Welcome to my Sweets Blog!

Welcome to my Sweets Blog!
I've been looking for a way to share my sweet creations with everyone, and I think I have found it--here is my sweets blog! As I experiment with delicious desserts & sweet treats, I will post pictures, recipes, and how-to tips & tricks. Hope you enjoy reading about my sweets as much I enjoy eating them!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mommy-to-be & Baby Heart Cookie Pops

These cookie pops were made for one of my girlfriends from all the way back in elementary school, who is expecting her first baby! I consider myself part of a lucky percentage of folks to be in my *very early* thirties and still have close friendships with ladies from high school, middle school, elementary school and even preschool! It also just so happens that this particular new-mommy-to-be friend of mine also happens to be one of my biggest cookie supporters--always bringing my cookies and cupcakes to parties and spreading the word about my "little" hobby to her own friends and family. Of course, when the group of us girlfriends were planning a new-mommy gift basket, I knew I had to make her some cookies of her own to enjoy!

I think I also had Valentine's Day cookie ideas on the brain while I was making these, because I went with a heart theme. Actually, the last time I made cookie pops was last Valentine's Day... I made some heart cookie pops {check them out on my Flickr page here} but I wasn't entirely thrilled with how they came out, so I didn't revisit the technique for a while. This time around I perfected my cookie pop technique and I'm so happy to share it with you!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Letter, Number, and Birthday Cookies

Happy 2nd Birthday to my beautiful niece!

My oldest niece is one of my favorite people ever. I know I sound like a typical bragging aunt, but seriously, she is hilarious and so much fun to be around. She comes out with the funniest one-liners, she tells the best stories, she loves to sing and dance (both to Bruce Springsteen AND to Britney Spears… following right in her aunt’s footsteps), AND she loves to help her mommy bake! And decorate cookies with her Aunt Didi (that’s me).

At Christmas time, we made Gingerbread Houses together. At first, I helped her with the royal icing-- she told me where to pipe it, and she placed the different candies onto the icing. But by the end of the afternoon, she was piping right from the piping bag! Such a natural. 

Then, when it got closer to Christmas, I brought some cookie-decorating supplies over to my brother's house for more holiday cookie fun. I brought some ornament shaped cookies & gingerbread men, royal icing (white and her favorite color, blue, already bagged and ready to go), and an assortment of sprinkles. She had a blast piping the icing onto the cookies, choosing which sprinkles to use, and then shaking them onto the cookies. She really had clear ideas about which ones she wanted to use on each cookie! I was so impressed.   

Naturally, I wanted her birthday cookies to be extra special, and of course BLUE! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Princess Tiaras & Prince Crown Sugar Cookies

These Princess Tiara & Prince Crown Sugar Cookies were made for the first birthday party of a twin boy and girl. They are both decorated with royal icing, and have a light sheen from pearl luster dust. 

My biggest challenge with this project was how to make the prince crowns not look too girly... 

I think they turned out great! I love the contrast between the blue and yellow. 

All of the kiddies who came to the party got a cookie favor!

And I always make extra to be on the safe side {confession: I mess up a lot, I just don't take pictures of the mess-ups!} ... so this time the extras became Happy Birthday cookies!