Baby Showers

It seems like I've hosted and/or attended a lot of baby showers in the last few months.  I've been lucky to be able to make cookies for most of them.  Here are a few of the pictures...

Then, I liked those so much, I recreated them for another shower.  It was also pink and green, but more muted colors.  So sweet!

I thought I had pictures of the baby shower for my SIL, but I can't find the pictures.  I must have used her camera!  They were really cute dogs, bones, and snails (for a snip, snails, and puppy dog tails theme).  Hopefully they will be in the next post.  The last set set of cookies were for a woodland theme shower.  I can't decide if I like the foxes or owls the best.  Decisions, decisions.

Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies

I have been making a lot more cookies than cakes lately.  Here is a collage of some of the cookies I've made for kids' birthday parties in the last few months ... elmo and cookie monster, minnie, buzz, strawberry shortcake, and a few bookworms (those were actually made for my nerdy sister in law and her co-workers).  

I also made these a few months ago ... who doesn't love mickey mouse?  They were for a first birthday party.  They are some of my favorite cookies to date.  Simple but scream Mickey!

I have a lot more to blog about ... so stay tuned. 

Who Dat?

I do not have much to say tonight but I still wanted to post pictures of the Saints cookies that I made recently to celebrate the beginning of football season ...

Hopefully tomorrow I will have more to say ...

Me Want Cookies

I have been on a cookie kick lately.  As kind of an "end of summer" cookie for my nephew, before he was heading back to school, I made him some cookies ... he has always loved spongebob and he is currently obsessed with NinjaGo.  Jay, or as I call him "the blue one," was his favorite.  I think Patrick may have been my favorite.  Just something about a starfish wearing pants that I find adorable.  

The next set of cookies are actually from my July 4th trip to Texas.  While I was on vacation, I was lucky enough to visit two different friends.  These flowers and hearts were for two little girls who just welcomed home their baby brother.  I made them at the same time as the 4th of July cookies.  I love that the bright colors and black outlining work for something as girly as hearts and flowers as well as fireworks!

And finally, these cookies are actually from a long time ago but I've never gotten around to posting them before.  The pictures do not do the cookies justice.  The little lambs are still some of my favorite cookies I've ever made.  The cookies were for a family gathering after my friend's baby girl's christening (that's a lot apostrophes in one sentence).  I made lambs, crosses, and small cookies in opposite colors with crosses and the letter C (for Corrine) to go in the same bag.  I think the result was very sweet and fitting for a christening.

Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be lots of posts in the  next few months devoted to more cookies.

Fourth of July

I headed out of town for the 4th of July this year to visit friends in Texas.  I couldn't show up without sweets.  Or I guess I could have, but what fun is that?  So, I made brown butter rice crispie treats out of my Flour Bakery cookbook.  They were such a hit that Jennifer and I ended up making another batch before I left Texas.  

I also made cookies to bring with me.  I saw these cookies earlier in the week and decided to add sprinkles to my favorite vanilla sugar cookie recipe.  Who doesn't love sprinkles?  Except you would be amazed at how difficult it was to find red, white, and blue sprinkles in town.  I ended up having to buy a small pack of red, blue, and yellow jimmies.  But the pack also came with stars, so it worked out well.   I think this is the first set of cookies that I've made where I've outlined everything in black prior to flooding the cookies.  I really like the way they came out.  I will be trying that again soon.  

Derby de Mayo

A little over a month ago, a group of us gathered at my brother and sister-in-law's house for a special blend of fun ... the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo fell on the same day this year.  We gathered to drink mint juleps (or in my case, mojitos in a mint julep glass), wear our derby hats, and pig out on mexican food.  It made for good times.  

I made two types of cupcakes, one for each of the occasions, and also decorated chocolate sugar cookies. To honor the Kentucky Derby, I made Kentucky Derby bourbon pie cupcakes with a bourbon swiss meringue buttercream.  And for Cinco de Mayo, I made strawberry margarita cupcakes with tequila lime swiss meringue buttercream.  The cookies were all cinco de mayo related, although I like to pretend the pinatas brought both worlds together.  They were all so much fun to make and I am happy to say, they were enjoyed by all!

Eat a Snickers ... Cupcake

Work has been so busy lately, and I am drained by the time I get home.  Baking is something I like to do to de-stress (oddly enough spending lots of time in the kitchen actually gives me energy).  I kinda wish it was mopping or cleaning windows that did that instead, but no, it is baking (or painting).  Bad part is I'm usually left with a little bit of a mess ... luckily, a little mess does not stress me out.  

I've been trying to cut back on the baking though.  Turns out it isn't that great for the waistband.  But sometimes I just gotta get my beaters dirty!  So, I am always excited to have an actual reason to bake.  And that is how these snickers cupcakes made their way into my life... 

Mother's Day.  My mom love snickers, so it seemed like a perfect time to try out a new recipe.  One day I will get it together to post recipes -- or should I say recipes I've adapted/tweaked/combined.  I like to know ahead of time what recipes work, and I'd like to pass along that information to other bakers. But I haven't taken the time to type all of that out just yet.  There are lots of good snickers cupcake recipes out there already.  I found two that were pretty similar, that also had good reviews, and then I made a few changes.  Mainly, I like to use coffee instead of milk or water in my chocolate cake recipes.  I also melted pieces of snickers in the caramel filling instead of filling them with caramel and a hard chunk of snickers.  I think it made for a smoother filling that melted into the cake.  

DISCLAIMER: These babies are very, very, VERY RICH!  It is difficult to eat an entire cupcake, so it may take a while to finish off two dozen!  Make these for a hungry, chocolate-loving crowd.

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