Sophia the First Inspired Birthday Cookies

I had so much fun making this set of cookies!  First of all, I love the DRESS!!!  I didn’t have the exact cutter that I needed, so I found a line drawing online, printed it out, cut it out, then hand cut the dress out of the dough.  There are a lot of really great Sophia the First dress cookies out there.  But I didn’t want to look at anyone else’s cookies to get ideas on how to do my own.  So again, I searched online to find the most detailed image of Sophia and her dress I could find.  I just took it from there.  I did the best I could to match the cookie to her dress.  It is not exact, but it is pretty darn close and I’m thrilled with it!

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I could just stare at it all day……sooooo pretty!

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I’ve been a busy lady lately….here comes the ramble!

I’ve been a busy lady lately.  I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks.  But in that 2 weeks I have gotten a lot done!  I took part in a Girls Day Out fundraising event for a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) organization.  I set up a Pop Up shop and sold lots of cookies.  I was excited, but a little intimidated to do this.  Even though I have been decorating/selling cookies for almost year now, this was my first time to publically put my face in front of the cookies.  I think my cookies are pretty, but what if other people didn’t.  Seriously, when I look back at the first cookies I decorated (Spiderman below), I was soooooooooo proud of them.  But now when I look at them…..gaaahhhhh!   So what if I think the cookies I was going to bring were pretty, but really to everyone else…..gaaahhhhh!  (Even though they are not up to my standards now, I’m still proud of them because I made them for my daughter’s 4th birthday and she loved them.  I take pride in knowing that I was able to make them for her and make her smile.  I created a memory for her that she will remember.  I want my children to have great memories of growing up knowing that I was there for them and wanting to make them happy.)  Anyway, the pop up shop was a success in my eyes.  It may have been a slow day because not as many people attended the event as had been planned, but I got out there and I did it.  And guess what?  People loved my cookies…..not just how they looked, but how they tasted too!  I was able to make some new friends, great new contacts and booked some future orders.  So I guess the point of this little ramble is to let you know that you shouldn’t be afraid to get yourself out there and show people what you can do.  If you are confident in yourself and what you can do/create/whatever….you will be a success!

Spiderman Cookies

Pretty bad aren’t they!!!

So now here are some of the creations I have worked on in the past two weeks!

Hand Paiinted Flowers - GDO Raffle PrizeThis is the set of hand painted flowers I did for the raffle at the Girls Day Out event!

Then some of these were at the Girls Day Out event and some of these were orders for customers.  I would love to know which ones are your favorites!  Leave me a message below.

Baseball, Soccer ball, Golf ball and Basketball

be Fearless

be-YOU-tiful

Cookie Monster

Elmo

Elvis

Firetruck, Plane and Train

Flowers

Hot Air Balloons and Hello Kitty

You can see all of these and lots more cookies I have made ‘here’.

As always, I would love to hear what you think!  Leave me some comments, like this post or even subscribe/follow me!

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Lemon Berry Cheesecake

Here is a beautiful Lemon Berry Cheesecake that was made for a very special lady!  I was told her favorite flavor was lemon, so I made sure to add extra fresh lemon juice and zest to this cheesecake.  It is a lemon cheesecake baked into a shortbread cookie crumb crust, topped with sweet cream rosettes and fresh strawberries!  This cheesecake has such zest and tastes like summer!

Lemon Berry Cheesecake

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Samoa Cheesecake

Samoa cheesecake….inspired to be just like the Samoa Girl Scout cookies.  This is a vanilla cheesecake baked into a chocolate shortbread cookie crumb crust.  It is then topped with a layer of caramel, caramel coated toasted coconut, then drizzled in rich dark chocolate ganache.  True Samoa Girl Scout cookies only have lines of chocolate drizzle going in one direction across them, but I love chocolate and had to add another layer of chocolate going the other direction across as well.  This is just one of the new flavors I will be adding to my cheesecake menu.

Samoa Cheesecake

I will also be adding Carrot Cake Cheesecake, Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Nutella Cheesecake and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake.  For a view at my current menu, take a look ‘here’.  But please keep in mind, I can create whatever other flavors you may come up with or desire.

Happy Baking!

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Hoppy Easter from the Sanders!

Hoppy Easter!  This year I decided to forego taking any Easter orders and spend time with my family.  But I thought I would share some pictures of some of the cookies I made.  I went the simple route this year and did all personalized eggs that were airbrushed different colors and then added some sparkly disco dust!  I wasn’t able to get pictures of all of them, because we have a large family.  But here are the ones that would fit onto my platter!

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These are the cookies I made for my husband and kiddos for Easter morning.  I bagged and heat sealed them and then hid them for them to find along with their Easter Eggs and baskets!  We have had a great Easter so far and we hope you do too!

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Butterfly Cookie Tutorial

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I had received a lot of interest and questions on these cute little butterfly cookies.  So I thought I would show you the process involved in creating them.  They are not terribly difficult, but they are time consuming.

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For the icing on these cookies, I used a 10 second flood consistency.  You will start with outlining each wing.  And trust me, none of your outlining needs to be perfect as you are going to be airbrushing and painting the icing.

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Next, using the same 10 second flood consistency icing, flood each outlined wing.  Using a toothpick or scribe tool, distribute the icing evenly.

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Once you are done with both wings, they should look something like the picture above.

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Next select the airbrush colors you would like to use and airbrush either one or more colors on your wings.

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Once the airbrush color has dried for about 30 – 45 mins, you can take black piping consistency icing and pipe in the body.  I chose to do little black dots/balls as they were easy and I think turned out cuter than had I done just a solid body.

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Now to start with the hand painting.  Please note, I allowed my airbrush colors and black icing to dry overnight before continuing.  When it comes to painting, there are many different types of ‘paint’.  Some use food color gel thinned down with vodka, some use cookie/cake decorating paint.  I just use my airbrush colors and paintbrushes.

So in the picture above, I took a thin liner paintbrush and painted the outline for the areas I wanted to be black.  Notice my lines are far from perfect.  They do not need to be perfect because when you are filling in the lines, you can correct some of that and it also gives the design more character.

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Once your outlining is finished, you can fill them in.  I still used a liner brush, but a thicker one that would cover more area but still not be so big that it would go outside the lines or smudge my design.

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Here I went back to my smaller, thinner liner brush and painted on some veining on the wings.  I probably could have done more veining, but I wanted these to be beautiful, but still simple at the same time.

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Finally, just to give them a little more detail, I took white food color gel and using another thicker liner brush dabbed on some white dots.

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 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and were able to take at least one thing away from it.  As well, I hope you were able to get more insight into what a process it is to create beautiful cookies.  Please feel free to comment, ask questions and/or give suggestions.

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