Tweet Tweet Little Bird -3rd Birthday Party

 

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My little one turns 3 within a week and we invited her closest friends to celebrate her birthday this last Saturday. They were little, they were sweet, they were chit-chatting, tweeting just like little birds, a delight to have them in the house for a couple of hours.
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We made small bird houses from cardboard paper and little fluffy birds from pompoms and colourful feathers. I found a free bird house template online which worked perfectly and was just the right size. The only fault is that there was no roof top to this template but was no trouble to make one. I made like 20 little bird houses to hang on our decorative tree before the party. During this activity we were listening to real bird songs which made us feel like we are in the middle of an enchanted forest with lots and lots of species of birds.
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After this the girls had a snack and we cut the birthday cake at the end as well.
I tried to make everything to resemble the birthday theme. Made white chocolate cookies in shape of birds and No.3. This time I iced the cookies with royal icing. It is much easier to work on cookies with royal icing than last time when I used a different icing (sugar and milk), and the final result is pretty but when it comes to eat these cookies, I think that royal icing is a bit too hard.
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My Mum is visiting as at the moment, so she and my older daughter joined me to make the little wafer bird houses. It was much fun to do them. I even tried to draw faces with edible ink on the tiny jelly bean birds, but I gave up eventually 🙂 We glued the wafer pieces together with melted white candy chocolate.
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Speaking of candy melts, I made each girl a chocolate flower and wrapped them individually in little cellophane bags. We gave them the chocolate flowers before they left home together with their party bags.
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We served small ham and cheese sandwiches, sweetcorn, tiny bite size pastry canapeés filled with tuna, salted hula hops -just to have something savory along the sweet deserts.
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Finally they had vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate cream, topped with cute birds cupcake toppers, and the chocolate birthday cake.
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The cake first had a layer of marzipan, then white fondant, covered all around with various colours, styles and size of tiny bird houses, which I made from fondant. I absolutely loved making them.
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“Taylor Swift” Birthday Party

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It was my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday on Saturday, and we decided to celebrate it in STYLE of Taylor Swift. We went for Taylor’s famous RED lips and for her also famous “Not a lot going on at the moment” outfit from the clip 22. The girls (my girl and her two best friends) are not even half the age, but they’re sure feeling 22… 🙂

She dressed up and we made a few photos a weak before the party to make a suitable invitation for her friends.

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It was fun putting together this little party, and it was great fun being around and watching them. My daughter has two very good friends, who couldn’t have more different personalities, yet they got along together so well during the day, and they certainly enjoyed every minute of it.

 

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They first did a little dancing and singing, then they solved a puzzle. They had to put the words in order to get the correct song titles. After this we went out for lunch, but then got back to the house to attack the desert table.

 

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After having some cake and sweets, the girls decorated white canvas trainers with fabric markers. Naturally, they got to keep the trainers as a party favour along with a Taylor Swift CD and a bright red lipstick each. They were thrilled!

 

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My daughter wanted a chocolate cake with a little puppy -which is totally non-Taylor Swift, but hey, that’s what she asked for, and that’s what she got. So, here is my very first marzipan puppy.

 

 

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The desert table was all pretty colourful with a touch of vintage retro, which suited Taylor Swift style very well. I baked sugar cookies in the shape of large lips and number 9. I also made candy pops, which literally were candies and not cake pops. I covered candy lolly pops in melted chocolate and sprinkled over colourful thousands sprinkles. They just went for it like crazy. I know they would like these better than cake pops.
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I bought small bottles with cranberry and orange juice and washed off the original labels to put little pictures of my daughter dressed like Taylor Swift. I used the same small photos to wrap tiny chocolates.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2nd Birthday

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My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.

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She is all about the little star twinkling in the well known nursery song. My girl doesn’t really talk (well she does, but on a special language that only she can understand and use, and I can confirm that is not Hungarian nor English 🙂 …) yet she started to sing this Twinkle Twinkle song a long time ago. I am certain that she will be a pretty good singer because she seems to get the music tunes very well.

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Anyway, I was happy that even though she couldn’t tell me with words what she would like for her birthday, but hearing her sing all day, in the house, sitting in the buggy, or at dinner her favourite song about the little star, this gave me the idea to make her 2nd birthday based on this theme. It was fun and pretty easy. I wanted to keep it simple so I chose the gold -which is sort of given, and pure white. I think that gold and white are a good match, kind of elegant, too.

Cake Pops with gold and glitter

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We didn’t have a birthday party for her, but I still wanted to celebrate this special day with style, adding a little sparkle and magic. My daughter loved it, and so the rest of the family.

Orange juice (I removed the original labels after keeping the bottles in warm water for about 2-3 minutes and sticked my own labels)

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Ham and cheese mini sandwiches

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Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )

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I made a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star t-shirt for her using a plain white cotton top and a large gold sequin iron on fabric star.

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White chocolate cake

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Tamara’s Coral, Yellow and Green 1st Birthday Party

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My inspiration for this came from a little dress that I bought for my daughter when I was still pregnant with her. I didn’t want a pink princess birthday for her, but more colourful and summery. Coral is a beautiful colour, but I must admit that it is extremely hard to put together a party choosing coral as a leading theme! What is coral like? Is it a shade of pink, or a shade of red, or a mix of red and yellow, or simply just faded red???  Hard to find any accessories (to keep the party cheep, that is) so I made a compromise and used pinks here and there, as well as oranges and reds. The overall outcome was pretty and suited my little girl just fine!

We had our Hungarian friends coming over with their children, all slightly older than my baby, but young enough to enjoy themselves. We had no party activities of any sort, just free play, and they could do whatever they wished to do. Looking through the mess and the battlefield of toys spread all over the living room, I think they have had a great time 🙂

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I made this tree based on a display tree which I saw in Hobby Craft. The one I saw was made of rubber plastic, mine is real and I cut it from a bush, stack it in wet sand and painted it all over with white spray. I decorated it with paper flowers and few butterflies and hanged 12 small, framed photos of my baby starting from birth up to 12 months.

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The giant Number 1 I made from polyfoam and covered with spotty tissue paper.

I served sweet Rose to my lady friends, and to keep it cool I placed the bottles in a bucket filled with my special rose ice cubes. I picked small wild rose buds from the bushes next to our house and freezed them in water to make these cute and girly ice cubes.

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The Birthday table:

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Not everything was on the table when my husband took the photos. We had lots of Nachos with three kind of dips, also I made tuna spread in small pastry shells, and we had Crostini baguettes with Feta cheese cream and cherry tomato salsa on top. This is a delicious recipe that I saw once on Food Network made by one of my favourite TV chefs Ina Garten.

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These Number 1 biscuits are my favourite in spite of not being easy to make them. I had no cookie cutter to start with……Was looking on eBay to buy, but the only one I found was £45 from Germany, but no way I would pay that much for a cookie cutter. It doesn’t even make sens to be THAT expensive! So, I had to figure out something, and I just remembered that I had a Christmas tree cookie cutter…… It took me a little while but eventually I managed to mould it with a tool and I transformed the tree into a number 1! Wasn’t exactly perfectly shaped but I loved it anyway and in the end my Number 1 cookies were just fine and imperfect in a pretty funny way 🙂

Now, before Christmas I might just remould it back to a tree, ha-ha!

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I made two kind of cupcakes, a batch of vanilla cakes with fresh blueberries and white chocolate chips frosted with white chocolate cream.

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The other cupcakes were rich chocolate with caramel chocolate cream frosting and also few with the white chocolate cream.

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Simple vanilla cake pops,…

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… and lots of sweets for the kids!

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The birthday cake is a delicious chocolate cake with many layers.

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Strawberry cheese cakes as party favours plus a party bag with a home made Peg Doll for each kid. My Mum and I made the Peg Dolls from outgrown body suits of Tamara’s.

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I think they came out very cute, don’t you?

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And here’s my darling party-girl 🙂

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I also made her a little Smash Cake which she could “play” with a little before eating on her actual birthday.

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Ha-ha, she went for the yellow fondant rose on top!

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Happy Birthday to my sweet little Darling Tamara!

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Under The Sea Birthday Party for Szonja -with Ruffled Blue Ombre Cake

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Blues….LOTS of blues! When we decided that my daughter will have an Under The Sea party I instantly fell in love with the whole idea. I made some research of what I could bring to the table and I am happy to say that I managed to put it all together, but what is more important is that my daughter and her friends had a wonderful time, they enjoyed the party very much, including me 🙂

 

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This post is a bit more than just cakes and cupcakes. I want to share with you my beautiful 7 year old daughter’s party details, because it was a great pleasure for me to host it and have these cheerful, happy, funny and very well behaved kids in the house for a couple of hours.

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I will start with the party table then finish with the decorations and party activities.

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I made each party guest her own starfish biscuit with her own printed name, and my daughter placed them in order where she wanted them to sit.

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We put tiny white chocolates on their plates too, which I wrapped in tulle and glued on a small, real seashell.

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I made little sandwich castles of two kind. There were tuna sandwiches and butter with ham.

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I served blue Ocean Water which was in fact strawberry flavoured water with few drops of blue food colour. I planned to make blue jelly as well, but eventually I gave up with it, because I realised that there was plenty to eat already and it would have been a waist. Instead I gave them fresh blueberries and I think it was definitely a healthier and testier option.
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I put cute little jars of several kind of blue and white candies, sweets, bonbons which all looked pretty and the kids loved it!
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I made vanilla cake pops and covered them with blue candy melt, but I didn’t dip them in the melted chocolate to make it smooth, but instead I used a spoon and kind of painted the blue chocolate all over the cake pops to get this rough finish and I named it Ocean Waves Cake Pops. I sprinkled some edible glitter on them too.
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Under the cake I placed little bite size seashell cookies. I made these from tiny biscuits filled with white chocolate cream and a large chocolate pearl. I wanted to tint the white chocolate ganache with blue food colour, but as you can see it came out a little greenish…. That’s because the white chocolate has an ivory-yellow colour and mixed with blue it will result in green. It still looked pretty so I didn’t mind really.
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Same cream on top of my cupcakes. These were strawberry cupcakes and some are frosted with plain whipped cream, others with the chocolate ganache. I placed edible seashells on top. Some I left pure white, and some I dusted with pale blue edible lustre.
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And last but not least the Birthday Cake!
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I made a  white chocolate cake with many layers and many blue ombre ruffles. On top I just sprinkled brown sugar and placed several small fondant seashells.
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Now, a bit about the decoration and the party…
I put some beautiful white flowers on the table, a blue candle, and several real, large seashells which I borrowed from my son’s preschool. They looked pretty and made a real statement on the table.
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I made blue and white pompoms from tissue paper and hang them to the ceiling above the party table. Good thing that none of them fell down while they were siting by the table:-)
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There was a sign at the front door written with chalk: Mermaids this way. We did not took a picture of that 🙂
I set up a little corner named Mermaid Boutique where we had bottles of loose pearls, beads, and also necklaces, bracelets and hair clips as many as the girls. I made each girl her own necklace and bracelet and hair clip which they received during a game and of course they got to keep them.
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Szonja had a different hair clip, a special handmade from Bali that I bought her few weeks ago.
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She also got this wooden treasure box that I made her myself for her birthday.
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After the girls (and 1 boy) arrived we asked them to sit to a little table and write or draw a birthday message to Szonja, then they had to insert their message into a bottle.
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In order to get their necklaces, bracelets and hair clips, they had to find few treasures in a large bucket filled with sand. They had to dig in and bring what they found. Also they had to pick a flash card and they had to be able to say some facts about the sea animal shown on the card. In exchange they got their prize.
Digging for hidden treasures…
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I sprayed hair glitter on their hair before giving them their hair clip. This was a huge hit of the party. Honestly 🙂
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The girls had fun with the mermaid photo booth! I made this huge drawing so they can take turns posing as mermaids, and they all did so 🙂
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Along with their party favour bags filled with lots of sweets and some other stuff, I prepared these little baby food jars containing sand, seashells and colourful sea creatures.
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This was MY fizzy Caribbean cocktail drink 🙂
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My oldest and my youngest with their friend. I made these tutu skirts for them.
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Heart Cookies For Valentine’s Day

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Who said that Valentine’s Day has to be all about red flowers, red cookies, red hearts, etc …etc…? Actually red is one of my favourite colours, and as much as I love it when it comes to decorate cakes and cookies with red fondant, I’m not to keen on doing it, so I am avoiding it if possible. So here comes pink again!

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I used the same white chocolate cookie recipe which I used for the Christmas Cookies, so you can find the recipe under that post. I baked these heart shape cookies about 2 weeks ago. Actually we were baking with my daughter and my son, they were making cookies for themselves, and I only made these few big hearts and put them away in a box undecorated.

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Have a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and Happy Valentine’s Day Folks! 🙂

Christmas Sugar Cookies – Name Tag Cookies

I had to repost this, as there was a problem with my initial Christmas Cookies post…

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When you live with a 6 year old girl in the house -who by the way loves everything PINK, you don’t realize that slowly but definitely pink will start spreading all over the place…Yep, that’s what happens if you are not aware. Needles to say it happened with us too, and everywhere you look, there is something pink. Is it a coincidence that this year the main Christmas Look is also pink in our house? Noooo….there you go, that’s how I made pink/blue/silver Christmas Cookies, and not red, which is a classical Christmas colour.

The recipe to bake these cookies I found at www.KarensCookies.net

 

She made a list of her favourite sugar cookies, and I chose this one, called White Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Have no idea how the other cookie recipes work , but this one is pretty good and I am happy with my choice. It is delicious, easy to make, and they don’t brake, yet they are light and nice! I don’t have a history of making sugar cookies, in fact this is my second attempt of all. I did decorate biscuits before, but this time I really wanted cookies made from scratch. Originally I planed to decorate them with Royal Icing, but since I am not using Royal Icing a lot, I don’t have a routine using it, and definitely didn’t have the time to start experimenting now. So, I went for the easy way, which for me is working with fondant.

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I had some Tiffany Parcel Blue fondant (sounds posh, doesn’t it?) and I was happy to use it, although I found the blue a little to dark in the end. I think the cookies would have looked more airy, more subtle with lighter blue, and I guess I could have mix the blue fondant with white to lighten the colour, but at 3 am in the morning I just couldn’t find the motivation. So Tiffany Parcel Blue it is!

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The names on the name tag cookies are my family 🙂 I attached a ribbon to each name tag, which by the way was not too easy, because I cut and baked and covered the cookies with fondant without having made a little hole for the ribbon. Yeah…please think ahead next time… 🙂

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Anyway, since these cookies are good quality, and having the fondant glued from the previous evening, they have softened just right to be able to pierce a little hole in the corner. Also, I was super careful and slow doing it, but I succeeded and none of them broke!

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We will share these with the family, we spend Christmas in Hungary, I hope the cookies will make it on the long journey 🙂
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Here is the recipe for you, I just copy/paste it…
White Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
    1 tsp. baking powder
    ¼ tsp. salt
    ½ cup butter, softened
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    6 oz. white chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt (so they’re well combined) and set aside.In large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Blend in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in melted white chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture until soft dough forms. Shape dough in ball; flatten to 3/4″ thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes* until firm.On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness. Bake until edges are golden. Let stand 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely.*Note: You MUST be able to roll and cut the dough after the 15 minute refrigeration time, or it will set up too much and won’t roll out well. This dough is a dream to work with. You’ll love it.

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Keep Calm And Have a Cookie! Sugar Cookies For New Years Eve

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Remember my White Chocolate Christmas Cookies? I made those and these at the same time, but kept in an airtight container they stayed just as good and tender as freshly made cookies.

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My favourites are the clocks. And the “Keep Calm And….” cookies 🙂

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White Chocolate Sugar Cookies
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. white chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate and set aside. In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt (so they’re well combined) and set aside.In large mixer bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Blend in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in melted white chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture until soft dough forms. Shape dough in ball; flatten to 3/4″ thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes* until firm.On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness. Bake until edges are golden. Let stand 2 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely.*Note: You MUST be able to roll and cut the dough after the 15 minute refrigeration time, or it will set up too much and won’t roll out well. This dough is a dream to work with. You’ll love it.

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I covered all of them with white fondant, then painted on with edible powder coloring and edible pen.

 

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There is a cookie with Keep Calm and Take a Mustache, and we actually had few mustaches, the kids loved to wear them as a party accessory. They looked funny 😀

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