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