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Sweet Talk Cookies: Creative Designs for Birthdays, Holidays, and Everyday

Sweet Talk Cookies: Creative Designs for Birthdays, Holidays, and Everyday

by Hayley Callaway


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Finally, a cookie book that’s sweet and sassy! Sweet Talk Cookies has gloriously out-of-the-ordinary cookie designs.

If you’re sick of the same-old cookies, if you can’t possibly decorate another bland tree or stocking, look no further. Hayley Callaway, founder of Hayley Cakes and Cookies (@thehayleycakes), has just what you need—whether that’s a taco truck and message cookie that says “Feed me and tell me I’m pretty” or a T-rex hanging Christmas lights. When it comes to designs, this is a book filled with cookies that have character, for year-round fun. Chapters span the seasons, including both holiday-related motifs and designs that simply celebrate something like summer fun (helllooo snow cones!).

If you’re looking to really make these cookies your own, you’ll love the creative lettering workshop. Once you master the art of writing with icing, you can customize to your heart’s content!

Inside, you’ll find all this and more:

  • A complete cookie class: Outlining all the key materials and techniques needed in the rest of the book.
  • Recipes: Hayley’s signature cookie and icing recipes.
  • Writing workshop: The key to making the cookies your own!
  • Summer cookies: Have some fun in the sun with mermaids, fancy seashells, watermelon, tie-dye shirts, and more.
  • Holiday cookies: Cookies to pop the bubbly and celebrate the New Year, fa-boo-lous Halloween cookies, ideas for your Valentine, and even a couple birthday party cookies.
  • Animal cookies: A whole farm of mini-animals as well as bears, a rainbow turtle, even unicorns!
  • Christmas cookies: Just try and pick your favorite from the what’s crackin’ nutcracker, Rudolph the sprinkle-nose reindeer, and a cookie that is decorated like a tray of Christmas cookies.
  • And even more cool designs: Cowboy boots, eggs and bacon, carved woodgrain, a watercolor cactus...the sky’s the limit!

If you are the type of person who demands cookies not only taste good, but be in good taste, this is your cookie book soul mate!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760371596
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 11/23/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 412,552
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hayley Callaway started Hayley Cakes and Cookies in high school, creating baked goods for her teachers and friends. After finishing college, she doubled down on the business. Her unique cookies, with jokes, memes, and funny ideas that made people laugh, launched Hayley Cakes and Cookies from a local business to a nationwide viral success story. The same year she opened her first brick and mortar location in Austin, TX, she was featured on Buzzfeed and a few other popular sites. By the next year, the business had more than doubled and she was featured on Good Morning America, Food Network, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and more. Hayley's bakery has continued to grow, now with two Austin locations and a third location in planning for Houston. Find her online as @thehayleycakes on Instagram or visit her site: hayleycakesandcookies.com.

Table of Contents

The Basics

Basic Cookie Techniques 8

Supplies 12

The OG Sugar Cookie Recipe 19

Gingerbread Cut-out Cookies 20

Chocolate Cut-out Cookies 21

Royal Icing (aka Decorator's Icing or Detail Icing) 22

Color Mixing for Royal Icing/Detail icing 26

How to Make Unicorn Poo/Rainbow Swirly Icing! 28

Glaze Icing 30

Stenciling on Cookies 32

Airbrushing 36

Writing Workshop 40


Bear Face 51

Bumble BEE! 55

Paulette Bear 57

Mini Farm Animals 61

Peace-Sign Turkey 65

Rainbow Turtle 67

Snowy Penguin 71

Unicorn Cookies 73


CHURN Down for What!? 79

Food Truck Cookies 81

Egg & Bacon 85

Girl, You a FINE-apple! 87

Lemons & Footballs 89

Pie til I Die 93

Whimsy Coffee Mug 95


Tree-Rex Cookies! 99

Christmas Cookie Tray 103

HO HO HO!! 107

Rudolph the SPRINKLE Nose Reindeer 108

Oh, Christmas Tree! 111

Shut the Front Door! 113

What's Crackin'?! 117

Other Holidays

Champagne Bottle 121

Champagne Flute 125

Disco Ball Cookies 127

You're PURRRfect, Cat Face Valentine 129

Love Notes 133

Little Bunny 135

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls 137

Fabulous Jack-o-lantern Cookies 139

Fall Leaf 142

Hallo-WEENIE Dog Cookies 143

Lollipop Ghost 145

Make a Wish!! 147

Stacks on Stacks on Stacks 148

Summer Fun

Tie-Dye Shirt Cookies 151

The Fanciest Seashells 155

Mermaids!!! 156

Rainbow Flowers! 159

Snow Cone 161

Funky Flower Heart 163

Sunflower & Sunshine! 165

Watermelon Cookie 168

Cool Cookies

Blame It All on My Roots … 171

Carved Woodgrain Cookies 173

Fancy WOW Rosette Cookies 177

Magical Ombre Heart Cookie 179

Watercolor Cactus 183

Resources 185

Acknowledgments 190

About the Author 190

Index 191

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