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Inspiration Challenge: May {Cookies You Fear}

The final month of the inspiration challenges is here. I can’t believe that a year has come and gone. When Stephanie first approached me about doing these challenges I was unsure about doing them but I’m so glad that I did. As the world of cookie decorating has grown it has become harder and harder to come up with original ideas. These challenges helped me to think outside the box and grow.
This month’s theme is “Cookies You Fear”. I think I’ve said it several times but I hate characters. I have a no characters rule after I’ve made some for friends a few times and totally stressed myself out. I will make characters for fun but that is rare. For some reason I can’t wrap my brain around character cookies. I over think them and can’t envision how to simplify them.
My favorite movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz. There is something so magical about this movie. It takes a dreamer like me on a journey where you believe that there can be something better over the rainbow. I have wanted to make Wizard of Oz cookies for a long time but they scared me. The characters are detailed and I never knew how to go about making them in a simplified way until now.
When I saw this post by Sweet Sugarbelle {aka Callye} it gave me hope that I could find a way to simplify The Wizard of Oz. The only problem is that my drawing skills are limited. I decided to ask my sister, who is the artist of the family, for help. I told her that I was looking to capture the essence of the character but simplify their features. She did a brilliant job with her sketches. Thanks sis!
With the sketches in hand I was ready to tackle the cookies but doubts crept in. I started over thinking how I was going to make them. That’s when Callye came to the rescue again with this post. It’s like the cookie decorating powers that be were telling me you can do this. You see I own a Kopykake but owning one does not mean that you are going to put an image in it and automatically make gorgeous cookies. You have to plan out how you are going to get the image on the cookie. One of my problems with characters is that I always thought that I had to outline everything first and then go back and try to fill in tiny areas. A nightmare is how I saw it. Callye’s post opened my eyes to a simpler way. 
I forgot to picture the Tin Man but you can see in the pictures below how I went about getting the base of each character. 

So what’s the moral to the story? It is that if you fear making a particular cookie to utilize help from people you know or the great tutorials that are out there by amazingly talented cookie artists. Do I still have a fear of character cookies? Yes, but I’m more open to them now and I think with practice that I’ll fear them less.

Enough of my jibber jabbering. Let’s go see what Stephanie {Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies} came up with. I don’t know how these cookies are a fear because she totally rocked them.

Thanks again Stephanie for asking me to be a part of these challenges with you. You are an amazing friend and I’m so happy that cookies brought us together.

As with all the previous challenges there is a link party below where you can link up the cookies you’ve made that you feared.

Thanks to everyone that played along with us all year long. It means the world to us.


  1. HAHAHAHAHA! I kid you not, I made these cookies not a month ago, and they were THE COOKIES I FEARED! I didn’t even take a pic, because I wasn’t confident of them… This made me lol, all over again. Who knew everyone is afraid of the Cowardly lion!

  2. PS-Can I borrow your sister sometime?

  3. These cookies came out really good. I’m so glad that I was able to help. The drawing was easy. The hard part was done by you. I can’t even imagine having to do all that icing work you just make it look so easy. I had so much fun helping you out and coming up with the sketches. Great job Sis.

  4. My mom is such a big fan of the Wizard of Oz and would *love* these cookies! Good for you for jumping into the character cookie bullring and coming out on top! For now with character cookies, I’ll stay cheering in the audience 馃槈

  5. You did a beautiful job on these and kudos to you for conquering your fear! I couldn’t agree more about character cookies…I usually shy away from them when people ask. IMO, this is a “no gray area”…you either nail it or you don’t, no in between. Yours are adorable!

  6. Great job on these cookies, Melissa!!! Character cookies are definitely up there on the fear scale for me. But you’re right, simplifying them is key. I think some cookies I fear might be painted cookies or maybe fondant. I think I can attribute those fears on my lack of experience with them.

  7. Your cookies are amazing as always!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for these challenges. You have helped me to step outside of my comfort zone with each and every one of them.

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