Posts Tagged ‘cookies’

Gingerbread musings

April 19, 2010

Paying their way: my numeral cookie cutters make a batch of "2" biscuits

I did it!  I made a batch of “2” shaped gingerbread cookies for the slew of second birthday parties coming up, using the numeral cookie cutters I bought a couple of months ago.  

I frosted them in different ways and personalised some of them with messages like “Cory is 2” and “Happy Birthday!”.  I thought they looked great, and suitably festive, especially when packaged.

However, my confidence dipped when I went to the first party.  It turned out to be a full-on, almost-no-expense-spared sort of children’s party.  (I mean, there wasn’t a clown or magician, but I think next year there will be).  I had felt pretty good about my special cookies gift, until I saw the hordes of other people all turning up with big flossy parcels.  Then I began to feel…cheap.

I couldn’t help it.  But then again, I reminded myself, this little boy is little more than an acquaintance.  We haven’t seen Cory in probably four months.  It seemed like madness to rush out and buy a $15 – $30 toy for a child we barely know.  Plus, his wealthy parents seem to have purchased him every toy his heart could possibly desire.  What on earth could I have found that he didn’t have already?

So I found myself in a “But it’s the thought that counts!” kind of moment.  Maybe the gift was a little cheap (?).  Certainly it only cost me a few dollars instead of the dozens I’d normally have to have shelled out. 

But despite being relatively inexpensive, it wasn’t an easy gift.  Baking the cookies, frosting them in various ways, including hand-frosted messages…that took a lot of time and effort.  It would have been much simpler to just visit a local boutique and have them giftwrap some puzzle or train or something – done in a matter of moments. 

All the same, I couldn’t help wondering what the parents thought about it, later on after the party trimmings had all been swept up.  Did they comment to each other, What a charming and original gift, and that homemade gingerbread sure does taste good! 

Or did they say, Cheap bitch!

Cookies-by-numbers

February 19, 2010

Numeric cookie cutters - any number of gift uses

Not long after I posted about the Helvetica cookie cutters, I happened across this set of number cookie cutters, from zero to nine. 

I bought them for myself, but they would make a great gift for anyone with young children who likes to bake.

I’ll also use them to make gifts: ‘age number’ cookies for birthday parties (I’ll make fancy, frosted ‘2’s for my daughter’s upcoming second birthday) and as cute party favors.  They’ll also make amusing novelty cookies for milestone birthday parties, such as 40th birthdays.  Plus, in a similar vein, cookies for wedding (or other) anniversaries – , ’10’, ’25’ etc.

I can’t wait to use ’em!

Helveticookies

February 5, 2010

In a new twist on alphabet soup, a clever person has made a set of Helvetica cookie cutters, so you too can enjoy serif-free baked goods!

As well as being a clever gift for the keen baker, the finished product would also be a witty way to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to somebody – spelling out their name in cookies, perhaps on the kitchen counter or table, ready there to greet them when they get up in the morning, or come home from school or work.