When people are kind enough to feature something I have made ontheirblog, I never quite know how to respond.

Thank you just doesnt seem enough! But, seeing as our relationships are mostly based via the inter-web (why I am using that word I do not know, since it drives me batty) its hard to thank people in person or with personal gifts.

I decided to try something well within my realm of capabilities. (still to be determined)

I made cookies.


Have you ever been to A Cup of Jo? Miss Joanna is quite lovely… thoughtful… fashionable… and a new mommy! You know I am a sucker for a babe and mom.


This is similar to her blog banner… Joanna and her hubby had the most beautiful engagement pictures where they are carrying a big red balloon.


I tried to capture it on this little cookie… I just hope it still pops up after traveling across the country!

(and since it gets dark around 4:00pm here all of these cookies were subject to that horrific thing known as flash)


She also professes a love for bikes.After seeing that post I sorta do too! 🙂


And of course… her new baby boy.

I have to admit, its hard tocompilean arrangement of cookies that are for someone that you have only ever met online… and doing the research for this sorta made me feel like a stalker!

I just hope she, and everyone else who has so graciously shared their web space with me, knows how much I appreciate the love.

Now I just need to figure out a way to send cookies to all of you… cause honestly, I would like to!

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. AMANDA!!Not Amber. Sorry, I was talking to my future sis-in-law on Skype and she is Amber. Flipping between screens late at 11:30pm-Bad idea!
    But again these are stunning Amanda! Sorry for the typo!

  2. Wow – what an absolutely thoughtful and awesome gift! I love that you did this! I feel strangely close to my “online friends” as well. My online community feels like a group of girlfriends that I would normally get together with (if we all lived in the same place, that is). Heck…we’re sending Christmas cards to one another, doing ornament exchanges, etc! I love being able to connect with others and to share with one another!

  3. Hi Amanda, gorgeous work!
    Are those decorated cookies soft or crispy? Mine always get soft (too soft I should say) after flooding and the drying process, brazilians like them a little crispier and I am having a hard time keeping them crispy after royal icing them. Thank you for sharing your amazing work and recipes with us! Blessings! Karina

  4. omg this is so sweet! I love cup of jo & it makes me so happy to see all the other people who love it too! happy holidays 😀

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