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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. I could really use one of those! Great cookies..

  2. Your earthy look works for me. Wish a money tree did too! Great cookie and great idea.

  3. Love the cookies!! What a great idea. I also love that you are doing LilaLoa’s challenge!! I thought of it when I was looking at your pics. You did a great job changing it up :)

    1. Thanks, Jenni! Hopefully, I can keep it going.

  4. Mike did it again! Yay!

    What a clever super power you chose! I feel like I’m fantastic in the luck department already… I think I’d choose the power to heal the sick (including myself!). :)

    I have to say that your photography is looking so great! I’m noticing quite a difference… good for you!! xo

    1. Thanks, Rachael! I have you to thank for introducing me to that Tasty Food Photography ebook. It really has helped me with the every part of the photo taking process.

      1. Don’t thank me! You bought it and you made it work. :)

        I seriously want everyone to know about that. My photos improved instantly. It’s still a learning process and really hard work though. Someday, we can call ourselves “professional”… maybe??

  5. What beautiful cookies! Bravo on the food styling and props. I think that using props with intricately decorated sugar cookies can be challenging, but the texture of the crumpled brown bag under the cookie adds to the cookie’s earthiness. Oh, and if I could have one superpower it would be to never have to sleep. I could get so much done…

    1. Thanks so much, Aida! And what a great superpower choice!

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