Decorated Hydrangea Cookies

How to make beautiful hydrangea cookies.

I had never seen hydrangeas before moving to Virginia at age seventeen, but 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...]

Shark Fin Cookies

Shark Week Cookies

Note to self: If you make a bunch of dinosaur cookies to get ahead for your son's birthday, he will inevitably decide (one day before the party) to change his theme. That's where easy shark fin cookies come into play.  These cookies are so simple, you can probably start one day before the party and finish with time to spare. I complicated things by adding a few more designs, but that's another issue. Shark fin cookies are as easy as … [Read more...]

Creating an Invisible Outline with Royal Icing

Invisible Outline with Royal Icing_4

Cookie decorating is more than a hobby, it's an art.  With time and practice we develop a style and technique all our own.  After four years of practice some of my "techniques" are so ingrained that they're habit. One particular technique that seems to interest people is creating a invisible royal icing outline.  I've done it for so long that I didn't even notice until a friend pointed it out. This is what gives my cookies that seamless … [Read more...]

Simple Royal Icing Holly Decorations

Holly Oreos

Okay.  Back to the royal icing accents.  Maybe I do have a problem but admitting it's half the battle, right?  Today it's holly. Royal icing holly accents are super simple to make.  You will need: Medium stiff green piping icing Red piping icing Some sort of leaf tip I used a #66 for this demo, but anything from a #65s to a #70 or a #349 and #352 {these produce more bubbly leaves} will work. Here's an idea of what size … [Read more...]

Adding Sanding Sugar to Cookies

Pink Ladybug Cookies

A new year puts me in the mood for cleaning and organizing.  I've just about finished the house, so now it's on to the computer.  I've had this post saved for MONTHS but just never published it.  Why?  Because the pictures suck.  Not one of my brightest ideas to use clear sugar to demonstrate adding sanding sugar to a cookie but I have those moments sometimes.  I blame the kids. Anyway, I guess I have a thing for sanding sugar.  It's an easy … [Read more...]

What to do if you Make a Mistake

This is a funny Friday flick I thought I'd share.  Recently my youngest brother came to town for a visit.  Even though he's technically a grown-up, he'll always be twelve years old to me.   The day that he arrived I was busy recording videos, so he had to be a lot quieter than he's used to.  By the final one he was ready to explode.  Long story short, his joking made me mess up the cookie I was working on, which led to this video, filmed and … [Read more...]

Outlining and Filling Cookies with Royal Icing

Filled Cookies

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a safe, wonderful, and cookie filled Fourth of July.  Normally, I would chit chat about all of the fun things I did in big ol’ Crane, America, but I have a lot to say today, so I’ll just get down to business.  There is SO much information here that I have actually broken it into two posts.  That said, y'all get comfy and get ready to learn. If you hang around here long, you will notice I often talk about outline, … [Read more...]

Evan’s Great Idea {Spiderman Valentine’s Day Hearts}


I thought this would be a good week for Valentine cookie projects perfect for the kids. I would like to take credit for these cookies, but I really can't.  They were actually my little boy's idea. Last year around this time, I had a special Valentine's Day project in mind for his class, so I asked him what kind of cookie he'd like to take to school.  I was thinking lips or hearts...something along those lines.  However, as usual, ol' Evan … [Read more...]

KopyKake, ShmopyKake!

And now, for the rest of the story.  Back to talking about KopyKake projectors.  If you are making tons of cookies, get one NOW, if not, take notes.   It's actually very easy make perfect cookies with a minimal investment. I made both of the following cookie collections without the aid of a projector. To make perfect cookies like these, all you need are your computer, a printer, and a few supplies that are easily found at most craft supply … [Read more...]

Two Day Series: Making cookie ornaments {Part 1}

Christmas Nutcracker Cookie Ornament

This year I am making special gifts for my son to give to his classmates during their Christmas party.  I thought I would share with you how to make these precious cookie ornaments so you could do the same!  They are inexpensive, fun, AND best of all, they are COOKIES!!! I used an ornament I found in Crate and Barrel to make these!  I hope you like them! Here is a video showing HOW I baked them... This is a pretty in-depth project, so I … [Read more...]