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I'm posting before I am finished this week because I love the way these cookies turned out.  I've made about 120 (30 more to go) but I love them too much to wait!

A first this time was that I tried chocolate cut-out cookies and they turned out delicious.  I tend to stick with recipes for decorating that I know work - basically those in Julia's @Julia M. Usher two books.  I wanted to try chocolate though so I sniffed around the various forums on this site and did some research.  What great resources we have on this site!  Thank you everyone who participates.

I've been inspired by Manu's @Manu sunflowers for some time.  I contemplated using her technique around the center but decided there was no way I had the patience to duplicate it for all 150 cookies.  So I decided to use transfers that were much easier to make repeatedly.  I had some bleed in the center on some of them but it doesn't really bother me.  In a strange way it looks sort of natural.

I repurposed and tweaked another cookie cutter from my sway bag (courtesy of Ms. Usher).  It worked perfectly.  However, when I ask people if they know what the cookie is supposed to be "An upside down hippopotamus in a bathing suit" says no one ever. @Stephanie Kappel 

I know we shouldn't pick favorites but this is my favorite cookie so far.  In truth, it used to be the blueberries.  But don't tell the watermelons because there still is a lot of sensitivity about those seeds.  

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Oh Lisa, .... your comment... i love them!!!
Your sunflowers are really simply, but so fantastic!!! I also like the color of the vase. Gorgeous work dear Lisa!! @LisaF ❀️😘

Thank you Gabi!  I am quite happy with how the vase turned out.  I have a lot of vases around my house so I was able to get inspiration. It doesn't all ways work out as I planned but happily this time it did!! β€οΈπŸ˜˜

I, too, love how these cookies turned out Lisa @LisaF!! Super cute . This was quite the project for making 150 cookies. Wow, lots and lots of transfers. I can well imagine you sitting down in your home making one flower after another after another. LOL. I've done that before...but not 150 cookies. Again, my admiration for your commitment to your community goes up yet another notch. You are so amazing dear Lisa ❀️❀️❀️

I, too, love how these cookies turned out Lisa @LisaF!! Super cute . This was quite the project for making 150 cookies. Wow, lots and lots of transfers. I can well imagine you sitting down in your home making one flower after another after another. LOL. I've done that before...but not 150 cookies. Again, my admiration for your commitment to your community goes up yet another notch. You are so amazing dear Lisa ❀️❀️❀️

Carol, you are much too kind!  I will say, I have to break up the transfer work in "waves".  I'll come up with a figure - say 25 - and then I'll go up to my office for a bit or do a chore.  Fortunately, your able to do that with the transfers because there isn't the dry out risk of direct cookie piping.  Breaking up the work also helps me not get too obsessed. When the icing consistency is just right and it is doing exactly what you want it to - it can really become almost hypnotic, don't you think!? πŸ˜‚

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