Homecoming Mum Cookies

Homecoming Mum Cookie

Homecoming mums are a Texas tradition.  They were so common where I grew up, I didn't realize that mums are almost strictly a Texas thing. What is a mum, you ask?  Basically it's an artificial flower stapled onto cardboard backing with ribbon and trinkets attached.  In my case, a TON of ribbon and trinkets. Let me show you. How about my date, er, I mean mum.  Talk about Texas-sized!  It was almost as big as me. In Texas, homecoming is … [Read more...]

Decorated Cheerleader Cookies

Cheerleader Cookies

In Texas, Friday is synonymous with football, which makes it the perfect day for decorated cheerleader cookies.  But before we get to the decorating, I want to share a little story about what I learned from these cookies. As some of you might have noticed, I'm kind of a perfectionist (that might be a gross understatement) and I really pride myself on ironing out the kinks in a design so the people using my tutorials don't have to. Most of … [Read more...]

Nerdy Graduate Cookies

Nerdy Graduate Cookie

Every year it gets tougher and tougher to come up with fresh graduation cookie ideas, so, this year I didn't.  This fresh take on last year's standing graduates are simple, sweet, and created with cutters you probably already have. The cookie shape is my favorite snowman cutter combined with a small square. Begin by cutting the squares in half diagonally as pictured below. Next, use the square to cut a triangular notch out of the snowman … [Read more...]

Cookie Cutters by Sweet Sugar Belle

SweetSugarBelle Cookie Cutters

In a perfect world every cookier would have a personal cookie cutter making elf.  I haven't quite figured that one out yet, but while we wait I have the second best thing. I made cookie cutters!  Well, I really didn't make them, I just designed them and all three are now available at Karen's Cookies. To be perfectly honest, designing cookie cutters is a little nerve wracking.  It's one thing creating a shape that I like, but when it comes … [Read more...]

Bitten Apple Cookies

Bitten Apple Cookies

Here's another throwback to my beginner days.  Classic apple cookies gain ten cuteness points when they become bitten apple cookies.  I still remember how mindbown I was when it hit me that you could cut a cookie that had already been cut.  It's a simple concept but as a beginner epiphanies like this were a really big deal. Rather than purchasing a bitten apple cookie cutter use a small scalloped circle to cut an apple cookie and create your … [Read more...]

Simple Crayon Cookies

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Crayon cookies are a fun and colorful design. Whether you're making them as teacher's gifts or for an art party they're sure to brighten any day. To make these cookies you will need: Red piping and flood icing Black 20-second icing Begin by outlining the cookie with a #2 tip. After the cookies are outlined, fill with flood icing.  Let dry completely.  This can take anywhere from 8-12 hours. When the base is dry, use medium … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Cookies with Kids

Father's Day Cookies

I know I said that this month was no-Kopykake month but I can't help but make an exception for the Father's Day cookies we made this year. I would love to take credit for such an adorable idea, but my amazingly creative friend Kim actually came up with it.  Besides being a talented decorator, Kim is also the mother of two very small children.  The balance she's found between kids and cookie life never ceases to amaze me.  I'm always inspired … [Read more...]

Standing Graduate Cookies

Standing Graduate Cookie Cutter

It's graduation time again and as usual I'm up to my eyeballs in cookies.  To keep things a interesting I try to come up with ways to change the cookies up each year. This year I used a teensie tiny squished square from this set to turn my Karen's Cookies boy and girl into graduates {and a diploma, but I forgot to take pics before they left me} . If you don't have the exact cutters I do, no worries.  With a little imagination you … [Read more...]

Miniature Graduation Cookies

Mini Graduate Cookies Close Up

I don't often get excited about graduation cookies.  As a matter of fact, it's one of my least favorite themes.  Then when Melissa Joy made these simple Martin Luther King Day cookies a few months back, I was instantly inspired! I've always been a fan of simple cookie designs, especially when baking for a crowd.  Not only are they easy to make, mini-cookies are perfect for graduation parties and receptions because they're just the right size … [Read more...]

Nerdy Cookie Decorated Cookies

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I've been itching to make these guys since I saw this shirt in Target last year.  The only thing cuter than a regular old cookie is a smart cookie. I started by making royal icing transfer glasses.  To simplify the process I shared printable glasses templates in the three styles below. To print style number one, click HERE. For style number two, click HERE. For style number three, click HERE. A couple of days before decorating, … [Read more...]