Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Game of Love


I just love hearing about couples getting engaged...don't you? Just the thought of a new marriage, a new family...and well, the wedding cake, makes me turn to mush.


My cousin Meg got engaged last month...yay! Now, I have 9 younger cousins...just on one side of the family. Hearing about their engagements is always exciting, but this one was especially thrilling because I've actually gotten a chance to get to know her *now* fiance....and he is such GREAT GUY!


{ok, first...how adorable are they?!?}

Let me tell you a just little about Meg & Sean:
♥Meg is about 12 years younger than I am. She used to write to me in college...telling me about how she would get up before school to do "Mousercise" (Mickey Mouse jazzercise) and writing out songs she had composed....at age 7! (As I remember, there were a lot of "Ooo, baby's" in the lyrics!) I think she is the most stylish person I know!
♥Sean was the first person my son ever met who owned an iPhone. And he let him PLAY WITH IT...that promoted him to "cool" right there. He plays guitar and sings and...Sean is also a SCRABBLE Champion. And that's where the cookies come in.



{Seriously, now...don't you think the "blank" tile in Scrabble should be a heart ♥? I can picture it now....Scrabble, the Valentine Edition...a pink and red board with little heart tiles. *I* would buy one!}

The cookies:
My original thought (a year and a half ago when I met Sean and had a feeling this day was coming) was to make a cookie Scrabble board. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get it to look quite right, so I made Scrabble cookie tiles.


Using my bench scraper, I divided square cookies into fourths.

I jazzed up my usual cookie recipe with 3/4 tsp vanilla bean paste in place of the 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Since they were smaller, I cut the baking time down by 2 minutes.


To decorate:

♥Outline each cookie with a #2 tip in ivory (AmeriColor Ivory).
♥Thin the royal icing with water, stirring in a teaspoon at a time until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.
♥Stir gently with a rubber spatula to pop any air bubbles that have formed on the top and transfer to a squeeze bottle.

♥Fill in the cookies with the thinned icing. Use a toothpick to guide into the corners.
♥Let sit for at least 1 hour.

♥Using a #2 tip pipe the letters in black icing (AmeriColor Super Black).
{I tried to get as close the the Scrabble letters as possible.}

♥Switch to a #1 tip and add the point value for the letters in the corners.
♥With red icing and a #3 tip, pipe hearts on several of the cookies.

♥Let dry overnight and package.

{Wouldn't these be darling for Valentine's Day?}

Congratulations & best wishes Meg & Sean! Here's to a ♥sweet♥ life together! Cheers!

Related posts:
Yes, I said Yes! Engagement Cookies
For June Brides...
Valentine Cookies with va-va-va-vanilla

*updated...thank you all so much for your sweet comments, emails and tweets about my Nana, Marge. they meant so much to me!*

113 comments:

  1. Wow! You're good! We need to come here for cookie decorating tips. This is a great gift idea.

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  2. So clever.....What a great idea.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  3. I LOVE this idea! All 5 of our family's names fit together "scrabble style", so I'm going to make this up for our VDay dinner!

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  4. those are adorable B~ I love that wonderful black and white picture. I have such pretty cousins :)

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  5. What a great idea! I love Scrabble! I'm totally going to remember this and use it someday.

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  6. Awwwww....thats so so dang cute and adorable...m so mush myself now and yeah they do make a fantastic couple....love megs mousercise...oh mickey mouse rocks....
    And so do u and meg and sean and the amazing idea of a cookie....

    LOVE IS IN THE AIR AND SO IS ROMANCE-WISH U LOADS OF IT @ 365.....

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  7. Oh my word, the sight of the bag filled with the tile cookies made me "AWWWWWW, How ADORABLE!!!" out loud.

    Brilliant, as usual!

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  8. What a supercute idea!!!! Love it!!!

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  9. Bridget, my heart is totally melting! This is so adorable, and it really hits home for me. My boyfriend and I have been dating long-distance for over a year and we often take to playing Scrabble against each other online.

    Congratulations to Meg and Sean!

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  10. Absolutely adorable! Meg & Sean and the cookies :)

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  11. Once again you've done it! So clever and darling! I've got to do this for someone!

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  12. this is an absolutely adorable idea ! :] i love it! I might actually try and do this for my boyfriend for valentine's day! Thank you for your awesome ideas and tips.

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  13. What a cool post. And adorable cookies! Wish I'd been here to grab a few.

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  14. Bridget Bridget...
    Would you PLEASE stop AMAZING me all the time!!!
    I mean really!
    Can you just ONCE feature something that just makes me say..."oh...that's nice!"
    You just insist on blowing my PINK mind everytime I pop over!
    I mean Bridget....
    those scrabble letters...oh and the heart...ONLY YOU!!!!
    That's why I say...
    GO FOR IT!!!
    Write and publish...and I MEAN IT!
    Do you know how fast I would race to the baking/recipe book section in Barnes and Nobles if I spotted the looks of your Bake at 350 pink button on the cover of a book?!
    Why I'd practically about KILL myself getting to it...and I'd buy it FOR SURE!!!!
    Oh...you ask...WHY do I always type BRIDGET twice each time I pop over...well it all has to do with the AMAZEMENT factor!
    When you're AMAZED at someone...you can't just say their name once!!!
    Oh...and just so you know sweet girl...you are NEVER too late for my party!
    XXOOXXX...it was a pleasure to see that you had popped over to Bainbridge.
    Thinking about your sweet dear Marge!

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  15. Oh!
    And today I saw Kelly Rippa (is that her last name?) on tv...and I just thought...WOW...she gets to meet BRIDGET!
    I bet she'll ask for YOUR autograph! ;o)
    xxooxx

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  16. Oh my gosh those are adorable! My son loves scrabble, I am going to have to try these~

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  17. these "scrabble" cookies are awesome! you are so talented...thanks for the techniques photos...very helpful!
    can you give us all the info for the nyc event w/kelly please?

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  18. Very cool! Best of luck to your cousin dna soon to be cousin-in-law!
    ~ingrid

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  19. OMG...i love the engagement cookies...they look delicious and are so sweet!
    BTW...they are a cute couple!!

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  20. Love engagement stories - and those cookies - too adorable!

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  21. It blows my mind how creative you are. Each time I think you have the cutest thing, your next post tops it! I'm in awe.
    Mimi

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  22. So fun! Right down to the packaging - another great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Brilliant idea-an edible puzzle!
    O-and seriously, would you introduce me to Teresa? That girl is a hoot.

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  24. Those are so cute I almost can't stand it!!! If you ever come to Memorial (or my husband is downtown), I want to order some!!! I love your stuff!!

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  25. Yes ... this is a darling v-day gift idea ... that I will totally be copying - THANK YOU!!!!

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  26. Hey Bridget,

    Just one burning question!

    When you leave your cookies overnight to dry, do they soften? Or are they meant to be soft and not super crunchy?

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  27. Crushed Mtball....the cookies I make are the softer kind, not crunchy. I'm not sure what a crunchier cookie would do, but I don't think they would get soft. Sorry I don't have a better answer for you. :)

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  28. These are darling!!!!!!!! What a cute idea.

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  29. Cute idea! Why have I never used a squeeze bottle?? I usually use a baby spoon or a loaded craft brush. I've got to remember to try this out. Old habits though. :)

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  30. SO cute! I can imagine that for school gifts kids would love making words! Educational sweets..."ooooh baby" ;)

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  31. what a great idea! I'm doing a wedding cake for a scrabble lover later this summer...maybe I should incorporate this into the design!

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  32. congratulations to your cousin meg and fiance sean! what a great engagement gift!

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  33. This is an awesome idea!!! I absolutely love it! It's creative and adorable! They must be extremely happy with the finished product.

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  34. my boyfriend and I are constantly entrenched in heated games of Scrabble -- on the physical board or in online games. thankfully both our names have at least an 'a' in them, and i love to bake, so this is perfect for our next anniversary. thanks for such a whimsical idea!

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  35. I love these, and they are perfect for valentine's day!!

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  36. I used to rent Mousercise all the time from the library as a kid. So fun! Haha. I'd like to thank you for giving me the PERFECT inspiration for my husband's upcoming board-game themed birthday party desserts. Yay! He adores Scrabble, and these are just what I need!

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  37. you are too clever!! these are so cute!

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  38. These cookies tasted as good as they looked! Sean and I LOVED them. He was impressed that you had the correct Scrabble point values on the letters, too. Thanks, Bridget. What a sweet post!

    Love,
    Meg

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  39. These cookies and post are cute, cute, cute! We are out of school today. I may just have to try this.

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  40. What a romantic gesture, and such adorable cookies. My problem would be I'd never get to use them to play the actual game. I'd eat too many of the letters straight away so that nothing would be left except two vowels, perhaps. :)

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  41. Oh my goodness....what a CLEVER idea!!!

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  42. SOOO cute! Love this idea for Valentine's day!

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  43. Wow - These cookies are absolutely adorable! I wish I had met you *before* I got married so I could have had your cookies at my wedding. I'm sure I'll think of another excuse. Anniversary maybe... :)

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  44. You are SO clever!! These are totally adorable!

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  45. I've died and gone to heaven. Those are the cutest cookie ever!

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  46. Love love love those cookies. SO cute!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  47. These cookies are so cute!!! Wow! Great job!! Congrats to the new couple!

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  48. precious. these are perfect for any cookie- or scrabble-lover...and that should encompass just about everyone, right? :)

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  49. so freaking adorable! i'll have to do this for my mom, a scrabble ADDICT

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  50. My fellow is going to love these! HIs birthday is next week and he loooves scrabble!!! Thanks for the wonderful post!

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  51. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Alena

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  52. Too cute! makes me want to go and bake for vday.

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  53. so cute!

    momsthelaw.blogspot.com

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  54. I love this idea! So original and special.

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  55. Oh WOW! These are so cute! I just clicked over from Craft Gossip and I'm so glad I did. I'll be linking to this if you don't mind. And subscribing so I don't miss a thing!

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  56. What a great idea. My sister and I play "wordscraper" aka scrabble on FB on a daily basis. She is addicted to Scrabble and would love these cookies. Where can I find your cookie recipe?
    I have made initial cookies as a bridal shower favor using the "monogram" initials. But when royal icing is involved, it takes it to a whole new level!

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  57. These are great! I love cookies, and I love Scrabble! Unfortunately, no one loves playing Scrabble with me due to my insistence that I be allowed to use Latin words.

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  58. Those are the most darling things I have ever seen!!
    You are so creative!
    Many blessings,
    Suzanne :)

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  59. These are so absolutely positively ADORABLE, Bridget! My boyfriend and I were looking at these the other night and at the same time we both said..."SCRABBLE PIECES!!! Cool!!!" I love them!

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  60. super clever & cute! I featured you on my blog this morning:
    http://puertabella.blogspot.com/2010/01/scrabble-cookies.html

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  61. I HEART these!! I feel the need to attempt creating these for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  62. I just found your site and I love it. You have great food, cookies, and sweets. Just what I like!

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  63. oh..Bridget..these are just too cute and your writing is wonderful!! Laurie

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  64. Your cookies have inspired me! I am going to attempt the royal icing and flooding. I'm even looking for new cookie cutters!! I'm going to start with Valentine's Day though. Can you tell me where you get the cello bags and what sizes they are?? I live in PODUNK so need to buy online. Thanks!!

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  65. Oh, these are so stinkin cute. I'll definately be posting about them as an addition to my "romantic scrabble" date night post. Thanks for sharing--love them!

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  66. Hey CJ...I get my bags from Uline. You can find the link here:
    http://www.uline.com/BL_107/Uline-2-Mil-Industrial-Poly-Bags

    I order the 6x10" bags, which are large enough to hold most all of my cookies, even though they are a little roomy for a 3" or smaller cookie.

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  67. those are incredibly clever, sentimental, and beautiful - wow. Next up, an entire set of bananagrams tiles and a dough banana? :)

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  68. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. my husband and i are scrabble fanatics.

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  69. Thanks for this. this is a nex concept. Love your idea of making it as a scrabble pieces.

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  70. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cookies. So sweet and you did a wonderful job making them. You're an awesome cookie decorator Bridget along with being a super blog writer! I always enjoy your posts!
    Renee of Kudos Kookies

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  71. THIS is complete GENIUS!! How perfect!

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  72. Bridget-
    Love these scrabble letters and want to have them ready for a future event-Can you give any pointers on freezing these for future use. Should I complete all frosting steps-or just stop after the white. I'm afraid the letters will pop off or bleed into the white after they thaw. Any experience you can share?

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  73. Bridget-
    I love these scrabble cookies-any pointers are preparing them ahead of time and freezing for a future use. Should I complete all steps or just frost the white and leave letters/numbers for later. I'm afraid the letters will pop off or bleed into the white after they thaw. Any pointers or experience with freezing these?

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  74. Roni....yes, you can make and decorate the cookies ahead of time. I would place the cookies in a big ziploc freezer bag, then put that in a freezer plastic container to keep them from getting crushed. Just thaw at room temp in the packaging for several hours.

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  75. Awww Bridget! Lovely cookies to a lovely couple =D I wish nothing but happiness to those two ;)

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  76. OMG, seriously? Are you kidding me? These are BEYOND cute!!!!!!! Thanks for the thorough pics and tutorial!!!! I'm tagging your blog to follow for SURE!!!!

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  77. wierd material and I am into the website however what about the ugly issue of collusion in online poker?

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  78. I linked these AMAZING cookies over on my blog http://www.GarageSaleDiaries.com
    I love making crafts with Scrabble tiles and found your cookies and fell in love ! Thanks for the idea!

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  79. i love these!! my boyfriend and i are scrabble addicts so i made them for him for valentine's day. you can check them out on my blog http://thisiswhyktcishot.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-day.html

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  80. My sister is making the Scrabble cookies to spell "B A B Y" and the point values will be 9,26,11 (she's due 9/26/11). My grammy is a Scrabble fanatic and my sister is announcing her second baby tomorrow. I will try to snap some pics. Thanks for the great ideas and excellent instructions!

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  81. My husband proposed to me in a game of scrabble so these would be perfect for us! What a great idea - they look wonderful :) I'm enjoying your blog!

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  82. I love these cookies. We love playing games and my SO especially love Scrabble. I can't wait to make them. We are planning out wedding, maybe I will incorporate them into the plans. Thank you.

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  83. I juste made your scabble biscuits last week for my daughter's birthday. The kids have had a lot of fun trying to make their own names with the biscuits! Thanks for this idea!

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  84. Made these last week for my boyfriend's birthday. I have pictures of the one's I made on my blog and mentioned your blog as inspiration.

    (Here's the link: http://happiness-is-in-the-little-things.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweetly-weekly-cw-22-scrabble-cookies.html)

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  85. Hi Bridget, these are so adorable and just perfect for me and my husband because our names are Meg and Sean. wish I could have had these at our wedding last year, but these are just simply divine!
    meg
    henninglove.blogspot.com

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  86. I made these cookies for good luck cookies for some of my daughter's gymnastics friends. They turned out really cute, not as good looking as yours but not bad for a first try...

    http://dailydoseofdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/2010/12/scrabble-cookies.html

    Thanks for the great idea...

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  87. Hullo! I chose these cookies as my first ever try at this cookie making/decorating technique, you can see them here:

    http://the-llama-files.blogspot.com/2011/09/cookies-footie-sort-of-and-nails.html

    Also, thank you for writing the blog, it's so amazingly inspiring!

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  88. Love the scrabble letter idea! I have been making cookies with black accents but I am having trouble with the black bleeding into the color beneath. In this post you didn't seem to have to wait very long before adding the black accent. Did you ever have trouble with bleeding? Would really be helpful if you could help me out!

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  89. I have to make these sometime! They're so cute, and I love scrabble :)

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  90. i love your blog..me and my partner also do love playing scrabble..we usually play during our free time..its our way also of spending with each other specially if we are both busy..

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  91. I'm getting married in December and am making these cookies this weekend to ask my bridesmaids!! I'm just gonna write "bridesmaid?"/"maid-of-honor?" on them and have them figure out the puzzle:) Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

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