mouse cookie cookie

My amazing niece, Mari, will be celebrating her third birthday next month.  She LOVES animals, especially mice.  Her favorite mouse is Mouse Cookie. I cannot wait to see her face when she sees Mouse Cookie on a cookie.

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easy airplane cookie tutorial

My sister recently asked me to bake cookies for an airshow fundraiser event.  I agreed, not only because I love my sister (I do!) but also because it was a good excuse to make fun airplane cookies.   Read more…

kidlit cookies 2.0

Four and a half years ago, I created my first kidlit cookies.  At the time, I was really proud of them.  I am back again– four and a half years better.  I now have more practice, fancier cookie tools, and a much better royal icing recipe.   Read more…

’tis the season

‘Tis the season for spring training… and also, apparently, basketball.  My baseball-loving nephew discovered basketball this winter.  Like his love of kayaking, baseball, and skiing (Nordic and Alpine), he comes by his new sport honestly. Read more…

what the folk?!

When I was home in December, I discovered a drawer with old table linens in it.  [“Table linens” is a generous way to describe some of the treasures I found, including plastic placemats from the early 1980s.]  Among disintegrating laminated alphabet placemats, I found a true treasure: the Hungarian folk art table runner I brought back from Szeged at the end of my study abroad program.   Read more…

baby birthday Valentine

Last year, two of my favorite people in DC gave the world a very special Valentine, an adorable baby girl (you can see her baby announcement cookies here.)    Read more…

“cozy New Englandy” Christmas cookies

Remember when I was making crazy bright Christmas cookies?  That was so 2 weeks ago.  I dramatically changed the color mood for this set.  I was starting to worry that they were a little drab when a friend said they have a “cozy newenglandy feel.” Read more…

the good deal tutorial.

Here’s a secret that every winter cookier should know: piping pine/ coniferous needles is crazy easy.  The end result looks like it requires way more skill and effort than it actually does.  It’s like getting a really good deal– this design is the 40% off coupon code of cookies. Read more…

inspired by neckties

I love men’s ties.  I secretly wish the 1980s women’s necktie trend would come back in fashion.  I openly wish my husband were a necktie kind of guy.  But alas, microbiologists dress like college freshmen.   Read more…

I’m dreaming of a bright Christmas

I have such a difficult time transitioning to cozy winter colors this time of year.   I’m still thinking summer can’t possibly be over.  When I was cruising the internet for holiday inspiration, I was more drawn to Pantone’s Spring 2015 palette than to Pottery Barn’s current holiday color trends (I passed over a lot of buffalo plaid on my way to making these cookies.) Read more…

baking season!

A few days before Halloween, Nate declared the 2015 baking season officially open.  At my house, “baking season” means that cookie-ing goes from a monthly thing to a daily thing.  It consumes my kitchen, my dining room, and most of my spare time.  To celebrate baking season (and Thanksgiving!) I made pie cookies: COOKIES THAT LOOK LIKE PIE. Read more…

Anne Shirley has a very bad temper.

I love Anne of Green Gables.  A lot.   Read more…

quoth the raven…

I couldn’t finish my Halloween cookies without at least ONE bad joke! Read more…

antique halloween

Today is my birthday.  I’m in my thirties; I don’t need to reveal how deep into my fourth decade I am, but deep enough that every birthday hurts just a little more (I mean literally; there are aches.)  What do aging aching cookiers do for their birthdays?  Cue up all the best NPR podcasts and cookie all day. Read more…