Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cookies for I Heart Faces

I'll admit that when Amy from I Heart Faces asked me to make some cookies for a photography workshop, I was a little, ok...a lot, intimidated.  The cookies were part of a stylized birthday party with some absolutely adorable little girls.
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{These are not my pictures (obviously); they are from Rachel at Savor Photography.}
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Amy found the inspiration for the flower cookie from this AMAZING blog from (I think) Japan, called Rosey. All of her cookies are incredible!  With that as a starting point, Amy came up with some designs for heart cookies to coordinate with them. 

Want to make the flower cookies?
You'll need royal icing in just two colors....Super Red and Super Black.

Here's a little slide show tutorial....



(Does this slide show look out of order to you guys? It's showing up out of order for me....I'll figure out how to fix it...I think. Sorry, I'm new to slide shows!)
 
{While you have all of that red icing made, go ahead and make some little heart cookies. :)}

To make the black hearts, you need only 2 things: black royal icing and silver dragees.  Well, and the secret weapon for placing dragees....tweezers. CLEAN tweezers! Place the dragees on the cookies while the icing is still wet.
I don't know about you, but I remember EATING dragees when I was a kid.  I remember them on cupcakes and Christmas cookies.  Now, even though they are made of sugar and sold in the bakery section, they are marked "for decorative use only."  {I think a few now and then won't hurt us.}
Let me give a few shout-outs here:
Photography workshop: I Heart Faces
I Heart Faces founders: Angie Arthur & Amy Locurto
Coordinating Printables: Living Locurto
Photos used here: Savor Photography
More photos from the workshop: Angie Arthur
Cookie inspiration: Rosey
Thanks so much, Amy, for asking me to be a part of the workshop!  Next time, I want to tag along and bring my camera! :)
Tidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays

71 comments:

  1. <3

    True story: when I was a little girl, I used to steel those little silver baking goodies from my mom's pantry and eat them in my room.

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  2. Hi Bridget! Beautiful cookies! SO I have a question...I have made like a thousand batches of royal icing and I notice that sometimes mine is too fluffy and therefore does not dry like hard candy but rather hard dust. Does this every happen to you? If so any suggestions? What recipe do you use?

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  3. omg i doubt i could make cookies as nice as those! they look incredible!

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  4. As always, a beautiful job. I love the colours, gorgeous!

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  5. Linzy....

    Sure! The recipe I use is linked in the recipe index (in the nav bar). Be sure not to overbeat your icing. Also, when adding water to flood cookies, stir in a bit at a time, don't beat with a mixer.

    Hope that helps. :)

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  6. Did you know you can't even buy dragees in California? I remember eating them as a kid too, and my mother in law still has a stash of them from when they were legal, but no more. I looked all over for them for a cake I was making only to learn they're illegal here. Harumph!

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  7. Wow! Your cookies are truly ART! I bet they taste yummy, but I don't know if I could take a bite and ruin all of your beautiful work. Oh yeah, they are cookies, maybe just one little bite :)
    Just found your blog...love it!

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  8. Bridget, They're absolutely stunning!

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  9. OMG these are sooooooooo pretty!!! oh my... i'm so jealous.. i want to make some myself... :)) i have sugar cookie dough waiting to be baked in the fridge... weeeeee i feel so inspired! :D

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  10. Son davvero graziosi, bravissima come sempre!
    Buona giornata
    Sonia

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  11. your cookies are gorgeous, you are so talented!

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  12. so gorgeous!
    I can't ever find dragees :( I'm always afraid I am going to break a tooth when I bite them ;)

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  13. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!!! did I say I LOVE these?

    GREAT job Bridget!

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  14. I have been admiring her cookies FOREVER.... they are just stunning... and SO ARE YOURS!!! Fantastic job girl!!!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  15. These are gorgeous, Bridget! Absolutely beautiful.

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  16. Very pretty Bridget. Especially love the design work on the red heart cookies!

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  17. These are gorgeous creations, all from the simple flower and heart cutters! I might resort to dots of RI rather than Dragees, although I would not get the metallic effect. Love, Love, Love!

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  18. Those are so beautiful, you are very talented!

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  19. The cookies are amazing! I can remember seeing gold dragees on my g'parents anniversary cake when I was a kid and thinking, "you can eat the gold beads?!". I had no idea they were now "illegal".

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  20. These are so pretty! I absolutely love them. I used to be scared to eat the silver dragees when I was little. They just didn't seem edible to me.

    ~Tara

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  21. Look at how gorgeous those are. You are incredibly talented!

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  22. these are such pretty cookies! i'm always amazed by your cookie-decorating ability. i wish i had a hundreth of your talent!

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  23. Great design Bridget. So simple and yet so elegant! Your photography skills always amaze me too! You've got such a good eye for content and design.

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  24. Your cookies always blow me away! Love them!

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  25. Love this post. The cookies are gorgeous! I wish I could decorate so beautifully!

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  26. Those cookies are so pretty! Thanks for another great tutorial(: I love the slideshow!

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  27. Bridget, all of your cookies are so beautiful and I find your blogs so much help when i am making cookies. How do you get your cookies that thick and cooked through? How thick are you rollling out the dough? Thanks again for sharing all of your helpful hints! Kelly

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  28. I really need to learn some cookie decorating skills. You are such an inspiration - time to dig through your site and get some pointers. I am hosting an event for Drop in and Decorate soon - Decorating cookies to donate to people in crisis. I want them to look beautiful :-)

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  29. These cookies are so beautiful! My weakness has always been basic chocolate chip cookies, but I'm very tempted to break out of my box!

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  30. Just beautiful! Very classy and so pretty. :)

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  31. Oh ME!
    Oh MY!
    With the CUTENESS of the holidays approaching...
    I think I'm gonna need to wear a seat~belt of some sort when I pop over here into this LOVELY~ness!
    I just fell off the couch...
    and hit my blonde head on the coffee table!
    Doogan came in and said:
    YOU MUST BE LOOKING AT SOMETHING CUTE THAT BRIDGET DID!
    I pulled myself up off the floor and said YEP!
    Now my hair looks like PHYLLIS~freakin~DILLER!
    Remember her!
    O~M~GOODNESS!
    Bridget!
    These cookies are:
    SUPER~CAL~A~FRAJ~A~LIS~TIC~EX~PEEEE~A~LA~DO~SHUSSSSSS!
    OMGOodness!
    LOVE the colors!
    The designs are like ROYALTY!
    And the dragees...well I LOVE to crunch down on a good DRAGEE!
    Grew up on those things!
    That's FANCY eating!
    We always used them on Christmas cookies....
    still do!
    Love these cookies Sweet~pea!
    xoxoxo

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  32. Wow, Bridget - those cookies are absolutely gorgeous!

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  33. WOW! I seriously think those are my favorite cookies you've posted. Well, I find myself saying that a lot, lol. But they are incredible! Absolutely beautiful work!

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  34. You are amazing Bridget! The cookies you designed for our workshop were absolutely one of the hits of the day...gorgeous and yummy too. Thank you so much for adding your touch to our day. :)

    -Angie
    co-founder of I Heart Faces

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  35. Bridget, these cookies are absolutely stunning! And how fun to see someone I know (Rachel of Savor Photography) on your blog!! :-)

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  36. Seriously... you don't know how hard it was to keep my kids from eating these!! The heart ones were gone before I ever got to try one:-(

    Thanks so much for your awesome cookies! I will volunteer to be your cookie designer anytime:-)

    I'll have the coordinating party printables online soon. Here is a fun free printable that goes well with these cookies: http://www.livinglocurto.com/2010/11/free-printable-damask-party-wheel-craft/

    Thanks again! You rock!

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  37. They are SO utterly beautiful! Just stunning. You did an amazing job! I am glad you were able to get some gorgeous pictures of your fabulous cookies! Too pretty for words! My friend was having a heart attack last Christmas because she couldn't find any of those silver beads in California. Do you know they are illegal there. I kid you not! How crazy is that?

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  38. These are stunning! I love the color scheme. I've never had dragees since they're not available in CA. But they look beautiful atop the cookies!

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  39. Gorgeous as always! I am always so excited to see your amazing cookie posts!

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  40. Oh geez... I wish I hadn't posted my cookies! These are beautiful.

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  41. My grandmother and great-grandmother made the most amazing Christmas cookies with the little silver dragees. I have tried to recreate them and have decided you've got to practice a lot. Thanks for the tweezers tip, and for spurring me on in my quest to made spectacular cookies like you! My grands need to share in my fun memories.

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  42. Um, we can't eat the balls? I still do. Uh-oh. Love the slideshow, and the red heart cookie pic it just awesome! I can tell you are enjoying your new camera!

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  43. I truly cannot believe how beautiful these cookies & that little girl's party are. The red, black & white theme is awesome & your decorating skills are amazing!

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  44. i cant ever make black icing! i use the same colors you do but it always come out a grey color. the one time i was able to get the icing black i ended up putting so much coloring in the icing it tasted so bad i couldnt use it!

    have any tips or ticks for me?!

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  45. WOW. WOW. WOW. This are insanely gorgeous. I love the design on them.

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  46. All I can say is wow!! Those are beautiful cookies. What a lucky little girl to have such a stylish party! So nice! I used to eat those little silver balls when I was a kid. Mom used them on her sugar cookies. I wondered why I could never find them in the stores.

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  47. I picked you for the Stylish Blogger Award!

    http://norwegianphoenix.blogspot.com/2010/11/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  48. Gorgeous! And how exciting to make cookies for the workshop! :)

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  49. They are so beautiful! I love the way dreagges look, and recall eating them as a kid. I don't think I'd attempt it now-like mom always said-you only get one set of teeth :) fear of broken tooth gets me, but I didn't know that they say for decoration only.

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  50. I am in LOVE with these cookies. That is all. =)

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  51. Oh my goodness... Those cookies are absolutely GORGEOUS! Love them :)

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  52. These are positively stunning. I'm not usually into cutesy detailed stuff like this but with the great pictures and everything else I can really appreciate what's been done here.

    My son-in-law is going through a divorce and all the throes of the financial challenges, etc. I'm going to make him some pretty decorated gingerbread cookies and hot glue hooks to the back so he can hang 'em on the tree. A couple dozen "ornaments" for the tree at the price of the ingredients for a batch of cookies.

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  53. You did a fabulous job, Bridget! I snickered a little when you said you were nervous...girl, you are a STAR in the cookie world. You do realize that, right?!

    So talented...no need to ever be nervous about how much someone will LOVE you!

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  54. Hi Bridget!! These are simply beautiful!!!! Great job as always!!

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  55. You did a great job with those cookies! They're absolutely gorgeous.

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  56. These are amazing! So perfect. I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

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  57. They are illegal in some places? Oddly enough I just bought some today at bulk barn up here in Canada... I guess dragees are still considered food up here for now ;) Can anyone tell me what is wrong with them? (I mean besides being sugar and having a silver coating... I can easily over-look that)

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  58. STUNNING!!! Your cookies get better with every post. I am green with envy.

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  59. Man - these cookies are gorgeous - as with everything else you do.

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  60. I was thrilled when I found the silver and gold balls at Oregon Dairy! A happy day. Now if only my cookies would look as beautiful as these!

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  61. Wow!This cookies are killing me!

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  62. Where can you find the silver dragees? I've been looking and they are elusive!

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  63. Your cookies are beautiful! Truly a work of art

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