Thursday, December 2, 2010

Peppermint Candy Cookies & and a trip to . . .

You won't believe how easy these cookies are to make!!!


This cookie idea was inspired by stolen directly from Martha Stewart Living, December 2009.  Why I waited a whole year to make them, I'll never know.

**{update 11/9/11: it was brought to my attention today, that even though these cookies are IN the Martha magazine, they are the work of Danielle Boglivi-Fiori a stylist at The Martha Stewart Show and the founder of Sweet Dani B."   And here I thought Martha was toiling away in her kitchen.  So, just to be clear, I got them from Martha, Martha got them from Dani. }**
These peppermint candy cookies would be so cute for a cookie exchange, Christmas gifts, holiday open houses...anything, really.

To make them, you'll need:
    With a #2 or #3 tip, outline the candy and wrapper in light grey icing. (We're trying for a silvery look.) Reserve some of this icing for later.

    Thin the white and red icings with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

    Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer icings to squeeze bottles.

    Working 6-8 cookies at a time, fill in the centers in white.  Use a toothpick to spread to edges and pop large air bubbles.
    While the icing is still wet, go back over the same cookies and draw a cross and an X in red icing. directly on top of the white icing.

    Drag a toothpick through the icing in 3 circles, going the same direction.




    Thin the grey icing as described above.
     
    Fill in the wrapper.
    Wait about 1 hour, then add the detail on the wrapper with the unthinned grey icing.

    Let dry overnight.
    The next day, brush the "wrapper" ends with dry luster dust, using a small paintbrush.  This will give the cookies a sheen, instead of an opaque silver look.

    Now...to the trip!

    If you're on twitter, I've been teasing a little about making a trip to "the happiest place on earth."  There's a reason that for the last two weeks, I've been singing:

    "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you..."

    Saturday, I am going HERE to decorate cookies with some gals.  Did you click over?  HERE, I'm going HERE!!! 

    {Who wants to *squee* with me?!?}

    So, think of me Saturday, will you?  Send good thoughts so I won't forget how to decorate cookies, and that I don't faint, and that I remember to suck my stomach in.  OK?

    I am so, so, so excited!  {You might be able to tell by all of the all of the !!!}

    I'll be sure to report back from the land of butter, Wranglers and Ethel Merman! SQUEE!!!

    125 comments:

    1. Oh THANK GOD!!! The cats out of the bag!!!!

      WOOOHOOOOO! you are going to knock Ree's socks off!!! you will have sooooo much fun!!

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    2. oh, almost forgot about the cookies.......I.MUST.TRY!

      Love them!!

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    3. Those cookies are amazing. Enjoy the trip

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    4. you are going to be So. Famous :)
      Happy for you.

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    5. These are such beautiful cookies!

      I hope you have an awesome time with Ree.

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    6. I don't know why you waited so long either! These are precious....have fun on your trip, I was wondering where u were headed !o1

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    7. Responding in order of your post...the peppermint swirl cookies are really sweet. I haven't seen that cutter around here yet but I'm always looking. Very nice job and tutorial as always.
      Your trip to decorate cookies with Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond...WOW! Congratulations Bridget, I'm truly delighted and excited for you. This is such a wonderful opportunity for you and only good things can come from it. Ree Drummond had sent out a tweet looking for the best in cookie decorators. She was right on the money in inviting you and you will do just awesome.
      Enjoy your time there and we all look forward to your tweets and posts about it. Have a safe flight and enjoy every moment!

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    8. I'm loving on the cookies and will be digging through my cookie cutters to see if I have that one. As to the BIG NEWS I'm still trying to figure out if what I'm feeling is happiness for you or simple jealousy. I'm going to believe the best of myself and go with happiness for you! I'd say that photos but between you and Ree I think that area will be covered just fine :)

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    9. OH WHAT FUN!! You will have a great time.

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    10. That's awesome!! Have a great time!

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    11. Those are fun cookies. Love the swirls.

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    12. OH MY WORD !!! Really ? Really ??? I am so green with envy and happy for you...No I am have a great time ..Give Charlie a pat from Canada *Please?*Can't wait to see pictures as soon as you can .......

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    13. Oh you lucky girl! Actually you totally deserve it... you are so talented. These by the way are the cutest holiday cookies I've seen so far. :) Have fun!!!

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    14. Bridget!!!!
      WOW that is so exciting :)
      I can't wait to see...and hear all about it.
      Love you peppermint cookies!

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    15. I was one of the winners and can't wait to meet you at Pioneer Woman's Lodge! Your cookies look fantastic!! See you Saturday!

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    16. So excited for you! I'm SQUEEEing with you.

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    17. Those candy cookies are so darling, you are so clever!

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    18. I love the swirles! Oh, and thanks for mentioned Americolor, I ordered some and it's the best.

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    19. OH MY!! That is going to be one fun time! Take lots and lots of pictures. Have fun (I know you will).

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    20. Oh Bridget, I am beyond excited for you!!! And you know what, I'm incredibly excited for the folks that won the trip to learn how to decorate cookies with you!

      They are some mighty lucky folks, my friend.

      You and Pioneer Woman all in the same weekend. They really should go and buy a lottery ticket. :D

      Have fun and we all can't wait to hear all about it.

      Oh yeah, these cookies look great. :)

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    21. SO EXCITING!!!

      Live it up, soak it up, and enjoy!

      You are awesome... and you so belong hanging with the awesomeness of Ree!

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    22. Oh that is amazing! You will shine! I love your beautiful cookies. You inspired me to try it out - nowhere near as pretty as yours but truly fun to do! Xxx

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    23. Okay Bridget!
      LOVING these adorable cookies!
      They look more like YOU thank M.S!
      Happy Happy Happy TRAILS to you my FRIEND!
      Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
      Ree is so lucky...she get's to HUG you! xo

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    24. lovely cookies! i want to taste them. *nom, nom*

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    25. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww che meraviglia!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    26. lucky you!!! You get to play with Ree!!!

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    27. Love, love, love these cookies! They are so adorable.
      *squee* The Pioneer Women!
      I'm so excited for you and can't wait for your tweets & post. Remember to breath.

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    28. Ohhh congrats on the big trip! That's so amazing!! And those looks cookies are so pretty...love

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    29. Wow these cookies are so cute!! So exciting!! Hope you have fun on the Ranch!! :)

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    30. Oh wowzer! Your cookies turned our perfect. Absolutely perfect. And of course we are all jealous of your trip. It will be fabulous I am sure!

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    31. Beautiful cookies!! Have a great time!!

      Blessings-
      Amanda

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    32. Okay first of all those cookies are amazing! They look incredible!

      Second of all (and most importantly), have an AWESOME trip to the ranch! You totally deserve this. Hugs to you!

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    33. Your cookies are gorgeous. I'm going to stalk your blog now - just letting you know!

      Have a safe trip and a terrific time!

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    34. Oh my gosh, how exciting is that!!!! Looking forward to the report!!

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    35. How exciting for you!! Yay!!

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    36. OH my gosh I am so so so excited! You are my favorite cookie decorator (well, maybe you and Amanda are tied) due to talent, sheer niceness and fun cookies! So excited for you, and can't wait to read about all the fun!

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    37. Goooorgeous cookies! Oh, I can't wait to hear about your journey! I'm horribly jealous, of course :)

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    38. Oh my gosh, Bridget!! I'm so happy for you! Hope you have a fabulous time!! :D

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    39. I'll Squee with you! SQUEEEEEEEEEE! Have fun and knock their icing bags off girl!

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    40. I am SO jealous of you! You will have a wonderful time I am sure. Please think of us as well!!

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    41. Freak out session!! Congrats, girl. Can't wait for the full report.

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    42. First, the cookies are fabulous, and second, well..I am sooo jealous! My two favorite people in one place and I'm not there! You guys have fun :D

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    43. OMG!!!! SO jealous- have fun!!!!!!

      These are by far THE coolest sugar cookies of the season!

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    44. Oh my goodness I can't wait to hear about this trip!!!

      And I am so glad you posted how to do these cookies. I did a peppermint cookie last weekend and my husband said he couldn't tell what it was! I wanted to do the swirls but couldn't figure it out. Thanks!

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    45. CONGRATS BRIDGET!!! and you'd better not faint or die or be anything but FABULOUS because we want to hear all about it next week!! oh yeah, awesome cookies!!

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    46. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!

      I will be at Disneyland on the 20th & 21st and I am SOOOO looking forward to it!

      HAVE FUN!

      PS - LOVE the cookies. May have to steal the idea from you Very soon!

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    47. OH MY GOODNESS!!!

      You're going to THE Ranch!?

      I am SO excited!!

      Ree is lucky to have you!

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    48. AHHHHHHHHHHH I'M SO EXCITED!!!! I've been searching your blog looking for Christmas cookies to decorate, and this will be so perfect!!!! I can't wait!!!

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    49. I simply LOVE your peppermint candy cookies. I'll bet you're going to have a blast at the ranch when you decorate cookies with Ree. Can't wait to hear and see all about it. Enjoy yourself Bridget!

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    50. Cookies are adorable!! Have so much fun on the ranch, I only wish I was going. It would be awesome to watch you make cookies in person.

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    51. Very cute cookies!
      And TOTALLY jealous that you are going to the ranch!!! Awesome!!

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    52. So excited for you, Bridget! Have fun!

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    53. Bridget these cookies are adorable! But mainly Im just so jealous of your fun little trip this weekend! Sounds amazing, I bet Ree is going to love you! Take lots of pics, and if you have any room in your luggage, I could probably fit :)

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    54. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! So proud of you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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    55. these cookies look so amazing--I'm not sure mine would look that fantastic when I was done! great idea-thanks for sharing! best, Barbara

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    56. Congratulations, darlin'!!!! You're going to have so much fun!

      Can't wait to hear all about it!!

      R

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    57. Wow, have a wonderful time! I am so jealous. I cannot wait to see what you guys make.

      kelly

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    58. So excited for you about your trip the the ranch - I can't imagine what it's like to be there in person and not just via her blog...but she's equally lucky to have you as her guest and instructor - can't wait to read the posts about it...and I'll definitely make those mint cookies, wheather I can find that cutter or not...I think plain circles would work just fine!

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    59. SQUEELING LIKE A LITTLE PIGGIE!! OH MY GOODNESS...you are going to see REE??!!!!!!!!!!!! My TWO favorite bloggers in the UNIVERSE...together, making cookies!! It doesn't get any BETTER THAN THAT! (and I'm not kidding) I used all of Ree's recipes for my Thanksgiving dinner last week.
      Her mashed potatoes (that beat Bobby Flay in the Throwdown)were sinful, they were so good. Have the TIME OF YOUR LIFE Bridget! I'll be with you in spirit...and give Ree a big 'ol hug from me!

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    60. I'm so excited for you! You are by far the best cookie decorator out there. Don't forget your gaggle friends :)

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    61. Forgot to say thanks for the tutorial on the mint candies. (I was really that excited for you!) I actually bought that cutter last month and as soon as I have TWO working arms, I'm going to make some just like yours! :)

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    62. Way cute cookies! And I totally KNEW it had to be YOU going to Ree's! She also has been teasing it on her blog and my first thought was 'I hope it's Bridget". LOL Yay! Congrats!
      AngieN24

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    63. Whoo Hoo for you! Have a great time! The cookies are fab as usual!

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    64. That's fantastic, Bridget! I'm so jealous, haha. Have a great time! :-)

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    65. I am SO jealous!!! My daughter will be, too. So give Charlie a kiss for both of us and we'll call it even :-)

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    66. Beautiful. This is definitely being added to my Christmas sugar cookie medley! OMG I'm excited for you and your trip too!! :)

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    67. Oh goodness how fun! I can't wait to read all about it!

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    68. Have FUN, Bridget!!! I'm excited, too!!!

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    69. I love your blog - your cookies always look so amazing! Thanks for the latest - amazing!

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    70. You *have* to be kidding me, Bridget!!! I am so excited for you!!! I bet Ree is totally awesome in person and I maybe be just a *tad* bit jealous.

      But, I like you, so I guess I'm OK with it. Haha!

      HAVE FUN!!!!!

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    71. Fun cookies, thanks for the tips. Have a great time Saturday.

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    72. Yee Haw!! Oh you lucky!
      Can't wait to read about it here and there.

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    73. Oh HOW FUN IS THAT!!!

      I'm jealous too...but you have fun, ya here?

      Please tell Ree hi for me, and that we LOVE her brisket.

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    74. WWWWOOOOWWWW
      Espectacular!
      Gracias

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    75. These cookies look heavenly. Yummy!

      Thanks,

      The Cute Couponer

      www.thecutecouponer.blogspot.com

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    76. Oh my goodness! I love your cookies! Your trip sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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    77. HOLY COW!! Those look perfect. Mine would look like a butchered rock or something by the time I got done with it. You are so talented. By the way WAHOO GF!!!

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    78. These are so gorgeous.. Any idea where I can find plastic squeeze bottles?

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    79. Super jealous you have a "play date" with Ree! But I would love to come decorate cookies with you!

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    81. Might try these with a bit of peppermint for a little extra flavor and to bring that minty mood.

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    82. Gorgeous cookies Bridget! Can't wait to see pics of your 'fairytale' trip!!

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    83. OK it's SUNDAY!! I know you haven't had time to blog yet, but it's KILLING ME!! I just know that you had the time of your life yesterday, and I can't wait to hear all about it when you come down from Cloud 9! :)

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    84. These cookies are gorgeous! In fact, ALL of your cookies are incredible! I hope you had a fun time w/REE!!!

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    85. what an extremely cute idea. My mum made peppermint candy sugar cookies last year.

      xo

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    86. Love these cookies, what a great swirling technique! Have fun on the ranch with Ree, can't wait to hear all about it!

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    87. GREAT tutorial…as always!
      so cool that you were @ ree's!
      & the very LUCKY peeps that had the chance to work along side you & learn your fabulous craft!!

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    88. That's so cool - I found you from PW's site and just had to say that your cookies look AMAZING! :)

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    89. Violet says she wants those peppermint cookies. They look tasty and beautiful as always! Congratulations!!

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    90. Ree definitely knows how to pick 'em!
      Looks like everyone had a blast, including you! I'm so happy for you, Bridget! :)

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    91. SO cute! loved the post on PW about your cookie lessons :)

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    92. I'm a regular PW reader and I'm so excited to have found your page... I've always wanted to make beautiful cookies and now I have just the right resource at my (flour covered) fingertips! I can't wait to plow through your archives- your cookies are like little pieces of art (that I can't wait to sink my teeth into). :)

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    93. I hope you had so much fun at PW's lodge!! How cool was that!

      OK, so for those of us who didn't win the trip and live in the Houston area, when will you set up a super cool workshop for us? I know it would be awesome. Have a great day.

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    94. I am dying for you! That is like a dream! so-so fun! and...she LOVED you. I bet you are on Cloud 9 right now. Great post today. YAY Bridget!

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    95. I just saw the post over at PW - you did great!! And I can't wait to make some sugar cookies for the holidays - you're such an inspiration!

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    96. I just saw you on Pioneer Woman's blog and I have a random non-cookie related question. What product do you use on your beautiful curly hair?! I am always looking for good products for my curly hair.
      Kristin

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    97. What a great tutorial and creative design!

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    98. oh my goodness! love love love your site :) and what a lucky lady...a weekend with P'Dub! how cool is THAT!

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    99. YOU ARE AMAZING!! lets see if i can pull this off..

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    100. I'm still excited for you Bridget even though it's all over! lol! So glad you had an amazing weekend of your dreams. :)

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    101. That is CRAZY COOL!!!! that you went to "THE" Ranch. I was out of town this weekend and am just catching up on blogs and haven't been on Twitter in a long time ... but I am SO excited for you and once the kids are in bed I'm planning on reading all about it!

      Congrats ... I know you must still be on cloud 9!

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    102. Those are AWESOME looking cookies! I love them! I hope you had a great trip, so excited for you! :)

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    103. Awesome work! I love it so much I ordered the cookie cutter from Coppergifts to make cookies for an upcoming Holiday Party! Your site is an inspiration. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Your work is amazing! Enjoy your trip!

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    104. I love this! I featured it today on my blog - today's top twenty! I'd love if you could stop by! While your there please click on my widget at the top. For every click P&G will donate 1 day's worth of clean water! {Plus you get free samples and coupons!} Talk soon!

      Amanda
      todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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    105. I saw it on PW!! This is so awesomee!! You totally deserve it :)

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    106. beautiful, as always! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    107. Beautiful cookies. I so wish I had your talents!

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    108. Oh wow! I love the way these look!

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    109. These looks so great!!! I just bought the cookie cutter for the peppermint cookies...what a fun addition to the cookie platter!

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    110. WOW these are so so fun and festive! Thanks so much for posting details!

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    111. Wow! Those decorations sure look amazing!

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    112. This must have biien lots of work! Bravo!

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    113. Dear Bridget, I tried the link to the cookie cutter, but they don't sell it there!! any idea where else I can find them? (or what name do I use to google them... candy cookie cutter, peppermint candy cookie cutter?) I desperately need one!!!

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    114. Wow..The cookies are very nice and delicious. I tried baking cookies which are peppermint cookies with the ingredients information. My brother loved it. Thanks for the good informative blog.

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    115. OH I absolutely love these, I'm gonna make them this Christmas for sure!! With regard to the red x and cross you put on the cookie, should I do that using my squeeze bottle or piping bag? I just don't want them to come out too thick! Thanks!!!

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    116. What a delicious idea :) Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle

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    117. These are so adorable, and actually look like something I could do! Thank you so much for all your artful creations. These images and tips are as good as Christmas presents to me =)

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