Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer 2011!
Cookies, Holiday Collections, Miscellaneous

I’m so excited to share that we are participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer for the first time this year!  If you haven’t yet heard of Boston Bakes it’s an amazing organization which orchestrates a week of fundraising for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by having local bakeries & restaurants create special desserts. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these desserts go to Dana-Farber at the end of the week.

For our special Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer dessert I have designed a 6 cookie gift pack consisting of a flower pot cookie, a seed packet cookie, a large heat with the “Boston Bakes” swirl logo, and 3 mini heart cookies.  The cookies come packaged in a white pillow box finished with hot pink satin ribbon.  Each gift box is $15 and can be shipped anywhere within the United States.  Shipping to New England/NY is $6 for the first gift box and $1 for each additional box headed to the same address.  These are perfect little gifts for Mother’s Day that are not only a sweet treat but also support a great cause!!

Please call us at (413) 237-5513 or email at jennifer@cookiecreatives.com to place your order!  These gift boxes will only be available from May 2nd to May 8th.  Also, don’t forget to check out the Boston Bakes website to see some of the other amazing desserts being offered!

A quick note: We are also able to accept donations for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Please make your check payable to  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and send to:  Cookie Creatives, 2133 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095.

 

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12 Days of FUN + style!!
Cookies, Giveaways!, Holiday Collections, Sweets

I’m SO excited to share this great giveaway from Binita Patel Photography, The 12 Days of FUN + style!!  Even more exciting is that the prize for the 8th day is a gift box of yummy holiday goodies that I made including decorated cookies, a peppermint bark star, turtle bites, and creamy vanilla caramels!

Check out all the amazing prizes and be sure to leave a comment on each day that you would like to enter to win that day’s gift!  If you’d like to win the cookie/confection gift box be sure to enter today as the winner will be chosen later tonight so that the box can ship in time for the holidays!  Perfect to give as a gift or just to enjoy with your family :)

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Christmas Cookies!
Cookies, Holiday Collections

Finally, some holiday cookie pictures!!  These are holiday cookies that we made into gift boxes for clients (a dozen per box) and I’m happy to say that the last box was shipped yesterday and I can finally take a deep breath, work on some gifts, and enjoy the holidays!

A Quick Valentine’s Cookie Tutorial!
Cookies, Holiday Collections, Tutorials/DIY

I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on how to assemble one of my favorite Valentine’s Day cookie designs…the heart with floral border cookie seen below.

You’ll need…

Large Heart Cookies 3.5 to 4 inches wide, with base layer of icing in place and dry.

30-40 Drop Flowers per cookie (at least 3 colors)…here’s some help with drop flowers if you’ve never made them before.

Medium/Soft Consistency Royal Icing (to match base color icing) in a decorating bag with a large round tip.

Start by outlining one side of your heart with the icing.  You want to be slightly away from the edge so that the flowers on the outside can extend down over the cookie side in places.

I like to place the first flowers starting at the top of the heart.  You want to alternate colors as well as placement of the flowers. So, one flower will be placed towards the outside of your line, the next will be towards the inside and so on.  TIP: Not all flowers are the same shape so if one doesn’t seem to be fitting correctly just choose another with a different shape to use in it’s place.

If you are noticing that your original frosting outline is starting to dry, or you’re not quite getting the raised border look you’d like, just add some icing to the back of each flower are you place them.

Repeat the first few steps for the second side, continuing to alternate colors.  Once all the flowers are in place you can adjust your border if you need to by pressing on flowers to shift them.

If you notice any areas where there are large amounts of visible base icing or if your border looks sparse, you can very carefully break drop flowers in half (or break off single petals) and fill in as needed.  The cookies will need to dry for at least several hours before being packaged.

I hope that this tutorial was helpful!  If anyone has any questions please leave a comment and I can try to answer them :)

Valentine’s Day Cookies!
Cookies, Holiday Collections

Well, it’s that time of the year again and Valentine’s Day is here.  I personally love Valentine’s Day although it seems that many people think it’s a bit of a made-up holiday…I don’t mind holidays which give me an “excuse” to tell everyone I love that I love them!  I would say Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday and here’s a few reasons why:

1. I love holidays that include chocolate (even if you only buy it for yourself!)

2. I have always been a sappy, hopeless romantic

3. It’s my birthday

4. It’s also my husband Justin’s birthday!

An odd fact about us that not too many people know…we were born on the same day in the same hospital!  Justin is 13 hours and 2 minutes older than I am.  We met a few weeks before our 22nd birthdays and it was purely coincidencidental that we had our first date on Valentine’s Day to celebrate our birthdays.  Since we grew up in the same area of MA, but not the same towns, we didn’t think anything of it.  However, when we were talking to our parents they asked which hospital the other was born in.  Turns out there were 13 babies born in that particular hospital that day and we were 2 of them!  We have the little matching caps with hearts to prove it :)   

Ok, well enough about me, here’s some pictures of the Valentine’s cookies I made for family, friends, and a few clients this year.  I decided to do the classic red, white, and pink color palette.  I also added soft melon as an accent color.  I thought that it would be fun to experiment with two different styles of cookies.  First, I made some ”romantic” hearts which were floral and kind of frilly.  For the second style I decided to do more modern, minimalist designs.  I was happy with how both sets turned out and really liked how they combined to create the overall gift sets which were a mixture of cookies from each style.  

Stay tuned tomorrow for a quick tutorial on how to assemble the heart cookies with the flower borders…