Beach Cookie Mania

 So I want to say thank you out there for being patient…
Just to let you know I completed the 400 cookies in 2 days and feel great about it!  I think I have the “cookies in mass” technique down, so bring it!
I left for Austin last week and after spending some fun time with my dear friend who lives out there, I started work.
I will say being on Texas soil gave me a warm, cozy feeling…which one could argue was just the effects of the copious amount of salsa I ate…or, possibly, the excruciating heat radiating my now-Yankee bones…but either way, cozy and warm.
I did observe, though, that (at least within Austin city limits) there has apparently been a resurgence of the rhinestone.  There were “fancy faux gems” everywhere: belts, sandals, purses…
You don’t see a lot of rhinestones up here, although the gold-plated, nameplate necklaces that Jersey-girls seem to love definitely hold their own in the garish jewelry contest 😉
Now, back to cookies and stuff…
The theme for the Dell cookies was “beachy”.
So I did board shorts…
Flip Flops…
Sand Pails
and beach balls
This is about 1/4 done with the bagging and tying with curling ribbon…
Lesson learned: don’t underestimate the bagging process.  It took a long time.
So there you have a little glimpse into my latest big project.
I have been busy lately with stuff, but while we are on the subject of beach, I did this order a few weeks ago for a beach-themed wedding shower:
they also wanted some assorted cookies along with the sugar cookies…
I made Chocolate-toffee chip, Snickerdoodle and White chocolate Kit-Kat cookies…they were YUM!
they also ordered a version of this cake that I have made before.
So, there you go…I will tell you I am beached out…until next time :)

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July 18, 2010 2:56 pm

400 in 2 days…that's a LOT!!! but they are really cute.

Cupcake Crazy Gem
July 18, 2010 3:12 pm

Wow these are absolutely amazing…good work! hope you enjoy a well deserved break! I just love the flower detail on the little board shorts, and the sand at the top of the bucket, and the polka dot flip flops are just great! You are super talented!

July 18, 2010 3:25 pm

I'M TOTALLY IMPRESSED! That's a lot of mixing, cutting, piping, decorating, bagging, ribbon curling, etc. etc…

Lots of work, and not one beautiful detail lost! Glad you are back. :)

Sue Sparks
July 18, 2010 3:45 pm

You're an inspiration! They EACH look beautiful! I love the "sand" in the bucket:) Awesome job!

Dream It Up Cookies
July 18, 2010 3:59 pm

How's your hand? lol. You are so courageous to take that on, and they look great! I love the sand in the bucket too.

Kristin Morris
July 18, 2010 4:40 pm

These look great!!! I know the feeling, I'm having to do 500 cookies in 2 days! I am still working on them, and I have to take them tonight! :) whew. And boy, my hands, arms, back are tired! Of course, yours look 10x better than mine. ahha.

Pink Martini
July 18, 2010 5:17 pm

You're right the packaging is a huge time eater. I add shredded paper to my cookie bags so that even adds more time to my schedule. Maybe I should rethink that. Your goodies turned out great. I can't believe you did so many in 2 days. You must be exhausted! Take a well deserved rest. :)

July 18, 2010 5:20 pm

Whoa, that's a lot of cookies. Makes me feel bad about complaining I had to bake a few dozen for my brother.

Diane {}
July 18, 2010 5:37 pm

They look GREAT!
I always underestimate how long the bagging will take. Rhinestones are getting big here too.

Chic Cookies
July 18, 2010 6:20 pm

These look fantastic!! When I worked as a cookie decorator, I so remember orders like these. 100s of cookies a day, and those orders of 1000s. (A few in the tens of 1000s, never again.) I am absolutely imagining every curl of ribbon you had to do with great empathy.

Lora Joy
July 18, 2010 6:40 pm

wow!!! i love the cookies! Thats alot! I understand the bagging process takes forever too! hehe

July 18, 2010 7:16 pm

Wow. You did it. And in two days! It's not the baking that takes time, it's the decorating and packaging. These are so adorable. Love the flip flops (which we used to call thongs over which my granddaughter has a laughing fit. No, Bobbie, thongs are underwear!)

I hope you are resting on your laurels this weekend. :)

July 18, 2010 7:37 pm

WOW!!! Fantastic job… that is a LOT of work you did!!

Be blessed-

July 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Your cookies are amazing! LOVE the flip flop ones! How you did so many is pure talent! (and patience!!!)

Way to go!

July 18, 2010 7:42 pm

As everyone has already said…I'm so impressed! And I know what you are talking about in concern to the rhinestones…they were everywhere! The heat must have made baking interesting…but I imagine you were in an air conditioned kitchen. I'm excited about finally having AC when we move down in a few weeks!

I run for cake!
July 18, 2010 8:46 pm

Great job on the 400 beach cookies! They are super cute, love the flip flops!

July 18, 2010 8:53 pm

You are so dang talented! They look absolutely perfect. I need lessons.

Sweet Touch Events
July 18, 2010 10:40 pm

OMG! 400 in two days. You are really motivated. I can't seem to get a dozen done in one day. I used to love the cookie making and now it is like a chore. You are definitely my cookie hero! Awesome work!

A Little Bit of Everything!
July 19, 2010 1:09 am

Wow! You are so amazingly talented!

July 19, 2010 2:04 am

Your cookies are so cute! I don't know how you possibly made all those in two days and wrapped them up too. You do excellent work!

July 19, 2010 3:59 am

I am so amazed! I think you deserve a trip to the beach after making so many beach-themed cookies!

July 19, 2010 10:47 am

Simply AMAZING! Wow, Fantastic job!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking}
July 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Go you!! I am so impressed by your cookie making. This is a big batch for sure. Bet your were thrilled to complete this deadline. They are gorgeous, love the beach theme. The "Lily Pulitzer" flip flops & palm trees are great too. xo

July 19, 2010 12:56 pm

Beautiful job! Those little sand pals are my favorite!

July 19, 2010 1:46 pm

hahahaha you should see the rhinestones when the rodeos come around! i happen to live in san antonio, tx but used to live in austin. when the rodeo comes to town every one dresses up in their country duds and from head to toe are usually rhinestones! even the men!

bridget {bake at 350}
July 19, 2010 2:07 pm

Welcome back to Texas, honey! 😉

Your cookies are darling! 400 in 2 days?!? I have NO idea how you pulled that off and are living to blog about it! You go, Shelly!

Susan Crabtree
July 19, 2010 2:41 pm

I am exhausted just thinking about it! They turned out so cute!

July 19, 2010 3:36 pm

400 cookies!! Wow. That is amazing. These cookies are beautifl.

July 19, 2010 3:59 pm

How cute are those cookies!!!! Amazing. I love the flip-flops!!! Great Job!!

Mini Baker
July 19, 2010 5:13 pm

those sandals are AMAZING!!!!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
July 19, 2010 7:55 pm

That's an amazing job!! You simply have to tell us how you pulled it off, I mean, how to approach such a big order and complete it in 2 days!

July 19, 2010 8:52 pm

How cute are these!!! I especially love the flip flops. you are so talented.

Monica H
July 19, 2010 8:59 pm

Your cookies are to cute! I think the sandals are so fun. great job!

It is SO hot here. Now you know my pain :-)

July 19, 2010 9:25 pm

bravo! i'm impressed by both the quantity and quality–you're a real artiste! :)

July 21, 2010 12:56 am

Oh my gosh, these are adorable! Great job! I wish I worked at Dell ; )!

Shauna from Piece of Cake
July 21, 2010 3:06 pm

This is incredible! Such great shots, too. Wish we lived closer, we could collaborate!

July 23, 2010 11:35 pm

You are amazing! I could never pull that off. And they all look awesome! I love the sand pail cookies. And the platter you did with the flip flops and palm trees. Great job!

July 24, 2010 9:46 pm

Wow, you did an amazing job, knocking down 400 of the most adorable cookies I've ever seen in just two days! I particularly love the "sand" on those sand pails, very nice touch =).

~Kurious Kitteh

July 28, 2010 12:59 pm

that's a lot of had work…..

they look really nice :)

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