2014 Valentine Swap!


Do you know what cookiers love more than ANYTHING else in the cookie world? Can you guess? It’s receiving cookies from other cookiers! ♥

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

So I asked a bunch of my cookie friends if they would like to participate in a Valentine Swap with me… and a bunch said yes! I spent the next four weeks in giddy anticipation, ready & excited to start receiving all of their beautiful cookies! And oh my, but they did NOT disappoint!

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Now, as the boxes began arriving, my “cookie room” started to become a disaster zone. It was all worth it, though! My husband helped me on the final night of packing, and we decided to sort out the cookies on the table (with all the leaves in for length!) to start an assembly-line process for packing. Even still, four designs’ worth of cookies would not fit, and they are in boxes on chairs next to the table. See?

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Then we carefully packed the cookies in bubble wrap in sets of 2, and I nestled them back into shipping boxes for each cookie girl. We also made up 3 surprise boxes for a few dear friends who weren’t able to participate at this time. Honestly, we were all so much more excited about those girls getting their boxes of “cookie love” than we were about having the cookies ourselves! (The cookie community is really sweet, y’all! ♥ )

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Here’s a few more sweet group pictures:

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

2014 Sweetbook Valentine Swap

Now, if you’d like to see more, you can check out this slideshow for close-ups of each cookie design. You won’t want to miss it!

Also, be sure to check out all the cookiers on Facebook, too!

Tami – Tami Rena’s Cookies
Shannon – Artfully Delicious
Kris – So Cute Cookies
Nicole S. – Sweet Temptations by Nicole
Heather S. – SugarNosh Treats
Stephanie F. – Ellie’s Bites
Alyse – B.E. Sweet Treats
Kimberly – Barefoot n’ Baking
Monica – Cookie Cowgirl
Penny – Lucky Penny
Jill – Custom Cookies by Jill
Cheryl – The Sugared Apron
Lisa – Sweetsicle Bake Shop
Jennifer – One Kookie Cookie
Heather H. – Twins Plus One Goodies
Natalie – Sweet Shop Natalie
Stephanie S. – Sweet Creations by Stephanie
Michelle – The Cookie Cutters
Sarah – Sarah’s Sweet Shoppe
CeCe – Tactical Baker
Nicole C. – Life’s a Batch (that’s me!)

Chesty’s 1st Birthday!


When I first received this particular cookie request, Christine said she needed cookies for a baby’s 1st birthday. I was thinking of Sesame Street and Mickey Mouse, or bright primary colors and baby animals. I asked her for a theme and possibly even some pictures of her baby for inspiration.

Imagine my complete & utter surprise to learn that the theme was “Marines,” and that the baby was a bulldog puppy named Chesty! (Yes, after the Marines’ official mascot, Chesty.) Well, that required switching gears, for sure! ;-)

Chesty Cookie assortment.

I did my best to make Chesty come alive with icing… and that was tricky since I don’t know much about dogs either! (Cats are a different story, ha.) And Christine sent me a picture of her puppy, so I incorporated that in a special way – with Chesty popping out of a birthday cake!

Chesty cookie.

I learned a bit about doggy coats, too. In doing so, I tried to recreate the “brindle” look onto parts of Chesty, too:

Bulldog cookie.

And then, by very specific request, Christine wanted a cookie with Chesty wearing a Marines uniform – just like in this official photo. I did my best!

Chesty cookie.

But look at that cute puppy face! ♥

Bulldog cookie.

Now, the cake cookie is missing a tiny detail that packs a big punch. I didn’t even realize it until I was taking photos of the cookies, and by then, it was too late. But look at the uniformed cookie dudes in THIS POST, and then tell me that it doesn’t look a bit “off” without the belt?!

Chesty Cookie assortment.

*sigh* An honest mistake. :-(

Chesty Cookie assortment.

To finish out the set, I added a few personalized bones, some camouflage bones, and a couple of paw prints.

Chesty Cookie assortment.

So… a Marine/Puppy/Birthday ccookie set. And that wraps up what was definitely the most “unique” cookie request I received from 2013! ;-)

Semper Fi! (said with cookies)


Last year, my friend Nicole contacted me with a special request. Her oldest baby was set to join the United States Marines, and she needed cookies for his send-off party. We met as Air Force wives, and although it was the “wrong” branch of service, I was happy to oblige. I was also obligated to shed just a few tears with my friend in the process, too. ;-)

Marines Cookie Assortment.

Now, this post is looooooong overdue, because Jacob has now been a fully-fledged Marine for over 9 months!

Marines Cookie Assortment.

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Go Auburn!


My dear friend Lesley has the sweetest family ever! Truly, her mama comes into town, and they treat my own family as if we’ve grown up together all along (when in reality, we’ve only known each other just one year!) Nothing is quite so welcoming & heartwarming as those friends that you’ve always known in your heart. ♥

So when Lesley’s mama (she has a name, too – it’s Carol!) needed some cookies for her brother & sister, I knew they had to be perfect. And with the big BSC Championship Game coming up, it was time to pull out the War Eagle pride & go crazy! :-)

Auburn Cookies.

Now, I must admit to being just a little bit confused… are they Tigers, or War Eagles? After a bit of research I found this official statement:
“We are the Tigers who say ‘War Eagle!’” ;-)

Auburn Cookies.

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Penguins & Igloos.


It’s incredible how fast the human body can acclimate, you know? After being stationed for 3 winters in Minot, North Dakota (and Alaska & Nebraska before that!), we should *NOT* be cold living in Houston, Texas. However, the 15 months we’ve had down here have somehow tricked my oh-so-sensitive skin into thinking that 40° is just as cold as the -5° we dealt with for months at a time. I felt ashamed when we turned on our furnace when it dropped into the 60′s, even!

We’re such wimps!

Meanwhile, with feeling so “cold” lately, I’ve had all kinds of wintry ideas for cookies, and I thought they would be a fun set to make in one of my beginners’ “Batch Basics” cookie classes. And I’m so glad – for these might be some of my most favorite cookies ever! ♥

Penguin & Igloo cookies.

Even better, neither cookie was hard to make, and I didn’t have to hand-cut any special shapes. Win! (ter.) ;-)

Penguin & Igloo cookies.

Just look at his little feet! I’m so in love. ♥

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