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. I don’t know where you get your creative inspiration from Amanda but these are just perfect for a guy! Well done and so much work involved. I’m sure Adam appreciated every little icing stripe that went on these cookies.

  2. So cute! I love all those stripes. I can’t imagine being able to see straight after being done with all that detail!
    So…do you keep dough or cookies in the freezer or do you make them fresh every time?
    I used your inspiration and made a fourth of July flag cake. It was so fun (not near as cute as yours!) and can’t wait to try it again next year. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  3. okay, so maybe they’re not WILDLY imaginative, but who’s to say wild designs are best? they’re perfectly-done and pretty (and delicious, no doubt)–that’s all that matters!

  4. Hey Amanda
    those cookies are beautiful, I love how you did the stripes and the letters….I am just happy most days to get anything I bake out of the oven on time!
    Thanks for sharing and all your hard work

  5. these birthday cookies are just the cutest things ever! i absolutely LOVE them! you are incredible with what you create, i swear!

  6. Oh my gosh! I love stripes. Now I can’t stop thinking about how good your cookies are and how fun it would be to eat a striped cookie. I wish you lived closer or I would ask you to do the cookies for my sister’s miracle baby shower (the baby is the miracle not the shower). But I’m afraid they would melt in transit or I would eat them all like I did last time and not have any dessert for the shower. So I think I will just dream about your cookies while I run 3 miles…

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