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Baby Onesie Cookies

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I know this is a cake blog…but we don’t discriminate against other forms of sugar around here. How stinkin’ adorable are these cookies from The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery?!

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Since I just reviewed the Confetti Cakes Cookbook, I thought it was high time that I try a recipe or two from it. I’m a bit partial to my mom’s sugar cookies, but the Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing from the Confetti Cakes Cookbook were really quite good.

Plus, in the midst of planning for our first baby to arrive in September this year, I couldn’t pass up the chance to make these. I had absolutely no reason to (no occasion coming up, no dinner parties planned, can’t really take them to work), but I’m getting so enamored with the cuteness of it all that I simply could not resist.

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On to the fun! I followed the recipe exactly. The dough was a little bit different texture than my usual sugar cookie dough…harder and denser. However, it was easy to handle (after cooling it in the fridge) and cut out the shapes of the onesies with a knife. I made a copy and cut out the template from the book – it was perfect!

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These cookies remind me a little bit more of shortbread cookies than sugar cookies, but keep their shape really well when baking. That is, of course, crucial to having the most adorable onesie cookies ever!

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Next it was royal icing time. I’ve never enjoyed the taste of the stuff, but the Confetti Cakes recipe, paired with this recipe for sugar cookies, tasted good to me. First was piping the outline…

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…then my favorite part: flooding it with the flow icing!

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The finished cookies - talksweettome.com

Then on to the overpiping and details. Since we’re not finding out boy vs. girl before the baby comes along, some gender-neutral hearts, stars, sheep, cherries, and the letter “D” (for baby Donnelly, of course!) served as decoration.

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Finished cookies on plate - talksweettome.com

This project was so much fun! Now I don’t know what to do with all these cookies I have sitting around my house besides make some iced tea, invite a couple friends over and…eat them!

Do you make cookies in addition to cakes in your business? Do you prefer making one over the other? I’d love to know!

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Ingredients: Vanilla

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Because everyone wants their cake business to thrive, I can probably say that most of you will agree with the following statement: Quality ingredients make a quality cake. We all know that guests at an event sometimes remember how a cake looks, but they ALWAYS remember how it tastes!  A solid cake recipe made with quality ingredients is what keeps people coming back for more.

There are some ingredients you can buy on the cheap. Others you buy the best you can afford. I think that is especially true with vanilla…and chocolate. Today I’ll talk about vanilla. Sometime soon we’ll discuss chocolate, I promise!

What - Talk Sweet to Me - talksweettome.com

I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve tasted a lot of the stuff and my absolute favorite vanilla on the planet is Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. It is rich, it is flavorful, it is delicious, and somehow it makes everything it touches absolutely scrumptious. They also have a great vanilla bean paste. I scraped my fair share of vanilla beans and just found that the paste not only helped me avoid making a mess, but it also saved time and kept me from having to run all over town to find fresh vanilla beans…because it’s that good!

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Why - Talk Sweet to Me - talksweettome.com

A great vanilla adds a certain layer of flavor to your cakes and creates a rich and flavorful buttercream icing. The secret: People will have no idea WHY your cake and icing is so good, they will just know that it is out-of-this-world and make sure you are one baking their wedding cake. Ohh…..yum!

Where - Talk Sweet to Me - talksweettome.com

The last time I searched, the least expensive 32-oz. bottle of this liquid deliciousness could be found at Culinary District online.

You can also buy it on Amazon if you’re ordering a bunch of stuff anyway!

You can find vanilla bean paste here at Culinary District or on Amazon here.

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Question - Talk Sweet to Me - talksweettome.com

Do you have a favorite vanilla? Where do you find the best price for it?