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Tuesday
Sep082009

beehive and bumblebee cookies

The party preparations for Bea's first birthday continue...

 

I have found that it is best to spread any party preparations out over a few weeks.  Do not wait until the week before to accomplish everything – you'll lose your mind!  If I do an "activity" every few days leading up to the big event, I don't feel quite so overwhelmed (and I enjoy the process a whole lot more). Hence, three weeks ago, I made a double batch of my favorite sugar cookie dough (recipe below), cutting it out in the shape of beehives and bumblebees (I found the cutters on Amazon for $5).  Sugar cookies freeze beautifully and can then be frosted the day before the party.

 

I used a simple buttercream frosting (see recipe below) which I tinted yellow and then piped each child's name on the beehives with white frosting (lest you think me completely insane, it was a small family party so there weren't too many to frost!). I let the cookies dry overnight.  Please note: buttercream frosting, even after drying for 24 hours, is still a bit soft to the touch.  If you want foolproof frosting that dries hard, use Royal Icing (I just don't love the taste of it nearly as much as buttercream).

The morning of the party, I packaged each cookie in a glassine bag and stapled a foldover label to the top.  The cookies were then added to the favor bags.

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Reader Comments (37)

Cute! Reminds me of Utah since they are the beehive state and so cute for a birthday party. Love the tags on the bags as well.

09.8 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Those are so cute! I really have to work on getting prepared ahead of time! I always seem to be in a flurry at the end! I love your blog!

09.8 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Darling! Can't wait to see more. And thanks for the recipes.

09.8 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

i love the beehives, they are sooo cute. I am a teacher and we are the yelllow jackets and I would love to make these for my pre-k class.

09.8 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

What a fun party. Just added you all to my google reader-hooray!!!

I'm going to take your advice on being prepared - for events and for life in general. How calm and prepared of a life that would be. So great!

Thank you for instructions and photos on how to make, decorate and package prettily the cookies. I work with youth at church and our kickoff Sunday is this weekend..and I was looking for a color scheme/favor idea. I believe yellow fits the bill as well as iced cookies!

09.10 | Unregistered Commentersunny

This is the cutest party theme EVER! I love the name Beatrice too!

so cute! thanks! and just to clarify, do you freeze them before or after they are baked?

09.23 | Unregistered CommenterLinsey

First bake the cookies, let them cool completely, and then freeze. Wait to frost them no more than one day before the party.

-Angie

Best cookie recipe in the WORLD!!!

You know you changed my life the day you shared it with me. And you changed Travis's when you gave us the key lime pie recipe!

What a darling, darling party. I like the Halloween ideas... keep 'em coming! I might even host a party of my own out here!

09.25 | Unregistered Commentersara

Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can not wait to try it and by the way I love your blog, I really enjoy your party ideas!! www.mikodesign.blogspot.com

09.27 | Unregistered Commentererika

Oh my goodness! You two are fabulous. And fun. And I just discovered you today, and already have this cookie recipe chilling in my frig for tomorrow.

I am adding you to my "Eye Candy" blog list. [wink]

Tiff

09.27 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I'm always looking for a "no fail" sugar cookie recipe! Quick question on defrosting the cookies - how do you defrost them before icing them? In the fridge or on the counter? Or do they even need to be defrosted before icing them?

Thanks so much!!

These are sooo sweet ! I'm French and i'm 16 years old, and for me, it is always cute to see english websites, especially when it is mothers' websites, when they're telling us some things about her everyday life :D
P.S.: The cookies look so appetizing too !

10.3 | Unregistered CommenterIndiana

what do you use to frost the cookies to make them flat and neat?

10.3 | Unregistered Commenteryvonne

Making cookies.....now.

Thank you!

how many cookies does the recipe make?

10.20 | Unregistered Commenterjane

Made these sweet little treats. They came out just as beautifully as you promised. I will certainly be adding these to my recipe book. Thanks for sharing. You can see my take on these cookies on my blog...thanks again!

I love this idea! Can you tell us where you find the glassine bags?

01.20 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I've had these bookmarked since you posted this because these sound just like the sugar cookies that my mom used to make. I lost the recipe at some point, and I was so happy when I found yours. So, I'm about to make them for valentines for my son's class and I just wanted to make sure that 1/2 cup of sugar is right. It sounded kind of low for 3 cups of flour, but I'm hoping it's not a typo- I love the idea of a not-too-sweet cookie especially one that's going to get frosted. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing the recipe, and if you happen to be checking your old comments, for reassuring me about the sugar...

02.10 | Unregistered Commentertrina

Made these for my daughters birthday party this weekend -- and it's my new favourite! Most sugar cookies are so tasteless, but these have substance. They turned out so great, and I love the lower amount of sugar. I iced them (Royal Icing) and then froze them, (because I'm out all day the day before her party), so I'm a little nervous about them defrosting. Thanks for posting this family recipe, it's a winner!

03.3 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I can't wait to try these for the bridal shower I'm planning. I want to echo Mary Jo's question--how do you time the defrosting? Before icing? After? They don't get soggy or weird? Are they completely room temperature before packaging them in bags? I've never tried it before, so I'm nervous! Thanks!

03.30 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

I never seem to have a problem with icing cold cookies. I usually just take them out of the freezer and then make the frosting. By the time the frosting's done, the cookies aren't ice cold. Definitely let the cookies dry for 24 hours before packaging them. They need to be totally dry. Hope that helps! –Angie

I have not yet made these biscuits but I love the idea they can be frozen. Rather than frosting them will they work dipped in chocolate?

I think they would be delicious dipped in chocolate! –Angie

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