Spiced Apple Cut-Out Cookies | Recipe by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com
Jul 11, 2017

Spiced Apple Cut-Out Cookies

Spiced Apple Cut-Out Cookie Recipe by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com

Summer has been pretty slow around here. No complaints though. This relaxing downtime is a nice change of pace from the hustle of holiday cookie-making.

The extra free time made it the perfect time to try new things and experiment with a few ideas I had tucked away. With back-to-school season just a few weeks away (Crazy, right?), I was thinking it would be fun to try a new cut-out cookie flavor to complement the start of the new school year. These spiced apple cut-out cookies seemed like just the thing.

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nerdy cupcake cookies
Jun 30, 2017

How to Make Nerdy Cupcake Cookies

How to make nerdy cupcake cookies by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m a procrastinator. (“Hi, Mike.”)

I truly intended for these nerdy cupcake cookies to be ready for Teacher Appreciation week last month. But as Life tends to happen, I couldn’t find the time to fit it in. Also, it didn’t help that the rising summer temps made me less motivated to turn on the oven.

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Jun 13, 2017

How to Make Nautical Whale Cookies

How to Make Nautical Whale Cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com

Ahoy there, matey! (Did that greeting come off as more “sea captain” and less “pirate?” Hopefully so, because I have a fun nautical set to show you!) The idea of a nautical cookie set came after finishing up my previous shark post. Continuing on with another ocean series, instead of grinning fishes from last time, I have a dressed-up sea mammal for you today!

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How to Make Shark Cookies by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com
May 29, 2017

How to Make Shark Cookies

How to Make Shark Cookies by www.SemiSweetDesigns.com

Growing up, there were a handful of movies that instilled an irrational fear in me for years. Stephen King’s It made me terrified of clowns. (This fear still lingers to this day.) Child’s Play made me hate being alone in a room with any toy doll that could “talk.” (Talking dolls aren’t cute; they’re frightening.) And the Jaws movie made me avoid the deep end of swimming pools in fear of a possible shark attack. My over-active, childhood imagination definitely got the best of me. Don’t worry, I’m more normal now.

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How to Make Sturdy Palm Tree Cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com
May 10, 2017

How to Make Sturdy Palm Tree Cookies

How to Make Sturdy Palm Tree Cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com

I love all cookies, but my relationship with palm tree cookies is more like the love-hate kind. I love how they’re the perfect “filler” cookie to include in any summer-themed set. Whether it’s a beach platter, a luau set, or a dinosaur party theme, palm tree cookies are great additions to set a tropical mood.

That being said, I still think palm tree cookies are far from perfect. Their general shape, with their long, thin trunks and branches, can make handling them a nightmare. The last time I made palm tree cookies I was lucky to get a few photos in before most of them snapped into pieces. It was frustrating to say the least.

Now that I can make my own cookie cutters, one goal I set for myself was to improve the palm tree cookie design. Here’s my interpretation of a sturdy palm tree cookie.

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