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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cherry Blossom and Panda Sugar Cookies

Panda Bears and Cherry Blossoms - Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing


Springtime in Washington, DC.



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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tutorial - How to Cut Ribbon Quickly and Package Sugar Cookie Favors

How To Cut Ribbon Quickly
How to Package Sugar Cookie Favors

I use curling ribbon to tie my cookie favor bags.  I can't believe that I used to put down a ruler and measure out every single ribbon.  That can take a long time when you need 100 or more pieces of ribbon!

One day, I finally got smart about it.  It now takes less than a minute to cut that much ribbon.

All you need is . . . .
*  two pieces of cardboard - A used shipping box works great.  Cut the two pieces to the same size - 10" long and a few inches wide.
*  scissors
*  ribbon
*  any kind of bin or box


Put one piece of cardboard on top of the other.

Place the spool inside of the box/bin/container....whatever is handy.  This keeps the spool from bouncing all over the table and onto the floor.

Wind the ribbon around the cardboard pieces.

Count.  Count by twos.  Every time you reach the top of the cardboard, you've got two pieces of ribbon.


Once you've wound enough times, cut the ribbon from the spool.

Put your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard at the top.  Be sure to be holding onto all of the ribbon - both on the front and on the back of the cardboard!  Cut.

Do the same at the bottom of the cardboard.

Done!

Did you make yarn pom poms as a child?  I sure did!  This is the same concept.


Place the cookies into the bags.  I put a 1" sticker of my logo on the back of each bag.  Tie each one with ribbon and curl.  No knot.  Just tie the ribbon once to make the cookie easily accessible.

I buy my ribbon from AC Moore.  With a coupon of course.  Their curling ribbon spools are large.  With the coupon it's a great deal.

I buy the cello bags from Gifts International.  The prices are terrific.  Shipping is a bit high, so buy a lot at a time!

If the cookies are for local pick up (or if you deliver) , place the favors into a 10" x 10" cake box from BRP Box Shop.  Their boxes are really nice and sturdy.

Cut the top off of the box before filling.  Usually the bags are too tall for closing the top.  And it looks pretty without it!

Place a large logo sticker on the front.

Include an ingredient card for anyone with allergy concerns, and a few business cards.


If the cookies don't quite fill up the box, use some tissue paper to fill in the empty space. This will make sure that the cookies don't move around while traveling to their destination.


 If the cookies are to be shipped, I pack them very differently.  Stay tuned for a tutorial on that.


Question for you: How do you cut ribbon and pack cookies for pick up or delivery?  What's the same or different from how I do it?   Please let us know in the comments.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Corporate Logo Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Corporate Logo


Every time I'm asked to re-create a logo in icing, I get a little nervous.  It needs to be accurate.  There's no room for creativity here.

So thankful for my Kopykake.  I could never do logos without it!



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Sugar Dot Cookies in the Press

My 5 minutes of fame?  I've had the honor of being featured in a few local newspapers and magazines this year.........

Here's another reason to be sure that your cookie business is legal.  If you're approached by someone in the media, would you have to turn down the honor of a feature? 

The Valley Citizen, February 2015

Bliss Magazine, Summer 2015


Frederick Magazine, June 2015


Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

50th Birthday Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing for a 50th Birthday Party


I made royal icing transfers for the numbers 5 and 0 then dropped them onto wet bases.  Some of the numbers were covered in sanding sugar.

Happy 50th!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing for Doctors and Nurses

Doctor and Nurse Cookies

I loved decorating these cookies because they were just for fun and I got to do it with a very special young lady that just graduated with a nursing degree.


We have bandaids, pills, scrubs, prescription pads, EKG hearts and red crosses.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cookie Decorating Classes in Middletown, MD

Learn how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.

I hold private, one-on-one, decorating classes in Middletown, MD, just outside of Frederick.

The class will be personalized just for you.  We'll start with the basics of icing consistencies, outlining, flooding, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and marbling techniques.




You choose the theme of the cookies.  I'll choose the cutters and designs to go along with the lesson.

The cookies will be baked before you arrive.

You'll receive a copy of icing and dough recipes.

You'll decorate and take home 8 - 12 cookies (depending on how much time you take to decorate).



Choose a two-hour or a three-hour class.

Two-Hour Class.....
*  Icing will be made, colored, and bagged before you arrive.

Three-Hour Class....
*  We'll make, color, and bag the icing together so that you can learn about icing consistencies.

Would you like to bring a friend?  I offer one-on-two classes also.

Already familiar with the basics and would like to learn some more advanced techniques?  Sure!




Interested in signing up for a class?  Please contact me through my website.


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