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Tulips - a time lapse video

posted Friday Feb 27, 2015 at 05:33 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Cookies don't have to be complicated to be pretty, right? The details are fun, but there is something equally nice and satisfying to a simple, colorful cookie design. 

I love the dimension of the tulip petals. They are created just by allowing the side petals to dry first before filling in the center petal.
Here's a quick look at the decorating of this cookie. 
It's a time-lapse video - so it is sped up. Also, I usually allow 1-2 hours of drying time before flooding a neighboring icing area.
This is the cookie cutter - it's a tall cookie at 5.5". It's available here in the Flour Box shop.
There are lot of Spring and Easter cutters now ready to ship. You can view them here!
Maybe if we make enough spring cookies, spring will actually come! No more snowmen! Let's unite!
Happy Decorating,

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The Cookie Train is Coming - Time Lapse Cookie Video!

posted Saturday Feb 21, 2015 at 09:02 PM by Anne Yorks — 6 comments

Trains remind me of my dad. This past Christmas he set up a 4-track display complete with a working amusement park - carousel, bumper cars, and cotton candy stand! It was amazing. Our family had a blast watching the trains (that puffed real steam) ride around the display. I can't imagine the time and creativity it took to build the set. But, my dad loves it so much. I could see the joy on his face when all the grandkids were gathered around oohing and aahing over the amazing display.

That is kind of like cookies. Some people don't get why anyone would take the time to decorate in such a detailed and time consuming way. For me it is so enjoyable. I love the process and then I love the reaction from the customer when the cookies are all done!

This set of cookies was for a birthday boy that loves trains!

Would you like to see how the train was actually decorated? Here's a time-lapse video of the decorating from start-to-finish. My husband had a little fun with editing the video at the end :) This video is sped up and edited, so you don't see the drying time between icing colors. But, I let neighboring icing areas dry for at least an hour or two before moving on. 

This train cutter is available in my shop here and is a great favor size! It's made by Ann Clard LTD, a great company from Vermont!

I have been getting a lot of questions after posting the decorating videos here and on facebook.

Here are the two most popular things people ask:

Q: What is the icing?

A: I use royal icing to decorate my cookies. I have written a blog post on it here. There is also a great video tutorial of how to make this icing in the tutorial section of the shop.

Q: What tip number are you using?

A: Most often, I use a #2 round tip. It's a good size for both outlining and detailing. Occasionally I use the #1.5 and #1 for the finer details, and a #3 for the big stuff. But, I find the #2 is my go-to. These tips are all available here online.  Use the coupon code trainsarecool to earn 15% off all DECORATING TIPS - coupon good through Feb 27th!

And, while I still have you...there are some exciting announcements coming down the pike! Stay tuned for an extra amazing Flour Box Bakery Facebook giveaway and a few other fun updates to the shop.

I hope you have a great week,


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I cannot tell a lie ...

posted Saturday Feb 14, 2015 at 08:33 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Happy President's Day from Flour Box Bakery! 

I cannot tell a lie, I had so much fun making these cookies! I received an order for George Washington cookies to be sent to Stafford, VA - the hometown of George during his boyhood! 

So to celebrate George's birthday, we created this super cute start-to-finish video of a George Washington cookie. Happy Watching!

If you've been following our cookie adventure for some time, this cutter may look familiar! It's the girl cutter from Karen's Cookies and is one of my all-time faves! I used it dozens of times! These are just a few - but there are more :)

You can order yours here on the Karen's Cookies website

For more President's Day cookie fun, check out a project from 2013.  I teamed up with a great group of my cookie friends to create a cookie for each of the US Presidents!  

Happy Decorating,


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Will you Be My Valentine? Time-lapse video

posted Friday Feb 13, 2015 at 08:56 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

My arms are noodles and my hand is stuck in a permanent claw position, but I'm so happy to have survived Valentine's Day! Thank you to all the wonderful customers that ordered this year. Thank you also to my husband, mom, Megan and Stacy for their help!

Without delay - here's a fun time-lapse video on the making of the Valentine's!

Keep in mind, this video is sped up...so it's only a minute long, but in real time it took me about five minutes total of decorating time for each heart. (the video also does not show the drying time. I allow 1-2 hours of drying before flooding neighboring colors, especially when dark and light colors are next to each other. This reduces the chance of color bleeding and also adds a nice dimension to the cookie design) 

Here's a peak at some of the hundreds of cookies delivered this week...

Part of the Chocolate Collection

We shipped lots of orders.


And so many cute cookies went to Callao Cafe this week!

One of my favorite cookie designs - the cupcake!

Would you like a box of chocolates?

Finally - a super sweet thanks to Krista at Drawn with Character! We loved the bag toppers available in her Etsy shop! Can't wait to use them again soon!

That's it for now...time to spend some time with my valentines!



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My First Cookie - The Teacup! (and a quick-look video!)

posted Tuesday Feb 03, 2015 at 01:17 PM by Anne Yorks — 21 comments

Once in awhile someone will comment or post that they could never decorate a cookie like I do. Would you like to see my first attempt? This is proof that we all start somewhere and a little practice goes a long way!

There she is in all her glory! I can remember it like it was yesterday (but it was actually 7 years ago). As soon as I piped the last detail, I called my mom so excited and asked her to come over right away to see my amazing cookies. She rushed right over and when she saw them she exclaimed, "They're gorgeous! You're going to be on the Food Network!!" We both gushed over these beautiful teacups.

Truth be told, my first attempt was not my best work to date. But I remember exactly how much work, attention and love when into those cookies. I still love this teacup cookie and I'm still proud of it, but I'm glad I have continued to practice and learn how to decorate with royal icing over the years.

These are the teacups I made that are featured in today's video:

Just a little difference, right? :)

Would you like to see a timelapse video on how these teacups were made? Here you go! Keep in mind, this video is sped up...so it's only a minute long, but in real time it took me about 7-8 minutes total of decorating time for each teacup. (the video also does not show the drying time. I allow 1-2 hours of drying before flooding neighboring colors, especially when dark and light colors are next to each other. This reduces the chance of color bleeding and also adds a nice dimension to the cookie design) Happy Watching!

 Here is the teacup cookie cutter used to make these cookies. They are available here in my online shop.

I hope you are enjoying these videos. We are really enjoying making them! We are getting a great response and have connected to so many other new cookie decorators. A few have sent in suggestions for new video ideas - so thank you! We are working on slowing them down and adding a step-by-step tutorial. Hopefully coming soon! In the meantime, happy decorating!


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