Decorating Cookies

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Since beginning She Wears Many Hats a few years ago, I’ve met so many wonderful people. Some have become very close friends, enriching my life in so many ways. One of those precious friends is Bridget from Bake at 350. Bake at 350 is a site where Bridget wields her talent-filled piping bags to create treats to share with us all. She’s a lovely lady, full of creativity, and one very cool shoe collection.

Today I’m tickled to share Bridget’s new book with you just in time for the holidays: Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holiday, Celebrations & Everyday. It’s filled with cookie designs for all occasions, with special attention given to detailed instructions for newbies just like me. I was excited to receive a copy to try my hand at creating fancy decorated cookies in my own home.

 

 

 

Bridget clearly has a knack for teaching. The book is nicely organized with a pictorial content page of designs, as well as pages for needed supplies, recipes, and tutorials on basic techniques to master. There’s even a troubleshooting section for handling problems that may pop up.

 

 

You’ll be happy to find a variety of cookie designs for all occasions with step-by-step directions for each design. Very cool.

After reading through some of the technique sections, I decided to just make a batch of cookies to practice with in order to work out kinks and learn some of the handy tips Bridget covers in the book before making a real batch share. One of Bridget’s designs for snowflake ornaments, caught my eye and looked pretty simple for a starting place. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for cooler weather. Bring on the snow! I played with a white and blue color combo creating simple snowflake designs of dots and lines. Then tried my hand at writing with icing. My hat is off to all those talented cookie and cake decorators out there!

 

 

My results were far from perfect (many mistakes were made as I worked through the process), but with Bridget’s book at my side, I was able to learn how to correct some things and what to do differently next time. The next batch will be easier for sure. Maybe I’ll move on to 3 colors next time!

Experimenting with icing is fun, y’all. I think my children’s interests were piqued watching me play. We’ll have a great time as a family working together on cookie projects. It’ll be fun to be able to decorate cookies with our grandchildren some day.

Look for Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holiday, Celebrations & Everyday by Bridget Edwards at your local bookstore or online at booksellers like Amazon. What a terrific addition it would make to any cookbook collection. And with the holidays fast approaching, this book will surely be one to add to the gift shopping list!

 


Now … time for a giveaway!

Yep. One person will be randomly selected to win a copy of this fabulous sweet book. YAY!

To enter, leave a comment below. Entries will be accepted until Friday, October 19, 2012, Midnight PST. A random winner will be selected and notified via email sometime on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Open to U.S. residents only.

Giveaway has ended and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to #66 Tina S. I’ll be contacting you Tina about your prize.

 

 Happy baking AND let it snow!!!

 

(I received a copy of Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holiday, Celebrations & Everyday by Bridget Edwards to keep and the giveaway is provided by the publisher. Other than a nifty book, I was not compensated in any way, and as always, all opinions are my own.)

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Comments

  1. 12

    says

    As soon as I saw the picture loading I got excited. I love the colors she used.
    I felt all talented just looking at the pictures. Thanks for letting us know about this book!!

  2. 16

    Kristen says

    I am totally not ready for snow, but think you did a great job on your cookies! I love B’s book!

  3. 25

    sydney85 says

    I love making cookies and this book, Decorating Cookies looks fabulous. For holidays and birthdays I enjoy decorating cookies that are delicious and fabulous to look at.

  4. 26

    Andy G says

    I love, love, love the snowflake cookies. I need to learn how to decorate cookies!!

  5. 27

    Treena Selak says

    Would love to add this to my collection. The cookies are beautiful, and I can see the decorating portion being a family event.

  6. 33

    says

    Awesome. I would love to learn from the expert on decorating cookies too….I need serious help before the holidays arrive.

  7. 34

    says

    What a beautiful cookbook! I sent one to my niece who is a huge fan of Bridget and she was over the moon excited. Amy your cookies look fantastic!

  8. 36

    says

    you did a FANTASTIC job Amy!!! you go girl!! Bridget is going to have some stiff competition now that she’s giving all her secrets out in that beautiful book!!!

  9. 39

    Ashley P says

    Wow, those snowflake cookies are pretty! I’ve been wanting to try decorating cookies for a while; this would be the perfect chance. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. 42

    Amanda Thompson says

    This cookbook looks like so much fun and I could really use the help with my decorating skills! :)

  11. 45

    Kim Catapano says

    It would be wonderful to receive such a beautiful book to learn a new skill and have fun at the same time.

  12. 46

    Deborah says

    I would love to have this book. I’ve never attempted decorating cookies except for using sprinkles. I would like to try making some gingerbread man cookies using icing techniques.

  13. 47

    Stephanie says

    Your cookies look beautiful! And the book looks beautiful too…thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  14. 51

    Sherry D. says

    What a wonderful book!!! I love the fact that it has step-by-step pictures throughout. Would love to own this book!

  15. 53

    says

    I have made dozens of iced/decorated cookies each year for Christmas…or thought I had until I saw the likes of Bridget’s work. She is so meticulous and her results are quite simply stunning; I fear I would have trouble taking a bite!

    I think you did good actually Amy; very pretty cookies.

  16. 58

    says

    I love Bake at 350 blog. The cookies she creates are amazing and she makes it look easy so even I could attempt it.

  17. 61

    says

    sparkles, bags, some tips oh and lots ‘O royal icing, some time and some L O V E. Yes, please I would love to enter your contest.
    Thank you
    AmyRuth

  18. 62

    Diane says

    I love her Blog and her cookies are Amazing I would love to win this book!!!
    So nice of her to share and thanks for the giveaway!

  19. 63

    KarlaJ says

    Your snowflake cookies are fabulous, Amy! Thanks for the chance to win Bridget’s book. I can’t wait to see it.

  20. 67

    Connie Brown says

    I love the decorations you showed. I am wanting to take a cake decorating class. Thanks for sharing your talent :)

  21. 69

    Jo says

    ….And you’re sure you don’t have loads of prior experience with cookie decorating? Because those snowflake and word cookies look professional.
    It looks like a great book!

  22. 71

    Isa says

    What a great cookie book! I’ve been experimenting with fancy cookie decoration, and none have come out looking as wonderful as these!

  23. 73

    Lindsay says

    What a great book. I never know how to decorate cookies. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. 74

    Jennifer K says

    Beautiful book! So many cute ideas! It makes me want to bake some cookies!

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