Wedding Cookie Favors

It is a beautiful time of year around the bakery. It is wedding season. We have been busy making beautiful wedding cookie favors. We have been so busy that our last blog post is from January. Sigh.  I have to ask myself, “Where did the last 6 months go?” We have been working hard hand crafting wedding cookie favors for your bridal showers, goodie bags, dessert tables and more. Everyone bride has their own color palette. Every bride has her own style. May some of our cookies inspire you as you begin to plan your wedding.

Peacock Themed Wedding Cookie Favors

peacock themed wedding favors

Peacock feathers first became a popular design during the Art Nouveau movement. The peacock’s gorgeous plumes with their rich iridescent hue and delicate silhouette continue to be a popular way to add a touch of exotic to your wedding.

Boho Chic Wedding Cookie Favors

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Feathers are all the rage right now. Boho chic style is based on various bohemian and hippie influences.  The Boho decor is supposed to be a romantic and perfect for the brides who don’t want too many oranate details. Feathers are the perfect favor for guests and a boho chic wedding.

Nautical Themed Wedding Cookie Favors

nautical themed wedding cookie favors

Nautical Love. From nautical knots to monogrammed anchors; nautical weddings are a romantic setting for those who love the sea.

Black and White Stripe Themed Wedding Cookie Favors

black and white stripe themed cookies

Black and white striped weddings have a striking elegance. Brides who love bold lines, pops of color with florals and undertones of gold often choose this wedding theme. They are by far our most popular wedding cookies.

Shabby Chic Themed Wedding Cookie Favors

shabby chic wedding cookie favors

The shabby chic wedding loves all things distressed and vintage.  Shabby chic is a little a bit rustic, a little bit antique with gorgeous old time florals.

State Love Wedding Cookie Favors

state themed sugar cookies

 

What state are you from? Do you want to represent the state you love when you get married?  Cookies are fun favor to show off the love of where you are from.

 

 

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #FBCOOKIESWAP

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #FBCOOKIESWAP

It is that time of year. The time of year where I wonder, “what was I thinking?”  In our home bakery it is currently crunch time and we work about 16 hours a day from the week before Thanksgiving to December 20th. I woke up this morning knowing that I have a blog post due.  But then I am reminded what an awesome cause The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is. Did you know that the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap raises money to help childhood cancers? How awesome is that? So it doesn’t matter how busy things are in the bakery, I will make time. Because kindness matters. Any one willing to roll up their sleeves matters.  Sometimes I think in this big world we don’t think a little contribution will make a difference, but I believe that it does.  Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. Take a moment to think about that for a second. I am so thankful to the sponsors below who matched our donations to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, dollar for dollar (up to $3000)

The best part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is getting to meet new bloggers and have some actually make me cookies!  There are so many bloggers, I love how the swap introduces you to blogs you may have never run into before.

This year I received some amazing cookies from:

Christina from the Running Foodie  made these melt in your mouth orange pecan shortbread cookies. Our mail has been arriving late lately and these came at about 9 at night. Totally dangerous time to receive yummy cookies. It’s not like you are going to go for a run after indulging in them.

Jenny at Honey and Birch  made Chocolate Sea Salt cookies. You can’t go wrong with chocolate but I found myself crushing on her super cute business cards. You know I have to love them because I don’t use words like “crushing”

Lady Behind the Curtain made loaded chocolate chip pretzel cookies. Hello!!! Sweet and salty, my weakness.

I love the challenge of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, because there is something about creating a cookie recipe for your peers. I wanted to create a little something that reminded me of Christmas. White chocolate cherry shortbread cookies seemed to fit the bill. It is the perfect cookie for the holidays. When you package it up, it looks so pretty with the white and the dark red pops of color.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY SHORTBREAD

Yields : 45, 2.5” squares

For printable recipe, click here.

  • 2 cups unsalted butter {room temp}
  • ½ confectioner sugar
  • ½ brown sugar
  • 4 cups minus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tbsps. Amaretto
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS:

For the cookies:

1. Place flour and salt in separate bowl.

2. Chop the dried cherries. Spray your knife with cooking spray. This will help keep the cherries from sticking to the knife.

3. In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together on low until combined.

4. Add in salt and extracts.

5. Slowly mix in flour.

6. Add in the chopped cherries.

 

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Helpful hint:  When you chop the dried cherries spray your knife with a little bit of cooking spray. This will keep the cherries from sticking to the knife.

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7. Once the dough has come together you have a few options for chilling your cookie dough. You can break the dough into 4 medium sized disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours. Or you can use this tutorial to roll your dough out how we do.

8. After the dough has chilled remove from the fridge and cut your cookie shapes.

9. Preheat oven to 350°F.

10. Line your baking sheet with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.

11. Bake for 13-16 minutes depending on your oven. Edges should be nice and golden brown.

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For the White Chocolate Topping:

1. While the cookies are baking you can melt the white chocolate.

2. Place white chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, just until smooth when stirred.

3. Then place bowl on top of a pot with a shallow amount of steaming water while stirring slowly.

4. Once the white chocolate is completely melted, pour the mixture into a disposal piping bag

5. Cut a small slit on the bottom.

6. Drizzle on top of the cookies. Want to see a quick video? Head over to instagram to see how easy it is? LINK to White Chocolate Drizzle

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Now all that is left is to package up your white chocolate cherry shortbread and share them with your family and friends. Do you love the printables below? My friend, Kara, from Love Babble on Etsy created them. She was so kind to offer them for free on our blog.

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Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook {Giveaway}

Six Sisters’ Stuff  Cookbook Giveaway

If you follow me on social media, I am constantly saying that my cookies get to have all the fun. This summer I got to make cookies for TSRI’s Sizzling Summer Getaway and Kristen from Six Sisters’ Stuff received a gift box of our cookies. Now I like to consider myself savvy. So of course when you are making cookie gifts for some of the country’s best bloggers cookies, one must include salted butterscotch cookies. I know, it’s shameless. I stuck addictive substances into their gift boxes. Now the disclaimer is, that when I created our Salted Butterscotch cookies I had no idea the affect they would have on people.  I feel really honored that Kristen reached out to us to make a little something special for the Six Sister’s Getaway to Chicago this winter.

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You know what I love about making cookies, is that inspiration is everywhere. Do you see the red snowflake at the top of their 12 Days of Christmas cookbook? That is where I got the inspiration for the red snowflakes for their cookie sets.

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My assistant Cassia, received the Six Sisters’ Stuff Family Cookbook not too long ago. It’s funny just last week she was telling me about some of the awesome recipes she has tried. Cassia’s mom bought the Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook for her  birthday in May, and right away she knew it would be one of her favorites. Their recipes are simple and have accessible, non-intimidating ingredients, which is perfect for people like me! Her new favorite recipe, Creamy Chicken Lasagna, is from this cookbook. She has also made the Cheesy Garlic Texas Toast (with the lasagna, as recommended!), Crispy Onion Chicken (easily another new favorite), the amazing Turkey Meatball Subs, and several other things that have all been easy to make and turned out to be delicious.

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I decided that my cookies shouldn’t get to have all the fun, you should have some fun too. Kristen offered to giveaway a brand new 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook to a lucky reader of mine! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below to win this amazing cookbook full of all things awesome and fun!

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Congratulations to Shannon Hopper for winning our giveaway!!! 

White Christmas Cookies

White Christmas Cookies

It’s funny how seasons come and seasons go. I think when you are in Arizona you dream of a white Christmas more than most folks around the country. Some times I dream about temperatures being lower than 70 degrees on Christmas morning. A girl can dream, right? That is the wonderful thing about creating decorated cookies. Instead of dreaming about a white Christmas, I can create white Christmas cookies. It’s funny many times when I create a set of cookies they make me sing. As I spent my time designing this set, I found myself crooning away…I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…

White Christmas Cookies

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

White Christmas Cookies

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

White Christmas Cookies

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

White Christmas Cookies

While I get to make cookies all year round, I especially love making Christmas cookies. What are your favorite Christmas traditions that you have with your family?  I love that our Christmas’ are quiet. We have decided that instead of gifts we would rather store up memories. We save our money to go on trips. Before Christmas my son and I escape for a our yearly snowboarding getaway. It is always one of my favorite highlights of the year. I am lucky that my 17 year old loves spending time with his family. We normally come home on Christmas Eve, while my husband is finishing up his work week. On Christmas Eve, we head out to service at our Church, Northwest Community Church in Phoenix. I am utterly blessed to have a church home where Christ is exalted. How amazing is the gift that we have been given? Christ has come. He came that we might have life more abundant.

Would you like to make white Christmas cookies too? People always ask me about where I get some of my supplies. Here are some links to supplies you can pick up to make them:

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe Crate

Farmhouse Kitchen Recipe Crate

Have you ever heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines? If you have, chances are you are addicted to Fixer Upper on HGTV. I love watching this talented couple take a house that is in shambles and turn it into someone’s dream home. Joanna is the queen of the farmhouse kitchen. I would give my right arm for her to redesign my kitchen. Well maybe not one of my arms, it would be pretty difficult to roll out cookies without both of them. But one can dream, right?  I have always loved the look of a farmhouse kitchen. Rustic tables, recipe cards from grandma on the counter and vintage dish towels. My son, Jude, often makes jokes that his inheritance of vintage dish towels is awesome. While he might not appreciate it them, his wife might someday.

farmhouse kitchen

Last week while I was day dreaming about my dream farmhouse kitchen and I ran across the cutest picture on Craft-o-Manic’s Instagram feed. It was a DIY Embellished recipe box tutorial. It’s great how a simple Instagram picture can help someone find just what they are looking for.

farmhouse kitchen

I fell instantly in love with Canvas Corp Brands. Thank you so much for the introduction Craft-o-Maniac. On their website they have a whole farmhouse kitchen section.

Farmhouse Kitchen Supplies

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Can I ever just do a DIY craft without making cookies? The answer is probably, no. Plus, I have a firm belief that cookies make everything better.  I love taking every day items and turning them into cookie sets. I couldn’t help but want to say thank you to Camille, from Canvas Corp. She was so kind to reach out to me after I freaked out about how awesome their products are. The printing is beautiful and the quality is impeccable. I was so excited to receive this in the mail.

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If you love to craft, Canvas Corp. Brands has a plethora and I mean plethora of goodies to enjoy.

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Celebrate Life: Baking Theme Cookies

Celebrate Life: Baking Theme Cookies

Celebrate Life? Baking theme cookies? How do those two things go together? Weeks ago, Georgeanne, better known as LilaLoa, sent out a top secret email titled, “Project Anita”! We were charged with the mission of choosing someone in our life who inspires us, who we are proud of, and who we love. If we chose to accept this mission, we were asked to create a cookie set that honors them. For weeks, I have been wracking my brain on “who” I would chose.  There were so many possibilities, but I kept coming back to the same “person”. My person is more of a collective but they are heroes, they inspire so many, and I love them dearly.  Who am I talking about? We have become known as the cookie community. I can’t wait to tell you about these women.  They are extraordinary women. But first, I would like to share a little about Anita.

Celebrate Life

For those of you who might not know Anita, she is the chief blogger and baking genius over at Sweet Hope Cookies.  Please take time to visit her page and read about why she started Sweet Hope Cookies. She bakes to honor her brother Randy, who was taken from this world too early due to ALS. The proceeds of her cookies go to raise money for ALS awareness, the fight for a cure and to help support families who have loved ones with ALS.  Last year, I had the honor of making her a set of ALS themed cookies after she won my cookie auction. The cookie auction was to raise money for the Moore Oklahoma tornado victims.  This is why I chose  baking theme cookies. The cookie community comes together many times during the year to help one another and to help others.

Baking Theme cookies

Last year, Shannon, from Artfully Delicious, organized a bunch of cookiers to auction off cookie sets to raise money for the victims in Moore, Oklahoma. This year, Tiffany, from Snickerdoodle Sweets & Events organized cookie auctions to raise money to help a young girl named Bailie. Bailie is in the process of fighting her third round of cancer.  Her one wish is to go to Paris with her family. The cookie community wants to help make that dream a reality. The cookie community rallies together and bakes their hearts out to raises funds to help.  Many times I have been the baker who is auctioning off cookies or making donations but this year I was the recipient of cookie love. I can’t wait to share about what these women did for my family. There are seasons in life. Some times you are the giver and at other times you are the receiver. We truly are a community. Some make cookies as hobby, others blog about their cookies and many of us sell our cookies under the cottage law.

baking theme cookies

I love aprons. I have many hanging in my pantry, but some how I never wear it during the day.  Many of my friends wake up super early or go to bed super late making cookies. While decorated cookies may seem expensive to you, they are not. The amount of time and labor that goes in to creating these tasty creations is quite lengthy. Yet, this does not stop the cookie community from offering up their labors of love to help others. It does not matter the size of the gift but the attitude in which the gift is given. Many of these women give sacrificially to help others. Just remember little gifts are just as wonderful as large gifts.

This year, many things have changed for my family. It’s like the perfect storm hit all at once.  My little company, The Baked Equation was born to raise money for our charity, Micah 6:8 Sudan. We were working towards building a farm in Torit, Sudan to help teach the villagers a skill. There is 90% unemployment in Southern Sudan. We were starting a farm where we could teach them how to grow foods in their seasons and sell to the surrounding areas. Over 80% of what is in the Sudan is imported in from other countries, thus making goods very expensive. In November, civil war broke out again in the Sudan. By January, most relief organizations and missionaries had been evacuated out. Permina, our farm manager is currently living in Kenya. Evey thing on the farm had come to an end abruptly. At the same time, the mortgage industry has slowed dramatically in Arizona. My husband and I had been blessed with a wonderful company that he ran for 8 years. But that season has come to a close. At the end of March, we closed our doors. I would no longer have a “day” job working for him. But I do have my small cookie business. All of sudden orders began to pour in. The orders all had familiar names. Yes, it was the baking community. They will not admit to colluding together to help our family. But they did. I remember crying as I baked batches and batches of my salted butterscotch cookies. I was so thankful that this would help pay the bills while my husband looked for a new job.  But it isn’t even about the money. The gifts that they raised for my family were priceless but it was more about knowing that people cared about us. People really care.

baking theme cookies

Ahhh, the ingredients. We talk about them often in our groups. How many of us have grabbed a pan out of the oven without our oven mitts? How many of us have had those pesky eggs rolling off the counters? But every time you rollout your dough, you do it with love. In our group’s so many times I witness a passion for baking. Not only do bakers help raise money, they graciously share their knowledge. There are so many questions when it comes to baking. Why on earth is my icing not drying today, like it does every other day. Why on earth is my dough spreading? How do you make your icing so soft? What on earth do I do, my client is coming to pick up cookies in 3 hours and one of them just broke? Is Amazon Prime worth it?  Many will rush to help answer your urgent questions. These things matter. Sharing your knowledge is a priceless gift. One that often goes unnoticed. I watch these women patiently answer all sorts of questions from new bakers. The cookie community is a generous bunch.

baking theme cookies

You can’t have baking theme cookies with out a discussion about piping bags, which tips are the best, icing consistency and by goodness what color mint are you talking about. If you ever want to have a barn raising conversation with a baker talk about mixing colors. If you ever want to bring my assistant to tears, tell her she has 19 colors to mix today.  The next thing I love about the cookie community is we come together to laugh. We laugh about ourselves, we let off steam, and we have a good time in each others company.  The cookie community can take a long day and make it seem a little brighter. Trust me there are LONG days baking. There are days when nothing goes right and one of your sisters will step in with an encouraging word or a story that makes you laugh. Laughter is medicine to a weary soul.

Baking theme cookies

Thank you girls. You know who you are. You are the cookie community. Your giving spirit matters. It inspires many.  Keep up all your hard work. I hope you enjoyed the baking theme cookies that were inspired by YOU!  Now head over to see all the other Cookie Artist’s who created sets to honor someone they love. Enjoy

Celebrate Life
1. Lorraine’s Cookies
2. Cristin’s Cookies
3. Sugar Rush Custom Cookies
4. Sweet Shop Natalie
5. LilaLoa
6. Whisked Away Cookies
7. Sweet Ree’s Bake Shoppe
8. The Cookie Architect
9. The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
10. Jill FCS
11. Kookie Kreations by Kim
12. Sugar Nosh Treats
13. The Baked Equation
14. Chris’s Creative Confections
15. Sweet Ambs
16. Tami Rena’s Cookies
17. Cindy’s Cozy Kitchen
18. Suz Daily
19. TLC – Trinnie Loves Cookies
20. Yankee Girl Yummies
21. Laura’s Cookies

 

Spring Baby Shower Cookies

Baby Shower Cookies

Brides and baby shower cookies have been keeping the ovens running and the racks full. Now I know babies are born every day, but it seems like there are some many of my friends who are all having new additions arriving soon. Spring is such a fun time for baby shower cookies. Bright colors and fun prints seem to by the style.  For little girls we make a ton of our hand painted rose cookies. For little boys it seems to be all about the “little man” dress up in bow ties and mustaches.

We will let the ladies go first. I had such a fun time working with Courtney, from Pizzazzerie for her little girl’s baby shower. You will have to pop over to her blog to read about her Pink, White and Roses themed baby shower. One of my favorite blog posts that she did recently was restoring her Grandmother’s bassinet.

Baby Girl Cookies

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Next up, the most popular colors right behind pink and white are mint, coral and gold. I can tell you this there are oodles of shades of both mint and coral. It is by far one of the most interesting color combinations because everyone has a different way of seeing color. Some clients prefer a more orange-colored coral, while others lean towards a reddish hue. Now let’s talk about mint. Goodness gracious. Mint can range from a very bold green that you find in your mint chocolate chip ice cream at the grocery store to a pale blue color. As you can see from the two different sets of baby shower cookies below one has more of a green hue and one has more of a light blue.

Mint and Coral Baby Shower

Baby Shower Cookies

This set you can order directly in our Etsy Shop.

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Next up, the baby shower cookies made especially for the boys. In just a couple of weeks, I am headed up to Seattle for my dear friends baby shower. They are expecting a little boy. I have already bought myself a shirt that says, “honorary aunt”.  From aqua’s to all different shades of blues, boy cookies have a fun flair to them. Bow ties and mustaches are the theme of choice.

Baby Boy Cookies

 

Baby Shower Cookies

 

Little Man Cusotm Dozen

 

Bow Tie Cookies

Monogram Cookies

Baby Boy Set Powder Blue

It is amazing how far baby showers have come. My baby shower theme was Noah’s Ark.  Decorated baby shower cookies were unheard of at that time.  If I had to do my shower all over again, I would still do an ark theme.  I would love to have a simple white cake with a bunting banner that says,  “it’s a boy” and a vintage sugar cookie animals. Jude had the cutest ark mural on the wall that matched his bedding. He would talk to the animals on the wall when he was little. Ahhh, the memories.

Bridal Shower Cookies

Bridal Shower Cookies

Tis’ the season. The temperatures are warming up, flowers are in bloom.  Many mother’s  and bridesmaids are planning engagement parties and bridal showers. Brides and babies have been keeping us so very busy the last couple of weeks. I thought I would share with you some of the sets that we have created.

Mason Jars and Vintage Cars is the theme for these bridal shower cookies. The bride’s colors of choice were grey, yellow and white.

Mason Jars and Vintage Cars

He asked…She said yes, it quickly becoming a favorite set for engagement parties. One of the great things about choosing a custom dozen is that you can mix and match cookies based upon your theme of choice.  Many of my clients will choose to mix and match the different custom dozens to get the overall look they are going for with out breaking the bank.

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Bridal shower teas have become really popular theme in the last year.

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While some brides are all about pale pinks and soft pastels, the bride below loves the Mackenzie Child’s pattern. Her one request. She wanted bright-colored flowers with the classic black and white check print but no pink. No pink whatsoever.  We used our favorite color palette, Mint loves Lilac for the flowers to go with the prints.

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They say it is all about the dress, right? For these bridal shower cookies, they wanted to have fun dress designs for a party all in white.

wedding dress cookies

While I am here I had to share some of our wedding party gifts. Katie, from It’s a Girl Thing Monograms decided to have some fun and created custom sets for each of the people in her wedding party. She is planning a gorgeous Charleston wedding.  Some of our Will You be My Bridesmaids sets are available for direct sale in our Etsy Shop.

will you be my bridesmaid

That is the great thing about cookie gifts, you can create all sorts of styles and looks to fit your wedding. From classic styles to fun, flirty or vintage we can create it for you.

Bridal Shower Cookies

Cookie gifts created for the flower girls, Jr. Groomsmen and ring bearers.

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Let us know if we can create bridal shower cookies are wedding party cookies for your event.

 

Superhero Cookies for The Brunette Baker

Who doesn’t love Superhero cookies? But superhero cookies and finding out if you have won $200 in cash is even better. Everyone wants a super power.  What’s your super power?  Some people can run a 5 minute mile, some people can finish the CrossFit Angie workout in 11 minutes, and some people can get 1500 on the SAT. Well, I am proud to say I really can’t do any of those things. I would love to be able to run fast but I waddle like a turkey. I would love to finish Angie in under 15 minutes but it takes me about 28 minutes. I would have loved to done well on the SAT, but sadly I did not. Standardized tests are my kryptonite. My husband and I still argue as I think they are stupid.  If you could have superhero cookies designed for you, what would you choose?

superhero cookies

About a month ago I asked Jenny Jack this very question. What type of cookies would you like if I made some for your birthday? She replied, hands down super hero cookies.  Well, I guess with a name like Jenny Jack, what else could she possibly want. Could she have a cooler name? It’s almost like she was meant to be a super hero.  I thought I would end off her birthday giveaway bang. She gets her cookies and some lucky winner gets $200.00 in cash.

superhero cookies

See, I told you. How cool does that double J look? Clark Kent, Steve Rogers, and Jenny Jack. See it fits right in. It’s like she was meant to be apart of the Justice League.

superhero cookies

Now be honest, when you go to blog do you just grab the recipe and dash?  Do you actually read the blog post? If you have never been to Jenny’s blog, here are some of my favorites. Not just because of the recipes, but because Jenny is super funny.

superhero cookies

Right about now I am sure you are thinking, can I just know if I won the cash or not? While it is wonderful that Jenny is getting super hero cookies,  I just want to know if I am $200 richer.

Congratulations Melissa Smith, you are the lucky winner!

Super Bowl Cookies 2014

Super Bowl Cookies 2014

Well it’s here, the last day of the football season. I love creating a special set of Super Bowl cookies every year for our family party but trying to come up with new ideas isn’t always easy. I must say I am always bummed when this day comes. No more football theme song on Sundays. No more Sunday baking with my boys watching the game on the couch and tackling noises fill the background.  No more watching Jude fire team players because they aren’t playing up to his expectations. It’s just fun. It’s what we do. At the beginning of the season we all guess who we think will be in the Super Bowl. This year one of us was actually right. Jude nailed it. He said, the Seahawks and the Broncos.  It sounded like a great game to me, but I doubted we would end up with such a great Super Bowl. In the back of my head, I thought, we will probably get stuck with the Patriots again playing whomever.

Super Bowl Cookies

I am so glad I was wrong.  Making these Super Bowl cookies was actually fun. You can’t go wrong with ideas like the “big apple”, bowling pins for players and the show down of the snack foods for these Super Bowl cookies.  By the way, if you are still looking for a an easy snack for the Super Bowl, check out my turf brownie bites.

Super Bowl Cookies

Let’s get real. Super Bowl XLVIII is actually the snack food bowl. It’s the show down between Skittles and Papa John’s pizza.  When I was brainstorming for these Super Bowl cookies, I hit a brick wall. Then it came to me. We are having a bunch of teenagers over for the Super Bowl. I am going to make hast tag cookies. Easy and fun. It’s a win/win situation. Until my husband chimed in….

Super Bowl Cookies

My husband is always telling me, please keep it simple. Don’t make anything crazy. Well there is nothing crazy about #hashtag cookies. But if you are married to man who thinks social media should be outlawed you get a rather interesting reaction.

Melissa:  Super Bowl Cookies that have hashtags. Easy, original and fun.

Dann: You don’t want to be a hipster doofus.

Melissa: What?

Dann: Oh, if you make hashtag cookies, you are a hipster. You don’t want to be a hipster.

Super Bowl Cookies

Our family is rooting for the Hawks! On game day, my son is decked out from head to toe. I think he might be running for 12th man of the year.

Super Bowl Cookies

Originally, I was only going to make Seahawks cookies but my husband said we are an equal opportunity Super Bowl cookie house. Now in all seriousness I think I hear Peyton in my sleep saying, “Omaha”. Come on, tell me I am not the only one.

Super Bowl Cookies

Have fun! What ever you are doing today. Where ever you are going. Have a great time. Enjoy the company you are with and most importantly: GO HAWKS!