Spring Seedling Cookies

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We just started working on our vegetable garden over the weekend, so this week seems like the perfect time to post my seedling cookies. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at these cookies ever since Sachiko of mimicafe posted her adorable fondant sprout cupcake toppers. It only took me two years to get to it! You can see Sachiko’s sprout cupcake topper tutorial on her YouTube channel.
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 Here’s what you’ll need to make these spring seedling cookies:
Colors:
  • Brown = Americolor chocolate brown
  • Terra cotta = Americolor tulip red + chocolate brown + Wilton lemon yellow
  • Green = Wilton juniper green from the garden tone set
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To give the “soil” some texture, pipe a swirl of brown flood consistency icing with a tip 3 and then dab the icing with a stiff brush. I’m using the square tip brush from the Wilton 3 pack. This is the same technique that I used to make the fur on my teddy bear cookie and the sand on my beach cookie.Seedling-cookies3 Seedling-cookies4
Since there’s just a small amount of brown icing on the cookie, It should only take a few minutes for it to dry. Once it’s dry to the touch, pipe an outline of stiff consistency terra cotta icing with a tip 5. Seedling-cookies5
Use a flat brush dipped in a little bit of cornstarch to flatten the icing so that it looks like the rim of a terra cotta pot. Seedling-cookies6
To smooth it out, brush some cornstarch of a piece of parchment paper and lay it on top of the icing. Very lightly rub the parchment with your finger. Don’t press to hard or else the parchment will stick.Seedling-cookies7
Brush off the excess cornstarch with a soft dry brush.Seedling-cookies8
Pipe leaves with stiff green icing and a leaf tip 352. This process is shown in the roses and leaves video tutorial, which is available in my tutorial shop.Seedling-cookies9 Seedling-cookies10
Allow the icing to dry about 6 to 8 hours before handling the cookies.Seedling-cookies11
 
Here are some photos from my gardening adventures. That’s me helping to dig up the garden (my boyfriend finished the job after I dug up that little patch).
I was happy to see that we have hyacinths in our yard. We moved into our current house last June, so I didn’t even know these were here until now.             garden1 hyacinth
We’ll be ready to plant these seedlings once the weather warms up a little bit more. I’m very new to gardening, so this is all kind of experimental. Last year’s garden was thriving up until about mid August when everything started to die off. I’m hoping this year goes better. Wish us luck! 
Broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, peas, tomatoes, basil, dillgarden2 garden4 
Visit my cousin Cullen Boudreaux’s blog AndTopherToo (named after her sweet cat, Topher) to see what she’s growing at her home in Atlanta, GA. AndTopherToo
 
 Click on the images below for more spring cookies!                Hyacinth Cookies Daisy-Cookie-Pops2 Lilac Cookie Pops

Celebrate Life (With Shabby Chic Inspired Cookies)!

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I recently had the privilege of spending some quality time with fellow cookier Anita from Sweet Hope Cookies during CookieCon. I’ve only known her a short time through Facebook, but I was not surprised to find out that she is as hysterically funny and kindhearted in person as she is online
When Anita lost her brother to ALS in 2011, she began utilizing her baking and artistic talents to raise money for the ALS Association. You can read more about Anita’s story on her blog. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of her brother’s passing and so Georganne of LilaLoa has organized a collaborative project among the cookie community. In honor of Sweet Hope Cookies‘ mission, we’ve each created set of cookies that honors someone in our lives that we love. 
Celebrate-Life-resizedI designed these quilted shabby chic cookies with my mom in mind. My mom and my dad‘s support and encouragement are the reason that I’ve been able to pursue this career in cookies. My cookie art has been greatly influenced by shabby chic fabrics and furniture and my mom is the one who introduced me to it (back in the 80s before shabby was chic). She has a great sense of style and I always ask her opinion when it comes to decorating (both in cookies and home furnishings) as well as when it comes to basically all other life matters. She’s also an artist, so I think it’s in my genes! You can see my mom Janet Spiegel’s art on her blog, Facebook, and Instagram or buy her prints online from Jewel Spiegel Gallery (that’s my grandma’s gallery). 
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Cookie Decorating Class – Saturday, June 21st

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I’ve just scheduled the first cookie decorating class at my new shop in Beacon, New York! I am now located within walking distance of the Beacon train station, which is accessible from New York City’s Grand Central Station. Take Metro North up for a visit!SweetAmbs-Class-6-14
In this class, you’ll learn how to make royal icing, how to flood cookies, how to make beautiful roses using the wet on wet technique, quilting, filigree and a little bit of brush embroidery. It’s going to be a fun, full day of cookie decorating! 
Click here to learn more and to reserve your spot.
Can’t make it to Beacon for a class? You can always learn online with my cookie decorating video tutorials.                             sweetambs-video-poster2

How To Make Cookie Pops

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Instead of baking a cookie stick directly in a cookie, I find that it’s best to bake the stick in a cookie dough scrap and attach it to the cookie later. This prevents distortion in the decorated cookie (no indents!) and also provides added strength to the cookie pop (double cookie layer!). After experimenting with a few different ways to make cookie pops, this method is my favorite. 
 Daisy-Cookie-Pops2 SweetAmbs-Popcorn-PopsI used my Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe for this project, which is available in my tutorial shopContinue reading