Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cookie Escapades...

~ Greetings Friends ~
Today was THE day....the day that I decorated cookies for the very first time. Yesterday, I made the dough, I used my cookie idol's recipe which you can find here: Sweet Sugar Belle's Basic Sugar Cookie recipe.

Baking the cookies were not without some hardship...
my first batch spread... a lot. So, next batches I worked a lot more flour in and I paid attention to how it felt when I touched it. I looked for the the hints and tips Sweet Sugar Belle gave and the result was perfect cut sugar cookies. I let them "dry out" for 24 hours so that the butter would not leech into the cookies once decorated.

Today dawned...
and I hit the elliptical for my 30 minute date...(ugh!)
then I started in making the icing. Again I used my idol's recipe: Sweet Sugar Belle's Royal Icing Recipe

Making the icing was the easy part. Getting the correct consistency for piping, flooding and the 20-second icing (which in my research can be called 10-second 15-second, etc)...that is the tough part.
But I watched the Sweet Sugar Belle's YouTube videos over and over and I took the plunge! Actually, I have been watching and reading for the past 6 weeks. 

Here are the results....

First Cookie Escapade - Copy


"Hot Lips"
Hot Lips - Copy

Hot Lips zoom - Copy


"My Little SweetHearts"
My Little Loves - Copy

My Little Hearts zoom - Copy


"Love Birds"
Love Birds - Copy

Love Bird Zoom - Copy



"Dutch Tulips"
Yellow Tulips - Copy

Yellow Tulips zoom - Copy

Now...
they aren't perfect. For instance my Love Birds...the accent piping is a little sloppy. On the Hot Lips, I didn't get a good disappearing lip line on the piped edge...but I did get a good seam line and highlights! Same goes on the SweetHearts, I didn't get a good disappearing piped line and my writing needs a little work. On the Dutch Tulips, I used the 20-second icing and I think it was too runny. The green was DEFINITELY too runny.

For a first try...
I'm pretty happy. I have St. Paddy's day coming up...that's gonna be another time to practice before I have to do it for real. 

All in all...
I'm really tickled with myself at how well these turned out. I never, in a million years, thought I'd get these to look even this good. Again, not perfect, but not bad for a first go around!

I learned A LOT of lessons today and I think that means my St. Paddy's cookies might just be a bit better than these! We will see :)

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, while loving my neighbor as myself!
Join me!

Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

69 comments:

  1. The cookies look great and oh so yummy Vonna.

    Linda

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  2. You did fantastic on your cookies. They look wonderful to me. I would never guess that it was your first time. I think you are a pro. What a treat for you family.

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  3. Great job on your cookies. Dont be so hard on yourself. They don't need to be perfect they are made with love.

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  4. Personally, I think you did a great job! Of course, I am not the best cookie maker!! One Christmas time I worked all day and had to throw most of them out!

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  5. How beautiful!! They look so professional and so yummy! :) Thank you for sharing the links to the recipes - when I start feeling better this is definitely on my "to-do" list! Have a very Happy Valentines Day!

    God bless you - Julie

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  6. Your cookies look amazing! Just gorgeous.

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  7. I, for one, think your cookies came out great! Wouldn't have known you were a cookie decorating rookie.

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  8. I think you did an excellent cookie decorating job! My favorites are the Love Birds--so cute!!

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  9. Really good job! I admire your goal and the time you are taking to achieve it. When my son graduated from university, I wanted to create airplane cookies with the RCAF mark on them (he was an aeronautical engineer and pilot). Initially I was going to approach the local bakery but decided to try them myself. Not perfect by any means but so appreciated by my son and his buddies. Such precious memories they will have of your celebration of their achievements.

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  10. Congratulations on your cookie making adventure! I think they look great. So, how do they taste?

    Robin in Virginia

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  11. Vonna! Wow! For a few minutes there I thought I was on one of those fancy schmancy food blogs. You done good my friend, very good.

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  12. Jackiead10:26 PM

    Your cookies are as soooo very cute and sweet. What a special holiday treat for your family. My dear grandmother made Valentine and Christmas cut out cookies how I miss her wonderful holiday cookies.

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  13. Nice job! Too pretty to eat though. :)

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  14. They almost look too good to eat, but I would live to dig my teeth into those lips! they look de-lish!

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  15. Your cookies look fabulous! Especially those love birds!!! Great job!

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  16. beautiful cookies, great job

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  17. Your cookies look amazing!!!! Can't believe these were first tries!! Thanks for the links....will have to try these some day :) Have a gorgeous Valentine's

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  18. Oh my god they all look so pretty, would not feel like biting into one. I have been stalling trying iced cookies. You have inspired me now to do so :)

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  19. Amazing job! Seriously, these look store-bought (though I'm sure they were made with a lot more love!) Can't wait to see your St. Patrick's Day ones :D

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  20. These are amazing !! I love them all and the detail on the love birds is incredible.
    I bet they are delicious too and a big hit for your family.
    Happy Valentines Day !!

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  21. Your baking is as fantastic as your stitching :) YUM!!

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  22. These are great! Good for you. yum yum.

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  23. Wow !!!!! Your cookies are a work of art fantastic !!!!

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  24. Vonna they are beautiful! I will have to give them a try... Love sugar cookies.

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  25. You did great! I've seen cookies for sell in stores that didn't look as good.

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  26. Fantastic cookies! Preparation certainly paid off,really looking forward to your St Patricks day batch.

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  27. That is so cool! They look perfect -- and yummy too!

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  28. Oh my, fantastic first try! I think you did an amazing job. I wish I had the patients for it!

    Judy Heeartland stitcher

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  29. Great cookies! You put my plain sugar cookies to shame. I wish I had your patience, tried special decorating once and it was a disaster.

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  30. Wow! They are GREAT! Well-done, Vonna!!! They look so yummy I am slurping at my keyboard! ;) Cathryn

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  31. Wow, Vonna, your cookies look fantastic! ... and delicious 😊

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  32. Beautiful! I never have luck decorating them; I'll look this up! In the meantime, they look too good to eat! :-) Thanks for sharing this and all of your posts. I rarely respond, but love reading your posts and seeing your lovely work! Inspiring indeed! Stay warm.....
    Marla H

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  33. These are amazing Vonna! What wonderful results for your first try!

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  34. Fabulous....your love birds are adorable and those lips are the cutest.

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  35. My compliments, they look amazing ! I especialy love those Dutch tulips (maybe because I'm Dutch LOL)

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  36. I'm so glad they turned out so well, Vonna! What cute shapes and I love the ones with the kids' names on them :) I'll bet cookies don't last long in your house!!

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  37. These cookies as BEAUTIFUL! I especially like the love birds with Valentine's Day approaching.

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  38. Vonna, for your first try, those are incredible! I love the heart name cookies so much. And the lovebirds too. Great job! Can't wait to see your next try. :)

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  39. I love them. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  40. When I goof up on my stitching, I really don't mind ripping it out and starting over. But to have the patience to decorate cookies like this? no way! Your cookies are superb, as are all your stitching projects. Congratulations. (I still haven't figured out how you do all that you do with four active children, a job, and a husband!)

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  41. They look fantastic to me!

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  42. If I lived closer I would have to convince you I needed to taste test them with a cup of tea! Beautiful job. Keep sharing with us.

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  43. These are seriously your first attempt? They're amazing! The lips are my favourites, they look so glossy.

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  44. They look very yummy to me. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  45. I wish I was visiting so I could sample one or two...of those perfect cookies. What a great job.

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  46. Yummmm... made me hungry! Did you actually taste any? Were the cookies themselves sweet? I admit I love the ones in the stores... they melt in your mouth! Haven't made any like this in years... Thanks for sharing!

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  47. The cookies look gorgeous! I think they look like professional baking. Awesome job!

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  48. AWESOME. They look amazing. You would never know it was your first time. Congratulations.

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  49. Those are awesome! Great job!

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  50. Gonna - these are fantastic! You are such a clever girl and they look wonderful! I love decorated cookies, I want to make them too, but so far I haven't taken the plunge.

    Yours are amazing!! Great job!!!

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  51. The cookies look wonderful! Something else you are a pro at! Congratulations!

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  52. OMG! You are amazing and the cookies look like a pro did them....be proud, girl, you did a great job :)

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  53. They look amazing. I like the lips. They made me giggle. Bet they were yummy too!
    Have a great weekend!
    ana

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  54. Dear Vonna,
    your cookies are amazing. Unbelievable that these are your first ones.
    I am sure they taste as delicious as they look.

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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  55. Oh wow those cookies look so delicious!

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  56. Yum.....any thoughts on another giveaway (hint, hint!)? :)

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  57. As with your stitching, so goes your cookies...perfection! Enjoy Valentine's Day with your loved ones.
    Busy Hands...Happy Heart
    Patricia

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  58. Beautiful job! Those cookies look too good to eat.

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  59. Those cookies are lovely! No one would ever guess it's your first attempt! They look awesome! I did laugh at the cute lips--love them! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!! Good job!

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  60. You can definitely be very happy with the results. To me these cookies look great, just perfect. And I love them all. There is also a lot of creativity that goes into cookie making, just as it goes into stitching of finishing.

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  61. Amazing!!! How do you do it? Seriously, I would order and purchase these. :-) Now, if you could learn to make French Macaroons,,,I need to purchased about 240 of them for the July event!
    You are BEYOND talented.

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  62. What a beautiful job! I love them!

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  63. Oh my, they are just beautiful!!!!!!!!

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  64. wow you're a pro already! They look wonderful!

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  65. Vonna: Your cookies look like a bakery made them so perfect.
    Thank-you for sharing the pictures with us.

    Catherine

    Catherine

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  66. Waouh! Vonna, your cookies are marvellous, so beautiful!

    Natacha from France

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  67. Gorgeous cookies! Looks so yummy! You're very talented!

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  68. You're making me hungry!!! The love bird cookies are so very pretty! And all the other ones, but the lovebirds are my favourites :)

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  69. Great job! They look wonderful! Those lovebirds are the sweetest!

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