A Year in Cookies – 2013 Review

I enjoyed posting some of my favorite cookie creations of 2013 on Facebook today, so I thought I would share them here on the blog as well. Time moves so quickly… I had forgotten about some and others seem to have been made so long ago. It was fun to revisit all the work that happened!

In January, I made these as a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Cookies to celebrate diversity! Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.My favorites for February were the Valentine’s Day Dominoes. These must have been the start of my obsession with games you can eat…Valentine's Day Domino Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

Super easy Easter egg cookies for March, along with a little stand for equality.

Rainbow Easter Egg Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

The seed packet cookies I made in April will always be one of my all time favorites. There were 23 cookies total that took 4 days to make, using 3 new-to-me decorating techniques and 5 hours to photograph. This is when I realized I have a CCD…Compulsive Cookie Disorder.

Seed Packet Cookies by Melissa Joy CookiesThese May Day Basket cookies for the first of May will rank right up there as one of my favorites of all time too.

May Day Basket Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

June brings summer break! I made these lemonade jar cookies for the teachers at school, as well as for a cookie auction to raise money for the tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma.
lemonade with juicer

Celebrating in July with festive bunting cookies.

Forth of July Bunting Cookies by Melissa Joy Cookies

August road trip! Each map reveals a body of water I live, have lived, or would like to live by.

Road Trip Cookies by Melissa Joy

September in Wisconsin brings the abundance of apple orchards. And in my case, apple cookies. These were created for the gigantic GO BO! Foundation bake sale. One of the great gifts in making cookies is having the ability to share them to do good in the world, even in the smallest of ways.

Apple Cookies By Melissa Joy Cookies

October made it okay to play with your food with Tic-Tac-Toe

Halloween Tic Tac Toe Cookies by Melissa Joy

I love getting my kids involved in my work, and this cookie gratitude wreath for November did the trick.

Thanksgiving Cookies for Kids by Melissa Joy

December gets crazy as far as cookies go. These Santa Gnomes cookies are EASY to do and a twist on the traditional jolly old elf.

Christmas Santa Gnomes by Melissa Joy

Many people ask how I come up with cookie ideas, and after looking back on this year’s work, I find myself pondering the same question. It is most definitely shaped by my surroundings and experiences. This artistic ride is occasionally easy, nerve-racking, sometimes frustrating and liberating. It requires tenacity, balance and the ability to let go. Creativity is soul bearing and limitless. We just have to have the courage to embrace it.

Happy 2014, friends. May the new year bring you sweet joy and endless inspiration to create beautiful things.

6 thoughts on “A Year in Cookies – 2013 Review

  1. Your cookies are so sooo creative!!! Just love them!

    I really really want to try to stamp cookies (especially cute teeny letters)…but have read horror stories about the stamps never really drying…and then smearing during transport…Will share your drying secrets pretty please!

    • I find the stamp will smudge when it gets moist in any way, but if it’s fully dry, it should be fine. I have dusted the stamped part with cornstarch to inhibit the smudging, but not sure it will work 100%. I also avoid bagging up a stamped cookie, because I found it will smudge from just the moisture of my cookie (and freezing is definitely a no-no), so they are best kept for bakery box or local orders only! This is just my opinion, but hope that helps!

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