Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baby, oh!

Baby Arianni Cookies

These cookies were created for a repeat customer who called a bit last minute. I usually think on my cookie designs for several days, if not weeks... I think cookies while I am driving, eating, walking, working out, and falling asleep. I also have a mild fear of doing baby cookies... I've done a few in the past and I just didn't think they stacked up to the gorgeous designs I see my cookie comrades create. The customer asked for brown with pink polka dots so add to that my fear of doing wet on wet icing- it just doesn't work for me!

I was pretty nervous about these cookies but up to the challenge. I tried to choose something different than the standard baby shapes that I hadn't had much success designing in the past. The plaque cookie is a new cutter from ecrandal that I was dying to try out. The baby flower cookie is based on a design originally created by my cookie BFF SweetSugarBelle.

The cookies are Pipeline Classic Sugar Cookies with real cocoa royal icing and cherry & vanilla details.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Quick Word While the Cookies Bake

I need an additional or larger oven. I need a recipe that tastes as good as mine does but takes half the time to bake. I need to learn to decorate as fast as I can roll & cut.

...oh, a girl can dream!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Reason For Piping

Sunshine & Rainbows

Why I bake & decorate seems as good a topic as any to kick off my blog.

Saturday night after dinner was almost cleaned up and we were supposed to be winding down for the evening, my husband asked if I would make some cookies for one of his employee's daughters who was recently hospitalized. I knew this was really important to him because all of my orders were done for the weekend and that night was supposed to be a cookie free night where he would have my undivided attention.

My five year old and I went right to work on her cookies- this was also extra special because she's not allowed to help with the baking of paid orders. As soon as the last tray went into the oven I mixed up the icing and sat down and turned these out pretty quickly. After the base was down I wasn't feeling very good about how these were turning out... my cookie designs are usually at LEAST thought of for days, if not sketched out a few times before being set in royal icing. I considered not even finishing this set, but then I remembered who it was for and figured that a five year old girl would love any tray of cookies that was just for her so I committed to finishing them, however displeased I may have been.

When I woke up the next morning they were cuter than I remembered and didn't feel too bad sending them off to work with my husband (on a Sunday!) to bring to her father.

Monday morning I woke up to these photos on his facebook...

Happy Girl!

... and this is why I make cookies.