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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies | Heart Cookies for Emma's Baptism

my cookie decorating helper... snoozing on the job
Emma's Baptism Cookies

Emma is making her first trip back to Kansas City next week... on the outside, anyway.  While we are there she is going to be baptized at my family's Church in Lexington.  She'll be wearing the same Christening gown that my Dad, my sister and I wore - in the same Church at which we were baptized.  It is a beautifully simple gown that was handmade... by someone.  I'll have to find out who - I'm sure my Grandma will be able to fill me in.

After the service, we will be hosting a brunch for our family.  I'm thrilled to actually get to plan a party!  Since we've moved to Boston I've done a lot of writing about planning parties, but I haven't gotten to plan nearly as many as I did when I was an event planner and caterer in Kansas City.  While I don't miss loading and unloading platters, flowers and linens from my car, I do miss the excitement of envisioning then executing an event.  Anytime I start to plan a party my head starts spinning with florals, whimsical desserts, linens, color schemes... really fun for someone like me.  There is nothing that quite gets me going like planning a party.

For Emma's Baptism Brunch, I'll have limited time and resources as it will be held in the church... and I will be jumping from Moo-Moo's to Mi-Mi's (the grandmas...) so, I've prepared some sugar cookies ahead of time.  I decided that a heart theme would be appropriate since it is so close to Valentines Day.  Still in the 'hand-stitched' mode from the Holidays, I made the cookies to look like an embroidery sampler with an eclectic mix of shapes and patterns.  I modeled the different patterns off of the various dresses and outfits of hers that I love. 

Here's a link to my Sugar Cookie (and more Valentine's Day Cookies...) recipe!

My decorating area... when I decorate sugar cookies it takes over my entire kitchen.  It is quite the project.

I just made 'dots' to form the clusters of roses, then used a pastry bag snipped at an angle to create the leaves.  I think this is a cleaner, more modern way of creating that classic rosebud icing decoration that we're used to seeing on cakes.

I packed up the cookies in ziplock bags for the freezer to keep them fresh.  I'm going to check them in my suitcase at the airport... fingers crossed that most of them will arrive in one piece!

Here's a link to my Sugar Cookie (and more Valentine's Day Cookies...) recipe!

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  1. So pretty!! Love the stitched ones and roses. Hearts will be a fitting theme for her baptism brunch.<3

  2. too pretty for words. congratulations on emma's baptism. fingers crossed for your cookies!! they remind me so much of a little outfit i just bought for my girlfriend's baby {from janie & jack}. i feel the same way about planning a party. the planning party is my favorite, the cleaning up not so much! safe travels!


  3. kelly in georgia11:04 AM

    Girl, you need to open a bakery! These are precious. I love the stitched ones. Please show us Emma's dress for the baptism! My daughter managed to wet all the way through her diaper, her dress, and onto MY dress at hers..nice big puddle on the front - lol. I'll cross my fingers for that not happening to you & for your cookies to travel well.

  4. Fantastic!! Your decorations are perfect - pretty and simple, yet so creative!! I cannot wait to try doing this myself!!

  5. Adorable sugar cookies! Very much like the soft colors and designs, just lovely.

  6. I made these but the cookies seemed to get too puffy and lost their shape. The heart turned to a circle and the scalloped edges didn't hold. can you tell me what I did wrong? I love the way your look and wanted to make and send to my grand kids. Mine don't look like yours. Help.

  7. Jenny4:02 AM

    Donna- baking has to be exact! Even just a little too much baking powder, too soft of dough or butter, or too cool of an oven could have been the culprit!

  8. Anonymous11:14 PM

    what did you do to seal and close the bags? did you hole punch through the plactic bag?


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