Real talk here. I love decorating cookies. I love making that gorgeous chocolate dough. And I love eating it while pretending that it's for "quality control." I love the way my house smells while they are baking. I love feeling like a mad scientist when I mix up my colors. And the way the final detail makes an entire cookie suddenly RIGHT. But more than anything... I love the people that I meet because of decorating cookies. It's a big old world out there.
And one of my very first and dearest friends from the beginning of my days of cookie decorating who basically started this cookie decorating revolution has ONCE AGAIN blown that world wide open by starting an innovative, adorable, and incredibly functional line of cookie decorating tools and cutters. But I can't tell you who she is. Just kidding! You already know! It's Callye from Sweet Sugarbelle! Her products debuted earlier this spring for online purchasing. And just last week -- they arrived at Michaels Arts and Crafts Stores across America. YOU GUYS. THAT HAPPENED. I don't think I've ever gone to Michaels so much in my life as the last week. I kept hoping they would come in early. And then I've been back 3 more times since they put them out.
I *may* have been feeling a little spendy. But here's the thing -- these products are GENIUS. You can tell that they were created by an expert cookie decorator instead of some company just trying to come up with new products. Every cutter is perfectly designed to make the dough release easily while also being easy (and SUPER adorable!) to decorate.
If you don't know, the basic pack is the Shape Shifter set. It comes with a bunch of truly brilliant cutters. And a couple of edgers so you can trim any cutter you own. On top of that, it comes with instruction cards to make 40 different designs using those cutters with each cutter having more than one design. AND there are plastic templates so you don't have to guess where any of the lines go. Then all over the other 2 piece cutter packs are like an expansion on the Shape Shifter set. They have 2 cutters with templates AND 2 extra templates that match up with a cutter in the Shape Shifter set that fit the design them...and of course the instruction cards to go with them!!! I don't even have enough words to tell you how truly clever the Sweet Sugarbelle line of products is!!
And now you can just walk into a store and buy this brilliance. It's fantastic. I love this world! Oooh. Two things--
1. They aren't in ALL Michaels stores yet. Call ahead to your nearest store and ask to talk to the manager. Then ask if they have the Sweet Sugarbelle products. If they say "no" ask them if they will be getting them.
2. They might not be there for long!! Someone at my local store today said they are only going to be there through the middle of October. When I mentioned that many of the products are already sold out, she told me she thought they would only be getting one more shipment. So...maybe don't take too long to rush over there and get spendy. Especially since some of these cutters are ONLY available at Michaels and not at other online vendors.
Can you guess which cutters I used to make this nautical set? It's like I heard a voice...telling me the pencil needed to be made into a lighthouse. And who am I to argue with voices? Want to make some?
1. Turn the cutter upside down and use a black food color marker to trace the bottom curve on the cookie. Sketch the sides of the lighthouse for reference while piping.
2. Grab some medium consistency red icing and a #3 tip. Outline and fill the bottom stripe, following the same curve as the bottom of the cookie. Add the top stripe by following your sketched outline. Then add a little triangle at the top for the roof of the light tower. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
3. Fill in the space between the 2 red stripes with a medium consistency white icing. Add a little square for the light tower. Let the cookies dry for another 2-3 hours.
4. Use a black food color marker to draw the door and windows.
5. With a #3 tip and medium consistency blue icing, add the trim along the bottom of the lighthouse. Switch to a #1.5 tip and add the railing on the tower.
PS -- You didn't think I would get all spendy and forget about all of my sad friends that don't have a Michaels store near them, did you? I grabbed two extra sets of the scarecrow and sunflower cutters and I'm giving them away to you!! Just click that easy entry button below before midnight on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
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