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.

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6,669 comments on “Christmas and some cookies”

  1. Honestly, I just want my kids to be happy. What a feeling it is to see their faces as they see what Santa brought. I love it!

  2. I am asking Santa for a puppy :)

  3. 1 would really like to spend time with family and friends.

  4. daughter to be weaned from the tube

  5. Oh my, your piping is perfect. I can send you a picture of mine and it will make you feel so much better.

  6. i would loveee a sewing machine! (and this wonderful sparkly stocking!) Those cookies are wonderful… now i want to make some!

  7. Honestly I just can’t wait to see my daughter’s joy and spending time with my family…plus I LOVE baking!!! So I can’t wait to bake up lots of yummy thing’s with my girls :)

  8. A snowed in country Christmas where everyone is stuck inside playing board games, watching movies, and snacking on Christmas candy and cookies!

  9. I want a trip to Disney World. I want to take our three boys there since it is the happiest place on earth. They talk about it all the time!

  10. i’ve been wanting to make cupcake cookies ever since i tried my hand at royal icing a few weeks ago. what i want most for Christmas is for my daughter to be home. we are adopting from Korea and are anxiously awaiting her arrival.

  11. I want a maid for Christmas or just a Laundry Fairy would be fine too.

  12. I want a holiday-spirit-filled Christmas with my family…including my sister who’s spent the last two weeks in hospital. Having her home for Christmas would be wonderful. And I’d like some yummy cupcake-shaped chocolate sugar cookies, too!

  13. I would really love for my hubby to find a job before Christmas (he was laid off in June)
    These are sooo cute! My daughter loves EVERYTHING cupcakes so she would be in heaven!!!

  14. For Christmas I would like to have a wonderful day with my family from out of town…that I haven’t seen in a year!!!

  15. My Christmas wish list includes spending time with family and friends. If I am able to do this I will be happy.

  16. I want waterproof shoes for christmas because I’m tired of my feet getting wet in the rainy Pittsburgh winter.

    Cute cookies!!

  17. I want my kids to enjoy their Christmas as much as I used to when I was their age!

  18. I want my extended family to be whole and happy again.

  19. I really want a Kitchenaid 6 qt. mixer. My 4 qt is just not getting the job done! Plus some Little Big Town CD’s. So I can get my country freak on while I’m cooking.

  20. I want a gift card to Frostings, the local cupcake shop!

  21. All I want for Christmas is a wii so I can work off all the goodies I make from the yummy recipes on your site!!!!! And…I LOVE the cookbooks and goodies you are offering, too!!!

  22. All I want for Christmas is a job.

    Those cookie cutters are SWEET! Once again, fun contest!!

  23. Hehe I asked for a new waffle maker! …and I bought myself a new camera which I also wrapped up for myself. How sad is that? :P

  24. Ooooh fun! All I really want this year is a Flip camcorder. To record cuteness, of course.

  25. I want a new pair of Chuck Taylors, red please!

  26. I would love a new camera for Christmas (my current is missing a rather important wheel on the top) but of course I will enjoy the time with my parents on their farm for my daughter’s first Christmas. :D
    (Those cookies look damn tasty too!)

  27. I would love a new camera. But even more than that, I would love for all our military people deployed around the world to have a safe holiday and to be home with their families soon.

  28. I want to glean all the awesome that is Christmas from my Christian friends after I’ve spent 8 awesome nights doing the Hanukkah thing with my family. That, and a Nikon D90.

  29. I would love a Le Creuset cookware set. The caribbean blue? Absolutely gorgeous!! Wonder if that would fit in my stocking?

  30. A new electric blanket to warm my bed up at night. It’s cold in KC!

  31. this christmas i would like to have more days to spend with my family and loved ones…. good QUALITY time :)

  32. I would love a flash, cable release, a macro lens, new shoes, and a nano :)

    I’d settle for a tin of cookies ;)

  33. Quality time with family and friends.. and maybe an iphone too :)

  34. I would love to spend time with my family this Christmas…some are far away…on another silly note how aobut a gift certificate for a professional organizer to help me with my house? That would be fun!
    Thanks for the cool give a way!

  35. i want to enjoy my baby’s first Christmas and a new color printer :)

  36. I just love your cookies! They are sooo cute. And I never would have thought of chocolate sugar cookies! For Christmas, I would love to have a new digital camera to take better pictures of my family!

  37. What do I want for Christmas? I want my husband to be employeed full time again and then maybe we can buy our kids a gift next Christmas rather than give them hand-me-downs from others.

  38. I want to relax in my pajamas with my hubby and kids. This is the first year EVER we will not be travelling cross country to spend the holidays with family. It will be different, but I am hoping to make some new memories and traditions with my kids this year!

  39. I want my family back in Chicago to have a great Christmas and tell them that I love them and miss them a WHOLE lots. For my two boys and husband happiness and good health.

  40. Love the cookies! They look awsome, even with the bumpy piping! Better then my piping thats for sure!

    So my christmas wish ….

    Peace on Earth …

    And …

    A boyfriend LOL


  41. What I want for Christmas is this prize pack!

  42. My Christmas wish is that my beloved Saints get to make a trip to Miami in February :)

  43. for all the stress to go away….. for my husband to get a job…….

  44. Oh that set is far too cute for its own good – especially packaged in a sparkleriffic stocking! This year for Christmas, I am hoping to have enough money to fly to Nashville and spend the week with my boyfriend’s family, have enough time to paint everyone a handmade gift, and enough love to fill the entire house 5 times over. That last one shouldn’t be a problem!

    GREAT job on the cookies!

  45. Looking forward to having my two boys home, who have been serving in Iraq.

  46. I want this for christmas…sooo bad I can hardly stand it! Me and my “crafty-baker” friend exchange gifts every Christmas & I’m doing a gingerbread cupcake theme…how perfect would this be!!! You always know how to read my mind Bakerella!

  47. I want a white Christmas this year! and lots of fun new cake decorating goodies. I just finished two grueling years of nursing school, so now I am ready to take on a fun new hobby!

  48. I think that cupcakes are the greatest thing ever invented and would love to get this stocking for Christmas. Another thing that I would like for Christmas is to stay up late giggling with my younger sister who is going to be home from the Peace Corps for a few weeks :)

  49. I want to be able to enjoy christmas with our children in the wonderment of santa and lots of fresh seafood and good friends!

  50. I want an egg cooker – really! A set of interchangeable circular knitting needles, and a subscription to an art magazine I love. Plus a peaceful, joyful holiday with my family.

  51. I want my hubby home from Iraq… But I’d settle for a video chat for him to see the kids (3 under the age of 6) on Christmas morning. Hopefully the logistics work out… But if not, I’ll still get to hug him in January- maybe a delayed Christmas present, yes?


  52. For Christmas, I want a SAFE road trip and fun times with my in-laws, who live 17 hours away!

  53. I want an awesome camera and a teacher to go with it.

  54. I want a new bedroom set! I’m a newly wed and we still sleep on the furniture I’ve had since 6th grade…

  55. I desperately want a heat embosser…saw a demo at Paper Source with rubber stamps and it sparked (ha ha!) a desire in me to make stationery for all my friends. :-) Happy holidays!

  56. Some good weather and lots of time with family and friends!

  57. I want a cushion cut ring I have been eyeing up for some time ;-)

  58. I want a trip to the UK with one of my friends! However, that seems unlikely, so I will be content with a few new books, some CDs, and time spent with friends and family. :)

  59. What I want for Christmas is to spend time with my Fiancee and family!

  60. I’m getting everything I want for christmas this year…my fiance, who is currently serving in the United States Navy will be by my side. I couldn’t ask for a better gift!

    My heart goes out to those who are unable to be with their loved ones this holiday season. Please keep our soldiers and sailors as well as their families in your thoughts this holiday season.

    P.S. Love the cookies…do they ship well?

  61. I’d love to win this contest! :)

    I’d also love to be blessed with a baby :)

  62. LOVE this post! So cute. Okay, all I want for Christmas is for my child to be potty-trained. :) I may have to bribe him with some of these treats!

  63. i would love nothing more than to own an ipod nano… in RED… so it can match my hair color :)

    thanks for having such a great give-a-way!!!

  64. Too spend time with family and great friends whilst cooking up a fantastic chrissy lunch and treats!! What could be more perfect than good company, great food??

  65. I want to stir up fun and express love in the kitchen with my 3 kiddos while they are on Christmas break. Since we are having a blizzard as I type and school is canceled for tomorrow, we are going to start the fun with attempting gingerbread men cookies. I am trying to become a baker in my own home. Wish me luck.

  66. I really reeeeaaally want to pass all my college classes… XD


  67. I want a Cuisinart Griddler!! (and to win your giveaway!)

  68. I want to spend time with my family as well! I live halfway across the country and don’t get to see them as much as I’d like.

  69. Ok I am gonna pray I win this because I have a friend that this is PERFECT for. She would be over the moon for this! I am pretty sure the joy from both of us would be contagious!

    I want a kindle or a kitchen aid mixer for Christmas…my love of cooking and my love of books are serious stuff. ;)

  70. I’m getting really into sewing but I only have my moms borrowed machine so I am hoping for a sewing machine and materials to use. Also to have all of my family together and eat lots of good food!

  71. Apparently I want an ipod for Christmas. I’ve been accused of dropping hints! Really, I’m just happy to spend time with my family. We are truly blessed.

  72. I want my mom to get healthy. She’d love all of your goodies – too bad she can’t eat them.

  73. For Christmas, I want my parents and boyfriend to love their gifts, and I would also like a Kitchenaid mixer…or just a new purse!

    These cookies are SO adorable. I am in awe of your planning abilities!

  74. Love the cupcake cookies! For Christmas this year, I want the awesome chip and dip serving tray we didn’t get off our wedding registry earlier this year. It’s so cute, I just have to have it!

  75. I would love for you to fly to Australia, with PW, (since you guys know each other it could be a fun trip for you!), and cook yummy things for my family and friends and teach us how to make all these wonderful creations. It’s not too much to ask for is it?

  76. hi :) i want a vacation.
    out of country!

  77. remote start…living in the north is mighty cold. actually we are in the middle of a blizzard right now!! hopefully this is the year my car will start with a touch of a button:-)

  78. I would love a kindle!

  79. I don’t NEED a thing! I’d like Pioneer Woman’s cookbook and some peppermint hot choc from Williams Sonoma – yum! It would be great with those cookies!

  80. A vacation from work…and another private party with my favorite musicians.

  81. So I’ve got a good camera…I wish for the ability to take good food pictures. I also wish for an embroidery machine. People tell me I could make it pay for itself…but it’s that initial investment that I can’t quite handle.

  82. i really want one of these cool new cameras everyone else seems to be getting! i like mine, but it’s not very fancy. have a great christmas!

  83. For Christmas this year I want to eat a lot and not gain weight.

  84. I would love to spend the holiday with my sister. She is pregnant with her first child and I’m so excited for her! We love to get together and make Nanaimo Bars, which is a delectable Canadian dessert full of chocolatey goodness!

  85. As a recent graduate, I’d love a new job in journalism.

  86. i think your cookies look amazing!! for christmas i want a scraper paddle for my kitchen aid and some dutch process cocoa powder b/c i can’t find it anywhere in my town!

  87. I really wanted a pink Kitchenaid mixer, which Santa has already dropped off under my tree. But more than that I can’t wait to see the look on my little boy’s face Christmas morning! It’s his second one so I hope he enjoys it this year.

  88. Oh that is such a fun giveaway!! If I could have anything for Christmas I would like a Nikon D90 camera :)

  89. I want a little tikes kitchen for my children!

  90. I would like a fluffy new robe for Christmas so I can lounge and drink coffee and eat yummy cookies like these on the weekends :D

  91. I want a KitchenAid stand mixer.

    And I want to sit back and savor my youngest child’s very first Christmas.

    I guess the mixer can wait. :)

  92. i want a road bike

  93. I want to wake up on Christmas and not have any student loans! But I’ll settle for a mimosa and family time :)

  94. i’m dying for a puppy! I have one all picked out, just need the funds ha

  95. I’m hoping for a new purse. I’ve been carrying around a diaper bag for the last 18 months, and I’m ready to rid myself of that thing – but not quite ready for the little cute purses that I used to carry around.

  96. What I want for Christmas? I want for this statement to be true – “The way to a man’s heart is his stomach.” I can bake… so will that put a ring on my finger this Christmas??? Haha!

  97. I would love to find a job that is the best for me and my family.

  98. I would LOVE a spa package. That’s something I may never have a chance to do and I wouldn’t get it for myself so we’ll see. It would be nice to be spoiled.

  99. I want my dog to be healthy. She just finished her last chemo treatment today.

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