Off to Cookie Camp! But before I go….

27 Sep

I’m heading off to Cookie Camp! I’m going to Tennessee tomorrow to meet with some awesome cookie decorators and see if I can be a better one.  I’m very nervous and feel quite inadequate.  I’m trying to conquer my nervousness.  I’m not sure if there is internet available at Cookie Camp, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to give you updates, but I’ll be sure to catch you up when I get back.  I promise I’ll take lots of pictures! :)  In the meantime…

I told you when I came back after my summer hiatus that I wanted to fill the blog up with fall cookies… and so far I haven’t delivered. Until now!

One of my favorite new Wilton sets is this cute Witch-Themed Cookie Cutter Set. I love the boot, especially. I think it could pass for a Victorian boot, which I’ve tried to do before by hand cutting around a stencil. I was going to try one and show it to you, but my 3-year-old ate it. I’ll still try it sometime.

I wish I could say it was my 3-year-old that stuck her finger in that swirly purple boot.  It was me. I do that a lot. Meringue Powder Buttercream is really pretty sturdy, but if you nick it in the first couple of hours, it’ll leave a mark. As demonstrated.

The brooms made me chuckle.

I try not to look at examples of decorated cookies when I’m thinking up my own designs– I don’t want to be influenced by other cookies.  So I didn’t look at the example pics that came with these cutters before I started decorating. When I got to the brooms, I was  like “What in the heck kind of design is this?” I could NOT figure out why it had such a large ring-thingy between the handle and the main part of the broom. I did the best I could, and after I was done, I went and looked at the packaging.

Ohhhhhhhh…….   Right.

Hmm. I guess I’ll know for next time.

There’s also a cute witch’s hat.

(Insert apology for bad photography here).  I’m hoping the cookie ladies at cookie camp can help me with photography. I need it!

And lastly, the cauldron.

I was really lacking in the creativity department when I did these, and it shows. Sometimes cauldrons are uninspiring for me. The one on the right was a bad idea that seemed good at the time. I wondered if I made purple swirls in the black, and then sprinkled the whole thing with black disco dust, if the purple would be very subtle and look cool.

Not really. Just made it look blotchy. But that’s ok. I like to show you the failures as well as the successes because if I only showed you the successes, it would be a pretty short blog.  Ha ha… oh, and also because I don’t want you to make the same mistakes. Let’s just go with that one.

All together now…


It’s a fun set.

I’m going to give a set to three of you. Just comment on this blog and you’ll be entered. I’ll go ahead and run it till I’m back from Cookie Camp– comment by midnight Sunday October 2nd. I’ll use our friend Random.org to choose 3 of you at random to win. Please enter only once. Good luck!

116 Responses to “Off to Cookie Camp! But before I go….”

  1. Foldilox September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Love this set! I think the boot would make for a cute wizard of oz witch boot/ruby shoes! Have fun at camp!

  2. Audrey September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I am just chuckling,, it is great when a decorated cookie can give you a good laugh! The hat and boot could build a witch,, using what for the body?? Now,, You’ve got me thinking!! Off to the cookie dough and cutters!!

  3. Debbie Painter September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I Love the Witch’s Hat & the Boot!!! Very cute!! I think Your cookies look adorable!!! Thanks for a chance to win!! Will give them to my DIL, if I win, as she is the baker in the family!!!

  4. Mari September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Hola Karen, que preciosos cortadores y que bonitas te quedaron las galletas. Me encantaria ser una de las afortunadas.
    Un beso

  5. Judy September 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Love the set… the colors you used are so cute. The purples and greens in addition to traditional Halloween colors really add that extra punch.

  6. Jen September 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Those look like fun. For the cauldrons what about having it bubble over in electric green bubbles with luster dust? It could be a spooky brew!

  7. Jennifer Cabrera September 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Love these cookies!!! I can’t wait to make some. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Loren @ The Baking Sheet September 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Your cookies are adorable!! Pick me! Pick me! :o)

  9. cristi September 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Karen, you’re cookies are amazing! I think there will definitely be people in the cookie boot camp learning from you! I really want to start decorating cookies, but for some reason the royal icing intimidates me. Funny because I do all sorts of intricate cakes, but cookies… they scare me. hahaha. I’ll get over it, I guess I’m just a perfectionist and am weary of messing up. Gotta mess up alot though to get the technique right, right?! Have fun at cookie boot camp! BTW, love these witch inspired cookie cutters. If I win them I promise they’ll be my first decorated cookies and I’ll send you pictures. They’ll hopefully take me out of my cookie decorating hesitation phase. : )

  10. Susie Simser September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    You inadequate? Oh my, I wish I had just 1/10th of your talent.
    Hope you get to do updates from camp. Have a blast.
    Would love to win this set,
    Susie

  11. Kelly L September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Super cute set!

  12. Diane September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Really Cute have a fun time at camp!

  13. Jane Frock September 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I think your designs came out beautifully. These are interesting cutters. Fun shapes. Enjoy your cookie camp!

  14. Nila September 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Love the cookies. What type of icing did u use?

  15. Jodi September 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I LOVE what you did with those halloween cutters! makes me want them!! so cute!

  16. Jana September 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I need that cauldron for a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day! I’ve been looking for one. Always happy to see your cookies!

  17. Cristin (Pinkie) September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m so jealous that you’re going to cookie camp! It’s funny though I was LOVING your brooms especially and then you showed how they were “supposed” to look. It’s interesting how critical we are of ourselves. You showed “mistakes” on your cookies and I seriously just oohed and aahed over the beautiful work you did. My favorites were the brooms, but I also loved what you did with the detail on the witch hats & shoes. Your idea of the cauldron was a good one. In the photo it doesn’t look blotchy, just creative. I can’t wait to hear ALL about cookie camp. I hope you have an amazing time! Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin’s Cookies

  18. Joy September 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    They look great! And I like the cauldron with the purple. Would love to win these to play with them.

  19. Paula Swain September 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    The cookies are cute especially the broom! I too lack creativity at times and always try to improve the next go around. Sometimes once you get started its too late to change direction. Have fun at cookie camp!!

  20. Donna Schlosser September 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    I can’t believe you feel inadequate or nervous. Your stuff is fantastic and perhaps the “talented ladies” will learn something new from you. Good luck and say trip.

  21. Heidi September 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I love all of your cookies and tutorials! You’re an amazing artist!

    What a fun Halloween Set!

  22. Anne September 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I would love to win! Have a great time at cookie camp!

  23. Carrie Kyroauc September 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Karen, you are an AWEOME, AMAZING and every other word that can describe a great cookie decorator. Have fun at you camp!! You are just as good as any of them and probably even better!
    You Halloween witch cookies are adorable! I need that set now. So stinking clever and cute!
    Again, have fun and enjoy yourself!

  24. The Sugar Tree September 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I think thru look great! Love the detail on the brooms.

  25. Karyn September 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Cookie Camp? How does one sign up for Cookie Camp….I want to go!!!!! Oh, BTW these cookies are amazing ~ even the cauldrons you don’t like very much Thanks

  26. Michelle September 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    pretty cool!!!

  27. Cat September 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Did you ever consider that you just might show the cookie camp ladies a thing or two, yourself? You did great on those cookies!

  28. Georganne September 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I am so glad you show all of your fun designs! Just because they aren’t YOUR favorite doesn’t mean they are failures by any means! I don’t think you’ve ever made a “not cute” cookie. I actually really like the purple swirly cauldron. It looks old and dusty and VERY witchy. Have fun at camp!

  29. edgar segovia September 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    awesome karen

  30. patricia rolon September 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I love it

  31. Tammie Tornow September 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    How fun! I love the cookies.

  32. Dawn September 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    As I’m reading your blog my son comes up and says. “Those are really cool”. I guess I know what I will be making for his harvest dance.

  33. Corinne Knell September 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Wish I found these last Halloween. Great job as usual.

  34. June @ I will craft..... September 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Oh, what a fun set. My wanted cookie cutter list just keeps on growing.

  35. Treats 4 Ta-Tas September 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m SO jealous that you’re going to Cookie Camp. Thank you again for supporting me – I apologize for asking you to ‘like’ me when you already had. Have a great time at Cookie Camp and I can’t wait to hear what you’ve learned!

  36. Lynn September 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I love the shoes! Thanks for such a fun post and good luck at Cookie Camp.

  37. sheri September 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I love the cookies! They are all so cute!

  38. Sil BsAs September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    What a fun set… have a great time at cookie camp!

  39. Susan Stettler September 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Love them!!!! Even your “failures” look terrific. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Christine September 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Have fun at cookie camp Karen–that sounds like so much fun, I can’t wait to see what you show us upon your return (and I am sure you will leave them with some great ideas too ;) )
    I love the witchy set–especially the shoe! I hope I win! ;)

  41. sarah reyna September 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    awww. I love these cookies…you are so talented. Thank you for that nice tutortial and the great giveaway. I sure would love to try it if i win. Have fun at canp and thank you again.

  42. Karen Bollinger September 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    The boot is my favorite. I sure would love to win this set of cookie cutters!

  43. Maria D. September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Love these cookies. A cookie camp sounds like fun. I wish somebody would have one here in Connecticut!

  44. Debbie Hart September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    HALLOWEEN is my fav holiday :) This set would be awesome to add to my collection…… have fun a cookie camp

  45. Jen September 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    They are awesome!

  46. Christie Block September 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Love the hat and shoe! So cute! Enjoy camp. And I can’t believe you don’t look at pics before you decorate. Do you know I won’t even buy a cutter without a decorated example? I’m a great copier, but don’t ask me to be original!

  47. The Treat Garden September 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    It’s a cute set! And I can’t wait to hear more about cookie camp!

  48. Alyson Avoglia September 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Ooh, so adorable! Would love to have that set….esp the witches boot :)

  49. yainea September 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I hope you have fun! Those cookirs are awesome, thanks for the chance to win :)

  50. Nichole Karkins September 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I love the boot and hat!

  51. Jessica M. September 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    I hope to join you ladies one year!! :)

  52. Sharon Cooley Temaat September 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I love these cookies, thanks for the chance to win the cutters. Could be alot of fun.

    Sharon

  53. Donna of Carroll's Cookie n Crumbs September 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    I love this Wilton set. That hat and boot just make me grin!

  54. Rosemary Mach September 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    What cute bewitching cookies to make! Thanks for sharing, and crossing my fingers for a win.

  55. Gina September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I love your cookies. Cookie camp sounds exciting. Have a great time!

  56. Leah Torres September 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Those cookie cutters are darling. Your brooms reminded me of the cartoon version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, just need arms. Thanks for only doing one entry per person.

  57. Tiffany September 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I want to go to cookie camp!!!!

  58. stefanie September 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    love halloween! So excited, they look great!

  59. Emily September 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I think I say this about all of your cookies but these really are some of my favorites. Have so much fun at cookie camp!

  60. Sarah Johnson September 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    So adorable! I get so many good ideas from you!!! Have fun at camp!

  61. Shaundra Bevins September 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Halloween is my favorite holiday..not to mention the best candy holiday! Being a loyal customer, this would make a great addition to collection. Thank you for the chance..
    Shaundra

  62. Stacey nelson September 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    I think all theses cookies look wonderful. You did a great job. I’m excited to get workin on some Halloween cookies. Can’t wait to see he pictures from cookie camp!!

  63. Amanda at The Martha Initiative September 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    This is a really cute set of cutters. As for the mistakes, I’m glad you show them. It reminds me that everyone makes them (Not just me!) and what we as cookie makers think are mistakes still look gorgeous to everyone else (since your cookies still look awesome to me).

    For the photography, try using the macro setting on your camera. That always works for me. Good luck!

  64. Gisele Oakes September 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Very cute – don’t know how you’re going to get that much better, but have fun – wish I had your skills!

  65. Julie September 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Have a good time. I wish there was a video feed for us to wannabes to follow along from home. Have a good time! I know there will be a rush of great posts from all of my favorite cookie queens next week. Oh and the cookies are awesome!

  66. Teresa September 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    That is so funny about the brooms! Yours do look good the way you decorated them, though. The set itself is really cute and opens up the idea floodgates for numerous possibilities.

  67. Lindy September 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    You know how much I love Halloween, Karen! :) Still bummed I don’t get to come to the annual party :(

  68. Chari (Rosario) September 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Karen son muy simpáticas estas galletas!!!

    El brillo del royal icing me encanta!!!

    Saludos desde ESpaña!!!

  69. Yael September 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Have a great time at cookie camp! Hope someday I’ll get there too!

  70. Uschi Schroeder September 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Have fun at camp, I just wished I could join something out here.

  71. Lori Pelfrey September 28, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Oh my goodness these are awesome! I have a huge selection of cookie cutters and add to it frequently! These would be GREAT in my collection!!! Love those cauldrons lol :o)

  72. Marian September 28, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Ohhhhh, I really love this set, well I love Halloween, maybe it’s beacuse in Spain we don’t celebrate it !!

  73. Melody J. September 28, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    What a neat set of Halloween cutters! Have fun at cookie camp and don’t be nervous! Your cookies are stunning! :)

  74. Susan September 28, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    I like the hat and boot, too! The broom makes me think of Mickey Mose!

  75. Colleen September 28, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Karen you’re amazing! You’re far to humble…I love your cookies! I would love this set!!!

  76. Barb Kelly September 28, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    I love these cookies! You are so talented!!!

  77. Elizabeth Benge September 28, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Really cute cookies! You are amazing. Have fun at cookie camp!

  78. CathyN September 28, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Can’t wait to see the pics from cookie camp! Love the hat & boots!

  79. MN Mom September 28, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Adorable cookies! You are so creative!

  80. Jessica September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Adorable set! Halloween is in the air in our apartment and Canadian Thanksgiving hasn’t even hit yet!

  81. Lizangela September 28, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Hello Karen, I want to say that because of you got to decorate cookies here in Brazil, thank you for your videos encantei.O when I saw my only problem is that here in Brazil is very hard to find some ingredients and especially learning cortadores.Estou working with the glaze glace what the PAM uses, because I can not find the meringue powder to testar.Eu started doing glace common using egg white, I’m more worried about the durability dele.Então began to test other, I am at the beginning I have a lot to learn, the more I love it isso.Parabéns in your store, and your decorations that are lindas.É a pity that I can not buy online from your store, but I’m trying to adapt here mesmo.Um hug and stay with God!

  82. sharonk September 28, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    My favorite is the witch hat.

  83. sue September 28, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    oh I love those:)

  84. Gabriela Tagliabue September 28, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Love the boot cookie, all of them are great! i´d like to win the cookie cutters! have a nice cookie camp!

  85. Jenny September 28, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Would love to win this set! You inspire me!

  86. Margaret September 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Lovely decoration! And that boot! I want one!! Have fun at Cookie Camp!

  87. Isabel September 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I love it!! thanks a lot from Spain,

  88. Michelle Dukes September 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I LOOOOOOVE the witch’s boots. I’ve seen this set in the stores, it is a cute combination. Have fun at Cookie-Camp. We can’t wait to hear all about it!

  89. Barb How-Storie September 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I LOVE the boots you made. They’re super cute and very creative.

  90. Deanna September 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Wonderful job on the cookies!! I yearn for the day I am as good at decorating as you are. Would love to win the cutters!

  91. María September 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    ¡Son una preciosidad! Da ganas de empezar a cocinar y no parar de adornar. Además, son una gran idea para Halloween, pues aquí en España cada vez está más de moda.

    • María September 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      ¡Son una preciosidad! Da ganas de empezar a cocinar y no parar de decorar. Además, son una gran idea para Halloween, pues aquí en España cada vez está la fiesta más de moda.

  92. Tatyana September 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I would love to win this cute set of cookie cutters…

  93. María September 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    They are wonderful! It makes me crazy! They are a great idea for Halloween. Here in Spain it is not traditional (It is de first of november) but young people loves that party.

  94. Tara September 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    I really like the swirly cauldron! I don’t know if I’ll get around to Halloween cookies this year. I might skip right to fall… Unless I win these cutters, of course!

  95. Tiffany September 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    I love the hats! They are awesome ;). Have fun at cookie camp! I sent a custom icing stand for all the ladies to look at and give feedback!

  96. Samantha Powell September 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    The boots are very cute! They all turned out nice.

  97. Elena September 29, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Funny cookie set! Learn a lot and enjoy yourself at the cookie Camp. We´ll be here, waiting for your news.

  98. Stéphanie September 29, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I love these! Especially the brooms. If I don’t win a set, I’ll probably just buy one because it’s so cute!

  99. Linda September 29, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I actually LOVE the cauldron that you called a mistake! I think the purple swirls look great!

  100. Brenda Huff September 29, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Your cookies are awesome! Where is cookie camp? Please tell us more!

  101. Eva Royo September 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Como siempre, unas galletas maravillosas. Y ya está todo el mundo pensando en Halloween! Pero si yo aún no me aclimatado a la “vuelta al cole”. Disfruta mucho en el “cookie camp”. sé que todo lo qeu aprendas nos lo enseñarás.
    Besos desde Zaragoza.

  102. Melissa September 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Such cute cookies!

  103. Leigh Ann Shaner September 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Wow, these are great fresh ideas for Halloween!

  104. sam September 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I love the witch boots! I’ve seen quite a few decorators use this boot but I can’t find it anywhere! I always love to come to your page you are so talented, and I enjoy reading your blog!

  105. Deb Wilkinson September 30, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    I love the Halloween Cookies! Super cute and so much fun. I’d love to know more about cookie camp. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent. Have a great time at cookie camp, can’t wait to hear all about it.

  106. Laura September 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I just saw this set today at the store and had it in my hand. Very cool ideas! Your cookies came out great!

  107. Stefanie September 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    sooo cute id love to make these with my sisters!! :)

  108. Mireia October 1, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    I like your cookies and your job!!

  109. Linda Lawhead October 1, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Can’t wait to see the results of cookie camp! Love these Halloween cookies!

  110. Kandy October 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    They are all cute as can be!

  111. Roberta October 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Cookie camp sounds like fun!! Your cookies look great! What a great set!

  112. Yamina October 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Great Halloween set! Have fun at the cookie camp!!!

  113. Julie Frost October 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Double Double, Toil and Trouble, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble! The cookies are “Boo”tiful!

    • G. Altman October 3, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      I recently found your website. You are amazing! And I love your tutorials.
      The Halloween cookies are fab.
      Thank you for your great ideas.

  114. Linda October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Cute Cute Cute !!!!!!!!!!!

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