The Cookie Life of Pi

Posted on April 7th, 2015 in Cookies

This year was a once in a lifetime opportunity to make cookies to celebrate Pi.

Why?

Well, Pi = 3.141592 … and so on. An irrational number, but there’s nothing irrational about this post.

A few weeks ago was March 14, 2015.  So on 3-14-15 at 9:26 Math lovers everywhere celebrated Pi and Albert Einstein’s birthday.

When I was in school my favorite subject was Math. I loved it! So,  I was delighted to say “yes” to the request of making cookies to celebrate the special occasion. Here we go..

 

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I love this first cookie. Super Pi to the rescue! Can you see it? I showed the cookie to my husband before writing on it with the black edible marker and he just stared at it. He couldn’t tell what it was. Oh boy! “Did I make a mistake with this design?”, I thought. My husband was just focusing on the gold color, but if you see the red you get it. You do!

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This next cookie I also like very much. You need to look close and try to figure it out. I told you about the date (the black cookie). Try to read the blue and the white cookie.

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I ate some pie and it was delicious! Yes… it is funny.

Here are a few other designs that I enjoyed making. Pi is infinite, so it was only appropriate to have the symbol somewhere in a design.

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I have another fun cookie for you. This is a notebook with fun uses for the word/symbol Pi so you can figure them out.

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Whenever I make a platter of cookies I always try incorporate some simple, but pretty cookie. I call them “fillers”. Here are some of those simple cookies, balloons and other assorted mini cookies with Pi references.

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Black boards with math teachings, notes and drawings. Black boards because the cookies were for Mathnasium, a math learning center.

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One final look of this cookie platter. This was one of the big cookie platters that I offer with over 25 cookies.  This is definitely the only platter I will ever make for such an occasion as we will never be able to celebrate this same event. No tears please…

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Happy birthday Albert Einstein and happy Legendary Pi Day.

I believe Mathnasium is a franchise and they would locations all over, but if you are in the Des Moines (West Des Moines) area, follow the link for more information about this amazing learning center.

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Teacher Appreciation Cookies

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 in Cookies

For the second year, I had the pleasure of working on sugar cookies for my children’s school, Saint Francis of Assisi.

Last week was Catholic School Week and it was a very special one. On Wednesday, teachers and staff members of the school were treated to a very special luncheon were my Sweet Treats were the dessert of the menu.

Cupcakes, Cake Balls and of course, Sugar Cookies. The cookies were given to each and every teacher and staff members of Saint Francis as an edible Thank You favor for their their hard and amazing work they do.

Brace yourself… this post is a long one. I will start showing you the sugar cookies I designed for them.

 

Here’s a picture of all the cookies together, well at least one of each cookie cutters that I used this year. Several of the cookies you’ll see I made last year, but they are decorated a little bit different such as the school bus, the chubby pencil, the blackboards and the apples.

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I added more detail to some of the apples. This year there is a very cute worms with eyes and smiles on some of them . I also loved the ‘notebook’ apples with the ABCs on them.

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Classroom blackboards. I didn’t make as many as last year, but I made a few ones that are very special. There is one with a proverb. Then there is another one with a list of the word walls that my kindergarten son was assigned that specific week of the event.

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I had to make books. That’s what’s school is about! I made the books  with a Christmas Tree cookie cutter and I trimmed the top part and the trunk of the tree ( hi hi, get it… I trimmed the tree! I’m not good with jokes).

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I love the school bus. A little bit different from last year. A school bus is a school bus, there’s only so much I can change. I’ll find more ways.

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Colors and markers in different colors as well as boxes of crayons. The crayon’s box is one of my new cookie cutters. I really think I could have been it done a little bit better, but I was running out of time. I’ll work on that next time.

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The chubby pencil got different shades of color, not just the traditional orange.

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I made rulers last year, very simple and plain rulers. This year I wanted to make them a little bit more exciting by adding words and other design on to them.  The same cute worm from the apples, tiny apples and appropriate words.

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This is a new cookie cutter design. It has the perfect number of spaces to display what the meaning of the word “Teacher” is. Writing all of that took a long time and by 2:00 am my handwriting/piping was quite shaky.  I do like how they turned out. I can even see these cookies with a little hole in each of the rings to make it more realistic.

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The next cookies (except for the round ones) were just a last minute idea. I had no idea what to do with the baked cookies so they were the last ones to be decorated. I started decorating them little by little not really knowing where this was going. I ended up with a cookie that I absolutely loved.

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This cookie is very special. Last year, Saint Francis of Assisi school received the National Blue Ribbon Award. When I received the request to make this year’s I knew that I would be incorporating the award into the set of cookies. Making circles is not the easiest thing to do. Even when I draw it on to the cookie, I still cannot get it 100% correct. The majority of the cookies turned out good, the ones that looked more like ovals… well, my dear son ate them.

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That’s it for the sugar cookies. I also made cupcakes and a few dozen cake balls. Here’s a Facebook link about the event. Post by St. Francis of Assisi School.

Thanks for reading. It was a long post and it took me several days to work on it, but I got it done.
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