I’m obsessed with pretty paper. Beautiful cards, wrapping paper, packaging – I have to have it. I bought double-sided satin ribbon and kraft paper last year to wrap holiday gifts and spent a little bit more than I would have liked on some Martha Stewart cookie boxes. Seriously, I can’t help myself. I’m a bit of an anti-shopper, meaning I can’t just go and buy something that I haven’t considered purchasing for a while. Except pretty paper. I’ll whip out the credit card in a jiffy for that!
So, when I was invited by the sweet and talented Haniela to participate in a cookie project based on holiday cards, I was beyond excited. Combining my love for stationary and cookies? Be still my paper-lovin’ heart!
I tackled the holiday card sections of Hallmark, Target, Barnes and Noble, and more. I laughed, I cried (I’m an easy crier), I loved them all. But, there was a certain card that I couldn’t get out of mind…
A couple years ago, I discovered Robert Sabuda’s holiday cards. You may have heard of him as the author of several gorgeous pop-up books, like this one. But, his cards, oh man, his cards are to die for:
I decided to take inspiration from a card my husband and I sent to friends and family several years ago. It was beautiful, modern, and whimsical. Only problem? I can’t snag a photo to show you! You can’t buy them from retailers anymore, though I did find an Ebay listing for one, so you can go there and see the original. Isn’t it cute?
Instead of sweet-faced Eskimos, I used polar bears…
No reason…other than the fact that they are super adorable. I hand-cut them, but you could easily use a candy corn cutter with an extra piece of dough for the head. Here are the steps:
- Start with hand-cut cookies.
- Outline and flood with white icing – allow to dry
- Add a little drop of pink icing for the noses
- Add ear detail using stiff white icing and a #2 tip
- Pipe the pink and blue scarves using stiff icing and a basketweave tip (46, 47, or 48, depending on the size of your cookie and desired scarf thickness)
- Add a dollop of white icing for the tail, immediately sprinkle with sparkling sugar
- Draw on facial details with a black food writer
I couldn’t stop at just polar bears though…
I had to make them a proper home…a sugar cookie igloo, complete with an evergreen tree and fish! The tree was made using stiff green icing and a grass tip, inspired by LilaLoa. The fish were simple, iced minis with attached round sprinkles for scales.
I made the igloo by cutting “bricks” out of sugar cookie dough with a pizza cutter (12 “bricks” to one row, 3 rows, plus top round piece and 3 pieces for entrance). Then, I iced them on a wire rack with a very thin flood icing. After they dried, I assembled them with very stiff, uncolored icing. What you can’t see is the can of pineapple inside, holding up the top piece! Assembly was going fine until I started on the third row…then it got a little dicey! Luckily, the can worked perfectly and no one is the wiser. Except I just told you…
Now, please go and see all of the other amazing creations for this project! I was absolutely blown away by the creativity and skill of my fellow cookiers! How I was included in this amazing group, I’ll never know…
1.Stephanie, Ellie’ s Bites Decorated Cookies
2. Anne, Flour Box Bakery
3. Georganne, LilaLoa
4. Lorraine, Lorraine’s Cookies
5. Kim, The Partiologist
6. Pam, Cookie Crazie
7.Cathy, Cathy’s Cookies
8. Mariëlle, De Koekenbakkers
9. Nadia, My Little Bakery
11. Callye, Sweet Sugarbelle
12. Marlyn, Montreal Confections
13. Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker
14. Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
15. Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
16. Miriam & Estíbaliz, Message in a Cookie
17. Ali, Ali Bee’s Bakeshop
18. Myriam, Chapix Cookies
19. Jennifer, Not Your Momma’s Cookie
20. Jill, Funky Cookie Studio
21. Maryann, Cookie Artisan
22. Hani, Haniela’s