The Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project – Sparkles & Crushed Oreos for Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Scrapbooking materials used: Fruit punch pink cardstock (Choco-Mod Patterns by Stemma); teal cardstock (Best Occasions); sky blue cardstock (Recollections); “Sugar” adhesive embellishment (Sweet Stack by DCWV), cooking and baking stickers (Sticko); cookie embellishments (handmade); alphabet stickers (Choco-Mod Patterns by Stemma); sparkly pink, blue, and lime green polka dotted ribbon (Celebrate It by Michaels); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

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Art Imitating Food Imitating…More Food! Sweets & The Neapolitan Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookie at Yummy Stuff

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Ice cream cupcakes, cake and pie cupcake flavours, cupcakes made to look like ice cream cones, candy sushi, and cakes made to look like sandwiches and candy bars (read Food Network magazine, you’ll totally get what I mean with those two last ones!); it’s art imitating food imitating…more food!  It is so darn cute and clever when dessert and food themes criss-cross all over the place to create culinary masterpieces and awe-inspiring works of sweet, edible art.  Now, before I unleash the 2nd installment of the Cupcake Connection featuring a very summer appropriate cupcake from Yummy Stuff among other specials, news, and updates from Toronto’s cupcake scene, let’s talk sugar cookies!  And more specifically, cute as a button decorated sugar cookies that look like food!

Everyone knows I love baking cookies.  However, when it comes to eating them, I am veeeery ambivalent towards certain varieties.  And one of them just happens to be sugar cookies.  I KNOW.  How could I possibly feel that way about one of the world’s most basic, simplest cookies?  They’re blank canvases that beg to be decorated, they don’t complicate things with a whole bunch of wacky, out-of-left-field flavours, and while everyone’s method might be a little different, ingredients are fairly similar across the board.  What’s not to love?  The answer: half the time, they’re just not executed well.

Check out the adorable hamburger!

My beloved Neapolitan ice cream cone cookie!

Pretty ribbon, a takeout box container, and creamy sandwich cookies? I’m sold.

I love the idea of enjoying a sugar cookie but I find sugar cookies to be one of the most difficult things to enjoy because there are so many things that can be wrong with them.  More often that not, they come out chalky, dry, crumbly, tasteless, and uncomfortably hard on your teeth.  And while the aesthetic is often beautiful (the artwork that many cookie decorators do is truly breathtaking), the total sum of the cookie’s yum almost never lives up to its beauty on the surface which is unfortunate because it should taste as good as it looks!

And this is where Yummy Stuff comes in!  I promised you all in my first Yummy Stuff post back in April I would report back on their sugar cookies and I got the chance to go back to their shop on Queen West in Parkdale earlier this month to grab myself one.  They always have an in-store selection ($3 to $4 each), as well as an option of having custom designed ones for special occasions like baby showers, wedding favours, birthdays, and more.  Remember how gaga I was over their cupcake and ice cream shaped and decorated cookies?!

Never a dull cookie or sweet on the Yummy Stuff shelves

This time around, they had some different designs on hand and I was absolutely in conniptions when I saw their new Neapolitan ice cream sugar cookies!  (Hint: this has a little something to do with the upcoming Cupcake Connection!).  They were so, so pretty and really, who can resist anything Neapolitan?  I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve never separated the flavours or favoured one “section” for another (don’t innocently whistle and pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about; we all know what I mean) and I kind of liken it to spumoni ice cream.  Anyway, I eagerly snatched a Neapolitan decorated sugar cookie ($4) and vowed to save it for a moment when I could truly savour it and enjoy it’s prettiness.  Even though I was still a tiny bit wary of it delivering on yumminess (they certainly had the appearance down pat, so that wasn’t a concern), I felt confident that Yummy Stuff wouldn’t let me down with their sugar cookies.

And they didn’t.  I will never eat another sugar cookie from another place ever again.  Okay, so maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but OH.MY.GOD.  This sugar cookie was the BEST sugar cookie I have EVER had.  It was everything a sugar cookie should be and the exact opposite of all the negative traits I listed earlier.  Their sugar cookies weren’t difficult to bite into (I actually broke mine into small pieces to eat, but regardless, my teeth and mouth didn’t hurt from trying to eat them), they melted in your mouth, the icing was delicious, and the cookie!  Oh my lordy, the cookie whipped the hair-tie off my ponytail and sent me to cookie heaven.  Pure vanilla excellence.  Keep in mind, unless there’s a note that indicates the icing is of a particular flavour, the cookie is expected to be vanilla.  Their vanilla is top-notch and the flavour made their sugar cookie taste incredible.  I was actually sad when I finished it because it was so good.

Sneak peek at the upcoming Cupcake Connection, Vol. 002!

It’s a shame cookies can’t keep forever because these are lovely little works of art that would look so fab sitting on a display case in all their foodie glory.  Considering how delicious they are though, it’s not too bad of a trade-off at all.

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Yummy Stuff is located at 1660 Queen Street West in the west end Parkdale neighbourhood, east of Roncesvalles Ave.  They are open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am-7pm from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-6pm on Saturdays, and 12pm noon-5pm on Sundays.  They are closed on Mondays.  Visit their official website here.

Banana Buttons and Baking With Love – Squeaking Out the Last Layout for National Scrapbooking Month

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Scrapbooking materials used: powder blue, sky blue, pale yellow, buttercup yellow, cappuccino, and chocolate brown cardstock (Recollections); blue and brown patterned paper and green, brown, pale blue and pink circles patterned paper (Choco Mod scrap pad kit and stack by Stemma); baking stickers and embellishments (Jolee’s); chocolate chip cookie embellishments (handmade); sparkly banana button (De Serres art store); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); medium and small scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft); black fine point Sharpie pen.

Crazy for Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies! Apron Stickers & The Cookie Scrapbook Project Continued

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The cookie and baking scrapbook project continues on!  I posted my very first cookie scrapbook layout for the project earlier in the month to kickstart the actual scrapbooking process, and I’m here now with layout number two!  This is a two-page layout of the famous cranberry dark and white chocolate chip cookies I posted HERE, and I refer to them as being famous not because I think they’re actually famous among other people (although I’d like to think that one day they will be), but because the recipe for them snowballed into a gazillion other spin-off recipes I created afterward using different ingredients.  This recipe kickstarted so many cookie brainstorming sessions over the last 6 months.  They are genuinely some of my favourite cookies ever, so for that, I thank Food & Wine magazine a thousand times over for providing this recipe in their November 2011 issue. 

I am having SO much fun with this project.  Aside from having some key components to every layout, I have total creative freedom to go as colour and sticker crazy as I want.  Since the cookies themselves don’t always have colourful aspects to them, I don’t feel like I have to compete with an already busy colour scheme.  I can bring the photos to life by using colour schemes and patterns that I put together myself and that’s been the funnest part of the whole thing.  Each and every single layout has its own story, it’s own identity, and it’s own place in the album and project and by replicating certain aesthetics on each layout, I’m able to keep things coherent throughout the entire project.  

Scrapbooking workspace in action!

I’m keeping the project simple by limiting layouts to two pages each (every time you flip a page in the scrapbook album, you’ll be presented with a new layout and story!) and I’m also writing out the recipes and pasting them on the layouts.  I think it makes the scrapbook feel a little more like a miniature cookbook in a way as opposed to just photos jumbled together, and it makes it look and feel a little more personal since I’m handwriting them.  I’m keeping things consistent between layouts by writing out the recipes and tacking them on as “sidebars”, so to speak, anchoring and bringing the whole thing together.

I was so super excited to use my epoxy baking and sweets stickers for this one, especially since the colours were so rich and vibrant.  And the aprons!  CUTE AS A BUTTON!  Green, pink, and red is such a fabulous colour scheme and I went wild with the use of patterned paper, using some of the goodies I showed you all in THIS post.  I used green, two shades of pink, and red as primary colours, cappuccino and chocolate brown as secondary colours to balance out the brights, and a big expanse of solid white where I wrote out the recipe to absorb and counteract the busyness in the patterns.

Check out the Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project from its beginnings by visiting these posts!

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Scrapbooking materials used: Bubblegum pink and pale pink cardstock (Recollections); green, pink, and red paisley patterned paper (“Green Paisley”, Divinely Sweet collection by Bazzill Basics Paper); red and turquoise floral patterned paper (“Sweet Daisy Cream”, Divinely Sweet collection by Bazzill Basics Paper); olive green floral patterned paper (“Placemat”, Let’s Eat collection by TPC Studio); lime green and pink leaf and butterfly patterned paper (Lime Garden by K & Company); chocolate chip and chocolate sandwich cookie embellishments (handmade); epoxy apron, sweets, and baking stickers (Sticko); scalloped decorative edge scissors (Provo Craft); black fine point pen (Sharpie).

May is National Scrapbooking Month! Filling Up the “Cookie Jar” For the New Cookie & Baking Scrapbook Project

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Scrapbook materials used: Goldenrod, emerald green, and lavender cardstock (Recollections); blue “party” patterned paper and violet star patterned paper (“Celebration” scrap pad kit and stack by Stemma); cookie embellishments (handmade using cappuccino, chocolate brown, and terra cotta cardstock, Recollections); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); small and medium scalloped decorative scissors (Provo Craft).

The Sweet Sight of Sprinkles, Frosting, Chocolate Chips, and…Cardstock?! Scrapbooking Paper Cookies

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Ah, the sweet sight of colourful sprinkles, frosting, chocolate chips, and…cardstock?!  Contrary to what this looks like, I did not, in fact, spend an entire day baking and decorating 7 different types of cookies!  Not real ones anyway.  To kickstart my new cookie and baking scrapbooking project, I got down to the nitty gritty (and I mean nitty gritty – I had glue residue stuck on all ten fingers by the end of all this) and created a “yummy” batch of paper cookie embellishments! 

I LOVE scrapbooking stickers and pretty adhesive embellishments as much as the next scrapbooker, but I wanted to incorporate some cute handmade things, both for fun and to cut down on the cost of materials.  I’m really excited to do an online order for some cookie and baking stickers in the next week or so, but making some of my own embellishments means a little less money spent and a whole lot of creative fun for me!  It was exactly like the time I created a giant paper s’more for one of my Prairie Girl Bakery layouts, and the time I made little sprinkled, frosted paper donuts for a Short & Sweet Cupcakes layout.  Recreating food out of paper has always been super fun for me since I was little.  Like I mentioned in a previous post last year, when I was 6, I took my very first pair of scissors (pink ones) and went to town on my very first pad of coloured construction paper making eggs, cheese, and ham!  

I used some of my new patterned paper as inspiration and came up with these cookie styles: frosted vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, frosted chocolate cookies with sprinkles, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, heart shaped frosted sugar cookies, star shaped frosted sugar cookies, and chocolate cookie sandwiches with vanilla cream.  I love how I talk about these paper cookies as if the ingredients and components were real, ha!  I used a pair of crinkle edged decorative scissors to achieve the look for the chocolate sandwich cookies and I used a single hole punch to create the circular sprinkles.  And yes, I glued down every single one of those tiny paper sprinkles one at a time, which resulted in some very sticky fingertips!  I’m going to continue this paper cookie making adventure throughout the duration of the scrapbooking project, but I just had to show you all the first batch I made.  I think they look good enough to eat.     

Embarking on a New Scrapbook Journey – Baking, Cookies, and Plenty of “Sweet” Patterned Paper!

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I love the feeling I get when I start on a big, brand spankin’ new project.  It feels fresh, it feels exciting, and it feels like the possibilities for inspiration and creativity are endless.  It’s amazing how therapeutic scrapbooking is for me and how happy I feel when I’m in my zone and completely focused on cutting paper and arranging stickers on a page.  I’m embarking on a new scrapbooking journey and all of you will be following me while I cut, snip, and paper punch away!  The name of the game: cookies, cookies, and more cookies!  I’m actually doing something completely out of my comfort zone because I’ve never scrapbooked any photos of my own baked goods.  I know, I know, after all these years!  I’ve made so many layouts and pages of the food spots I’ve visited as well as a few small themed food books (I made a cute little summer barbeque scrapbook two years ago), but never a baking one. 

It’s been years since my last big themed project and it feels so refreshing to have this on my plate.  The last time I worked on and completed a large scale scrapbooking project was over 3 years ago when I first started grad school.  At the time, I was working on two: a Christmas themed one and a top-secret, special album for my best friend documenting 10 years of friendship to give to her for Christmas.  I remember coming home from campus and sticking myself at my kitchen table for hours with paper, scissors, and sticker strewn everyone and I remember how much fun it was being so dedicated to those projects.  Sure, I scrapbook food in general, but this new cookie and baking project is a little different because it’s solely focused on one central theme. 

 

I’ll be creating a special cookie and baking scrapbook focused on the cookies, muffins, and baked goods I’ve made and it’ll be one of those continuing projects that won’t necessarily have a definitive ending.  I have so many cookie flavour combination and recipe ideas and this will be such a fun way of documenting what I’ve done so far and what I hope to do in the future.  I want to branch out, try new things, and just learn to be better.  I was so excited about this new project that I went out and developed nearly 50 photos and went on an impromtu scrapbooking supply shopping spree at De Serres art store to supplement my current supply of goodies.  And here are the photos of the loot I brought home!

De Serres (a Canadian art supply store) is one of my favourite places to browse and shop for scrapbook supplies.  While their selection varies by store, their Yonge and Eglinton location is like a fairy wonderland for scrapbooking and I took full advantage of what they had to offer.  I adore green and turquoise so when I found this gorgeous cardstock pack, I pounced on it.  These rich, jewel tone shades are harder to come by, especially in packs where the colours are already matched up and preassembled.  I picked up a few sheets of cute stickers and then came the fun part: choosing patterned paper! 

De Serres has the most amazing selection of patterned paper and the best part?  They carry a ton of cardstock and paper pads by my favourite scrapbook brand, DCWV!  I was having the time of my life choosing pretty, colourful florals, dots, and stripes and of course, food and baking patterns!  Just look at how pretty and adorable these patterns are!  Oven mitts, cookies, pies, cupcakes, tools, and more.  A lot of it came from TPC Studio’s line of “Let’s Eat” and “Let’s Bake” collections and I’m so happy I have access to these.  They’re beautiful and as an added bonus, they’re double-sided! 

It’ll be a little harder to find a 8×8 scrapbook album (the selection has sadly dried up at many of the Winners and Homesense stores), so my plan is to get a pack of album refill sheets and to bind everything together with metal binder rings.  I’m very excited about making an online order for some themed baking and cookie stickers and I can’t wait to stock up on some more themed materials to use throughout this new project.  Now that I have a whole bunch of photos developed and a very decent selection of paper, the next order of business is to get some more themed stickers and to make some cute cookies out of paper to use as embellishments.  Let’s this scrapbooking party started!

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De Serres serves 3 locations in Toronto, with one in the east end on Danforth, one in downtown on Spadina, and the other in uptown near Yonge and Eglinton.  The uptown location is located at 124 Eglinton Ave. West, just a few blocks west of Yonge Street.