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How to transfer an image without a kopykake projector


A while back I was asked to make this set of cookies. I was pretty nervous about it because of the complexity of the rats, but also because I was going to have to make quite a few motorbikes and I wanted them to all look the same. I don’t have a kopykake projector and it took me a few days to figure out how I was going to pull off this project. So here is a way you can transfer an image onto a cookie when you don’t have a kopykake projector.

IMG_4760First, draw the image in the exact size you want it to appear on the cookie. Roughly cut out the sections of the image with an exacto knife to create a template.

hold1Place the template over the cookie and spray either with and airbrush or Wilton Color Mist Spray.

hold2While spraying, use a scribe tool or a toothpick to hold the smaller sections of the template in place to avoid over spray.

UntitledWhen you’re done it should look something like this.

IMG_4769Then all that’s left is to trace over the template with icing.





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How to make ocean wave cookies

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I have been absolutely loving the relaxed pace of summertime. I love the longer days and the fact that once I’m done work for the day I can take the kids to the park or to the beach and not worry about any sort of schedule that has to be adhered to.

Here is how you can make some ocean wave cookies to add to beach or swimming themed platter:

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-Using a scribe tool or boo-boo stick, lightly scratch the cookie with the shape of a wave.
Fill in the tip of the wave with white 10-15 second icing.
-Right away add turquoise icing to the next section of the wave.
-Working quickly before it has a chance to crust over, mix the white and turquoise icing to slightly blend the colours.
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-Add a darker turquoise to the last section of the wave and mix the colours in the same way as in the previous step.
-Add a few white dots throughout the wave.
-Wait a few minutes for the icing to crust slightly then add a few more white dots that will sit on the surface of the icing.


I hope you are having a great summer!

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How to make shabby chic ruffle flowers

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This is the second time I make these shabby chic ruffle flowers and I love them! They are so much fun to make and are such a pretty way to fill out a set of cookies. I love the shabby chic style as well as the extra dimension and texture. Although the firs time I made them I really struggled. I knew the look and feel I was trying to achieve but wasn’t sure how to transfer the image in my mind onto a cookie. I started by piping alternate petals, letting them dry and then filling in the petals in between. Then did the same for each layer, working my way toward the center. It was hideous. It only needed googly eyes and it could have been a muppet character. I scraped off my icing and tried again, but with similar results. I was starting to get frustrated when Patrick came to see how my project was coming along. It’s a pretty good indication of how much cookie-talk my poor husband has to put up with when after listening to what I was trying to create and thinking over the problem for only a minute he said, “Why don’t you just do something similar to those ruffle dresses you made?” Huh. Good idea.
And lo and behold, it worked like a treat! (which is funny because, well, it is a treat!)

So I made them again the next day because once I was doing them properly, it turns out they are really fun to make! And I had my 4 year old take pictures of the process for me so that I could show you. She did a surprisingly good job. I have to admit, I was kind of expecting pictures of my hand, or the table, or of herself.

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I used a Wilton 101 petal tip. The icing should be stiff enough to hold a peak. If it’s too thin, the ruffles will just slowly melt into each other and end up like a blob by the end.

Starting at the edge of the cookie, with the fat part of the petal tip towards the bottom and with the piping bag at a slight angle, make up and down zig-zags while slowly rotating the cookie. When you come to the point you started, angle the ruffles slightly to bring them below the existing ruffles, and carry on zig-zagging and rotating until you reach the centre. You can leave them as is or add a few sugar pearls or dragees to the centre of the flower.

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Book Talk


I have to say that my ‘book talk’ posts are quickly becoming my favourite posts.
It lets me combine my two passions by posting my recent cookies that don’t really fit into any of my tutorial posts, and talking about some of the best books I’ve read lately!

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This year has been a fantastic year for good books. I’ve read so many books the past little while that I have completely fallen in love with. Here are four of my recent favourites.


Bloom by Doreen Cronin and David Small
You might know Doreen Cronin from her ‘Click, Clack, Moo’ stories, which I love, but ‘Bloom’ is completely different. This is the story of a mud fairy who lives in a glass kingdom where she is eventually thrown out because of all the mess she makes. But after many years the glass kingdom begins to break and the King and Queen want bloom to return to help repair things. They set off into the forest to find her but with no success. They eventually send a very small and ordinary servant girl named Genevieve to try and find Bloom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her and learns that even the most ordinary girl can accomplish extraordinary things.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
This middle grade story is a Newbery award-winning book that chronicles the inspiring story of the Logan family in Depression era Mississippi. Based on Mildred D. Taylor’s own family history with slavery, this story is about one family’s struggle to keep their land, their independence, and their pride amid racial discrimination. I loved this book and couldn’t believe that it has taken me so long to get around to reading it.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book was nothing like I was expecting it to be. I laughed, I cried, sometimes on the same page. Ove is your typical grumpy old man who doesn’t like anyone. He likes his routines, he likes order and rules, and he isn’t afraid to let people know when he disapproves of something. But behind the cranky exterior there is a story of love and sadness and when a new family moves in next door, they slowly manage to chip away at the hard protective shell that he has created for himself.

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The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
I loved this story! I already knew that I like Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s work after having read ‘Jefferson’s Sons’ a couple years ago (which by the way I highly recommend) so I was really excited when I saw that she had a new book come out last year. And it did not disappoint! The story is set in Britain during WWII and is about 9 year old Ada who has never left her apartment due to her mother’s shame of her club foot. When the children of London start to be evacuated to the countryside, Ada’s brother Jamie is supposed to go with them, but not Ada. She sneaks off to join him and so begins a whole new life for Ada, for Jamie and for Susan, the woman who is forced to take the children into her home. The characters in this story are so incredibly well done and the story so well developed. It is the best historical fiction I have read for this age group and it is no wonder it won a Newbery Honor among other awards.

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How to franken-cookie bumblebees and ladybugs

I have been making so many cookies lately that when I haven’t been working on cookies I’ve been taking advantage of the down time to spend time with my family or recharge my batteries by curling up with a good book or enjoying a movie in the evening after the kids are asleep. And as a result my poor blog has been neglected. But for now at least, the cookie requests have slowed down so I should have a bit of time to play catch up.


Today I wanted to show you how to piece together different cookie cutters to make a whole new shape.  Considering my sizable cookie cutter collection it’s surprising how often I am asked to make cookies that I don’t have a cutter for. Sometimes it will be for a strange shape that I end up hand cutting, but other times, the shape of the cookie will be something that fits with two or  more of my existing cookie cutters pieced together.

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This bumblebee was one of those instances. I don’t have a bumblebee cookie cutter so I drew the shape of the bumblebee that I wanted to make and then started looking at what shapes I already had that kind of fit the shape that I wanted. This is what I came up with:


You can either carefully transfer the cut shape like this onto the cookie sheet or even place the rolled out dough onto the cookie sheet and cut out the shape directly on the cookie sheet so you don’t have to move it after its cut. You don’t need to do anything to the shapes once they are cut out. As long as they are touching while they bake, the dough expands just enough in the oven that they will fuse together and come out as one shape.


I did the same thing for the ladybug cookies. My girls pointed out that this Easter egg and heart combination would also work great for a fish shaped cookie.


Both the ladybugs and bumblebee designs courtesy of the ever talented Sugarbelle.

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How to make Zebra and Panda cookies


These past few weeks have been incredibly busy for cookies. It seems that everyone I know needs cookies for something. And although all these cookies have kept me up past my bedtime most evenings, I have definitely enjoyed the challenge that comes with making cookies that I never would have otherwise.

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One of my favourite sets to make were these zoo animals.Luka wWhenever I make cookies like these I’m always amazed at how a few simple steps can bring the cookies to life and create such fun little characters.

So here is how you can make panda and zebra cookies:

(The cutter used for the panda was a plain circle cutter. I used the coupler from my icing tip to add ears to the top of his head, and stuck the pieces together on the cookie sheet. They fuse together when baked)

(The cutter used for the zebra was a skull cutter, with the sides of the face trimmed smooth)

Head over to Sugarbelle’s blog to see how to make the giraffe face cookies and also for a tutorial on how to make tropical leaves.




Book Talk

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I’ve had a busy couple of weeks for cookies which has been a lot of fun, despite the late nights.  A friend was celebrating his mother’s 60th birthday this week with a surprise birthday party, and I was able to make this fun platter for the event.

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I also got to work on some luau cookies with a friend. She was celebrating her twin daughters’ 9th birthday and wanted to learn how to make decorated cookies. So we spent a couple of fun evenings together working on pineapples, palm trees and tiki masks; and she did such a great job on them!


And for once, I had some little boy cookies to work on! Having two girly girls at home and lots of friends with little girls, I don’t get to venture far from the girly cookies too often, so when I was asked to make some construction trucks and tools I happily accepted the challenge.

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And since it was such a busy couple of weeks I didn’t manage to make any step by step tutorials of the cookies I was working on, so instead I thought it would be a good time to share some of the books I’ve been reading lately.


Finding Winnie
The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

My aunt recently recommended this book to me and since we have very similar tastes in the books we like, I immediately went to the bookstore to pick it up.

This is the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh.
During World War I, a Canadian veterinarian named Captain Harry Colebourn was on his way to serve in Europe when he happened upon and rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear with him to Europe. The story is told by Harry Colebourn’s great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick and it is such a cute and interesting story. My girls were fascinated by it and we’ve read it several times already.














The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

This is a historical fiction set in France during WWII. While this is a story about the war it is also a story about family, friendship and love.

Vianne and Isabelle are sisters but they are somewhat estranged. Vianne, the eldest is married with a daughter and lives in the country. Isabelle, still a teenager, has a problem with authority and yearns to emulate the heroines of the Great War.
Both sisters are forced to deal with the turmoil and despair happening in their lives and in their country, and are both forced to make difficult decisions while striving to protect their families, stay alive and aid in the fight for freedom.

Kristin Hannah is an incredible story teller and this was a book that I could not put down.


The Lunar Chronicles
by Marissa Meyer

Each book in this YA fantasy series  puts a new spin on an old fairy tale while loosely following the story of Cinderella through the whole series. Cinder is a mechanic living in New Beijing and is despised by her mother and stepsisters because she’s a cyborg. It sounds ridiculously cheesy, but it works. I am not at all a fan of science fiction but I really loved this series. Although it’s clear where the story is headed, its fun spotting the imaginative ways that the classic fairy tales have been inserted into the story. Each book introduces a new character. Scarlet is based on Red Riding Hood, Cress is based on Rapunzel and Winter is from Snow White.