A very Minnie Mouse birthday

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A week ago, the daughter of one of my best friends turned 2. About a month and a half ago, my friend had asked if I would bake some cookies for the party, which was a Minnie Mouse theme. To be honest, I was surprised at the Minnie Mouse theme at first. I thought kids today didn’t know who Mickey and Minnie are and only knew about the Disney Princesses and the characters from the Disney/Pixar movies. But, apparently Mickey and Minnie are back and as popular as ever thanks to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV show (which I didn’t even know still existed).

Of course, I said yes to my friend’s request and immediately started thinking of what kind of cookie I would make, how I would decorate them, what fun stuff I could add to them. Even though my friend had just asked for cookies that looked like Minnie’s head, I knew I wanted to do more. So, I searched Pinterest and Esty and got the idea to do individual Minnie bows and number 2s. Then, it hit me–I need to make cake pops!

The first time I ever made cake pops was for the baby shower celebrating the now 2 year old. Then, for her Winter One-derland first birthday party last year, I made snowman and snowflake cake pops. So, obviously, I HAD to make them for this party. It’s like my thing now for her, right?

Since I knew I’d be making sugar cookies (using my go-to recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen), I decided to go with a chocolate cake pop to add in some more flavor. I had made melting snowman Oreo truffles last year for Christmas and figured that the recipe could easily work for cake pops. And, it’s so easy, like ridiculously easy. Continue reading

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Bridal Shower Sugar Cookies

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My sister is getting married in a month and two weeks ago, we celebrated her bridal shower. My aunts organized the whole thing, and it was held at The Shawnee Inn, a place near and dear to my sister’s heart.

Although all of the food was being provided, I decided it would be a great idea to volunteer to make all of the cookies for the shower, and then we could just have an assortment of other desserts there too. When I came up with this brilliant idea, I was hopped up on pain killers after undergoing knee surgery and wasn’t in the clearest of minds. As the shower got closer and closer, a part of me couldn’t help but think, “I volunteered to do what? I have to make and decorate how many cookies? What if they don’t turn out good and then everything is ruined?” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little bit of pressure because my perfectionist self (at least when it comes to baking) would be scrutinizing everything and would be mad at myself if everything wasn’t perfect. I was so nervous of screwing up that I almost backed out. But, my sister has always been one of my biggest fans when it comes to baking (she seriously asks me all the time when am I going to quit my job and open a bake shop), and so I decided that I would see my drug-infused promise through. Continue reading