Watermelon Sugar Cookies

Aren’t they adorable?

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This was one of those ideas that was rattling around in my brain and came out better than I hoped.

I dyed the sugar cookie dough red before baking. Using a circle cookie cutter, I cut out the circles and used a sharp knife to cut the circles in half. Bake according to your recipe’s directions. Let cool on cookie sheet five minutes and transfer to wire rack. At that momment, I gently poked the chocolate chips into the cookies, to resemble (very uniform) seeds. The chips will melt slightly. Once cookie is cool, place cookies in refridgerator to set the chips. Pipe your rind in green buttercream and you are all done. Simple and cute.

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These cookies are huge! That’s a full size dinner plate in the above picture. If you wanted to make a smaller version, I’m sure mini chocolate chips would work just as well.

Embroidery Flower and Swirl Sugar Cookies

Made for a wedding reception a friend was hosting, for her son. Cue the collective “awwww”.

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These cookies were fun, because I don’t normally get to do something so pretty. unfortunately, it’s very humid in my neck of the woods and some of the royal icing turned out less than perfect.

::sad face::

There was another version of these in which I tried to use my smallest icing tip to write the initials and swirls, but it was a disaster. I should have taken a picture of them, so show the fails as well as the successes. I’ll know better next time.

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I ended up hand painted each cookies with the couples initials and swirls to match their wedding invitations. Accented with yellow dots.

On the other cookies, I used an embroidery technique to create yellow flowers and accented with blue dots.

Surprisingly, the embroidery flowers are really easy to do. If you were thinking about trying it and were feeling intimidated (like I was), don’t be. It really is simple and they turned out so cute. My flowers were a little “wet” (don’t go there), but that’s easy enough to fix and I’m excited to try again.

Some embroidery tutorials I used as inspiration:

Sweet Sugar Belle

Domestic Sugar

Clockwork Lemon

And this post is hot off the presses, but I love the site and it’s a great tutorial:

Bake at 350

Tinkerbell Cupcakes

Favor’s for my niece’s 4th birthday party.

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Like I’ve mentioned before, family goodies are usually a time for experimentation. I wanted to do something “artsy” with the sugar cookies, not just the usual Tinkerbell’s face, butterflies or flowers that go along with this theme.

Yet I still ended up doing Tinkerbell’s green dress, butterflies and flowerss. So I’m a hypocrite.

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I outlined a few of Tinkerbell’s different poses on sugar cookies with a food marker, piped her dress and used sparkle gel for her wings. The chocolate cupcakes were topped with chocolate buttercream and the sugar cookie placed on top.

I really wanted to use an iridescent luster dust for the wings (something I’ve never worked with before), but it doesn’t seem to be popular in my neck of the woods (meaning I couldn’t find it anywhere!). I didn’t realize this in enough time to have the luster dust shipped or to make a road trip, so I made do with the pink sparkle gel.

I guess the lesson I learned this time around is make sure you can get the ingredients you want to experiment with. In a timely manner.

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For the vanilla cupcakes, I piped a pink buttercream rose and added a sugar cookie butterfly, decorated with purple buttercream.

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To package them as favors, I borrowed this idea from Bird On A Cake. I placed the cupcakes in a 10 oz plastic cup, placed the cup in a favor bag, made a cute (if I do say so myself) “Thank You” tag and tied it all up with a pretty ribbon.