Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Cookie Assortment

I am very excited to post my Christmas cookies for this year!  I haven't made my regular Christmas cookies in years. Three to be exact. To say I was ready to make them again is an understatement and boy did I go overboard this year!  I have made and frosted 8 dozen Christmas cookies over the last couple of weeks.  Three dozen are for a customer order and the rest are for cookie gifts as well as cookies to bring to my family Christmas. 

When I have this many cookies to bake it takes some intense planning. I write down how many cookies I need, how many of each design I will have (usually in dozen increments for simplicity), and then I draw what the designs will be and what colors I will use.  This helps me plan and organize and save on frosting! It's amazing how much frosting I saved this year with a little planning!  By the end my hand was hurting so badly that I could barely pipe, haha!

I wanted to try a few different cookies this year and I am so pleased with how most of them turned out!  

Everyone loves the commercial side of Christmas! Christmas trees, snowmen, santa, etc., but this year I wanted to make a few cookies that represent the real meaning of Christmas - Jesus!  I love these nativity scene cookies and am sure I could make them even better next year!

But everyone loves Santa and Rudolph!!

I always make snowmen of some kind, but wanted to do something a little different. I love their hats!

The  tree is one of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas, so naturally a tree couldn't be left out! I decided to go with a lightly decorated and snowy look this year! 

While I didn't put ornaments on a tree, I couldn't leave them out all together! These are actually some of my favorites!

A few different types of snowflakes. I live in Texas, these are the snowflakes I see!

And lastly, polar bears! I really wanted to get a bit more creative with these, but it just wasn't in me by the end! I was completely finished with all of my other cookies and these were the only ones left, so at midnight Friday night I piped some simple polar bears and that was it!  I think they turned out pretty cute! Maybe next year I will make my coca cola polar bears!

The cookies from the order were all individually heat sealed, packaged and ready to go! I set aside 18 cookies for my family and the rest were handed out to friends and neighbors. I also made some white chocolate drizzled pretzels to go with the cookies and we handed them out Sunday evening!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dr. Seuss Cookies

These cookies were made for a little boy turning the BIG 2 in December! I made three dozen cookies matching his party theme of Dr. Seuss.  I had so much making these and would love to do them again!

Happy 2nd Birthday Bradley!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Cookies

My coworker has a passion for music and I am missing her birthday this year so I wanted to do something fun. She plays the flute, she sings in her church choir, and she does hand bells so I thought I should do something having to do with music. I piped the music staff and thought for sure I wouldn't have room for the entire "Happy Birthday" song, but not only did I have room I had extra room. I will definitely be making something similar to these in the future.  

Happy Birthday Diana!!