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The most Pampered of Cookies...How to Make a Spa Girl!

posted Tuesday Jul 21, 2015 at 06:10 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

It's probably no surprise that this cupcake cookie cutter is my favorite! I use it for every holiday and more! 

We have been making one decorating video a month using this same cutter!! These are the videos we have made so far... Check them out on the Flour Box YouTube Channel here! (and I can't wait to show you what is coming, too!!! Some really fun stuff!)

This cutter is available here http://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/girls-cutters/products/cupcake-with-swirl-cookie-cutter

So would you like to see the newest video? Here she is...the spa girl!

Not only was the spa girl fun to decorate, but I also loved making the make-up cookies too!

Here are the cutters that were used for this set. They are available here ... http://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/girls-cutters.



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How to Decorate Make-up Cookies

posted Monday Jul 13, 2015 at 09:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Can you tell that I really enjoyed making these cookies...I mean REEAALLLLLY enjoyed it. They are so simple and fun and cute! What's not to love? 

Good news, too...we made a time-lapse video of the decorating process. Remember, this video is sped up...so it does not show the drying time of the royal icing (recipe available here). I like to allow icing areas to dry a few hours before flooding the next area and piping the details to avoid color blending. 

(Bonus: there is also a video of the Spa Girl cookie coming soon)

I love these cookie cutters! They are all available here in the online shop! 

From the cutter to the cookie......!

I love the simplicity of this set! Each cookie is easy and together they are all so darn cute!

Stay tuned because later this week we are releasing a video of the Spa Girl using my all-time favorite cutter, the cupcake with swirl!




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How to Decorate a Hula Girl Cookie

posted Wednesday Jul 08, 2015 at 06:45 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

It's summer and that means it is time for luau parties!

A good friend of mine hosted a luau party to kick off the start of summer! I offered to host a little decorating party for my friends so we could decorate cookies for the party!

They are so colorful and bright and we had a blast making them! What a fun girls night!

For fun, I made a video of how to decorate the hula girl cookie - she was my favorite from this set!

I didn't have a Hula girl cookie cutter, so can you guess what I used? I wanted BIG hair and room for a flower!

It's a teddy bear, with the ear trimmed.

This cutter is available here in the online shop!


My favorite part of the hula girl is her skirt! I used a tip #44 to create that grass effect. It's available here online.


I also enjoyed making this tiki face. I used a onesie cutter to create this cookie! It was perfect!

We made 60 cookies. I was worried there would be too many leftovers. They were gone a half an hour after putting them on the dessert table!! It was crazy! Of course, there were a lot of kids at the party!

I hope you enjoyed this video!  

Have a sweet summer!


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How to Decorate a Sailboat Cookie

posted Wednesday Jul 01, 2015 at 07:34 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Our family just returned home from an amazing beach vacation. We are rested (and tan) and ready to get back into the swing. I love going to the beach...there is always so much cookie inspiration! 

So to kick off our return to cookies and cookie videos, we are going with a nautical theme!

Today's video features a red, white and blue sailboat - also perfect for the July 4th holiday weekend!

This video is a time-lapse and does not show drying time. I like to allow icing areas to dry a few hours before piping details - and several hours before airbrushing! 

Ready to watch? Here you go - enjoy!

This video features the sailboat cookie cutter. It is available online here!

And that little flag at the top of the sailboat is created with tip #65s (it's a mini version of the leaf tip #70). They are both available here. That flag is so cute...and suuppppeeerrrr easy! I think that is my favorite part of the video.



I chose the anchor stencil to add a pattern to the sail - it is available here.

To keep the airbrush only on the right sail, I use a piece of paper to mask of the area that I don't want to be airbrushed. That pink contraption is called a stencil genie. It helps keep the stencil in place and is available from the www.creativecookier.com. If you don't have a stencil genie, you could also hold the stencil in place with a steady hand (rest your hand on the table surface to stay steady) or use magnets to hold the stencil in place.

For more nautical cookie inspiration...check out these cute photos of past projects!

Here is another version (without airbrushing) of the sailboat.

And my favorite - the sailor kids - aren't they so cute!?

I hope you enjoyed today's blog post!

I would like to wish you a fun and safe 4th of July,


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How to Decorate a Swimsuit Cookie

posted Monday Jun 08, 2015 at 10:39 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

I'm so ready to go to the beach! And, now my cookies are too! Check out these adorable swimsuit cookies!

Would you like to see how they are made? Check out the video!

I use this new swimsuit / corset cookie cutter. This cutter is available here in our online shop!

 I create the ruffles on the suits using tips #101 (rose petal tip) and #101s...a mini version of the #101. I love them both depending on how big I want the ruffle.

Both are available here - check it out!

Want to know which suits are my favorites?? I liked these the best!

The red, white, and blue classic suit!


The green polka dot suit!

The blue cut-out suit!

I hope you enjoyed this video...more videos on the way!! You can check out our full like of summer/beach cookie cutters available online here! I can't wait to show you what is next!






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