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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