Sep 132010


The assignment: banana cookies.

No, not cookies made with banana but cookies that look like bananas. Ohhhhhh…

Once again, it’s Mom’s famous sugar cookie recipe to the rescue. The trick was to find the right cookie cutter. I read on another blog how one Mom used a large circular cutter to cut out bananas “freehand”. A good idea but I didn’t have a large cookie cutter. So, I made the illogical decision and bought a banana cutter (like I’ll ever use that again?!?).

I found a 4-inch banana-shaped cookie cutter at In addition, I bought the cheapest (potentially useful) thing I could find (a Candy Writer) in order to reach the minimum order dollar amount ($5.00US). What, you ask, is a Candy Writer? They describe it as the following:

Squeezable candy in a tube makes decorating cakes, cookies, and candies extremely easy! Simply warm in a microwave or hot water, snip off the end and decorate. Dries hard. 1 – 5/8 oz tube. 

 Sounds a little sketchy but it worked beautifully. I used it to add details to the banana cookies and to add a nose and mouth to my monkey cupcakes. The little tube went a long way and I still have half a tube left. I sure if will last forever (kind of like a twinkie).

The banana cookies were a nice accompaniment for the monkey cupcakes.

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Sep 112010

I’d like you to meet the cookies that make me smile.

It’s true, most cookies make me smile but these ones make me smile a little more. I have memories of orange pumpkins at Halloween, red and green stockings at Christmas and more recently, chicks and bunnies at Easter.

At Halloween, Mom would make a big batch of these cookies and ice them orange. Then, my brother, sister and I would sit at the kitchen table and make jack-o-lantern faces on the cookies using paint brushes and melted chocolate. It was a lot of fun and every face was different. After trick or treating, Dad would put on a fireworks display and neighbours would drop by to eat the cookies with us.

Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Add eggs and beat to incorporate.
  3. Combine baking powder, salt and flour in a bowl
  4. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture.
  5. Combine until just mixed.
  6. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut into shapes.
  8. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Classic Sugar Cookie Icing

1 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp (or more) water
2-3 drops food colouring

Throw everything in a bowl and mx it up, BABY!

Note: This icing will slowly start to harden, so work reasonablely quickly. No need for full-on panic but it will start to feel “thick” when you try to spread it.  No worries, just add a few drops of water to the icing to loosen it up again. Leave iced cookies out overnight to harden before stacking or you’ll be sorry. Trust me, I know from experience…WAH!

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Sep 112010

Welcome to the Sugar Cookie Gallery. As I bake, I will post.