Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Happy Happy (cookies)

I love happy. I strive for happy.
(Although, as I was stuck in traffic yesterday, HAPPY was a definite struggle.)

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
These cookies are HAPPY. {Start humming Pharrell Williams here; better yet...let's all watch the video. I'd like to live in there.}

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
It's funny...for a girl who has probably 500+ cookie cutters, I was stuck with a capital S when deciding on cookies to make for a bake sale. Some dear friends of ours are heading to Haiti on a mission trip over spring break and a bake sale was part of their fundraising efforts. I signed up to make 4 dozen cookies and couldn't think of a single design.

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
What to make? What to make? My fallback cookies are hearts, but the bake sale was right after Valentine's Day and I didn't want people to think they were leftovers. (You could probably say that I over-think things.)

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
I looked though my cookie archives (which I desperately need to update), I scoured Pinterest, I spent DAYS thinking about what cookie to make. Clearly, I need more hobbies. Anyhoo...I started looking at invitation and stationery websites because I think they always have pretty and modern design ideas. On Minted, I came across this set of garden party decor, and BINGO, inspiration.

I originally planned for only the white with dots and the solid pink cookies, but then I could tell I was running low on white icing and this happened...
happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips

Here's what you'll need to make some Happy Cookies that would make Pharrell proud:


The cookies were outlined with a #2 tip and white icing. Then, they were flooded with thinned icing. To thin icing for flooding, add water a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of maple syrup. Stir gently with a silicone spatula. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and fill in the outlines.

For the dots, thinned icing was dropped right on top of the wet base coat. See this post for more details.

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
To make the flowers:
  • big roses: pipe a swirl using the #14 star tip 
  • rose buds: pipe a dot with a #3 tip. Use a #1 tip to add a swirl on top
  • leaves: use a #349 leaf tip. Practice on a plate of sheet of waxed paper first, releasing the pressure on the piping bag as you pull out and away. 

Always let cookies dry 6-8 hours or overnight UNCOVERED. 

happy floral decorated cookies ... with how-to's and tips
I think these are my new go-to when I can't think of any other cookie designs to make. :)

Hoping your day is filled with a big dose of HAPPY! ♥



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18 comments:

  1. I love these cookies they are soooo pretty and definitely make me happy (thank you cos have ear infection at mo - happiness much needed). I love cookies, seriously, love, love them, especially with a cup of tea. These are sooo beautiful they'd be perfect for Mother's Day. I'm going to pin these and ask my gorgeous teenage girls to make them and I will make some for my mum! Thank you for sharing such gorgeous cookies. Sammie http://feastingisfun.com

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    1. These are the nicest looking cookies I've ever seen. Bar none. I really like them because you printed the word "Joy" on them and that's my daughters middle name. And now the wife is leaning over my shoulder peering at the computer and making this "awwwww" noise. www.raiseyourgarden.com

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  2. It's funny..I don't even know you..but they remind me of you..Happy..feminine..pretty...and perfect!
    I love these!

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  3. Aren't these just the cutest! I could really use some happy in my life right now! <3

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  4. OH MY GOSH! I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. Phew. Pardon my all-caps. But these make my eyes sooo happyyyy! You're so talented!

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  5. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! I can't remember what sitcom that was from but oh, well.
    Your cookies look lovely. I'm glad you ran out of white because blue is my favorite color.
    Annamaria

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  6. I am actually giddy over these cookies! Mood lifter, cookie style! Striking colors too.

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  7. Oh those colors!! These are definitely HAPPY!!!

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  8. I love these. They make me smile every time i see them!

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  9. So adorable, Bridget. These make me HAPPY!

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  10. I just love these, they're so pretty. And the whole happy, joyful, abundant theme. Speaking of Pharrell...do you watch The Voice? The girls and I have become quite smitten with Pharrell. He is such a wonderful, caring, joyful person - so fun to see him interact with the rest of the judges and the contestants.

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  11. with dots and the solid pink cookies, but then I could tell I was running low on white icing and this happened... see post

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  12. Totally adorable and totally made me smile! Indeed these are Happy cookies!

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  13. I love these! Is the icing for the rosebuds the thinned down icing or the consistency of the outline icing? Thanks!

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  14. Such simple and elegant cookies. Love them!

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  16. Very nice and elegant work. Would love to try making them one day.

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