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Good Luck Money Tree Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Mar 15, 2013


Random question: If you could have any super power what would it be? Would you pick the ability to fly, or read minds, or maybe have super-human strength? All of these are great options. For me, however, if we could pick ANY super power, I think mine would be the power of luck.

It’d be so awesome. With luck you would always get green lights at intersections, find 20’s in your jacket pocket when you’re short on cab fare, and you’d totally win if there was a real-life version of the Hunger Games because the odds would always be in your favor. Just to name a few.

money tree example

Unfortunately, luck doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to rely on charms to boost my good luck potential. So, when my fellow cookie blogger friend, Melissa of Simply Sweets by Honeybee, asked us to cookie-fy a good luck charm I just had to look to my bookshelf by the window for inspiration. I decided to make a money tree cookie.

Sadly, yes, that’s a random stock image of a money tree. I would have posted an actual picture of mine but it’s in bad shape and I’m a little ashamed. (Damn you, dark Seattle winters! *shakes fist in air*)

money tree cookie single

Luckily for me, money trees are always in stock at Ikea. I’ll head over there and pick up a new one in the Spring when I’m ready to part with my current one. My mom is a firm believer money trees bring good fortune. That’s one reason I try to always have one in my house– for those few times she visits. I don’t know if I am as firm of a believer as my mom, but I like to have a money tree around in the chance it does up your luck. It also helps that it’s an attractive indoor-plant. (when it’s not suffering from my neglect :-\)

finished money tree cookie

Oh, one side note. What do you think of the picture above? LilaLoa is challenging us to change up our photography. It’s definitely been a challenge for me. Typically, after I finish a batch, I throw them on a white plate, take one side angle shot and one bird’s-eye-view shot and call it good. But lately, I’ve been more conscientious on trying different ways to take photos. I bought some props, cut up a brown paper bag, and poured some iced tea to make this set a little more interesting. I think I was going for an overall “earthy” tone for the shot. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Well this project was a lot of fun to do and I want to thank Melissa for inviting me to participate. (Thanks, Melissa!) Please check out the other “charming” cookies for this project.

good luck charm collage numbered
  1. Opal Ring by Tami Rena’s Cookies

  2. My Children by Kookie Kreations by Kim

  3. Hamsa & Evil Eye by Not Your Everyday Cookie

  4. Wonder Woman Shirt by The Cookie Puzzle

  5. Attitude is My Good Luck Charm by Pink Little Cake

  6. Cookies Are My Lucky Charm by The Baked Equation

  7. Good Luck Money Tree by Me :)

  8. Security Blanket by Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies

  9. Lucky Number 32 by Cristin’s Cookies

  10. Always With Me by The Cookie Corner AZ

  11. Leprechauns by Trilogy Edibles

  12. Good Luck Elephants by Simply Sweets by Honeybee


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37 replies on “Good Luck Money Tree Cookies

  1. Yes, I need a money tree!! I love your take on this project. As always……..very impressive. Oh and your photo????? Perfection! Photography is always the hardest thing for me.

    1. Thanks, Tami!! Yeah, I’m with you on photography. It’s the most challenging for me out of the whole process.

  2. I never knew those braided trees were called money trees, I need to get one! On second thought maybe not I’m horrible with plants they all die. Your cookie is cute, is it hand cut because I kept seeing a lightbulb. Your photo is great another weakness of mine, this food staging is a real skill all on it’s own. I had never thought about luck as a wish but really you’re right with a little of that almost anything is possible.

    1. Thanks, Marlyn! I don’t have a green thumb so a new money tree is always in rotation in my house. I did hand cut these cookies but a light bulb would have been a great idea! (hehe, pun intended) I wish I thought of that first. Maybe a snowman cutter would have worked, too.

  3. Well I learned something new. Never knew there was an actual money tree or that you can get one at Ikea! Love it! and I think your picture taking is great too!

    1. Thanks, Karen! Yeah, I mentioned to friends that I was making money tree cookies and they were like, “whaa?” I guess having a money tree isn’t that well known a good luck tradition.

  4. LOVE these cookies! It’s been really interesting to read all of these posts about good luck charms. I am with you…the power of good luck would be awesome!

    I need to look at those trees the next time I am at Ikea!
    Oh, and btw, the photo is awesome! I think you met the challenge!

    1. Thanks, Lene! I’m loving everyone’s back story of their good luck charms.

  5. A money tree and I didn’t know one existed. I might need to get me a money tree ;-) Your cookies are beautiful and I love the story line behind it. And yes, your photography is great. I ALWAYS take boring photos. Personally I think it would be great to be a cookie decorator without every using a camera. Photography and I don’t get along, but yours looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Cristin

    1. Thanks so much, Cristin! I’m with you with the decorating cookies and then having to photograph them– two very different skills to master. It’s a little of a pain but documenting them with a nice photo is worth it in the end.

  6. I had no idea that money trees were a real thing. Or, that you could buy them at one of my favorite stores. Awesome cookies, Mike! :)

    1. Thanks, Jennifer!! Ikea has a whole bunch of good luck plants to choose from. The money trees are by the lucky bamboo and the jade plants. :-P

  7. I’ve never heard of a money tree and now I want one. Only I can’t grow things, inside or out. I really love your cookie-fied money tree AND your great photography!

    1. Thanks, Kim! I’m not a great gardener but I’m going to keep trying. I’m actually on my way to Home Depot to pick up some Spring outdoor plants that are on sale. I’m crossing my fingers they last for a while. :)

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