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.)