Decorated Hydrangea Cookies

How to make beautiful hydrangea cookies.

Before moving to Virginia at age seventeen, I had never seen hydrangeas. The instant I laid eyes on those beautiful, colorful blooms, I fell forever in love. Now that I'm back home in Texas, "real" hydrangeas aren't a possibility, but for years I have dreamed of enjoying them again. So, I made my own hydrangeas, cookie-style. Many people believe that you need to own an airbrush system to create cookies like these, but that simply isn't … [Read more...]

Twenty Decorated Flower Cookie Tutorials for Mother’s Day

Twenty beautiful decorated flower cookie tutorials for Mother's Day!

Being a mom is the hardest, most rewarding job I've ever had. The moment I looked into my son's eyes for the very first time, my life forever changed. Over the years, I've added a few more kiddos and a lot more hustle and bustle to every day life. As I go through each day, surrounded by almost non-stop noise and action, I've started to appreciate my own mother more. I have a much greater understanding of how much energy it took to raise three … [Read more...]

Easy Decorated Rose Cookies

Whimsical Pink Rose Cookies HR3

Would you believe me if I told you that once upon a time I was terrified of rose cookies?  True story. I was a few years into my cookie adventure before I even attempted to decorate a rose. The reason?  They intimidated me. As a cookie rookie (I made that up, but it IS a thing) I was very literal. If my cookies didn't look exactly like the real deal, they were a flop. Over time, as I gained experienced and confidence, I realized that … [Read more...]

Decorated Strawberry Cookies

Decorated Strawberry Cookies

Since the very first day decorating cookies has been an adventure. I've outlined, flooded, glittered, gilded, airbrushed, painted, and stacked cookies to bring life to all of the crazy ideas in my head. While all of that's fun, there's a lot to be said for simple cookie designs. You know, timeless classics. The shapes I come back to over and over again. Decorated strawberry cookies are one of my all-time faves. At this point, I must've made … [Read more...]

Perfect (and Easy) Deep Pink Royal Icing

Perfect Deep Pink Icing

I probably should've called this "Deep Pink Royal Icing, the Sequel," because we've talked about this before. But remember me saying I'm on a lazy kick?  Well, that includes icing color. After sharing an older formula for pink icing on Facebook, someone let me in on a little secret. Strawberry ProGel. Less time mixing icing and great color straight from the tube? You better believe I was all over that. Turns out, she was right as rain. … [Read more...]

The Sweetapolita Bakebook and Blog Hop Giveaway!

Sweetapolita Watercolor Eggs by Sweetsugarbelle

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...]

How to Take Apart and Clean Your Airbrush

Airbrush Parts

My relationship with my airbrush has not always been an easy one.  My first attempt went well, but after that it was all downhill.  A few years and several guns later, I'm finally have a better understanding of how my machine works, and what went wrong all the times before. Most of my beginner airbrushing woes were the result of two things, the improper care and cleaning of my equipment, and not being able to reassemble a gun once I had taken … [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...]