Kansas Birthday Cookies.

I’ve got this super-fly friend named Mary, and last year, she threw an awesome birthday bash before moving far, far away from me. (Any place to far too hug on a regular basis is “far, far away,” just so we’re clear.)

And I was far, far too busy drowning in my tear puddles to post pictures of the cookies that I made for her party. Until now. (Which is exactly one year later, for those keeping track.)

So… ta-da!

Mary's Kansas Birthday cookies.

And really, it’s only fitting that I can make a post to her today, as I *wish-wish-WISH* I could be near her for BIG-TIME hugs as she celebrates not only another birthday… but some really great news from her doctor regarding the healthy TWINS she has now carried through a full first trimester! ๐Ÿ˜€


She and her hubs have been trying for over 3 years to become pregnant, and they’ve lost a precious angel along the way. Just when they would’ve given up all hope, they learned God had blessed them with a little Christmas miracle. A few days later, they learned it was indeed TWO MIRACLES!

I could not be happier for my Mary! โ™ฅ

Mary's Kansas Birthday cookies.

Which brings me back to her cookies from last year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You see, Mary & her husband were leaving the military in a few months, and for her birthday, she wanted to have cookies that represented her beloved Kansas. She gave me free reign, so I went with a few Kansas staples: ruby red “Wizard of Oz” slippers, golden waves of wheat, and of course, sunflowers!

I think these wheat cookies might have been my very favorite!

Wheat cookies.

I flooded in shades of farm red, chocolate brown & sunflower yellow, and then I used a bit of gold lustre dust mixed with vodka to paint on the shimmery, waving wheat stalks. It was easy-peasy, but the end result was SO pretty!

Wheat cookies.

And for the sunflowers, I used the same brown & yellow icing, but I added a bit of regular, granulated sugar to the brown centers while they were still wet. Most of the sugar sunk in, giving the effect of a nice brown sugar, but a few flecks here & there remained white. I think it gives the cookies a bit of sunlight “sparkle.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunflower cookies.

For the pale green decoration around the center of the sunflowers, I used Wilton Sugar Pearls, dropping each one carefully by tweezers into place. They add the perfect touch!

Sunflower cookies.

I made a few simple, red-sugared ruby slipper cookies, and I was done. Once the designs were thrown together, it made a very sweet Kansas-esque platter for my dear Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mary's Kansas Birthday cookies.

Happy Birthday, Mary! I just know that this year will be the very best of your life! โ™ฅ

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12 comments on “Kansas Birthday Cookies.

  1. Jill FCS on said:

    Ohhh, the amber waves of grain are awesome!

  2. kaholly on said:

    These look really great!

  3. Erica - From Millstones to Milestones on said:

    So pretty, I can’t decide which one I like more – the amber waves of grain or the ruby red slippers!

    • Nicole on said:

      Thank you! The red slippers are definitely the easiest (and the best at hiding icing errors!), but the wheat cookies are my fave. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Very pretty!! And how exciting for them!! Congrats to them!!

  5. Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} on said:

    I love this set. The colors are gorgeous & those sunflowers are perfect.

  6. Aww! Congratulations to Mary and her husband. How exciting for them to be doubly blessed. Your cookies for her are wonderful. The amber waves of grain are beautiful and I love how the sunflower centers sparkle with the sugar.

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