Thursday, December 20, 2012

Girly Baby Shower Favors

Had fun last night celebrating a good friend who is expecting her second baby in about a month.  She's expecting a girl, and I did some quick favors for a baby shower dinner.

We can't wait to meet sweet baby Caroline!  :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

This Week In Cookies

I had a few fun projects to work on this week, after all of the excitement of the cookie swap.

First up were some favors for a baby shower a friend was throwing to welcome a baby girl.  I went with polka dots and roses in pink and teal:


Next up, a large order for a set of new baby twins.  I loved the simple design and bright colors their grandmother requested:

After a break today and tomorrow, I'm thinking I can squeeze one more holiday batch of cookies in this week...  Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap -- 2012

I can't remember where I first read about the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, but I do know I signed up immediately and was so relieved I met the requirements (barely....this baby blog was started on August 13, 2012, and the swap required a blog started on or before August 15th!).

Not only is it fun to bake and ship cookies off to other food bloggers, but the swap benefits the Cookies for Kids' Cancer nonprofit -- something this pediatric oncology nurse can really get behind.  OXO committed to matching the funds raised, and in addition sent this spatula to each participant.

I'm so happy to have this mini cookie spatula.  I bake in our kitchen and then transfer the cookies over to our dining room table to cool on racks while I chill the trays for another round to go in the oven (even this description is inefficient!).  I usually transfer them using a larger spatula, which goes something like this: get impatient, overload cookies on large spatula, drop cookies on floor, glare at dog/husband for eating cookie before I can throw it away.

I decided on snowflake cookies with simple decorations and tried to make each one somewhat unique.

I packaged them up in LOTS of bubble wrap and padding, and shipped them off to my matches, Lauren of Making Life Sweet, Ashley of GirlyObsessions, and Mackenzie of Susie Freaking Homemaker.

In return I received lovely packages on my doorstep from Kathleen of Sweetness Hunter, Robin of Mom Foodie, and Monica of SweetBites

Please check out these ladies' blogs, and enjoy my cookie recipe below!


I used my usual sugar cookie recipe (or as my mom always called it growing up, roll out recipe).  These cookies are soft and sweet, but hold up well when baking and decorating.  They are made with powdered sugar which prevents the dough and cookies from being grainy.  You can leave out the baking powder, which sometimes causes the cookies to spread while baking.  They are not low-fat.  :)

Roll-Out Cookies

2 1/2cups flour
2teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon salt
1 1/2cup powdered sugar
1teaspoon vanilla
1cup butter

1.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla (can also add or substitute almond extract which is delicious).

2. Combine remaining dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients, gradually, to butter/sugar mixture until well combined, but do not over mix.  Chill several hours or overnight.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F.  Roll dough onto floured surface, cut out cookies, and bake for about 8 minutes.  Watch carefully as you don't want the bottoms to brown too much.  Cool on wire racks.


Monday, December 10, 2012


I love, love, LOVE gingerbread cookies.  The gingerbread recipe I use is for soft, spicy, sweet cookies, and I can't wait to make it every year.  The smell of the cookies baking made my out-of-control holiday to do list so much more bearable this weekend.

This year I decided to spruce up the decorations on the gingerbread:

The recipe makes lots and lots of cookies, which I quickly farmed out to friends, holiday party hosts, and our co-workers.  It's a long wait until next December, so I'm hoping to have another excuse to make a batch in the coming weeks.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Catching Up

I've been out of my usual cookie baking and blogging routine in the past few weeks, but am happy to be back with a few pictures to share.  Please excuse the quality of these pictures -- most were decorated out of town, and without the benefit of Mr. Cookie District (or his camera) around to photograph them for me.

First of all, I made a few purple potted flower cookies for my grandma's birthday.  I used this tutorial as my guide, packaged them with purple paper, and stacked them in a basket for delivery.  There are few things my grandma loves more than the color purple, and I knew this was the perfect cookie for her.

We were in Michigan for Thanksgiving, and I made a few turkey cookies (just to clarify, that would be turkey shaped, not turkey flavored):

We also fried a turkey,

and cut down a Christmas tree (note - objects in picture are much, MUCH colder than they appear....).

Now I'm looking forward to a fun week of baking, including a batch for the Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Have a good week everyone!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, J!

I did a double batch of cookies this past week for a very special birthday boy.  His mom is a friend (when did we all get old enough to have friends with children??) and she had the idea to do small cookies as cupcake toppers, in addition to some cookie favors.

The cookies looked adorable on the beautiful cupcakes (homemade!) and I will share pics as soon as I get them.

Happy birthday, sweet boy!  We love you!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wine & Cheese

It's the calm before the (worst part of the) storm here in D.C., and I thought I'd share a few pictures of some fun wine and cheese cookies I did for a friend's party this weekend while I still have power!

It was a party for a new mom's group, so my friend came up with the idea of babybel cheese rounds.

I also did packaged favors for everyone to take home:


Thursday, October 25, 2012

More Babies!

So happy to meet another sweet baby girl last night, and to welcome her (parents) with a batch of pretty-colored onesie cookies:

I also sent along a few minis -- elephants and baby bottles:


Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Wedding

2012 has been the year of weddings.  As we were dancing the night away on Saturday, Maury said to me: "what was that wedding, before Cat's, where we had so much fun dancing?"  Well, friends, that was OUR wedding.  :)  At least he described it as fun.

This post is nominally about cookies -- Jill (of wine tasting and bridal shower fame) and Brian got married on Saturday night and Jill picked her accent color to be poppy red.  So, I couldn't resist making a few poppy cookies for the occasion.

 I made a few packages for the newlyweds to have a midnight snack, too:

The weather was perfect, and it was a gorgeous setting....equally as gorgeous was Jill in her dress.  I couldn't get over the flowers (done by her matron of honor and sister-in-law -- amazing!):

 Congrats, Brian and Jill!  So happy for you!