Decorating Sugar Cookies… From Start to Finish – Part 1

Earlier this week I introduced you to one of my talented friends, Maryann.  I’m back today to introduce you to another AMAZINGLY talented cookie artist and friend, Callye, a.k.a. Sweet Sugar Belle.  Not only is Callye creative and talented beyond words, but she has been know to produce dozens and dozens of custom decorated cookies in a single week.  The number of cookies Callye can bake and decorate in a week is often mind boggling.  And no detail is ever spared… these are not “cookie cutter” style cookies… Callye’s cookies are custom in every sense of the word!  If you can dream it, Callye has (or can) make it into a cookie!
A few weeks ago Callye offered to create a special set of cookies, and all the step-by-step directions just for Glorious Treats readers… how could I pass that up?!!  I couldn’t!  So Callye got to work on a custom set of cookies just for us, and took such care to photograph each and every step.  In fact, she is sharing such a wealth of information I’m breaking it into two posts.  Today will be Part 1, the design, and cutting out the cookies.  I’ll be back later this week with (Part 2) all of the detailed decorating photos. 
Callye wanted to show how a decorator can draw inspiration from most anywhere…
Her inspiration for this set of cookies came from a shirt… from Wal-Mart!  (shown below)
And here are the finished cookies….
Aren’t they fun?!  And an amazing match to the shirt!
Callye created these custom cookies using easy to find cookie cutters.  The only true Halloween cutters she used were for the bats.

Ready to get started?
Prepare a batch (or two) of Sugar Cookie dough (recipe HERE).
Here is how Callye created her custom cookies using common cutters…
Candy Corn

Heart Pumpkin
Candy
Peace Bat

Place prepared cookies on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet, place baking sheet in the freezer about 5 minutes (this will help the cookies keep their shape), then bake as directed. 

Thank you so much Callye for giving us a peek behind the scenes! 
I’ll be back later this week with “Part 2″ of the amazing tutorial from Callye… the extra fun part, decorating!
Please go say “Hi” to Callye
on her Facebook page, SugarBelle’s
Blog, Sweet Sugar Belle
and Flickr page, Sweet Sugar Belle
If we’re real sweet to her, she may be willing to share some more tips in the future! 

(Note- Callye is not accepting cookie orders at this time, as she is busy raising her three beautiful children)

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22 Responses to “Decorating Sugar Cookies… From Start to Finish – Part 1”

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    Pink Martini — October 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    They're great! :)

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    monieheise — October 26, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Wow, these cookies are FABULOUS! And even more impressive that the idea came from a t-shirt…love, love, love!!!

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    Suzanne Rhodes McKelvie — October 26, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    So amazing. I love these cookies.

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    Yael — October 27, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Super cookies! Love the idea of getting inspiration from all kids of sources!

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    Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet — October 27, 2010 at 2:17 am

    How super what a great bunch of cookies.

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    Andrea — October 27, 2010 at 4:14 am

    crazy good!!! LOVE how you made a collection so unique by using very common cutters!

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    B.E. Sweet Treats — October 27, 2010 at 4:36 am

    FUN! Thanks for sharing!

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    Janel — October 27, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I have been waiting for this FOREVER! I have been drooling over the beauty of her cookies for a really long time. I've been PRAYING that she would do a tutorial – her cookies are just so amazing!

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    TracyLH — October 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

    What a great tutorial from the phenomenally talented SweetSugarBelle! I love her creativity and how she thinks outside of the box with how she uses various cutters! Gorgeous work!

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    Bea @ CancunCookies — October 27, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Thanks Glory for this great post… SweetSugarBelle is such a talented artist!!

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    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — October 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I love all of Callye's creativness she does amazing work.Great to see you feature her talents :)

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    Lora Joy — October 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

    YAY!!! I've been waiting for her to do a tutorial on her blog! All her cookies are amazing! I've been a fan and drooling at every new pictures!

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    Kate H. — October 27, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Callye is so talented! These are so cute, and just perfect! Can't wait for part 2!

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    Nancy — October 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Great post Glory! The cookie world is very lucky to have Callye!

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    Knitrageous — October 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    She makes it look so easy!

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    Callye — October 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you for EVERYTHING, Glory-bee!

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    Dee — October 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    love the cookies. Great tutorial.

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    Christina — October 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Awesome!! Her cookies are truly amazing!! The star cutter for candy corn…WOW…I really need to think outside the box more! Thanks for the tut! *Ü*

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    Christina_Custom Cookies — March 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I'm saving these cookies ideas for the Halloween next year for sure. Talk about custom cookies!

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    Uchie — January 31, 2013 at 5:27 am

    fantastic cookies…. best tutorial cookies >>> love it

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    Melissa Robert — March 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I just found your blog! Love it. Great tutorial. Could you post the sugar cookie recipe as well? Or maybe you have and I am too stupid to find it! I have not found a really great cookie recipe that yields a tasty cookie and holds its shape!
    Thanks!

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    Maria — November 13, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Wow! Its great to know that cookie dough are like puzzles too. u can cut and connect these to come up with varied designs. Once they are baked. these will come in one piece!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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