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How to Decorate an Elegant Teapot

posted Thursday Oct 08, 2015 at 09:40 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

My mom had a get together with her best friends from her childhood! She asked me to make some special cookie gifts. I thought pink, ivory and gold teacups and teapots would be perfect!

Last time I made cookies for my mom's friends, I took a sillier approach. A little tribute to their years in Catholic school!!

So, my approach this time around was a little more serious. To create the designs, I searched for pink and gold teacups and teapots. I found so many pretty options! 


I liked the polka dots on the teapot from Royal Albert . I liked the scalloped detail and two color areas on the vintage teapot from Georgia Gibson England. And, I love the unique shape of the top of the teapot on this necklace charm that I found in this cute Etsy shop!

Now that you've seen the inspiration...here's the video!

I used the teapot cookie cutter to make this cookie. It is available in our shop here

I used tip #13 to create the cute little rosettes at the end! It is available here!


And to create the gold accents, I used the FDA approved Gold Crystal Color! I love it. I mix with Everclear, but you can also use Vodka, water, or lemon extract. The Crystal Colors are available in our online shop here - 

I also have a video of the teacup and it is coming soon! In the meantime, check out the cute teacup video from a few months ago on our YouTube channel - click here to watch!  

Happy Decorating!





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How to Decorate a Spooky Cupcake

posted Tuesday Oct 06, 2015 at 02:57 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

My favorite cookie cutter is back for October...and this time it has a spooky theme!

I have also done it with a red, ivory and black color scheme. I love them both!


Here is a timelapse video of the Spooky Cupcake!

I have 10 cookie videos that features this cupcake cookie cutter! These are a few that are available...and there are a few more coming!

You can check them out on my YouTube channel! 

This is what you'll see -

And you can find the cutter here - in the online shop!


I also use this cutter in my NEW online decorating class with Craftsy! My class offers a step-by-step look at 19 designs, including this swirly cupcake!

Register here and save 50%! www.craftsy.com/ext/AnneYorks_5350_H

Happy Decorating!



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How to Decorate a Mermaid

posted Saturday Sep 26, 2015 at 12:48 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Before we jump into this week's video - I want to be sure you heard my big news! I have a new Craftsy class that launched this week - Celebrate with Cookies! It features 19 of my favorite designs for birthday, wedding, baby, sports, princess and Christmas! Save 50% on my class - click here!

Also, in other news...last weekend I hung out with 450 cookie decorators at CookieCon! I'll have a blog recap available soon! It was a really fun weekend!

In the meantime, I have a video of one of my favorite cookie designs. The Mermaid!

To create this design, I use a sundae dish cookie cutter. I love when one shape becomes something else totally different. And since I wanted to create a mermaid with BIG hair, this cutter worked perfectly. (as far as I know this cutter is no longer available, but we do carry a small sundae dish here)

Here's the video...

I decorate cookies using royal icing and a recipe with tips is in our royal icing tutorial. We also have a NEW cookie rolling and baking tutorial video. Check it out!

I used a few different decorating tips to create the mermaid.

Most of the outlining and details are done with tip #2. 

I used a Wilton star tip #13 to create the pink seashells.


And the mini leaf tip #65s for the pink flower in her hair.

That scales stencil is new to the shop and is available here.

I hope you enjoyed this design!!

Happy Decorating!




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My NEW Online Decorating Class is Available!

posted Monday Sep 28, 2015 at 05:51 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

I am so excited to announce that my new online Craftsy class 'Celebrate with Cookies' is now available! This class is so much fun and features 19 of my favorite cookie designs for life's big celebrations! Save 50% on the registration with this link! www.craftsy.com/ext/AnneYorks_5350_H

Would you like to watch the trailer and get a sneak peek at the class? :) Also, below I have a cute behind the scenes glimpse at my Craftsy experience!

This is just a sample of the cookies that are featured in my class!

If you haven't taken a Craftsy class yet, I think you're going to love it! The class is organized into 7 lessons, each with a unique theme. The Craftsy platform allows you to watch, stop, rewatch and make notes as much as you need! Plus, you can ask ME, the instructor, questions. I'll be checking in frequently to make sure all questions are answered.

The class also features my icing and cookie recipes, templates for several of the projects, icing practice sheets, and a materials list. 

Here are a few highlight photos from the class:

The sports class cookies...

The Christmas lesson...

Baby shower cookies...

And the wedding lesson...

I also do a princess and birthday class too! 

Prepping for the class was a lot of work, but so much fun! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

I spent several months working with the Craftsy team to plan the class. Then the weeks leading up to the class were spent prepping the class projects. 

The class was filmed on set in Denver. The first time I walked on set was a pinch-me moment! 

But there was still more work to be done! Thankfully, Catie (one of the Craftsy team members) was an awesome helper in making all the icing colors!!

Hair and make-up was the best part!! I never had so much fun!! I had my own dressing room!! 

I had a little helper throughout the week, Flat Stanley! My daughter sent him in my suitcase and asked for photos of what he was doing all week!

He got my coffee...

And he helped in the kitchen too...

And if that wasn't cool enough, I even had a star on my dressing room!!

Yes, the 'S' is missing on my last name, but who I am to complain? I'll take it!!

During my visit I stayed at the Hotel Curtis in downtown Denver. Each floor has a theme. My floor was one-hit wonders! And, William Hung was right outside my door. Each day I returned from shooting I gave him a high-five! Thanks for the support, William!

I really cannot express enough gratitude to the Craftsy team for their guidance, support and encouragement. Each person I worked with was amazing!!!  

There was so much support before, during, and after the shoot! So, after all this hard work, I truly hope you enjoy my class! I will be checking in frequently to answer questions on the class page!  I also hope you'll post photos so I can see the amazing cookie projects you create! 

If you would like to register, be sure to use my link to save 50% - www.craftsy.com/ext/AnneYorks_5350_H

Happy Decorating,


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Baking and Rolling Tips from Flour Box Bakery

posted Tuesday Sep 22, 2015 at 08:14 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

One of the most frequent questions asked is how I make the cookies. Finally, there is a video to show how I roll and bake! I hope you find it helpful! This video also includes my recipe!

The DoughEZ mat is featured in the video. You can order here on the DoughEZ website. On the Dough EZ website, use coupon code ‘flourbox’ to get Free shipping on U.S. Orders and savings of $9.95 towards international shipping.

The system includes a non-stick rolling mat and 6 spacer sticks (to keep the dough rolled at an even thickness). 

Cleaning up after rolling out cookies has never been this easy. I have already rolled thousands of cookies with this new mat. And, not only does DoughEZ offer a flourless way to roll out cookie dough, but the guide sticks also keep the dough the same thickness. It's great for even baking. My cookies look and taste better than ever!

A few other mixing and baking tips:

**When mixing, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Then add egg and flavor until incorporated. 

**Don't over flour your recipe. Spoon (don't scoop) flour into your measuring cup. Then add one cup of flour to the dough at a time. Don't over mix your flour - it will result in a tougher cookie.

    **Chill dough for at least 2 hours. You can chill dough up to 3 days. If you’re not planning to use it within 3 days, pop it in the freezer. Dough keeps in the freezer for several months.
    **One more note on freezing: Cookie dough freezes well. Just make sure it is wrapped well and in a freezer safe container or freezer bag. Keep your freezer free of funky odors by cleaning it out regularly and keeping a box of baking soda.
    **Oven temps and baking times mentioned in the video are suggested for home/residential ovens. But these times vary, so definitely watch your cookies and look for light golden brown edges to indicate they are done!
    **Plan for enough time to do each step. Often I’ll mix dough and bake the day before I am planning to decorate. While my dough is chilling, I'll mix my icing colors! Then, the next day, when I'm ready to decorate, all the hard work is done and it is time for fun!
    **Bake similar sized cookies together for even browning. A mini cookie baked next to a jumbo sized cookie might result in uneven baking between cookie shapes!


      Happy Baking!




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