November’s Favorite Things

November – Favorite Things

I loved doing last month’s favorite things so much, that I thought I would try and continue doing it more regularly. It’s kind of a win-win situation really; I get to showcase some amazing shops and products out there and you guys get to discover (hopefully) new finds! Pretty swell.

  • Artisan Caramels– This new book, by Sandy Arevalo is just darn gorgeous to look at. With 104 pages of delectable fail-proof recipes featuring, you guessed it- caramel, you’re sure to find something amazing and delicious to make. I’m thinking this would be a great gift to buy loved ones for Christmas! Or heck! Buy it for yourself and then make your family and friends the recipes in the book, package them up nicely, and send the edible treats their way! Everyone loves edible Christmas gifts! This book is available on either or
  • Gluten Free Nutella Thumbprints–  I love Gluten Free and I love Nutella. It’s like the best of both world’s colliding. This cookie recipe by HeartBeet Kitchen sounds so yummy (and super easy to make)! My favorite part? She uses my all-time favorite gluten free flour- Cup4Cup! These are going on my list.
  • Petit Four Miniatures– A pretty awesome Etsy shop, if you ask me. Featuring hand crafted miniature food jewelry that comes either scented or unscented! Could you imagine?? I’m just adoring her macaron necklaces! This would be such a sweet (pun intended) holiday gift idea for the sweet tooth in your life.
  • Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter– Can you say yum? I love finding great recipes, especially ones that can add a little bit of protein and a little bit of sweet. I admire Christina, of Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe, so much. She has an amazing blog. If you have never visited, you should definitely poke around. She has every type of recipe you would want; from amazingly spiced veggies to salted caramel buttercream.
  • Elegant Wedding Hair Clip– How gorgeous is this clip from Beauty From Ashes USA? We have supported Romanian Orphan Ministries in the past couple of years. We love their mission. This past month Corey Burba and his family visited us while on furlough. They traveled through the United States meeting with some of the families and churches that support their ministry. We felt honored that they would take time to stop in Arizona and share about what they are currently doing. Beauty From Ashes provides handmade items produced by young Romanian orphans. Our mission is: Bringing the forgotten orphan youth in Romania to faith in Christ, discipling them, and equipping them to be productive citizens and Christians. At ROM all of our projects are designed to fulfill the goals of our mission statement. Buying these products, you help us fulfill this mission.
  • Stencil Genie by Creative Cookier- Ginny McCormick-Levack, The Creative Cookier, created an amazing tool called the Stencil Genie. I love stenciling cookies but I was so frustrated. I would move the stencil or I would not be able to hold it perfectly still while airbrushing. It would smudge or there would be over spray. The Stencil Genie is an amazing product. I love the results I get when I use it. It takes the frustration out of airbrushing. Want to see it in action? Check out this post on Instagram.


Delicious Banana Muffins Recipe

 Banana Muffins Recipe

Do you have bananas sitting on your counter ripening?  In our house, no one likes them if they are not bright yellow with a hint of green. If there is a speck of brown on the banana peel it is considered expired.   I toyed with making banana bread, but I completely changed my mind and decided to make banana muffins. I am a huge fan of portion sizes. Banana muffins are perfectly portioned for one serving.  Don’t want to make banana muffins today? Here is a great tip. Mash up your ripened bananas and place them in the freezer. Then when you are ready to use your bananas, let them thaw and place in your favorite banana recipe.



For printable recipe, click here.

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas

banana muffins recipe


1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a standard muffin cup pan with 12 liners. Set aside.

2. Mash bananas in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Stir until combined and then set aside.

3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together into a bowl.

4. In a mixer bowl, beat vegetable oil and sugar together for one minute. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.

5. Beat in vanilla and egg until it just comes together.

6. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mix into the wet mix, alternating with the banana mix, in thirds. Stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.

7. Using a scoop or a spoon, distribute the muffin batter into the lined muffin cups.

8. Bake for 22-25 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove muffins and allow to cool.

**Baked muffins can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.




Happy Baking.

Artisan Caramels Cookbook Review

Artisan Caramels Cookbook

Sandy Arevalo is an artisan caramels genius.  She hooked me a couple of years ago when I won a giveaway. A few apple pie caramels and I was hooked. My husband in the last week has said at least twice, “why is she sharing her awesome caramel recipes? I would lock those up like the secret to Coca-Cola.” I promise you, Sandy’s book will be the gift that keeps on giving. Dann’s favorite caramels are her Stout and Pretzel.  Right now in her shop she is featuring: Salted Caramel, Cinnamon Roll, Peppermint Mocha, Egg Nog, and Pfeffernuse. Pfeffer what? The cookbook arrived speedily in the mail from Amazon and I was determined to carve some time in my schedule to make some artisan caramels. I decided to make my husband’s favorite flavor combination. Chocolate and Orange. The good news is Sandy loves to share, so you can make the recipe too. I promise you will not be disappointed.



For printable recipe, click here

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound good quality milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange extract
  • candied orange peel for topping

To prepare your pan:

1. Spray a sheet or jelly roll pan with baking spray and using a clean dry paper towel, lightly wipe excess off. Make sure to cover all the sides and corners of pan as this will help your caramel not stick in the end.

2. Cut a piece of parchment so it fits the bottom of your pan and hangs over a few inches- this will create the handles and help you lift up your finished product in the end.

3. Spray the parchment paper with baking spray and again, lightly wipe excess off with a clean paper towel. Set aside.

To make the caramels:

1. Into an 8-quart stockpot, combine the cream and chocolate chips. Set pot over medium-low heat and stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

2. Add in the corn syrup and sugar and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Be careful during this step as the mixture can boil over very quickly.

3. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until a candy thermometer inserted in the mix reaches 248°F. This should be just beneath the “firm ball” stage.

4. As soon as your mixture reaches that temperature, remove from heat and carefully stir in butter and orange extract. Continue to stir until butter in completely incorporated.

5. Immediately pour caramel into your prepared pan and allow to cool and set up for 8 hours.


6. Once your caramels are cool, cut up into squares and top each piece with the candied orange peel.

7. Finally, wrap up or place into an air tight container and enjoy!

**Packaging tip: I used mini cupcake wrappers to place my tiny square caramels in.

Recipe from Artisan Caramel by Sandy Arevalo


Do you want to own the book too?  Head on over to Firefly Confections, Barnes and Noble or Artisan Caramels

Firefly Confections Cookbook

Barnes and Noble: Artisan Caramels



Some Favorite Things


Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve had some free time to sit down a write a little blog post. Sorry about that! Being in Arizona, as the summer closes, our wedding season begins. As you can imagine, our summer months are just way too hot to have any sort of ceremony! So, as soon as fall comes, we here at The Baked Equation get pretty busy!

I wanted to share some of my favorite things with you guys! Some are shops I just love and some are shops I buy frequently from (like Ink & Elm)! Thought it might be nice to share them all with you!

  • Once Blind Studios– I just love the art from these guys! Actually, I love them so much that the “El” piece you see, I own! I literally just put it up! It added a nice pop of color to my kitchen! Right now, through October they are having a birthday bash art sale! So, if you’ve been in the market from great art, you might want to hit them up. Find them on Facebook too!
  • WhiskedAwayCutters– I adore this particular Etsy shop! They make really great cookie and fondant cutters, which you know- is right up my alley! Personally, I own their Rectangle Cookie Cutter, which I use often for its versatility in the cookie world. I’m also currently loving their Maryann Plaque Cutter too, though. You can find them on Facebook, here!
  • Cardboard Sheek– Oh man I love this place. All of her adorable banners are literally made out of…you guessed it- CARDBOARD! But done in a nifty way. Pretty neat, huh? Right now (maybe it’s because I have Christmas on the brain) I am just in love with her Santa Mail banner- I mean, how cute is that?? Plus, that cookie banner! Here is the link so you can have one too! {Santa Mail and Cookies}
  • InkSpot Workshop– Again, I personally own that adorable trinket tray! I love mine so much! It’s got gold (or silver or bronze) foil and can be customizable to the max! What’s not to love? The font, foil color, and tray size are all up to you- and best of all- it reminds you of all of your favorite things.
  • Set in Stone- this Etsy shop is a great place for customizable gifts, if you ask me. You can personalize plaques or coasters with sayings and/or pictures of your loved ones. I’m thinking this would be a great Christmas present for grandparents- just upload an image of their grandkids! Right? For me, I’m really liking the “Friends are like Stars” coasters. I have so many friends who live in other states and these customizable babies would be great gifts to keep us closer than we really are!
  • Ink & Elm– OK, so I really, really love this place. If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram or Facebook, you are SURE to have seen many of her backdrops used in my pictures! They’re such great quality and so realistic. To say I have a lot, is an understatement 🙂 My personal favorite? Her Scape Goat vinyl photography backdrop. I use mine ALL the time. Also pretty neat?? If you use code: THEBAKEDEQUATION15 upon checking out, you get 15% off! Score!
  • LifeCreated– Just one look at the beautiful photography and I’m sure you’ll know just exactly why this shop is one of my favorite things right now. The colors! The serene and calm homey aspects and subject matters! I could go bankrupt here. There’s even an Etsy shop, where you can buy prints- which is pretty awesome. Loving? The Vintage Rolling Pin and Bowl Still Life picture. I love all things vintage and this piece just sings to my heart. I would love it in my own kitchen. You can find them on Facebook too.

So that’s it! There are my favorite things right now 🙂 What are some of yours?

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

farmhouse kitchen

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.

farmhouse kitchen

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

farmhouse kitchen

Gluten Free S’mores Brownies

It is officially campfire season; the season where families decide that a few nights in the great outdoors is fun, mosquitoes and all.  I, on the other hand,  prefer to “camp” in my backyard.  I am a big fan of the bug free indoors and indoor plumbing, which makes hanging out in my backyard and then retiring to the inside of my home ideal.   However, if you are headed out into the great outdoors, I decided to make your life a little bit easier with this new gluten free s’mores brownie cup recipe. All the goodness of your favorite summer dessert in an easy transportable cup. You’re welcome. It’s time to break out the good ole marshmallows and get roasting. Now here is the other dilemma of camping in the summer, it is hot and chocolate melts. That is why brownies make the perfect middle man for your s’mores. All the goodness of chocolate without the melting mess. Gluten Free S'mores You are going to need a few things for this recipe. The first thing you will need is a great graham cracker crust. A couple of weeks ago I created a recipe for gluten free graham crackers that is perfect for the crust of these gluten free s’mores brownie cups. We love making a large batch of gluten free graham crackers ahead of time and freezing them.

Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust {Printable Version}


  • 1 cup gluten free graham crackers {approximately 8 to 10  3″ {gf graham cracker recipe}
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Gluten Free S'mores Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place gluten free graham crackers in a food processor. Pulse until they are crumbs. Be careful not to over do it or it will turn into cookie butter.
  3. Place gluten free graham crackers in a medium bowl and mix with salt, sugar  and melted butter
  4. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Then press in your gluten free graham crackers to fill the bottom of the cup.
  5. Bake the crusts for 5  minutes.
  6. Remove pan and allow for the crust to cool. While the crust is cooling it is time to make the brownies. Turn your oven off for a few minutes. This will allow the temperature to drop. The brownies will bake at 350 degrees.

Gluten Free S'mores

Cup4Cup Gluten Free Brownie Mix


  • 1 Pouch Cup4Cup Gluten Free Brownie Mix {You can buy them online or at Dean and Deluca, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table}
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons water {if you want to get crazy like us, you can sub in espresso}


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together melted butter, eggs, and espresso.
  3. Add in the gluten free brownie mix. Mix till it just comes together. You don’t want to over mix.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to place an even amount of the brownie mixture into 12 muffin cups.

Gluten Free S'mores Ovens can vary greatly. I have learned this recently with my new oven purchase. My old oven would have cooked this in 20 minutes and in my new “fancy” oven, it takes almost 30 to 35 minutes. I would suggest checking on the brownie mixture at the 25 to 30 minute mark. If the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs they are ready to add the marshmallows. I used large marshmallows and cut them in half. Then I placed two halves on top of the brownie mixture. Place back in the oven for about 5 minutes. Watch them closely. You do not want your marshmallows to disintegrate. If you have a torch you can also toast them that way as well. Gluten Free S'mores Enjoy. Gluten free s’mores brownies are turning into one of my family’s favorite treats. I like them because they are easy to transport to picnics and parties.

Gluten Free Graham Crackers

Gluten Free Graham Crackers

What is summer with out s’mores? You can’t have a s’more without really good graham crackers and charred marshmallows, right? I will admit, maybe not everyone loves a charred marshmallows like I do but they should. They are just better burnt.  The past couple of weeks I set out to create a recipe for yummy gluten free graham crackers. Who says gluten free graham crackers can’t taste even better than their gluten counterparts? Enjoy these delicious treats all by themselves with a tall glass of milk or utilize a batch in some of your favorite recipes. You can make smore’s, tarts, pie crusts and the list goes on.  Normally I would use unsalted butter in all of my baking, but this time I decided to go a little crazy. Have you ever had Kerrygold butter? While Kerrygold does sell an unsalted version our Costco only carries the regular. Pairing Kerrygold plus Cup4Cup turned out to be a winning combination.

Gluten Free Graham Cracker Recipe {Printable Version}

Yields 32 to 35 gluten free graham crackers

  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour mix
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup Kerry Gold Butter {salted}
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 organic sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey

gluten free graham crackers


  1. Measure out flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Whisk in a bowl for 30 seconds until well combined.
  2. Remove butter from the refrigerator. Cut in to small cubes. This will allow the butter to come to room temp. much quicker. Place butter, sugars, and honey in a bowl. Mix on KA level 2 till combined. This takes approximately 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl
  3. Add half the flour mixture. Mix on low till just combined. Add the other half of the flour mixture.
  4. Make a mound out of the dough and wrap in plastic wrap for about 30 minutes. Or you can use our tutorial to roll the dough in sheet.
  5. While the dough is firming up, preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  6. Use powdered sugar to roll out your gluten free graham cracker dough.
  7. Use a rectangle cookie cutter, square cookie cutter or cut in shapes that you would like.  I use my favorite fluted square cutters from World Market.
  8. Roll cookies approximately 1/8 inch thick. Take a fork to lightly pierce your crackers.
  9. Depending on how you like your graham crackers cookie for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You can also freeze your gluten free graham crackers. Place them in a freezer bag tightly sealed.

** Note if using unsalted butter substitute in ½ tsp. salt.

gluten free graham crackers

If you are rolling your dough out immediately, place your baking sheet with the cut squares in the freezer for about ten minutes before putting them in the oven.

gluten free graham crackers

I am a big fan of letting cookie dough rest.  I make my cookie dough at least one day ahead of time and roll it in to sheets that are ready to cut. {Check out my dough rolling tutorial} I place them in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cutting shapes.  One of the best things about these gluten free graham crackers is that they freeze great. I love making a large batch and then pulling them out when we want to make s’mores or a gluten free tart crust. Well you will have to come back next week. I can’t wait to share with you my new favorite recipes for summer picnics. Gluten free brownie s’more cups. It’s like all of the wonderful things in the world colliding at once. I am pretty sure that adding butter to gluten free graham crackers should be illegal it is so good.

gluten free graham crackers

I am thinking these would also make great favor gifts as well.  Tie up some gluten free graham crackers in a cellophane bag with a few marshmallows and chocolate squares.

gluten free graham crackers



Party in a Jar Book Tour

Party in a Jar Online Book Tour

Busy mom’s are constantly trying to come up with great crafting and party ideas for their young kids. I am so excited to share with you about Vanessa Coppola’s new book, Party in a Jar.  For those of you who do not know Vanessa, she is the chief blogger over at See Vanessa Craft.   I absolutely love her tagline:  “it’s my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others.”

Party in a Jar Book Tour

Party in a Jar is Vanessa’s labor of love.  What mom does not want to kill two birds with one stone? In the book she features sixteen kiddo friendly craft projects that not only provide entertainment for your mini party goers but the craft jars also function as take home party favors!

Party in a Jar Book Tour

Party in a jar is not only perfect for any hostess,

but it would also make a great hostess gift. The other great bonus is that the projects are easy for any mom to create.

Party in a Jar Book Tour

I have to have it…

You can purchase your own copy of Party in a Jar from Amazon or Gibbs Smith! Or if you want to step up your game, Vanessa is offering signed copies of Party in Jar.  Vanessa will be sending out signed (super cute mason jar) bookplates to stick inside the books by request. To request a bookplate, simply email with the subject line BOOKPLATE. You’ll need to provide proof of purchase (Amazon order screen shot, photo of receipt, etc.) and a shipping address.

Party in a Jar Book Tour

What are you waiting for moms? You know you have a pantry full of mason jars. It is time to put them to use. Your kiddos will thank you for it.

Party in a Jar Book Tour


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

Baby Pizzazzerie PM_edited-1

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.

baby girl shower cookies

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.