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.
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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/
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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.
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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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Plunger Cookie Cutters From Light In The Box

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A couple of months ago, the generous folks at Light In The Box let me pick out some cookie cutters to try. I chose these plunger cutters because I love the shapes! They’re really meant to be used with fondant, but they work on cookies, too! These two shapes worked the best with my cookie dough. I also tried a rose design, which sort of got lost in the baking process. It’s a very pretty design, though, and I bet it would work great with fondant.Plungercutter1 Continue reading

Instagram 20k Giveaway!

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I just reached 20,000 followers on Instagram and I’m celebrating with a giveaway! 20k-Upload-2
To enter the giveaway, upload a photo on Instagram of a cookie that you’ve made* and use the hashtag #sweetambs20k by Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. It doesn’t have to be a decorated cookie… chocolate chip counts, too! One winner will be chosen at random to receive a prize pack that includes:
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The giveaway is open to everyone all over the world. Good luck!
*The uploaded photo must be your own in order to enter the giveaway. One entry per person, please.

How To Make “Macaron” Cookies!

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I have a confession! The thought of making a French macaron intimidates me. I haven’t made a batch since I was in culinary school, and I don’t plan on trying again any time soon. But, making a decorated cookie that looks like a macaron? I can handle that! 
My fellow Tastemade partner Miki of Miki’s Pantry came up with the idea for this macaron project. Visit her YouTube channel for her tutorial on how to make a real French macaron that looks like a chocolate chip cookie!SweetAmbs-Macaron3 Continue reading

Dripping Rainbow Cookies!

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I’ve been so busy lately teaching cookie decorating classes that I’ve hardly had any time to make a tutorial! I’m glad to be back here sharing a new project with you. This week, a few of my Tastemade network friends and I have gotten together to bring you some rainbow themed treats! I made these dripping rainbow cookies using the royal icing transfer method with a little help from gravity. Click here to see all of the rainbow tutorials from Haniela’s, Montreal Confections, Pink Cake Princess, Happy Cakes Bakes and Krazy Kool Cakes.
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