Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.....mini style

Cookie crazie.......yep, that's me. I guess I feel the need to keep proving it. ;-)

I decided to make a whole batch of mini Christmas cookies since I needed some minis for our church's Treat the Troops packing party this Wednesday. We're sending our boxes of Christmas treats to the soldiers nice and early. :-) We are supposed to put six cookies in each sandwich bag......but I've found that six of my normal cookies can not quite fit into one of those bags. SO.......I figured six minis would work perfectly.

I've been collecting mini cutters for a few weeks....from Karen's Cookies, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I ended up with SIXTEEN different shapes that I wanted to use. Oh boy.....this is where the crazie part begins.

Just so you know......my normal batch of cookies makes almost 300 mini cookies!!!! (They are all about 1 to 1 1/2 " in size.)

Yesterday was the big decorating day since the cookies needed to be dry by tomorrow (Wed). I figured that since they were minis and I was going to "try" to not make them less detailed....that they wouldn't take me as long to decorate. Guess what?.....I was wrong. lol

So here's my parade of mini Christmas cookies. They were SUPER fun to do, and I can't wait to make them several more times in the next few weeks and perfect the designs. There's a few of them that I probably won't make again either because they require too much detail or they were way too plain.

Stars....candy canes....bells. The candy cane is tiny.....and some how I think it might break if it were sent to Iraq. ;-)


Snowflakes and mittens.....I love how the white sanding sugar really makes the mittens and stockings pop. :-))))


Here was the most challenging cookie. Keep in mind that this little guy only measures about 1" tall! It was hard to squish this much detail on such a small surface.


Here's my Christmas tree lot (I can hear Charlie Brown Christmas music playing in my mind). :-)




The holy leaves and bows (separate cookies) look so pretty together.


Ornaments......lots of them. (You can always tell when I had trouble deciding which photo I liked better of certain cookies....hee hee...but they were just so photogenic, I tell ya!)




Awww......I love these little guys. :-)


Lots of pretty packages....


Gingers and their teeny tiny houses. lol


Stockings.....see what I mean about that white sanding sugar. It makes them look fluffy on top. I love that effect!




Christmas light bulbs......I had a blast decorating them AND taking pics of them. ;-)




Who knows how many pics I took of the whole group! Hopefully the two below capture the essence of the entire mini collection. :-))))))




This might be my first set of 2009 Christmas cookies.....but I don't expect it will be my last. I've got a bunch of great ideas for regular sized cookies.

They will have to wait until next week though, since we are building gingerbread houses on Friday. Ohhhhhh.....I can hardly wait. My girls and I are each building our own house. I'll be sure to post pics so you can see our handy work.

Later alligator. ;-)

20 comments:

Kathy Dvorski Cakes said...

This is super cute. I love Christmas :-)

Nina's Recipes said...

I'm "CRAZIE" about your cookies...or better say your work!!! A+ :)))

Cindy said...

I really like your mini gingerbread houses! CUTE!

cookies and cups said...

love them all, but especially the nutcrackers, which I am sure took the longest! I have found the mini's aren't any easier than the big ones!

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Your cookies are adorable! I expecially love the little presents and the Christmas lights :)

rafaela perazzolo said...

wow! they are wonderfull!
:D

Whimsy Cookie Co. said...

Hi Pam! Wow..these ara all so adorable!! Love the gingerbread houses!!

The Painted Cookie said...

What a fantastic collection of minis! Must have taken a LONG time to finish all of those with the details you added! Yum.....

Pam said...

Thank you one and all for your very kind comments. :-)

It is good to hear which ones are your favorites. It helps me know what I should repeat and perfect.....and maybe what I should take off the list. ;-)

You are so right about the work of minis. They took just as long as the big cookies. The wooden soldiers were especially difficult. Do you think they are recognizable enough that I should continue to try to perfect them? I'm kind of unsure about them.

Thanks to all my dear friends here in blogland. :-)

Karly said...

I just love the christmas stockings, and the gloves. I love the white glitter on them that looks like fir trim. Gosh, they are all so good!

Jenn said...

Wow...I am sitting here speechless! God has given you such an amazing artistic gift. I have tried my hand at cookie decorating and it requires so much patience and a steady hand. You make it look so easy! The stockings are my favorite I think :)

Jenn

Pam said...

Karly & Jenn.....thanks so much.

Jenn....you are so right. God has blessed me with an ability to do this. I can't really take credit for it. He is good!

Heather said...

Awesome cookies, once again! Thanks for sharing with us and inspiring me to go the extra mile when I do my own cookies.

I was wondering how thick you cut your cookies? They look great that way and like they would be sturdy for sending.

Pam said...

Thanks Heather. :-)

I use a DoBoard (I did a post about it in this blog) and cut them about 3/8". It's thicker than most people do them, but I love them thick!

Heather said...

Thanks Pam!

I thought they looked about 1/2 an inch thick.

As for your soldiers, I really like them. They are definitely recognizable and very unique. I haven't seen anyone else in cookie land making them. Maybe you could do the shoulders in the gold and then add one or two rows of gold "buttons" up the front instead of the X across the chest. Also, a gold stripe down the leg would be great. I know they are teeny tiny cookies but you're so talented I'm sure you can do it! ;) LOL!

Sandy said...

These are so sweet! I am sorry it didn't work out to send cookies my way....can I ask, how did you learn to make these???? ANd do you have one recipe you use for vanilla sugar cookies? Maybe by next year I can try my own! I just love your blog!

Ilse, Franco y Gianmarco said...

Pam, you are really blessed! I love visiting your blog and seiing everytime that somehow every batch is better than the other. I have made cookies since I was a child with my Mum and I love to make and decorate them, like my Mum, you are truly and inspiration. I think I've read all of your tips, and I still have one question: what do you do to make the coating so even?

Pam said...

Thanks Sandy.....no problem about ordering cookies. I learned by asking lots of questions on cake central and Flickr and also PRACTICING LOTS! lol

My cookie recipe is linked on the right side bar.

Thanks Ilse, Franco y Gianmarco! You are so sweet. The icing is used (linked on the right side bar) is thin enough that once piped on, it settles down into a smooth surface. :-)

Ilse, Franco y Gianmarco said...

Pam, you are really blessed! I love visiting your blog and seiing everytime that somehow every batch is better than the other. I have made cookies since I was a child with my Mum and I love to make and decorate them, like my Mum, you are truly and inspiration. I think I've read all of your tips, and I still have one question: what do you do to make the coating so even?

rafaela perazzolo said...

wow! they are wonderfull!
:D

 
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