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Purple Parisian Party

posted Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 at 04:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

Last week, we had a very exciting weekend! We celebrated both of my girls birthdays! Their birthdays are two weeks apart, so we planned one celebration with our friends and family for both in the middle!


My oldest daughter, who is turning seven, has spent the summer studying France, especially Paris. She has enjoyed learning about the history, the people, the food, the art, and of course the French pastries!! Our local librarian was very helpful with finding books about France. I've posted a list of our favorite books at the bottom of this post!


I've done several PINK Paris cookie collections. But this was my first in shades of purple, a special request from the birthday girl herself!


These cute beret girls were the featured cookies on the platter. Of course she had brown hair just like Grace!


But, the favors also included several polka dot fleur-de-lis cookies!


The Eiffel Tower and passport stamp cookies were also included. I had done these before, and they are so fun to make!


Right about now, I think I should make a disclaimer that I'm not a cake lady. I'm a cookie girl! But, I like to make my daughters' cakes! So when I make cakes, I put cookies on them of course!


The cakes matched in style :) Both featuring the girls names! (Cecelia's cookies/cake were character themed, so no photos of her birthday treats since I don't normally offer those!)


Front and center was the beret girl with pigtails! Gracie made that executive decision.


I made a bunch of royal icing transfers and added these fleur-de-lis 'candies' around the base of the cake. 



I popped on an Eiffel Tower and a Poodle and ... Viola! The cake was donesies!



And she loved it!


Before the guests arrived, Grace pulled out several of her favorite cookies and set them to the side to give to our helpful librarian. She wrote her own thank you note, too!!


As promised, here are a few of the children's books that we really enjoyed.  These were all available at our library, but each title will be linked to amazon in case you want to check them out:

Linnea in Monet's Garden, by Cristina Bjork (Author), Lena Anderson (Illustrator), Joan Sandin (Translator)


The Red Balloon, by Albert Lamorisse


Emma in Paris, by Claire Frossard (Creator), Christophe Urbain (Photographer)


Fancy Nancy, Aspiring Artist (as a note, we enjoy all Fancy Nancy books!!), by Jane O'Connor (Author), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)


The mighty Lalouche / written by Matthew Olshan ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat / by Susanna Reich ; illustrated by Amy Bates


The inside-outside book of Paris / by Roxie Munro


Madeline and the old house in Paris / story and pictures by John Bemelmans Marciano.


Do you know of any children's books about Paris? Feel free to share in the comments section below! We are always looking for a good book recommendation!


Have a sweet day,


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Making Cookies for Jim Parsons of the Big Bang Theory

posted Saturday Sep 06, 2014 at 07:54 AM by Anne Yorks — 13 comments

I can barely contain my excitement! Last week, I had the honor of making a very special congratulations set of cookies for 4-time Emmy winner, Jim Parsons! He is the actor that plays Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory! And he won his FOURTH Emmy for being the funniest guy on TV, aka, the Best Actor in a Comedy!!  (Four Emmys!!! Can you imagine how proud his mom is?)

A friend ordered these cookies for Jim as a sweet surprise to celebrate his major achievement. And then last night...this happened...an Instagram photo from @therealjimparsons, tagging @flourboxbakery!! And my head almost exploded with excitement!!

And then I get this photo...funniest guy on tv...being funny and super cute while holding Flour Box Bakery cookies! Jim, you're the best! Truly, made this cookie nerd smile and laugh and feel so happy!



Figuring out the cookie designs was a total blast! My client (Jim's friend) suggested the themes of congrats, the Big Bang Theory and 4 Emmy wins. I had so many ideas! And after planning and planning and sketching and planning and stressing and planning...these are the cookies I made!



My favorite cookie of the set (and the most challenging) was the comedy mask! And, how appropriate since Jim IS the funniest guy on TV!



I also had fun planning this cake. I tried to get a little clever!



And, really, the collection would not have been complete without a 'cookied' Sheldon!! Bazinga!



I packed them carefully and then held my breath until they arrived at their destination. Just, a little nerve wracking! I was so relieved when I got a little note letting me know they arrived in one piece!

I really appreciated this opportunity! I hope my client knows how much fun I had creating these cookies! It really was an honor to be included in a small, sweet way in such a big lifetime achievement! (My mom thought it was pretty cool, too!)

And, while ALL my clients are super important to me, it's pretty cool that my cookies had a little brush with celebrity! Good thing I have a 3-year-old at home to keep me grounded. Otherwise, this might give me a big head!

So, a big congrats to Jim! And, a special thanks to Pam! This is one set of cookies I will always remember!!

Have a sweet day,


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Here Comes the Bride

posted Sunday Aug 10, 2014 at 07:02 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

This morning, another bridal order is wrapped and ready! It's been a wonderfully busy wedding season this year! Check out some of the fun projects we have worked on this summer.

I love all the different colors couples choose for their weddings. 

These cookies were for a navy and coral wedding. They cookies were going on a cookie table - an idea that was to honor the grandfather of the bride that loved cookies!

I made more than 80 of these bride and groom bird box sets. The client provided the custom tags. here is a close up of the birds out of the box.

Clients order cookies for the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and wedding. And, there are times when a gift is ordered to send best wished to the bride and groom. 

This collection covers all those occasions. It's available for special order here http://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/wedding-engagement-gifts/products/happily-ever-after. 


I loved making these jar cookies!! The jar and yellow flowers coordinated with the invitation.


This wedding gown favor was created for a 'Something Blue' themed bridal shower. The details are simple and elegant. Just a hit of blue at the hem on on the bodice with a blue sash. 


A blue bouquet of flowers for another shower!

My favorite cookie to make is the peacock. It's also a popular wedding favor too!

This cutter is exclusively available here! And, a step-by-step video tutorial will be available this week!!. This cookie coordinates with the peacock stencil also available on our site

Here is an example of how the stencil looks.



In additional to the wedding favor orders, in July, I also taught an intermediate cookie decorating class that focused on wedding favor cookies.


We practiced royal icing stenciling, ribbon roses, lace borders, brushed flowers and more. And we also created that cute bride cookie (a video tutorial on the bride cookie will be available soon on our tutorial page!). 

Flour Box Bakery is always honored to be a small, sweet part of life's big events! If you are having a special occasion and are looking for something unique, please contact us for a cookie quote!

Thank you and have a sweet day!




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Flour Box Cookie School Recap

posted Monday Jul 21, 2014 at 08:51 AM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

"I saw the projects posted before class and thought 'I will never be able to do that," said a recent cookie school student. "But, we took it step-by-step, and I am amazed at how my cookies turned out! I am leaving feeling so confident about my cookie decorating!"


The Flour Box Cookie School has been a source of great joy these past few months. Meeting so many new decorators (local and beyond) has really been thrilling. Located in Zion, PA (10 minutes from Penn State), I've had many local friends join the class, but have also had students come from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and Virginia!

The 2014 class registrations is almost full. Only three spots remain in the November 8th intermediate class. To register, click here. A new schedule for 2015 will be announced this fall. So if you're interested in taking a class...stay tuned!! Updates will be posted on www.flourboxbakery.com and on the Flour Box Bakery Facebook Page.


Here is a recent photo from the Intermediate wedding favors class. The students created these projects, practicing brushed flowers, lace borders and details, scribble roses, designs and text with the kopykake, ribbon roses, royal icing stenciling, and more!


These classes would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors! 

I use the products from Ribbon by Design, BRP Box Shop and the Cookie Countess in my business and it is a honor to partner with them to share their products with the cookie school students! The Notta Cookie (available from Karenscookies.net) has been an invaluable tool both in class, and for practicing cookies designs for clients. 

The classes are small, 8-9 students in each class. All materials for the projects are provided.

Here are the examples from the May decorating details intermediate class  - students practiced several wet-on-wet techniques, airbrushing, basketweave, brushing flowers, ribbon roses, creating characters and more!

The classroom is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where students can come to learn, share ideas, and decorate. Every technique is demonstrated live.


And, there is lots of one-on-one instruction, with valuable tips given out during the class!



Some people have taken the class together.



I've had best friends, husband and wife, mother and daughter, and father and daughter!! That has been lots of fun!


Students get a copy of the Cookie School binder, box samples from BRP Box Shop and product samples from Notta CookieRibbon by Design,and the Cookie Countess.


(first-time decorator!!)

If you're interested in more info about cookie school, visit http://www.flourboxbakery.com/pages/cookie-school.  I hope you'll join me for a class soon!


Have a sweet day,




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April Cookie School Recap

posted Wednesday Apr 30, 2014 at 09:03 AM by Anne Yorks — 11 comments


Last weekend, I hosted the Flour Box Cookie School decorating basics class. What a lot of fun! Here's a sweet recap of the class! Flour Box Bakery is located in Zion/Bellefonte, PA (10 mins from Penn State). For more info on cookie school, the 2014 schedule, our sponsors, and to register, click here!)



Meet the students!! These ladies were awesome! Many were decorating cookies for the first time and jumped in feet first and created some really great projects!



But before the students arrive, there is a lot of prep and set-up work! I love getting the room ready. The class size is small 8-10 students per class. Which is great because there is a lot of one-on-one attention and a fun class dynamic that happens with the small group.



Each decorating station is set and ready. In this class, we used the Notta Cookie (order yours here)! It's a pretend cookie that is great for practicing without the pressure! We tried a few techniques on the Notta cookie before moving to the real thing!



In the basics class, each student receives a Cookie School binder. It has my basic recipes, tips, resources and a few helpful practice sheets.


Plus, students get a goodie bag with a few special surprised from the class sponsors! See those awesome white window boxes? I used the BRP boxes for my students to take their projects home in style.

Actually, we chatted a bit about cookie packaging.



One of the best ways to dress up a beautiful cookie is to add a ribbon. I like the ribbon from Ribbon by Design! I ordered ribbon with my Flour Box Bakery logo! Isn't it so cute!?


The class is hands-on! I explain and demonstrate the cookie design and then it's show time for the students! 


Students have the opportunity to use my tools and supplies to make their masterpieces!


There is lots of hard work and concentration. 


A mother and daughter registered for the class. They worked so nicely next to each other and it was fun to have them in the class!


We did an airbrush project in this class. Thank you Cookie Countess Stencils for providing samples for the students!!


Airbrush practice making gingham cookies! Do you see the practice on the Notta Cookie?


Meet Sarah, a first-time decorator! She did awesome and is coming back for another class!


Can you believe it was her first time decorating!?! She's a pro! Lovely cookies, Sarah!!


Special thank you to the Cookie School Sponsors! This class would not be possible without your support! And thanks to the awesome students! I can't wait to see the cookies they create in the future using their new skills!

Flour Box Bakery is located in Zion/Bellefonte, PA (10 mins from Penn State) for more info on cookie school, the 2014 schedule, our sponsors, and to register, click here!)

Have a sweet day!


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