I had the distinct pleasure of getting to watch one of America's greatest Chef's in action recently.

Cat Cora was at Macy's doing a presentation and promoting her latest book, Cat Cora's Classics. (Which I bought. Oh yeah. Now I have a staggering four cook books in my collection)

When I first started getting interested in making decorated sugar cookies, I scoured the internet and youtube looking for tutorials and tips. Cat happens to have a little video and it was the first one I ever watched on decorating cookies.

Well, you know I had to bring her a little something…seeing as she was basically the catalyst that helped me to foster my insane love of all things sugar cookies.

I just made her a few…


Sorry about the light color*… the blue cookies say "Chefs for Humanity" which is a group that Cat is the President and Founder of.

The pink center cookie is based off her website logo.

I also made some with her book titles on them and more of her name.

But what was really fun about it all was the way I planned on giving them to her.

*I had just finished making a few dozen baby shower cookies for my SIL, and I only had the light colors on hand.


How fun is that? A pot!

Not only is it a pot, its a mini pot!


Look how tiny it is! I got it at the thrift store for $1.


I made the cookies to fit perfectly inside.

She was so kind and appreciative when I gave them to her.

She just oozed grace. That or southern charm. I get them confused.


She also happens to weigh maybe 90 pounds soaking wet, so I sorta look like a giant ogre next to her.

Good times.

Anyway, it was fantastic seeing a pro at work and I just loved meeting and chatting with her and I really hope she liked her cookies!


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Reader Comments

  1. How fun was that? Glad you had a good time and I’m sure she loved that very original gift!

  2. That mini pot, ESPECIALLY with the cookies, is so cute! You’re a pro too in my book! And about the photo…you two look like you could be sisters-seriously!

  3. What a neat way to present the cookies to her! It must have been great meeting her. You look great in the photo.

  4. What a “sweet” gift! LOL! I love Cat Cora! It’s so awesome you got to meet her and you brought her such a nice and thoughtful treat. They are beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is so AWESOME! She probably sneaked off into a dark corner to sink her teeth into those beauties!

  6. They look yummy! How do you manage to get such small writing on it?? I feel like my hands are always shaking!

  7. Those are so pretty & delicate looking!!
    They taste as good as they look, my friend!!!!!!!! I can literally be one of the lucky people who can say that I’ve tasted your cookies!!!!!
    They were a total hit, and the girls loved them!!!!! I do have leftovers, which I’m glad because my boys wanted one so badly!!!!!

  8. maybe she oozes southern grace! 🙂
    ah, yes, i do enjoy cat (and cats, but that’s irrelevant)–the cookies and mini-pot are the perfect gift for her. 🙂

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