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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sugar Stamps are in!

They're  here!

Sugar Stamp design sheets!   They are produced specifically for meringues, but I've found that they work beautifully with candy melts too!  The gorgeous designs are transferred, with low heat.  They're so easy to use!


They're available for purchase on my website.

Check out the many creations I've made with Sugar Stamps.

I'm so excited about these!  I hope you'll give them a try!


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Monday, November 30, 2015

Sugar Stamps - Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

I've been experimenting with adorable Sugar Stamps.   Those experiments worked beautifully!

My experiments with royal icing did not go well.

The first thing I tried was to pipe royal icing onto the cookies.  Then flip the cookies over onto the sheets.  Sugar Stamp sheets need heat to transfer the design.  I thought I'd try using a dehydrator set at 155 degrees.  I left the cookies in the dehydrator for about an hour then left them to dry at room temperature over night.


The next day......

Fail.  The royal icing couldn't completely dry because of the plastic sheet over it.  The design didn't transfer well at all.  Perhaps from the lack of heat.

Next experiment....Try to transfer the design onto cookies covered in royal icing that has already dried completely.

I placed the Sugar Stamp, design side down, over the iced/dried cookie.  Then I applied heat with a hot air gun.

The result?  Nothing.  The design did not transfer AT ALL.  Bummer.


I'd love to figure out a way to marry Sugar Stamps and royal icing!  Any ideas?

Update:  More experiments with Sugar Stamps and Royal Icing.
Royal Icing Transfers 
Candy Melt Accents on Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

I am a US distributor for Sugar Stamps.  Sheets are available for purchase on my website.

Check out the many other creations I've made with Sugar Stamps.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sugar Stamps - Candy Melt Confections and Cookies

I've been playing with my adorable Sugar Stamp samples!  Some experiments worked beautifully!  Some didn't.

Here's what worked perfectly.....


Adorable, huh?  All I did was heat bright white candy melts in the microwave, in a piping bag.

I piped rounds of the chocolate onto the round designs.

I also piped all over the surface of one of the background sheets to make bark. Then sprinkled the top with some colored sanding sugar.  Update:  New bark tutorial here.

Then I free-hand piped a few hearts over the background sheet.

Pop them in the fridge for a few minutes. After that, the round candy melts with the designs popped right off.

I broke up the all over melts to make bark.

How stinking cute!!  It took minutes to do.  Mere minutes!

Imagine those little rounds in favor bags!  Or as cupcake toppers!!  Or around the side of a cake!!  Yes, I'm excited by the possibilities!


Next experiment....the candy melts in molds....



I cut the round designs from the sheets to separate them.  Then placed them over the warm chocolate in the molds.  (Don't be like me and over fill the molds!  I realized later that I should have under-filled them.)


 Eep!  Yes!  Success!

Now I'm imagining lollipops or chocolate covered oreos!

Next experiment....Candy melts on sugar cookies....

I piped warm candy melts all over the cookies then flipped them over onto the Sugar Sheets.


Into the fridge for a few minutes.  The result was mixed.  The design transferred beautifully!  (Except for the cookie over on the right below.  The melts were cooling down at that point.  Now we know that we have to keep the melts warm!)

I didn't like the messy edges of the chocolate.  I wanted it to be crisp.


So onto plan B.  Pipe the warm candy melts over the surface of the Sugar Stamps.  Smooth with an offset spatula.


Let it cool for just a few minutes.  Cut with cookie cutters.


Attach to the cookies with more candy melts.  (Use less than I did!  There was a bit of oozing that needed to be cleaned up.)


Pretty stinkin cute!!  Nice, crisp edges.  Perfect design transfer!


Update:  Check out this post on my next experiments with candy melts and sugar cookies and this post for cookies with royal icing.


I am thrilled beyond belief with the candy melt possibilities!

I'm an authorized distributor of Sugar Stamps in the US.  Sheets are available for purchase through my website.  You may also sign up for my newsletter to find out when new designs arrive.

Next blog post will be about my experiments with Sugar Stamps and royal icing.  Let's just say that it didn't go well.  :(



Check out the many other creations I've made with Sugar Stamps.

Interested in learning more about working with candy melts? Check out my Candy Melts Creations Facebook page.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Sugar Stamps

Have you heard of Sugar Stamps?

It's an amazing new product that leaves the sweetest designs on meringues and other goodies!

This video speaks for itself!!!





I am soon to be an authorized distributor of Sugar Stamps in the US.  I'm just awaiting my order.  Then they'll be up for sale on my website.


Sign up for my mailing list or like my page on facebook to find out when they'll be available.

I am sooooo excited about this product!  I received some Sugar Stamp sheets to test out.  I was giddy at how easy and adorable the result was.  I didn't even make meringues (yet).  It was something else - so, so, easy.  I had dozens of little bite size treats in literally two minutes.

I have an idea for how to make Sugar Stamps work on decorated sugar cookies.  So excited!!

Stay tuned!

UPDATE: Sugar Stamps are now available through my website!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Cookie Decorating Parties - August and September 2015

Cookie Decorating Parties - Middletown, MD

Every month I hold a cookie decorating party for adults.  What fun!

These are the sample cookies from the August and September parties....



And here are my guests with finished cookies....







And while working.  What concentration!



Would you like to attend a cookie decorating party?  I'd love to have you!

Or perhaps a cookie decorating class?  Yes, please!

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

In the Press - Sass Magazine

There's a new magazine in town!  Sass Magazine

It's a lifestyle magazine for women in Frederick, MD.   It covers every topic from fashion to business.


The premier issue was just released - Fall 2015.  I was fortunate to be featured in the "Sweet Eats" segment along with some amazing local bakers.

Check it out!



 Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cookie Order Forms

Hi all!  I'm back from #CookieCon2015 !  What an amazing time, filled with cookies and friends!

So much to share.  I'll start with the forms that I promised to those that attended my class at CookieCon.  Thank you, by the way, for attending!  It was amazing to meet so many people and talk to them about their businesses.  I hope that I was able to offer some helpful advice.


On to the forms!

This first one is filled out after all of the details for an order have been finalized.  Every detail goes on this form.  I think all of the fields are pretty self-explanatory.

Once the payment has been made, it goes into my binder.  I have dividers for each month.  The order forms go behind the correct month, in chronological order.

Yes, this is rather old school.  I like having this piece of paper in front of me while decorating.


Just click her for my Cookie Order Form.  It will take you to the xcel document shared on Microsoft's OneDrive. Save it to your own computer then make any edits that you'd like.

The second form is my Production Schedule.  I also fill this out at the same time as the first form.  This one goes into a paper clipped stack, in chronological order by Bake Date (not due date).

I use it to check off everything I need prior to completing the order - print out anything for the KopyKake or transfers, cut ribbon, put stickers on the backs of favor bags, etc.



What I primarily use this form for is cutting out the dough.  I generally make dough on Mondays.  One batch of dough for me is 12 cups, so it's a pretty good sized batch.  After the dough is made, I start with the form on top to see what shapes need to be cut out.  I write down how many of each shape I cut.  Then put a great big check mark across the whole "dough" section once I've cut everything.  The cut out shapes go into the freezer until baking time.

Then I move on to the next form in the stack.  Cut all of those shapes.  Check it off.  Move to the next form.  Continue until all of the dough is used.  The next time I make dough, I'll start where I left off.  Make sense?

Just click here for my Production Schedule Form.


Question for you: Do you have another method of recording the details of an order?  Let us know in the comments.

Read more....... Posts on "Cookiepreneur Interviews"
Posts on "Cookies as Business".
Posts on " Poking Around the Kitchen".
Posts on "Commercial Kitchen"

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Favor Bags for Cookies

Where to buy and what size favor bags do you need for cookies?


I've been asked this question many times, so thought I'd share.

I purchase my favor bags at Gifts International.  The prices are great, but the shipping is a bit high so order a lot at a time!

I like the 1.2 mil super clear cello bags.  They're a great thickness to keep cookies fresh - even better than cookies on a platter covered with plastic wrap.

My bags are organized in plastic shoe bins, by size.


Sizes of bags that I purchase.....

The 2" bags are perfect for minis.....
2" x 4"
2"x 6"
2" x 12"

The larger bags for regular-sized cookies....
3" x 5"
3" x 8"
4" x 6"
4.625" x 5.75"
5" x 7"
5" x 10"


The sizes that I use the most are 2" x 4", 2" x 6", 3" x 5", 4" x 6", and 5" x 7".


I WISH that I could purchase 4" x 8" bags!  The 4" x 6" are often too short so I have to move up to a 5" wide bag.  I really, really want 4x8ers!

 If you know of somewhere to purchase bags of that size, please let me know in the comments!

Questions for you: Let me know in the comments. 
Where do you purchase your favor bags?
What are your favorite sizes?

Read more.......
Posts on "Cookiepreneur Interviews"
Posts on "Cookies as Business".
Posts on " Poking Around the Kitchen".
Posts on "Commercial Kitchen"

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Save the Date Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Calendars


These calendar cookies are still one of my favorite designs for engagement parties and bridal showers.  Save that date!

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Crab Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Maryland Crabs


These crab cookies were favors for a wedding.  I've made LOTS of crab cookies but never in peach and grey.  These guys had to match the bridal party.  :)

Cookies are available for order through my website.

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