No way ... another year gone by already! As we put 2016 in the rear-view mirror, cherish the good times and memories, I am not quite ready to head into the New Year. Looking back, here are a few of my favorite cookies from this year. They may be some of your favorites too. Go ahead and view the entire collection of goodies since the inception of this blog on the Index Page. What's your favorite? Don’t forget to check out my Video Tutorial Page and my YouTube Channel.

To my readers, thank you for your kindness and support. I hope my little blog brought some sweetness and joy your way. Best wishes to each and every one of you for much happiness, success and good health in 2017

Everyone loves a wedding and these glittery Bridal Shoe Cookies were the right fit

These simple and festive Confetti Cookies were ideal for a special girl's first birthday party.

The Celtic Knot Cookies remind me of my Irish roots and I love the complexity of the knot designs. 

I am a preppy at heart and nothing says prep more than plaid.
These vibrant Plaid Cookies were fun to make using a stencil and airbrush machine. 

My annual Snowflake Cookie of this year was my favorite of all.
The white-on-white is as sweet as purely driven snow.

Baseball is my favorite sport. America's favorite past-time is reflected in these Baseball Cookies.
Come on Spring ... I cannot wait for opening day!

Flowers are the icing-on-the cake for these Pumpkin Cookies.

The bridal pink on these Rosebud Cookies has got to be my favorite shade of pink. 


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It’s the fastest month on the calendar or it seems that way. There is so much to do with decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, etc. I am way behind with only ten days to go, so this post is brief. The Christmas cards are in the mail and holiday shopping nearly finished. The tree stands bare but is on today’s ‘to do list’ and should be lit and adorned with ornaments by nightfall. At least that is the plan. The shiny, new cookie tins are waiting to be filled but not one cookie has been baked yet. To my nieces and nephews, do not fret as you know Aunt Joan always comes through with the goodies! So guess what I’m doing the next few days. I cannot disappoint and must get to the kitchen. Now, come see how I made these glittery Christmas bell cookies.

Christmas Bell Cookies
Bell Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Gold with Wilton Gold
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Royal Icing for outlining and detail tinted Dark Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green, AmeriColor Royal Blue and AmeriColor Super Black (just a smidge of black)
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Wilton Leaf Decorating Tip #67
CK Antique Gold Luster Dust

Outline cookie with #2 tip in gold icing.
Flood cookie with gold icing. Let dry overnight.

Using paintbrush, apply luster dust to entire cookie.

Pipe lines with #1.5 tip in red and green outline icing.

Pipe holly leaves with leaf tip #67 in green detail icing.
Pipe holly berries with #1.5 tip in red outline icing. Let dry overnight.



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REINDEER COOKIES/ Remember when ...

… department stores did not decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving weekend? I do. Back then the holiday season did not officially start until after Thanksgiving. Now it seems we rush through the calendar year and at some point along the way, holiday decorations began appearing earlier and earlier. At first it was late October before the trick or treaters filled up on Halloween candy. That seems pretty reasonable compared to now when shops decorate in September. My Costco sells artificial Christmas trees and inflatable snowman in 90-degree temps in August. Really? I can adapt but I’m not ready for Christmas in August. How ‘bout you? Let the kiddies begin their school year before we get them thinking about Santa sliding down the chimney. Although, I realize the last quarter of the year is when merchants do their biggest business and are anxious to get us into the holiday buying spirit.

The early craze has caught on in my neighborhood too. Some display Christmas lights as early as the day after Halloween. Once Santa Claus makes his appearance in the Macy's Parade that signals the start of the holiday season. Decorating over Thanksgiving weekend has now become the tradition. By the time turkey dinner is digested even the adults are getting excited about this joyous season. I admit to not being that efficient but aim for the first half of December. Whatever your traditions, celebrate the holidays at your own pace, cherish those you love, enjoy the spirit of the season and bake lots of cookies!

These reindeer cookies were favors on our Christmas dinner table last year. As you know by now, I am not so organized as to have Christmas cookies on the blog in November. I quickly snapped just a few photos before guests arrived. Come see this airbrushed stencil design. 

Reindeer Cookies
Reindeer Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Color Mist (Gold, Silver)
Fair Isle Sweater Stencil

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red icing.
Flood cookie with red icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie.

Spray with gold color mist.

Gently lift stencil.

Spray some cookies with silver color mist.

Let dry 30 minutes.




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As little kids we love birthdays and look forward to each and every one with delight. We like the idea of getting older and even tell our age in half years. Can that old adage be true that youth is wasted on the young? We are in such a hurry to grow up and before we know it, those days reside in the past. Then we reach a point in life where we want time to slow down, those birthdays to come along at a slower pace especially as that number gets bigger. Do we ever feel our age? I don’t think my 88-year-old uncle feels his age. Maybe his knees do on certain days but overall I bet he feels like he’s 35 or 40. See the thing is that even as we get older, who says we have to act our age. My mother used to say “we cannot help getting older but we do not have to get old.” What she meant by that was in who we are, how we behave and what we believe. You may enjoy reading George Carlin’s views on aging. It will give you a chuckle. Then this funnyman follows with 10 serious Tips on staying young?

These feminine birthday cake cookies were made for my mother-in-law who loves pastel colors. I added a feminine dotted swiss look with piping detail. 

Birthday Cake Cookies
Wedding Cake Shortbread Cookies (trim top layer of cake)
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Pale Pink with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing.

Flood cookie with cream icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe top of layers with #2 tip in pink icing. Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in pink icing. Let dry overnight.





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