How To Decorate Bat Cookies For Halloween!

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If you saw my tutorial on how to make creepy cameo cookies, you might have noticed that I’m on a glammed-up Halloween kick. I kept these bat cookies pretty simple by just using black and gray, but if you’re going to make them, I would definitely recommend adding some silver sparkle! I had some leftover icing, so I dressed up the set with some filigree cookies.Bat-Cookies
I have a step-by-step filigree video tutorial available in my shop, but if you just want the template without the video, you can download it from my Etsy shop!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Watch the video below to see how I made these bat cookies. If you are subscriber of my YouTube channel, the message at the end is just to let you know that I might not be able to upload new videos during the next couple of months while I work on my book :)
Happy Halloween!
Click on the images below for more cookie projects:                   Creepy-Cookies  Spiders final7Halloween3

Pumpkin Squares With Cream Cheese Frosting

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I made these pumpkin squares using Libby’s pumpkin muffin recipe and then topped them with cream cheese frosting (recipe below) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Fortunately, my studio is located in a building where there are lots of other people who enjoy baked goods… otherwise, I would have eaten all of these by myself because they are unbelievably delicious.Pumpkin-squares-resized
 You can find Libby’s pumpkin muffin recipe here
Pour the batter into two 8×8″ square pans lined with parchment paper for easy removal and bake them according to the recipe, but add about 10-15 minutes to the baking time. 
Once the pumpkin bread/cakes are baked and cooled, slice them into squares and top them with cream cheese frosting using a piping bag and a large star tip. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon.Pumpkin-squares2-resized
Cream Cheese Frosting: 
  • 8 oz Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, very soft!
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) confectioners sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the softened cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the softened butter, about 2 TBS at a time and continue to beat until smooth. If your butter is the least bit cold, your frosting will be lumpy. I like to put the butter in the microwave for a few seconds until it is on the verge of melting. 
Add the confectioners sugar, salt and vanilla and beat on high for 2 or 3 minutes until the frosting is fluffy.
Happy fall baking!
Click on the images below for more recipes:                                      SweetAmbs Butter Cream Meringue 3 resized OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Creepy Cookies for Halloween!

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I was so happy to receive this skull cameo mold from the generous folks at LightInTheBox.com. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to use it to make some creepy cookies for Halloween! Creepy-Cookies
 Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
I used Satin Ice fondant to make the molded skull cameos. Their fondant is so easy to work with and it tastes good, too! I finished the cookies with some silver sparkling sugar and Dr. Oetker soft silver pearls (not those hard ones that will break your teeth!)
Watch the video below to see how I made these creepy cookies… and make sure you watch until the very end ;)
Happy Halloween! 
Click on the images below for more cookies:                               Halloween2 Spiders final Halloween3 

Sunflower Cookies!

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We’re past the peak of sunflower season, but the colors of these sunflower cookies would make them the perfect addition to a fall cookie assorment. Wouldn’t they look gorgeous mixed in with a few hand painted fall leaves?Sunflower-Cookies
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Colors:
  • Yellow = Wilton golden yellow
  • Brown = Americolor chocolate brown
Watch the video below for my sunflower cookie tutorial!
If you’re not going to be wrapping and shipping these cookies, you could even make this design with buttercream frosting instead of royal icing. Give it a try! 
 Click on the images below for more cookie projects:                  Fall-Leaves6 Halloween7 Spiders final

SweetAmbs In Martha Stewart Weddings And BHG!

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This month is turning out to be one of the most exciting (and busy) so far in my cookie decorating career. I just returned from filming my Craftsy class in Denver, which was so much fun! I can’t wait to share it with you. Now it’s on to the next project… my cookie decorating book!
On top of all that excitement, my cookies are featured in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! It’s been several months since they first requested this design, and now I can finally share it here! Seeing my cookies in this magazine is a dream come true. It’s hard to believe that it actually happened! Martha-Stewart-SweetAmbs2
If you’ve been with me for a while, this design probably looks familiar to you. I made a similar ombre cookie a while back, but this one is a little bit different because I used a basket weave technique. You can see the tutorial for my original ombre brush embroidered cookies here.Ombre-cookies
Just like in the original design, I used 6 shades of Wilton delphinium blue and stiff consistency royal icing. This basket weave is a little bit different than my normal technique only because of the varying thicknesses between the long and short lines. The easiest and quickest way to do this is by adjusting your pressure on the piping bag accordingly, but you can also switch tips from a 2 to a 3 to change the thickness.Martha-Stewart-SweetAmbs
Go pick up a copy of the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings (it’s the one with Lauren Conrad on the cover)! MS weddings cover
I also have some cute monster cookies featured in the Anders Ruff party section in the Halloween issue of Better Homes and GardensBHG
Click on the images below for cookie decorating tutorials!          3D-Hearts7 Butterfly Shabby-Chic-Cookies3

A Slightly Different Take On The Car Cookie

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These Honda logos are my version of the car cookie. I thought about making cookies that actually looked like a car, but these are more my style!Honda1
After driving my 2001 Honda Accord for 13 years, I finally traded it in for a new Civic. Since I graduated high school, I took my Accord (or my Accord took me, I should say) from New York to Florida, back to New York and then to Atlanta, from Atlanta back to New York, from New York to Chicago and back to New York again. So, it didn’t surprise me when I got emotional leaving Hamby (my Accord had a name) in the car graveyard waiting to be sold for parts :*( I made these car cookies in honor of Hamby and also in celebration of my shiny new Civic, yet to be named.
Accord Civic
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The pattern transfer technique used for these Honda cookies can be used for almost any logo or monogram. Read this post for more information on how it’s done.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Colors:
  • Pink = Wilton aster mauve from the garden tone set
  • Blue = Wilton delphinium blue from the garden tone set
  • Green = Wilton juniper green from the garden tone set
  • Brown = Americolor chocolate brown + Wilton juniper green
Watch this video for instructions on how to create this design:
If you haven’t already seen it, read my big news here>>> http://www.sweetambs.com/news/stay-tuned/
Click on the images below for more cookie projects:                      JW27 Filigree-Monogram4 trucolor8

Cookie Decorating Class at The Cake World Boston

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I just finished the first of two classes here at The Cake World outside of Boston. Andreia, the owner of the school and organizer of the classes, has been a wonderful host. All of the students in the first group were so great and I’m looking forward to meeting the next group tomorrow! It’s always a really neat experience for me to meet people face to face that I’ve only known through Facebook. And, as hard as it is to be away from home, I do enjoy the free wi-fi, free breakfast and free coffee (with those little hazelnut creamers!) that the hotel life has to offer (thank you, Fairfield Inn!)
Here’s what we’ve been working on in the two-day class.
Quilting and wet-on-wet flowersCakeWorld3-upload
Wet-on-wet filigreeCakeWorld5-upload
Filigree and brush embroideryCakeWorld2-upload
Piped lace and bead bordersCakeWorld-upload
A lot of these decorating techniques including flooding, quilting, filigree, bead borders, and brush embroidery are taught in my video tutorials, which are available on my Vimeo Channel.
If you’re interested in taking a cookie decorating class in person, please click here to see the class schedule. In the next few months I’ll be having two classes at my studio in Beacon, New York (the October workshop is sold out, but there’s still space on September 27th) and then I’ll be traveling to Mother of Cakes in Allentown, PA and then to Barcelona after that.
Yay cookies!

Stay Tuned!

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I think it’s time to tell you the news! I have two projects coming up that are going to keep me pretty busy over the next few months. 
The first of these two projects is a Craftsy class. THANK YOU to all of you who recommended me to the amazing people at Craftsy. I’m so excited for this opportunity and I can’t wait to share the class with you!
I know many of you have seen my video tutorials that are for sale in my shop and on my Vimeo channel, but, as you might already know if you’re familiar with other Craftsy classes, this format is going to be much different. You’ll actually see my face talking to you as I teach you how to decorate cookies… not just my hands! ;) We’ll start with the basics such as icing consistency and flooding so that you can start out with a perfectly smooth base for decorating, and then we’ll move on to more detailed work where I’ll show you my favorite techniques for creating gorgeous cookies. I’ll also be going over troubleshooting tips and how to fix mistakes. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
If you haven’t joined already, I highly recommend visiting Craftsy.com to see the wide variety of crafting projects that are available. I’m signed up for a crocheting class and I’m really looking forward to learning some new techniques. I’m just a beginner (I can crochet anything that involves a square), but I love to crochet when I’m not decorating cookies. Especially in the fall and winter!
Once I finish filming my cookie decorating class at the Craftsy studios in Denver, I’ll return to my studio in Beacon, NY to begin working on my book! It’s scheduled to be on shelves in the fall of 2015. More on that soon! 
So, as I said in my last post (Favorite Fall Cookies), there might be some periods of time over the next few months that I will be MIA. If you need to get in touch, you can contact me here. Also, make sure you’re following me on Instagram because I am obsessed with it and constantly posting photos :)
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You’ll also be able to see me in my upcoming classes at Mother of Cakes in Allentown, PA, at El món dolç de Claudia, and here at my shop in Beacon, NY. Click here for my full class schedule. While I won’t be able to schedule private classes for the rest of this year, I am taking reservations for 2015. You can read more about private cookie decorating classes here.
Thank you for your continued support!
xoxo Amber
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My Favorite Fall Cookies

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I just returned from a beach vacation in Cape Cod with my family and now I’m ready to take on a few projects that will be keeping me busy through the rest of the year. 
As much as I would like to keep creating a weekly blog and/or YouTube cookie tutorial for you, I might not be able to post as often over the next few months while I hide out in my studio to work on some other projects (which I will tell you about as soon as I can, of course). In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fall cookies with links to the corresponding tutorials for you to enjoy while I am away from my computer :)
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