I get burnt out on birthday cookies.

My lazy little brain wants to just write out ‘Happy Birthday!’ on each cookie and call it a day.


But then I get to thinking about someone opening a box of cookies only to see something they have seen all too often before it.. well… it motivates me to try new things.

Not totally fantastic or brilliant or earth shattering new things… just techniques and designs that are new to me.



These fantastically un-original cookies are just different colored lines.

The only thing I knew about the recipient was that he was turning 30 and his name was Adam.

So. I tried to go for masculine. Hence, brown, blue, and green.

I’m wildly imaginative you know.


I started out with these for his name. Then I thought it was too busy looking so I made different ones. (above)

I think I ate these. Its all kind of a sugar induced mental blur.



I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and glaze icing.

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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. What lovely gifts from Renee! She is very talented.
    And YOU may think your cookies are un-original, but they aren’t. Perfect for a guy! Your birthday cookies are always a way to start out my day with a smile on my face.
    Please don’t get bored with doing them! 🙁

  2. I HAVE to comment on your cookies! I’ve not seen anything done like it before! Those are amazing Amanda and such a huge amount of detail and work! You have such an original design spirit. I LOVE it!
    I’m so happy you like your tiles and are using them. You know I enjoyed making them for you and I’m thrilled you have been enjoying them! Thanks for the shout out too Amanda! I appreciate it!

  3. The stripes are striking, and very masculine, well done 🙂 Great painted tiles from Renee! She has a great name by the way 🙂

  4. The way you drew the stripes makes me think you are a ruler!Nice job on doing those cookies, they are so colorful and very yummy to look at.

  5. These are such great cookies! Perfect for a guy…I’m always stumped making cookies for men. “Hey, how do you like sanding sugar?!?”
    Anyway….the way you put the letters and stripes on there was brilliant! And the trivets are darling! Renee is so talented. Maybe someday Bake at 350 will have one *cough*. 😉

  6. I just wanted to clarify my comment….I can never come up with clever masculine cookies. I always feel like I’m offering something girlie like sanding sugar or sprinkles. I wasn’t saying YOU should use sanding sugar!!! Hope it didn’t come across that way!
    You cookies are masculine perfection! I am inspired!

  7. Your creativity is just amazing! I love the idea of the stripes but I don’t think I have the patience ~ 🙂
    The tiles are adorable! Renee is quite talented.
    Have a blessed week ~

  8. You know, I absolutely love these! I think for guys, simple is PERFECT because I don’t know any that would even appreciate the effort anyway! ha!

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