Thanks to a very patient and kind winner, I am finally getting around to making the free two dozen cookies for the sweet girls that won my first ever contest on i am baker.

She had the easiest request…' just do what you do Amanda, we love it!'

Um, I love you too. Really. I want to put you in my pocket.

Sweet Mary decided that she wanted to share her cookies with her girls' friends and some family. She gave me a list of names and just let me roll.

And boy did I ever.

I have never made cookies like these before, in more ways then one.

1. I used royal icing. A *new recipe. I am not entirely familiar with it and it was a learning process.

2. I went for simple. Normally I love LOTS of dots and lines and detail work, but I decided to try something new.

Please be honest and tell me if I should immediately go back to what I was doing before. I will cry and cry and probably give up forever You wont hurt my feelings I promise.


Can you guess what the little designs are on the cookies?

Yeah. No one here could either. I was trying to make a plane and a car.

One person guessed, "A kid on the ground?" Another person guessed, "A sword?" My dear hubby guessed, "A turtle?"

I think I have some work to do in the art and icing department!









I hope Mary likes them.

Even though I spelled Olivia wrong.

And that half the names are tilted and not uniform.

And that I sent them today but she wont receive them until next FRIDAY unless I wanted to spend $100 on overnight shipping.

All I can say is, I am not going to make that mistake next year! 🙂

*The new recipe I tried is one that I saw on sweetopia's blog. Just scroll down for the Royal Icing recipe! I enjoyed working with it but am not sure about the taste… it dries very hard and is very crunchy when you bite into a cookie. That is true for most Royal Icings though… so I think I might stick with my recipe just a bit longer. 😉 But do be sure to hang out with sweetopia for awhile.. her site is AMAZING!

Royal Icing Recipe


6 oz (3/4 cup) of warm water
5 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 kilogram (2.25 lbs.) powdered icing sugar

*** Note; if your meringue powder has no vanilla flavour
(vanillin powder) in it, add a teaspoon of clear vanilla to this recipe.


In mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder.
Mix it with a whisk by hand until it is frothy and thickened…about 30

Add the cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds more.

Pour in all the icing sugar at once and place the bowl on the mixer.

Using the paddle attachment on the LOWEST speed, mix slowly for a full 10 minutes. Icing will get thick and creamy.

Cover the bowl with a dampened tea-towel to prevent crusting and drying.

Tint with food colourings or thin the icing with small amounts of warm water to reach the desired consistency.

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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. Super job! And… yes… I could easily tell that they were planes and cars. My boys would love them. 🙂
    I should never look at pictures of cookies at 10 at night… now I wants something SWEET to eat. LOL.
    Good night,

  2. Could those be any cuter????
    I totally saw the planes and cars so don’t worry about those! 🙂
    Have a great week and a fantastic time at your class!!!

  3. Just so you know….I say the planes and the car right away!
    I think they are just gorgeous! The butterflies are great!
    Keep it up Amanda!

  4. I just found your gorgeous blog. I can’t wait to spend some more time here 🙂 These cookies are divine!

  5. I just found your gorgeous blog. I can’t wait to spend some more time here 🙂 These cookies are divine!

  6. I knew exactly what they were (my 10 y.o. says, “me, too”)! I love the green and pink…so bright and happy!
    Yes, Sweetopia is AMAZING!!! I just about CRIED the first time I saw her blog…it is SO, SO beautiful!

  7. I have never made royal icing before, a crime, I know. This recipe looks really good, though, so I’ll have to try it! The cookies are so pretty. We’ll see how good I do…

  8. Oh my goodness, sweetness!! They turned out great – and before I even read that people couldn’t identify the shapes, I totally saw the cars and airplanes! So no worries! The girly ones are adorable as well – I LOVE your handwriting (ok ok, I’m more jealous cause I have scribbly boy hand writing) and am super impressed at how neat and clean it turns out on your cookies!

  9. Two of my favorite colors!
    Kelly Green and Coral.
    Love them!!
    And did you take those pictures?
    You could so do professional photography!!

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