Thursday, August 17, 2017

Painted Cookies-KISS

Don't get me wrong, I love decorating cookies, but I don't like the time it takes to mix all the colors and clean up all of the supplies.  In an effort to stick with my philosophy of KISS--keep it simple, (it's just a cookie), I have been experimenting with painting on cookies.  Since I have no training in art, I took baby steps to reach a comfort level with this decorating style.

I started with simple eggs . . .

followed by a little tree. . .

. . . and now flowers. 

Since I have always loved the simplicity of white cookies,  I used up some left over dough, iced them with white frosting, and painted on a hint of color.  KISS and pretty.

Amazing how the same cutters can look so different with a few simple decorating changes.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Spinning Celebration

Move over Pet Rocks, Rubik's Cube, Furbies, Beanie Babies, Tamagotchi, Koosh Balls, Slap Bracelets, Squishies, it's time to make room for .  .  .


Great-niece, Mary Grace, sent me a video of fidget spinner cookies with a note that said, "I bet you could make these, but yours would look better."  Challenge accepted.  100% edible and they spin!

Once I made the cookies, I was worried about how to package them for the party and thought that my usual treat bags wouldn't be sturdy enough, therefore, I opted for cupcake boxes filled with shredded paper to cushion the delicate cookies.

Happy Birthday, Mary Grace!
May you never lose your
passion and creativity.

Tasty Fidget Spinners
Haniela's Fidget Spinner Tutorial

Saturday, June 17, 2017

All Sports for Elliot's 7th Birthday

Great-nephew, Elliot, requested "all sports except soccer and volleyball," for cookies to share with his friends at his birthday party.  I was surprised that soccer wasn't included because he enjoys playing the game.  I'd like to think that we have a special connection and he just KNEW that soccer and volleyballs are two of my least favorite cookies to create.  However, I think the decision was probably due to a conversation that went something like this:
Mom: "What cookies would you like for your birthday this year?"
Elliot:  "Sports."
Mom:  "What sport?"
Elliot:  "All of them."
Mom:  "Nooooo way!  That's way too many cookies."

Elliot probably smiled, pondered (he does that), and eventually eliminated two sports.

I decided that the treat bags would have seven cookies for Elliot's seventh birthday.

Mini footballs, basketballs, baseballs, and tennis balls. . .

 Hockey because it is one of Elliot's favorite sports . . .

Bowling in honor of Hall of Famer, Great-Uncle Matt . . .

and golf.

 Since it is Elliot's special day, I even added a few soccer and volleyball cookies as a surprise just for him in a package that he will have at home with his family.

Happy Birthday, Elliot!
On the field or on the ice, 
you are an all-star 
in our hearts!

Sports letters inspired by Cookies With Character

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wedding Shower Redux

I haven't made cookies for a wedding shower in three years.  Same design, still love the elegance of an all white cookie.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ahoy Mates! A Pirate Graduation It Is

Congratulations to my great-niece, Megan, who is graduating from Emmons Elementary, the home of the Raiders.  

Since our family is big on tradition, her cookie collection had to include at least one "look out ______ high school" book cookie and a diploma tied with a heat-shaped ribbon.

The Emmons school mascot, the Raider, is now making his third appearance in cookie collections for Meg's family.  My interpretation of the Raider has evolved from literal and scary.  .  .  to a whimsical treasure hunt .  .  .

to a sweet, smiling pirate for Meg.

In addition, I added cookies to represent her school activities.

Love, hugs, and cookies 
to a very special girl.

Happy Graduation!

Tutorial for the girl graduate can be found on Miss Doughmestic's YouTube channel

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Celebrating Graduation with Friends

Traditional designs and the logo of the University of Iowa for Kaitlyn's celebration.

For Markos, a Grenadier. . .

 a celebration of school activities and achievements.  .  .

and a University of Illinois t-shirt hidden at the bottom of the collection.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kaley's College Graduation

Today is the day we celebrate Kaley's graduation from Illinois State University.
Kaley was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as President for two semesters, so I departed from the bold colors used in this collection to include ZTA's colors on a few cookies.

Since teaching is Kaley's chosen profession, her collection included various designs to honor her new career.

As I baked and decorated this set of cookies, I realized that Kaley and I have a few things in common.  By the age of twenty-one we both graduated from college, had full time teaching positions, and were enrolled in graduate school.  Hopefully, Kaley will find her career as rewarding as I did during my thirty-six years in the classroom.

No doubt about it, Kaley earns high marks from me.

Love, hugs and cookies
to a
very, special niece.

Teacher cookie inspired by Cloughd9cookies.

Happy 45th Anniversary

 Forty-five years ago today, my wonderful sister, Rita, married her high school sweetheart.  At a young age they endured the challenge of separation due to Bill's tour of duty in Vietnam, but love letters kept them connected and they married shortly after Bill's return.

It was a beautiful, sunny, day and the scent of Crabapple trees filled the air as Rita and her wedding party walked the short distance to the church. 

As I packaged the cookies, a leaf fell off the daisy on the wedding cake and it made me think of  the days when little girls sat and picked the petals off the daisies and recited, "he loves, me he loves me not."  

No doubt in this relationship, she loves and he loves.  From sweethearts .  .  . to parents.  .  . to grandparents.  .  . love endures.

 Love, hugs, and cookies  
on your special day!


Tutorial for the vintage car cookie can be found at

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Flowers

Flowers have always been one of my least favorite cookies to make until now.  No matter how many different cutters or designs I have used, I was just never very happy with them.

Fortunately, SweetSugarbelle, has designed a flower cookie cutter that has finally allowed me to make a simple, pretty flower that I like.  In addition, thanks to Miss Doughmestic, I was able to turn the simple rose into a pretty dogwood flower.

Miss Doughmestic's Tutorial
Sweet Sugarbelle's Facebook Page

Hap-BEE Birthday

Last year when my special friend, Mr. C, celebrated his 100th birthday, I made traditional designs that included candles, cakes and balloons.  Although we will not be traveling to Ohio for a big celebration this year, I wanted to honor him on his 101st birthday and re-purposed a set that I have made before. 

Sending love, hugs and cookies
across the miles.
Hap-BEE birthday 
and BEE well! 

Aileen Master graciously gave me permission to use her heart/bee design when I made them back in 2010.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kyle's Time To Shine

Great-nephew, Kyle, recently received the "You Make A Difference" Award at his high school.

Last spring when I made cookies for his 8th grade graduation I used a pirate theme and suggested that  treasures awaited in high school.  Clearly, he is digging into that "treasure chest" of high school academics and activities, getting involved, and doing his best work.

Way to go, Kyle!

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