Happy Easter

I’m back again 🙂 I had another special request for a birthday – this time it falls on Easter. Some friends of mine made their own custom invites for their daughter’s birthday that had a really great color palette. They sent me a digital copy of the images of the eggs on the invitation so I could try to match the colors.

Here are the images from the invitation:

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And here is what I came up with:

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Matching colors can always be a challenge, but I think I was pretty close on these. The darker the color, the harder it is to match without using too much coloring. One thing to always keep in mine when making royal icing is that the colors become richer and more vibrant after they sit for a while – at least a few hours, if not overnight. The navy blue originally looked more like a dark grayish-blue to me. But once I let it sit overnight, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

I have 2 more batches I need to get moving on this weekend. Shapes that I haven’t done before and one is actually to use as a fundraiser at my nephew’s school. Stay tuned!

❤ LL

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

I received a request to make some Shamrock cookies for a birthday party this week. I made some solid green ones last night and felt like they needed a little something extra. I needed something that was not going to take too long to dry because they needed to be ready the next day. Typically, if you use sanding sugar, it helps set the icing faster. I’m hoping they are happy with the results. I’m loving them! Happy Birthday to Lyon and Thank you to Stewart and Kristen for the order 🙂

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Next up – Easter eggs! Doesn’t it feel strange to have these two holidays so close together? I am really loving the warm weather we have already here in NC. I can never get enough of the sun. Here’s to hope

❤ LL

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I think I’ve officially become a cookie elf for the season and my kitchen has turned into a cookie factory!  I’m not complaining 🙂  I am very humbled by the many requests for Christmas cookies that I’ve received this year.  I say it all the time, but I really do have the best friends and family a girl could ask for <3.

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I would write more, but I have to get back to work!  I hope you are all enjoying the season!  Happy Holidays!

♥ LL

So Much to be Thankful For

Cheers to my favorite holiday of the year!  What’s not to like?  Spending time with the ones we love while eating some ridiculously delicious food.  I have so much to be thankful for this past year – creating and maintaining laurenscookiejar.com is one of them!  I’ve had a passion for baking since I can remember, so creating this blog has been a lot of fun for me.

I made A LOT of Thanksgiving/Fall cookies this year.  I’m really flattered that my cookies will be on some tables (other than just my own) for this great holiday!!  I also made some for the Thanksgiving Potluck lunch at my office.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are as fortunate as I am to be surrounded by your nearest and dearest!!!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Turkey Cookie

Maple Leaf Cookies

Acorn Cookies

Leaf Cookies

Squirrel Cookie

Happy Thanksgiving!

♥ LL

Happy Halloween – Pumpkin Chunkin’ Style!

I work for Atlantic BT in Raleigh, NC.  When we aren’t working hard building websites, we organize some pretty great cultural events.  One of my favorites is the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’.  We get all of our employees, their friends/families, and our clients together every year to eat great food, enjoy some delicious beverages, hang out, check out the creative pumpkin carvings from the employees – and of course then launch those pumpkins from a giant trebuchet across the parking lot to see which one will fly the farthest.  And even more entertaining – which one will barely make it out of the contraption.  It’s always a good time, rain or shine, and luckily we were blessed with some great weather this year.

What great event is complete without some fun cookies?!  I started my blog just about a year ago, but I didn’t make any Halloween cookies last year, so this is my first time posting them.  I really had a good time with these.

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I had fortunate enough to have some family members who are not only very supportive of my time consuming cookie habit, but they also like to help out 🙂

The cookies were a hit at the party, and from what I gather, they seem to taste pretty good too.  Win-win!

My pumpkin carving didn’t win any awards this year, but I still think he’s cute enough to share here.  I was inspired by my nephew, Jack.  I sent a pic to my sister up in Ohio and Jack ran into school all excited to tell his teacher that his LaLa made a Curios George pumpkin!  I’ll take that over a trophy 🙂

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Happy Halloween everyone!

❤ LL

Chillin’ with my Peeps

I didn’t get a chance to make many Easter cookies this year since I planned a vacation for this week, but I bought some Peeps® cookie cutters a couple months ago and I wasn’t about to let the season pass by without trying those out.  I feel like some people either love the Peeps® candy or hate it.  I am definitely a big fan.  There are very few things out there made purely of sugar that I don’t like 🙂

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I hope you all have a great Easter and enjoy some sweets of your own!  Have a great weekend!

♥ LL

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my loves out there!  I hope everyone is enjoying their day.  Sadly, I didn’t get to make a ton of cookies for the holiday this year.  I had a minor health issue that held me up earlier in the week, so my time was limited.  Snowmageddon here in Raleigh didn’t help either!  Here are some pics of what I was able to get done last night.  It is for an order for my good friend, Addie.  She wanted to give them as a gift to her new fiancé, Todd 🙂

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Thanks all for stopping by.  I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

♥ LL

New Year’s Eve

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!  I have been in Ohio visiting with my family for Christmas, but I still managed to whip up a batch (or 5) of cookies while I was here.

I just wanted to share a quick post of some cookies I made this weekend for New Year’s Eve.  I had a couple helpers this time – it was a lot of fun!  Thank you to Courtney and Megan (and of course my lil nephews Braden and Jack)!

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I am currently working on another batch of another shape/design I’ve never tried before. I have a few orders to get done this week before heading back to my day job. Hopefully I’ll get those posts up soon!

♥ LL

Cookie Exchange In Chagrin Falls!

Cookie Exchange In Chagrin Falls!

My awesome sister, Courtney, brought my cookies to a cookie exchange with her friends this weekend in my home town of Chagrin Falls, OH. She made such a beautiful display of the cookies, I wanted to share and to also say THANK YOU so much to her and to everyone for the kind words. So glad you enjoyed them!

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Merry Mickey Christmas!

So today was our Secret Santa gift exchange at work.  You know I was hoping I would get someone who likes sugar cookies.  I got double lucky – not only did I get someone who likes sugar cookies, but he’s a big fan of Disney, so I got to try out some new cookies!  I have to admit, I struggled a bit on the first couple cookies.  Luckily, when you screw up a cookie, the worst thing that happens is you get to eat an ugly cookie and try again.  Destroy the evidence 😉

I decided to try out a real Mickey Mouse face on a few and go for some Christmas-themed Mickeys as well.  I hope you like them!

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Back to my Christmas baking tonight!

♥ LL