Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas and some cookies

Okay… finally, the post from last weekend. My camera never did wake up by the way. But I did manage to get all the photos off using a friend’s card reader. Yay! Unfortunately, no built in card readers on my printer or computer… Boo!

And, I would have posted this last night, but I spent the evening at Pioneer Woman’s book signing in Atlanta. Fun! Fun! More on that soon. Thankfully, I did have a working camera with me for that. A brand new Canon Digital Rebel XSi that I borrowed. It’s nice having generous friends. But, I kinda wish I hadn’t started using it. I might not be able to give it back. Bigger screen, More megapixels. And I’ve convinced myself the photo quality is far superior. It is. I know it is. Maybe my camera will be unfixable. Is that a word?

Anyway, here’s the goods or goodies from last weekend.

It’s coming up on Christmas, so I wanted to make some decorated sugar cookies. But I didn’t really want to make traditional Christmas shapes. So instead, I used a cute little cupcake cutter I recently bought. I also went with a less than traditional color scheme and chocolate sugar cookies to help make the colors pop.


I love sugar cookies. Too bad I love them more than they love me. I’m still trying to perfect my piping. I will not give up. I will have non-lumpy lines one day.


These were two of the better ones.


These … not so much. But squint and they’ll look better.

Snowflake Sprinkles

See …… Okay, I’m kidding. I kid. These are the good ones. Well, the better ones anyway.


It helps to plan ahead when you work with royal icing. Draw out the colors you want for borders and the colors you want to fill with in advance.


The cookie recipe is from the book, Cookie Craft. Get a copy if you have any desire to learn how to make these kind of decorated cookies. It’s jam-packed with tips and tricks.

Or maybe you’ll win this.

Cookie Stuff

Yes, the original Cookie Craft came out with a mini Cookie Craft Christmas book.

Christmas Craft

Also with recipes, ideas, and tips. It’s very cute. And small, which you know I like.

Cupcake Cookie Cutters

You’ll also get this cute 2-piece cupcake cookie cutter set. Love it!

Cupcake Stencils

And some cupcake stencils. You can use these on cookies, too.

Cake Tester

A cupcake-shaped cake tester. This totally unnecessary utensil was too cute to pass up.

Mini Cupcake Spatulas

And so were these mini spatulas. I bought all the goodies (except for the cookie book I picked up at the bookstore) from Crate & Barrel if you want to look them up. I like finding cute things. Hope you like them, too.


And it all comes stuffed in a sparkly stocking.

Enter to win it all.

  • Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what you want this Christmas. Big or small. Silly or Serious. Let’s share.
  • Me first… I want to spend time with all my family. Laughing. Hugging. Eating. And I want to take lots of pictures of them with my brand new, big, shiny camera. Yeah, that sounds good.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm ET.TIME’S UP!
  • Winner selected at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good luck.

We have a winner. And it’s a high number this time.

#5935 – YAY CAROLINE! Hope you like the stocking full of stuff and hope you get that immersion blender, too.

And everyone else that entered. Thank you for sharing your Christmas wishes. I’ve smiled and cried multiple times reading through them. Some really important ones out there. I hope you get them granted. Hugs to you all.

Katie said...

I want to win this contest :)

December 8, 2009 10:37 PM
Susannah said...

A happy, healthy baby boy. He is due to be here anytime! And also a very accepting and non jealous 4 year old princess…..that is a big request…

December 8, 2009 10:37 PM
Jen @ ourfinehouse said...

Really, I just want a Roomba! It would make my life SO much easier!

December 8, 2009 10:38 PM
Linda J said...

I have a big wish – I am hoping for a Kitchenaid stand mixer. I have always wanted one…..hope this is the year!

December 8, 2009 10:39 PM
Andilu said...

Well I am glad you found a way to get your photos off your camera! Those cookies are adorable and well worth the wait :)

Hope you get everything you wish for!!

My Christmas list includes a sewing machine, a cherry print cardigan, and well, now, those cupcake cookie cutters :)

December 8, 2009 10:39 PM
Jessica said...

Honestly, all I ever wish is for good things to happen. So far, so good! :]

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
Erin W said...

I want a good christmas for my kids…

peace on earth, good will toward men….

and a pony.

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
jennybox said...

What do I want for Christmas? Ummm… it would be great to get our house sold, but since Santa can’t fit that in a stocking, I think I will just wish for some chocolate. :)

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
Wanda said...

I would LOVE to have one of those cameras that you use Bakerella!! I have made just about every one of your cake pops! I take them in to work and the gals think I’m so artistic!! I do give you the credit though and several have attempted them. We all love the ideas you come up with. Now…if I just had a camera to take the pictures and share them!! PLUS…I will have my 1st grandson in April!! Need to take pictures of him too!!

Merry Christmas!!

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
Kim said...

I have a few cookbooks on my Christmas list, but mainly I want my family home with us.

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
Kara said...

I love the sugar cookies! I want to make lots of cookies this Christmas and have a nice relaxing holiday break with my husband, puppy & family :)

December 8, 2009 10:40 PM
Linny said...

I want to spend some quality time with my family. Also, the Pioneer Woman’s book or the Cake Wrecks book would be nice too!

December 8, 2009 10:41 PM
Sarah in the ATL said...

So, I’ll tell you what I want (what I really really want)…

Is that song in your head now? :-)

I really want a cool new phone for Christmas. I’ve coveted the iPhone for ages, so we’ll see if Santa comes through.

I heard you were in Atlanta at PW’s book signing! I was there too…and your cookbook cake pops were ridiculously adorable.

December 8, 2009 10:41 PM
Vanessa said...

I would like a time machine for Christmas.

December 8, 2009 10:41 PM
Nicole said...

All I really want is for both of my kids to be happy and healthy. Last year my 4 year old daughter came down with the stomach flu at 11:00pm on Christmas Eve. It was so sad. She was so upset that she could not join in on all the fun.

December 8, 2009 10:42 PM
Melissa said...

I would really like a present from Santa. Usually I have to buy a coupla things to go along with the presents for Dad and Maks so it looks like Santa is real. I’ve been laying on the hints kinda thick. I think it might work.

December 8, 2009 10:42 PM
Tina said...

Work for my husband, a finished kitchen, a Merry Christmas!

December 8, 2009 10:42 PM
Sarah said...

I want some ultrasound pictures! I need some physical evidence that this baby exists and I’m not all tired and crabby for no reason. :)

December 8, 2009 10:42 PM
kate said...

i want to get something really surprising that i couldn’t even dream up right now :)

December 8, 2009 10:43 PM
Emily Liles said...

Cute, cute sugar cookies! Worth the wait!!! Ummm…for Christmas this year, I would like to relax with family and friends and love and laugh…also a new pair of UGG’s would be nice!

December 8, 2009 10:43 PM
Adam said...

I want someone to pay off my longarm machine so I can stop worrying about the bill.

December 8, 2009 10:44 PM
Tiffany said...

It was so great meeting you last night (an early Christmas present if you will). I am forever grateful for my brave husband to seek you out. For Christmas this year I wish for all of my siblings to be under one roof (me here in Georgia- brother in Idaho and Washington, sisters in Utah, Arizona, and California and parents in Cali). But I am secretly hoping for the new Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the clear glass bowl. Who cares if I already have a Kitchen Aid- no I can mix two things at once sans hands. :)

December 8, 2009 10:44 PM
Liz said...

I am hoping for a homemade cold frame built by my dad!

December 8, 2009 10:45 PM
Shannon H. said...

My husband is an artist and I’ve asked him to make me silhouettes of our three kids to hang on our wall. You’d think having an artist for a husband that I’d have a lot of cool homemade things around the house- but it’s really more like the shoemakers kids that go without shoes ( :

December 8, 2009 10:45 PM
Sabrina said...

This Christmas, I want to spend lots of time with family and friends, which I unfortunately haven’t been able to do because of college applications and just overall senior year craziness.
I’d also like a nice, warm jacket for winter…and a puppy (which probably isn’t going to happen, but I’ve been wishing for one since I was young!).
I hope I don’t sound too needy.
Also, I absolutely LOVE those cookies!

December 8, 2009 10:45 PM
Jen said...

I just got a new car, so my Christmas is set! However, I wouldn’t say no to some kitchen toys and a new pair of Danskos!

December 8, 2009 10:46 PM
kim3timemom said...

I want a food processor!! :) But I’d settle for your goodies!!:)

December 8, 2009 10:47 PM
Jen VG said...

I already got what I wanted most… my husband was able to retire from the Army last month and now we are NOT looking down the throat of another deployment!

but what I need for Christmas now is a job.

Jen VG

December 8, 2009 10:47 PM
Jennifer said...

I would like skinny thighs please!

December 8, 2009 10:47 PM
Erin said...

I am hoping for a new mobile as mine is acting up lately! Also a Kitten (not that I am going to get one seeing as I have 3 cats already!) and while I’m at some cupcake cookie cutters (like the ones you are giving away!). I LOVE cooking so maybe another recipe book or some cute utensils!

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Kate from oz said...

I want to see the sparkly smiles on my kiddies faces when they see Santa visited while they slept. I want to see my family smile when they open the cookie treats i baked them and most of all i want to remember to be greatful for all we have :)

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Jenn MacD said...

I would love to get a new bag for Christmas. My school books have destroyed the one I’m currently using.

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Emma said...

I want to be able to pay for the hospital bill for the upcoming birth of my baby! No maternity insurance :(

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
kris said...

I want so many things…where to start…let’s just give you one off my list…a nice family picture this year with my whole family for the first time in years!

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Lauren S said...

i want to get into the school i applied to! (and a macbook pro)

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
krista walker said...

I want my family to be healthy and happy…what else do I need:)

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Veronique said...

Your photos are always amazing !
I hope you will have that camera!

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Ilene said...

I asked Santa for a baby. We have been trying for 2 years and hoping for some good news soon

December 8, 2009 10:48 PM
Stacy said...

I am hoping to sell my house and get a bigger SOON! oh AND those cupcake cutters!

Hope you have a great Christmas!

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Lindsay said...

All I want for Christmas is you!? Oh wait, that was Mariah. My bad.

Seriously though, I just want some time away from schoolwork to spend with my family and friends.

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Deb said...

I would like for some peace, not only for the world, but for my family. We’ve had a very rough year.

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Jennifer said...

So cute!!!

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Dani said...

Honestly? To win the lottery lol. Not even a million but just enough to pay off all my debt.

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Vanessa said...

What a wonderful post!! I LOVE those cupcake cookies. I too have been wanting, wishing, hoping and praying for a Digital SLR camera. Look at how awesome those pictures turned out!! I am told that I can get one next year.. but I want one now!! LOL

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Anonymous said...

I want a vacuum. I know..not fun…but I have two kids and a dog and it is a must! This would be so fun to win! My two year old loves to bake with me.

Merry Christmas!

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Misti said...

Running shoes. That’s what I need for Christmas to counteract my addiction to your blog. ;)

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Rachel L said...

A pony. Okay, maybe not. If I may be so bold as to dream, an apartment full of new furniture! Or maybe just a food processor. Or one of those cookies.

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
kami said...

A photography book and some peace and quiet for me to read it and actually learn something :-)

Simple and cheap!

Happy holidays!

December 8, 2009 10:49 PM
Eric said...

I really want a red kitchen aid stand mixer for christmas and i would love to receive a christmas stocking from you too Bakerella! :)

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
Emily said...

For me, I would like some new pillows. I already got enough stuff this year, pillows will do just fine :-)

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
shelley said...

Oh! Cookie Craft Christmas!! Happy dances all around!

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
Melisa said...

I would LOVE a camera like you got. Honestly, I’ve been looking at them for about a year but other things keep coming up and being a bigger priority. I’ve asked for an ipod touch so I can get busy with some other personal inititatives. You know, health and fitness stuff.

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
Amy Wright said...

I want to enjoy each moment with my husband and little girl. This is the first year we don’t have family around but I am looking forward to some hubby and daughter time.

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
Alice S said...

I just want a happy, healthy family Christmas and to be able to share my blessings with others.

December 8, 2009 10:50 PM
robin said...

Fun, fun, fun! I have been saying all along that I wanted nothing… etc, etc…. but I always get caught up in the season and ending up wanting all sorts of random stuff. Like hair turbans for when you get out of the shower. I can’t live without that, RIGHT??

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Erinne said...

I want everyone to find genuine happiness and love… no matter how small or seemingly insignificant that way may be.

I find this in every bite of a frosted cupcake or cookie :) Mmmmmm…

Merry Christmas!

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Michelle said...

I want to… spend the best holiday season ever with my family before I go off to college next year.

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Heather said...

I really want an upgraded camera – I have a rebel right now and I’ve been drooling over the higher grade cameras for the past month or so :(

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Kelly G said...

These are just adorable…. I want a set of fancy knitting needles for Xmas.

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Beth P. said...

Bakerella – Love you! I would like to have more energy and time for Christmas. I would like to have little boys that listen when I speak and follow directions the first time I ask them to do something. :) And realistically, I would really love a Kindle!

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Mab said...

For the holiday (not Chirstmas) I really want a vacation but since I just started a new job…it doesn’t seem possible.

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Lynn said...

all i want is to be able to spend the day with the people who mean the most to me. i’m not sure that will happen, but i can wish!

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Kathi B said...

Peace! While I wouldn’t mind world peace, all I would like this year is peace in my family, marriage, home, and all around me. Life has gotten way too hectic and a little peace would do us all some good.

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
roseann said...

i looooove sugar cookies and i’m having fun decorating them. i’ve always loved baking so i’ll bake goodies for christmas. :)

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Jen said...

For Christmas I would love a Great Pyrenees puppy.

December 8, 2009 10:51 PM
Erin J said...

I keep ruining my Christmas gifts! My boyfriend and I already exchanged gifts, so no surprise there. My mom and I talked about where to get the best deal on the GPS I asked for, so again, nothing surprising. Yesterday, my car died, and my mom had to ruin the surprise that she bought me a CAA/AAA membership for Christmas– and I got to use it! In summary, I think what I’d like for Christmas, big or small, is some kind of pleasant surprise!

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Kim Stroh said...

I want to see family!

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Morgan Whipple said...

I REALLY want a salad spinner.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
J. Anderson said...

I really don’t need anything this year since I just got married and we got some wonderful household items for the wedding. Truth be told, I really like the “Momofuku” cook book that came out recently.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Tammy said...

I just want people to be happy. …perhaps I want to be a baked goods tester for the holidays. lol.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Laila Al-Agha said...

i dont celebrate christmas, but if i did, i’d want MONEY!
as would every college student, lol.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
April said...

I too want time with family, but I’d settle for an enamel dutch oven.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Marjorie said...

What I really want is my husband to walk in the door from Iraq and surprise our daughters and I. However I am a realistic girl and I would take a new pair of Fat Baby boots and a blingy belt.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Mary said...

I want my family to be together. And I would LOVE a new car, but I know that’s not happening.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Sarah said...

Time with family and good food!

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
April said...

I wish I could go home and see my family for Christmas. I’ve always taken it for granted that I would be close to them. Now, as I’ve moved away I’ve learned to cherish the holiday seasons we do have together.

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Kim M said...

I want a relaxing Christmas with my family and a pair of those Reebok butt shaper shoes for working off all those delicious holiday calories!

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
VICKI said...

i want a new camera to take beautiful pictures of my baking!

December 8, 2009 10:52 PM
Shannon said...

All I really want for Christmas is some peace. It’s been a tough year and I’ve been struggling to make the best of cancer, surgery and military deployments. Not teh fun, but hey… that’s what cookies are for, right?

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Cindy said...

I really just want a home full of joy this Christmas…to know that my children know the real reason for the season…and for all of us to carry that joy throughout the coming year! And if I had to choose something to fit under the tree…a new air popcorn popper :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
claire said...

I want a baby. But I’ll probably get a new phone instead. Bummer.

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Heather Taylor said...

I want a Condo/home. For the last 4months my ‘lil family of 3 has been living with my parents. We’ve been trying so hard to purchase a condo and one thing after another keeps coming up. I could really use some good news. All I really want for Christmas is my own place with my ‘lil family.

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Kate said...

I got a new camera for Christmas…yes, early but I dropped mine and focusing was not going to happen! I want to spend time with my family cooking. We love to cook together! Cookies neatly stenciled would be cool! I intend to document each minute with my new camera….if I can figure it out! :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Allison said...

i want a little canon powershot elph

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Michelle said...

All I want for Christmas is to see the people I love open the gifts I’ve spent weeks shopping for. I love to see the kids faces when they get *some* of their wants…LOL!

Ummm, and yeah. I’d LOVE to win this contest for my Christmas present!!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Juel said...

I want to have a fun winter break and good grades.

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Isabel said...

A permanent place to live. Being transient isn’t all that glamorous!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Sue said...

I’m hoping for my family to appreciate each other more and be happy again. I wish my dad’s health would get better and my mom would stop being so stressed from working two jobs. For myself, I wish I could get a puppy like I’ve always wanted.

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Ruby said...

Okay, don’t laugh… I want a Snuggie. And a Wii. Okay, you can laugh:) Merry Christmas!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Macey said...

I would love new couches…ours are old, but very comfy.

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Cecilia said...

I’d love to get a personal trainer :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Shelley said...

Oh I LOVE these and how i WISH santa would bring me a Canon SLR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Amanda said...

I really want my 2-year-old to be satisfied with the toy vacuum, so he can leave me alone when I am working with the real thing! :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Becky said...

Spending quality time with family would be great!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Harmony said...

Oh my goodness those are the cutest cookies ever!!!! Love them!

Let’s see…what I want for Christmas….I would like a boyfriend that looks like Ryan Reynolds. Okay, I am kidding…well, half kidding. What I really would like is to pass all my pastry classes with A’s! (That isn’t too far from reality thank goodness!)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Ashlee B said...

I want to spend time with my loving family and I really want to be pregnant! :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Lee Stewart said...

I want a vacation with my husband!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Rachel said...

I would love a copy of any of the cookbooks that David Lebovitz mentioned in his recent post. Excluding th eones I already own, of course :)

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Beth Kickert said...

I want to spend time with lots of family, but mostly my loving husband and baby daughter. Oh and tangibly I want an Ergo baby carrier! Cute cookies by the way!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
Melissa Armstrong said...

I want to be able to go on vacation without worrying about my sick kitty cat!

December 8, 2009 10:53 PM
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