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Moana Decorated Sugar Cookies

We had to move away from Utah this past winter. It's a long and not so happy story, but all is well now - in fact, it's better than ever. We moved to Vancouver, Washington along with my parents. During our crazy transition, the kids and I were so excited about Disney's Moana. I love the ocean and was thrilled to see a new character with a diverse and beautiful history. We loved it! The music was outstanding, the imagery was gorgeous and the theme of the story was perfect. My daughters loved Moana's courage and ability to begin a new chapter - a perfect movie.

During our move, I didn't have access to all of my fun cookie decorating tools and honestly was crazy busy unpacking and helping the kids get settled. I'm finally ready and so excited to be back. I have missed all of you and cookies! It seemed very appropriate that my first set back into the world of cookies should be the theme of Moana.

Disney's Moana Hei Hei decorated cookies paint sktech

The first character I wanted to create was Hei Hei. That silly chicken makes us all laugh our heads off. I tease my kids that I look like him by the end of the day because they drive me bonkers. I did a rough sketch to get an idea of the shapes needed to draw him and added color for fun. The more times I draw a new cookie, the easier it is for me to ice him later.

Disney's Moana Hei Hei decorated cookies

And here is he is in all his goofy glory! Those icing eyes were a hoot to make. My kiddos fought over who could gobble him down. 
Seriously. I look like him when 5 o'clock rolls around..

Next up, I created those angry, but cute Kakamoras and Maui's tattoos. The Kakamora's faces were created with a wet-on-wet style. The coconut shell was iced on after with some large sprinkles added to create that hairy husk appearance. Maui was actually one of the easier cookies, but he is a favorite on my Instagram account.


And this trio was my favorite of the bunch. Moana's necklace, Maui's constellation and Grandma's wise words. Sigh. This movie was just awesome.

Moana's necklace was painted with a metaliic edible silver food paint. The stone was a wet on wet design, blended together to give it a rock appearance.

Maui's constellation was flooded in a turquoise blue with edible glitter sprinkled while it was still wet. I then sprayed a dark blue along the edge with my airbrusher.

disney's moana decorated cookies

If you haven't see Moana yet, what are you waiting for? You will love it and I hope you loved looking at these cookies. Come back next week for a new cookie recipe that is perfect for Easter!


Jedi Baby Shower Cookies

baby shower star wars cookie tutorial

Jedi Baby Shower Cookies

What's better than a traditional baby shower? A shower for the future Jedi, light saber wielding baby, of course! I was so excited when my best friend asked if I could create Star Wars themed baby shower cookies. Karen of Desert Chica has created an amazing themed baby shower blog post full of easy and fun ideas for you! Come check out her BB-8 Diaper Cake, Jedi baby shower banner and more!

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

Baby onesies for everyone! Come to the dark side or become a Jedi, we have delicious cookies for all. I have been designing a sweet Princess Leia one, too. Can't you just picture a wee Yoda? These are so easy and were fun to design.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

Do you want to learn how to create a Star Wars onesie cookie? Of course you do! Let's create the baby Chewbaca together. I can just see hear his little growl now.

Do you need an awesome royal icing recipe? Click here and read up on the one I use! You will love it; let me know if you have any questions on creating it.

Materials Needed:

  • Onesie cookie
  • Brown icing - thick flood
  • Black icing - flood
  • White icing - stiff
Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

Are you ready? Let's begin!

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

1. Pipe Chewbaca's black amo band across his chest.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

2. Pipe two rows of white bullets on the amo band; you can wait till the band sets or place while wet.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

3. Outline and squirt the thick brown icing in the top part of the onesie. It is not intended to flow down, so this is a great cookie idea if you are still getting used to icing consistency.

Using a toothpick or cookie scribe, swirl the brown icing around to mimic the look of Chewbaca's soft fur.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

See? Cool, huh?!

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

Repeat on the lower part of the onesie: outline, squirt and feather it around.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

4. Pipe 3 small snaps at the bottom of the onesie and you are done! Can you believe it? So easy and so fun!!

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

Like my bibs? So fun and easy! Perfect for the Star Wars lover in your life.

Star Wars Baby Shower Cookies by Sweet Jenny Belle

I hope my tutorial was easy for you. If you have questions, please let me know.

Looking for more Star Wars themed cookies? 

You're a Wizard, Harry!

harry potter decorated cookies

Harry Potter Cookie Tutorial and Giveaway

When my dear friend Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings asked if I wanted to contribute to her annual Happy Harry Potter blog party, well there was no question about it. Days full of tutorials and giveaways dedicated to one of my favorite book and movie series? Yes, please!

harry potter decorated cookies giveaway

I think Hedwig maybe my favorite cookie and the pictures do him such little justice. His little owl wings are full sparkly sugar. And well the quote cookies can't help but break your heart a bit. Why does a good series have to end?

Do you want an easy and fun Harry Potter cookie decorating tutorial? I know you do! Come on and let's have some fun. The Ron and Hermoine cookies are quite easy too - just a few changes and no special cookie cutters!

Materials Needed

  • round cookie
  • light peachy flesh icing - flood consistency
  • warm brown icing - flood consistency
  • black icing - medium piping consistency
  • white icing - medium piping consistency
  • pink petal dust (if you want to add rosy cheeks)


harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway

harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway

harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway

harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway

I have to say this maybe my favorite cookie set. Wait, I think I always say that. But how sweet is that little train to Hogwart's? Wouldn't it be perfect for the wee Harry Potter lover in your life?

harry potter decorate cookie tutorial and giveaway

Would you like to win this cookie set from me? A dozen Harry Potter cookies shipped to you as the bakery schedule allows (if you win, this means contact me soon because my weeks book up quick!)
So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers

Prize Pack #2

See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping.

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Happy Birthday Frida!

frida kahlo sugar cookie royal icing

 Mexican Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Did you know today is Frida Kahlo's birthday? She is my favorite artist for so many reasons. I think she resonates with many modern women because of her efforts to create through personal pain and strife, to stay true to her authentic voice and in that journey she broke molds of what defines beauty and art.

To celebrate Frida's birthday, I wanted to share a cookie recipe I created a few weeks ago - Mexican hot chocolate. The cookie is rich and chocolatey, when you swallow there is a slight heat that tickles your throat.

black cocoa and vanilla bean

The dark chocolate flavor comes from the inclusion of black cocoa. You need to cut the black cocoa with the traditional dutch cocoa to give it the full, deep flavor. Your cookies will be dark and breath taking.

mexican hot chocolate cookies

This recipes create a wonderful roll out dough that is perfect for your cookie cutters. It needs minimal chilling time and I had close to zero spread. If the chipotle spice is not of interest to you, simply leave it out and you will still have a delicious chocolate cookie!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Roll Out Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 chipotle powder
  • 1/3 cup black cocoa
  • 1/3 cup dutch cocoa


  • Cream butter and sugar together in a standard mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, almond extract and vanilla; blend just till incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, chipotle, and both cocoas. Gently add to the dough and mix until well blended.
  • Chill dough for one hour in the refrigerator. Roll out dough 1/4"-3/8" thick. Cut desired shapes and bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.
mexican hot chocolate cactus cookies

Let me know if you try them and if you have any suggestions!

Are you looking for my royal icing recipe? Click here!

Confection Connection - Circus Cookie Set

Confection Connection - Circus Cookie Set

Have you had a chance to watch all the videos from this month's cookie set by the Confection Connection? These were so fun to create with my cookie artist friends. I'm already drumming up theme ideas for the end of July. Do you have a suggestion? Email me - I would love to hear from you!

Yesterday I presented you with my circus tent and ticket tutorial. Wouldn't these be perfect for a school carnival or circus themed birthday party? They are fun and easy! And I think that ring leader hat would be awesome for a magician too!

My friend Tiffany of Baking with Best, made such delicious carnival themed food that would be perfect for so many different cookie sets. That pretzel would be fun paired with beer for Father's Day and the snow cone is so patriotic, perfect for this weekend's Fourth of July parties.

Brooke of Brookie's Cookies created the sweetest lion that you could ever imagine trying to tame. I love the extra sparkles on his mane. And wouldn't these also be perfect for a "Wizard of Oz" themed party? I can just see him with a little Dorthy.

And last, but not least I think Zoe of Miss Doughmestic has ended my crazy fear of clowns. How sweet and colorful are these guys? I love all the rainbow colors and their happy expressions. Such a fun little cookie that would be a perfect for any birthday celebration.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by YouTube to watch all these yummy cookies created before you!

Confection Connection - Circus Tent and Ticket Cookie Tutorial

Confection Connection - Circus Cookie Collaboration 

I am so excited to tell you about the collaboration I am a part of - Confection Connection. I have teamed up with Baking With Best, Brookie's Cookies and Miss Doughmestic. We will be bringing you amazing themed cookie tutorials every month on YouTube and our blogs. This month we are headed to the circus for cotton candy, clowns, lions and circus tents!

Today I am presenting circus tickets and carnival tents, easy and fun. Stop by my Instagram later this week to see the easy big tent hat!

Circus Ticket 


  • rectangle cookie with corners chopped
  • Americolor sky blue in flood consistency
  • Americolor super red in thick flood consistency
  • white in thick flood consistency

Carnival Tent


  • dog house cookie cutter (I bought mine at Ann Clark) 
  • Americolor super red in flood consistency
  • white in flood consistency
  • Americolor sky blue in flood consistency
  • Americolor gold in flood consistency

Want to see the cookie decorating in action? Click on over and watch the video! Let me know if you have any questions!

Need a great royal icing recipe? Click here for my favorite one!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more circus fun from Brookie's Cookies.

Summer Fun - Cotton Candy Cookie and Buttercream Icing Recipe

Cotton Candy Cookie and Buttercream Icing Recipe

What is your favorite summer memory? My kids love swimming, hiking and going to amusement parks. They love going on rides and eating ridiculous amounts of cotton candy. And my mom has a thing for cotton candy, too. I finally looked into what it would cost to buy a small cotton candy machine and I was surprised to learn that it wasn't expensive. I bought this really cute and small one on Amazon. It is pretty much the perfect size to create enough for the family and not be bothersome to store away.

One of my frequent requests is for a roll out cookie recipe. I will be publishing my favorite traditional recipe later this year, but it's summer time and I thought it would be fun to experiment with new flavors (ahem, cotton candy).

These delicate, sweet cookies are so fun to make and your children will be excited over the secret ingredient. I think these would be lovely to serve at a summer tea for you and your child. There is a wide variety of cotton candy floss that you could use as well; I used cherry and it gave the cookies such a sweet, light pinkness.  Are you ready to try out these sweet treats?

Cotton Candy Cookie Recipe


  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cotton candy floss
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  • Cream butter and sugar together in a standard mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, candy floss and vanilla; blend just till incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, blend flour, salt and baking powder. Gently add to the dough and mix until well blended.
  • Chill dough for one hour in the refrigerator. Roll out dough 1/4"-3/8" thick. Cut desired shapes and bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

What is my secret to that beautiful rosette icing? It's so easy! You just need a 1M icing tip. Start in the center of the cookie and move in a circular position. That's it - it is so easy and you will want to decorate roses on everything!

Cotton Candy Buttercream


  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cotton candy floss
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Beat butter in a standard mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and cotton candy floss.
  • Slowly add in powder sugar and milk. Whip frosting for about 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy.

Are you looking for more summer fun? I've teamed up with some amazing bloggers - come check their projects out!

Summer Fun #1 Cotton Candy Cookies - tie dye shirts - fruit juice lego jello - Splatter shirts - Beach Bag - From Nap-Time Creations

Fruit Juice Jello Lego Snacks - Nap-Time Creations

Zipper Beach Bags - Sew What Alicia

Splatter Shirts - Andrea's Notebook on Nap-Time Creations

Cotton Candy Cookies - Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery

Tie-Dye Shirts - Craft Critique

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