My brother is getting married!

I knew I wanted to do something special for my brother’s wedding, but it took me a while to decide on the details. I’ve made cookies for a few weddings, but I wanted to try something a little different. I thought the cursive L would make for cool looking cookie, and I couldn’t find a cookie cutter that shape anywhere. So I actually had this cookie cutter custom made. I took an image of a cursive L and created a shape around it so I knew that it would fit. Ended up with what looks like an amoeba, but the finished product was exactly what I wanted 🙂

The rest was pretty easy. I used some edible markers to write love on the background of the cookies and I used the colors of the wedding (navy blue and gold). I’m really happy with how they turned out. They were the favors for the rehearsal dinner and they were quite a hit! Some people there were already aware of my minor cookie decorating obsession/hobby, but many others had never seen any of them before and couldn’t believe I hand-wrote love on the background of all the cookies. That was actually really easy! I found a few brands of edible markers on Amazon – these are the ones I used.

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20150603_225029 20150603_225250 2015-06-04 11.19.22One mistake I made was starting to write on them too soon. I let the white icing sit for probably 3 or 4 hours and that was nowhere near long enough. They didn’t bleed right away, but the next day, they were a mess. I had to remake quite a few of them. So lesson learned there. The royal icing should really sit overnight before you do anything like that.

The gold L was made by just using some yellow colored icing and covering it with gold sprinkles before it dried. They are the same sprinkles I use for the diamond ring cookies. The mini hearts were just an added touch. I made 4 different designs and there were 3 in each bag (one behind the big cookie that you can’t see). I highly recommend using these treat bags by Wilton. The shape makes it much easier to arrange the cookies and tie them up and they are the perfect size for small favors like these.

Congratulations to Meg & Josh! I’m off to get ready for the wedding!

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Tricia’s Wedding Cookies!

As it grew closer to my best friend’s wedding in October, I thought more and more about what I wanted to give her.  I knew I wanted to incorporate some custom cookies in her gift some how.  I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it, so I looked to her registry for some inspiration.   I went to Macy’s with my mom looking for something that might spark an idea.  I stumbled upon a cookie jar/tin that she registered for and I was SO excited!  The rest was easy.  I mean – I’m not going to give someone an empty cookie jar.  That would just be rude 😉

As I searched through the rest of the registry, I picked up a couple other things – one of which was a set of kitchen towels with rolling pins on them.  I decided to pick those up and use the colors in the towels as my color palette for icing.  I debated on shapes to make.  It was a Fall wedding – so do I do leaves?  Do I do a wedding theme?  Hearts?

I went with wedding cakes and hearts because I had never tackled the wedding cake cookie before and I was anxious to try it.  (Plus I can work the leaves into my Thanksgiving batches here shortly.)  I went with the double hearts as well – though it would be cute to personalize them with their initials.

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— Side note:  I’m trying to be better about taking progressive shots along the process —

I filled up her cookie jar full of cookies, and I also made gift boxes for all of her girlfriends that came out to celebrate for dinner and drinks the weekend before the wedding on Hilton Head Island.  I found the semi-transparent plastic take-out boxes and iridescent paper at Michael’s  – simple custom party favor that everyone seemed to enjoy.  I was honored that Tricia used some of the cookies just a few days later at the rehearsal dinner.

I have a few more that I will posting soon.  I’ve been a busy baker lately!  I hope that keeping up this blog will inspire and motivate me to bake more often.   Please feel free to reply to any post with any ideas/comments/questions.

♥ LL