House for Sale

You may have noticed I’ve been a little MIA lately… My husband and I decided to put our house on the market, and made an offer on a new one contingent on the sale of ours.

I mean, just look at this kitchen that will hopefully soon be mine! I’m so in love with it.


What I’m not in love with is putting my baking life on hold while we start packing and trying to keep the house picked up for showings. I am still printing cutters, and will start designing again soon, just not doing much decorating. Short post today, hope everyone has a great week!

Play with your food

“Don’t play with your food, just eat it!”

What mother hasn’t uttered this phrase to their hyper child? You know though, I’d just be happy if I could get my kids to eat anything most days. But this- this one is for you moms’! This creation may allow you five free minutes of silence, or maybe even a trip to the potty alone, *Gasp!*

So enough teasing, what is this wonderful creation that can give you five minutes of sanity? Paint your own cookies. This is a sugar cookie that has an image meant to be painted, and then inhaled. Each cookie is packaged individually with a disposable paint brush, food color palette, and image.

Unicorn PYO

All you need to do is dip the paintbrush into a little bit of water, then the color of your choice and  apply to your cookie! If this is your first child you may need to resist the urge of framing the sure to be Picasso. Seriously, don’t do it. If this is your second+ child, they have already consumed the cookie and you are debating if it would be such a bad thing if you gave them another, because five minutes of sanity feels like forever.

Unicorn PYO paintedUnicorn PYO Brinley

Newborn Baby Girl Cookie

baby girl cookies.jpg

Is there anything cuter than a newborn baby? No. There just isn’t. So when my best friend had an adorable baby girl this week, it instantly sparked an idea for me. While baby Piper is much cuter than these cookies, they do give her a run for her money!

I texted my bestie to see if she likes Silver or Gold better, and after a delayed response of “Hmm…idk” I decided to give both color schemes a shot. I started with gold and didn’t love it, so I abandoned it half way through and started on my silver idea.

Stars are one of my favorite things, and we both have a tattoo with stars, so it seemed like a natural choice for the baby swaddle blanket. I make a stencil and airbrushed it silver and I loved it. Next, I needed the perfect blingy bow. Truth be told, this was much more for my taste than hers. I used a few coats of pearl luster dust that I dry dusted over the bow. Though it didn’t photograph very well, it was very sparkly in person!

baby girl 1

I also gave her a cute pink binky, and rosy cheeks. I am going to work on making a boy version of this in the coming weeks!

The Mother of all Monster Cookies

I live in Iowa, and we have a small grocery chain called Fareway. Their bakery has the biggest and best tasting Monster cookies I’ve ever had. For those of you who are friends with me on Snapchat, you have seen my videos of devotion for these small slices of heaven. And guys….I not only made a Monster cookie that is as big as my head, but it also tastes  better than the one I have loved at Fareway. They are soft, chewy, and addicting.

I have decided to share this recipe, because it is just so good, and a bonus- it’s gluten free! I added this recipe under my ‘Recipe’ page. Note- learn from my mistakes and do not try to make 2 batches of these at once… my trusty Kitchenaid could not handle it.

Cookie Dough

I roughly used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out the dough, and then rolled each portion into a dough ball.

Cookie Dough Balls

Monster cookie

Yield: 11-12 Cookies the size of your head


  • 16oz jar peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter (room temp)
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M’s


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. I recommend having 2 cookies sheets with parchment paper for these cookies, and bonus- you can reuse the same pieces of parchment for the entire batch.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined.
  4. Add the oats and baking soda. Stir well.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips and M&M’s
  6. Use 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out dough, then roll all 1/2 cup of dough into a ball.
  7. Place 3 dough balls on a cookie sheet at once so they have room to spread.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes then press down dough ball with a fork, and back for another 7 minutes.
  9. Let cool on the sheet pan until you need to use the pan again in the next rotation. Place on cooling rack, then place in container or bag to maintain freshness.

Breakfast of Champions

I don’t know about you, but I heavily rely on coffee to help get me through the day. Likely five cups, spiked with Bailey’s, if my husband or children have a cold. You know what I’m talking about! A perfect match with coffee is a donut. Preferably a pink non diet donut (non diet = topped with rainbow sprinkles).


These cookies are all 1 piece and you can find the cutter in my Etsy shop. The color combo’s are really endless in this lovely pair, and you could easily swap out the donut for a cinnamon roll, or some other delish pastry.



To create these cookies I outlined the coffee sleeve with white royal icing and then flooded with white icing as well. Once the frosting was set, I broke out the airbrush and tried a few different fun patterns. Next, I did the black coffee lid with an outline/flood technique. Then I finished the rest of the solid fill portions of the cup, allowing room for the planned donut. Finally, I finished outlining the donut and filling with pink icing and of course, real sprinkles.

I’m already thinking about the next color combo’s of these and really love them!

I’d Nail You

If you are sick of mushy Valentine’s Day cookies, raise your hand. Yeah, me too. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I got my husband a Valentine’s Day card that wasn’t inappropriate! I decided this year I would turn my ideas into cookies.

And that’s how the “I’d nail you” cookies came to be.

I designed the hammer cookie cutter, and a heart nail cookie cutter for the perfect pun, and then created the stencil. This is the only set I’ve been able to complete this year, but I promise next year will have way more as I already have TONS of ideas! Can you imagine delivering this to your lovers workplace? Ha!

I'd nail youI want to nail you

No Spread Sugar Cookies

I’ve been prepping daily for D-day, err I mean V-day, though the amount of orders I have for the Conversation Heart boxes is a little daunting!

One of the most common questions I get asked is “How do your sugar cookie shapes stay so perfect?!” There are really two simple things you can do to prevent your sugar cookies from spreading, and will completely rock your cookie world. Are you ready? Ok, here goes:

  1. Do not use baking soda or baking powder in your recipe. The sole purpose of those ingredients is to allow your baked goods to rise. If you omit those ingredients, they will not spread.
  2. Roll your sugar cookie dough when room temperature, then pop it in the refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes. Then, when you go to use your cookie cutters, you will get clean shapes and you can easily move the shapes without distorting the image.

I took a few pictures of some of the heart cookies I made tonight to give you an idea of how much these simple steps can help.

Cookie dough cutout:

Finished baked cookie: