, Myri, of Chapix Cookies is sharing her first online tutorial here, today, in MY space! For years, I've dreamed of attending one of her classes, but until then, this is the next best thing. Follow along as she demonstrates how to make her magnificent Christmas cookie … [Read more...]

Decorated Holly Cookies

Holly Cookies For Christmas

Did you know that decorated holly cookies are probably my all-time favorite Christmas cookie to make?  Especially since I picked up Good Cook's twelve piece holiday cutter set.  These well-made cutters are the perfect combination of traditional and whimsical and instantly put me in the mood to create. To make these cookies you will need: Red 20-second icing Green outline and flood icing White piping icing Begin by using red … [Read more...]

Easy Decorated Holly Cookies

Rustic Holly Cookies

It seems like the holiday season is flying by, so this year I'm trying to embrace simpler cookie designs.  Rustic wet-on-wet holly cookies look great and are sure to please. To make these cookies you will need: Light blue outline and flood icing Light green flood icing Red flood icing Toothpicks, needle tool, or turkey lacer Clean wet cloth White piping icing (optional) When decorating cookies using the wet-on-wet technique … [Read more...]

Decorated Pilgrim Cookies with Color Me Cookie {Guest Post}

Cute Pilgim Cookies

Hello, I'm Adrianne, from Color Me Cookie, and I have been decorating cookies for almost three years now.  Last year, I made pilgrim cookies for thanksgiving and loved how they turned out.  I am very excited to show how I transformed my favorite gnome cutter into these precious pilgrims. I've said it before, I love cutters that can be used in a variety of ways.  Two of my favorites are these gnome cutters by Klickitat Street. I've used … [Read more...]