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2024 Cookier Calendar & Valentine’s Day Packaging Ideas

2024 Cookier Calendar & Valentine’s Day Packaging Ideas

I'm typing this up early January and wanted to share two things: a 2024 cookie holiday/occasion calendar, also great for your guiding your marketing/content plus since Valentine's day is coming up FAST, I wanted to show you some super cute & affordable packaging...

Holiday Baking Prep Guide: Tips for Cottage Bakers

Holiday Baking Prep Guide: Tips for Cottage Bakers

I know it may not feel like it yet, but the holiday season is right around the corner, and for us cottage bakers, it's the busiest, most exciting and most financially impactful time of the year. Whether you're baking for friends, family, or customers, planning and...

Rolled Buttercream Recipe

Rolled Buttercream Recipe

A few months ago, Nancy from Cookie-a-thon had asked if I'd ever tried rolled buttercream - I had never tried it, and saw it again on a FB group, so I pulled up Pam Kennedy Bake's recipe as a starting point. Pam, thanks a bunch for sharing your knowledge with us. I...

9 Creative Packaging Ideas for Bakers

9 Creative Packaging Ideas for Bakers

If you're a passionate baker who gifts or sells your baked goods, you might also want your delicious treats to make a lasting impression.  I've been obsessed with packaging early on in my cottage bakery career and *love* dressing up my bakes to enhance the customer...

Troubleshooting Royal Icing: Cratering

Troubleshooting Royal Icing: Cratering

Cratering in royal icing cookies can be a frustrating issue for cookie decorators. You've spent time meticulously decorating your cookies, only to find unsightly craters forming over time, ruining your hard work. It's not something that everyone will notice or care...

Brown Sugar Retreats: Bakechella Overview & Giveaway

Brown Sugar Retreats: Bakechella Overview & Giveaway

Friends, there's a new cookie event in town! If you're looking for a more intimate experience where you get to make new friends, learn different techniques and the business of baking, you don't want to miss out on Brown Sugar Retreats.  Porsha and her team have been...

The Bare Minimum Cookie Decorating Supplies to Get Started

The Bare Minimum Cookie Decorating Supplies to Get Started

I hear and see everyone who has been asking for a "bare minimum" tools/equipment list for those who want to get into cookie decorating in this down economy... well, here it is... But keep the following in mind: the cookie decorating community is tight-knit and...

La Cuisine Paris Experience Review

La Cuisine Paris Experience Review

The first experience on our epic  EU adventure was a pastry class at La Cuisine Paris. We opted in for a Private Event, and asked them to surprise us with the class topic-  our only ask was that it included seasonal produce if possible. Watch our experience recap...

How to Store Royal Icing

How to Store Royal Icing

To reduce waste and get the most out of your icing, this post discusses how I'd recommend storing your icing.. of course.. like many other topics... this is nuanced and the answer is "it depends" on a few factors... and keep in mind there is a bit of wiggle room, so...

My Standing Desk and Treadmill Office Set Up

My Standing Desk and Treadmill Office Set Up

When I tell people that I spend 80-85%% of my time on the computer, most people are surprised. “I thought you had a bakery?” “Don’t you decorate cookies all day?” I don’t own a bakery (but we do sell all kinds of awesome supplies and merch in our shop, please check it...

10 Travel Essentials for 3-weeks in Europe

10 Travel Essentials for 3-weeks in Europe

In my twenties, I worked for biotech firms, and I had the privilege of enjoying travel as a part of work. Through these experiences, I met a lot of people from various cultures, all walks of life and each with stories that amazed and moved me. Traveling and exposure...

5 Things I Wish I did Differently When I Started my Business

5 Things I Wish I did Differently When I Started my Business

I started my first ecommerce "venture" when I was 11 - selling counterfeit k-pop bookmarks on Soompi forums (do not recommend doing this today), using free internet hours from the AOL discs that I gathered from my friends/family. I tied up the phone line a lot and my...

Recipe: Meringue Pops

Recipe: Meringue Pops

Last week, I visited the team at Bakers Bodegga Express. They are located in socal and sell all kinds of baking supplies to bakeries and the general public. I sat down with Manny and Phil to talk about my journey as a small business owner and a little bit of my life I...

The Butt Cushion that Changed My Life

The Butt Cushion that Changed My Life

.. dead serious. This is the story of how a butt cushion changed my life. If you work a desk job OR decorate your cookies sitting down like me, you might be familiar with lower back and/or hip discomfort. And that’s just one part of it, you probably have repetitive...

How to Organize your Cookie Cutters

How to Organize your Cookie Cutters

I've been decorating cookies since 2011, and you can imagine that my collection of tools and cutters has grown over time. A few years ago, I finally decided to organize my cutters so that it'd be easier to find a shape. Please learn from my experience, and think about...

The Sugar Art Product Overview

The Sugar Art Product Overview

This post is long overdue, but better late than never, right? I'll be providing an overview of The Sugar Art products that we carry in our store. Watch the video embedded in this blog post to get some visuals of use cases: To summarize the video.... The Sugar Art...

Recipe: Easy Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

Recipe: Easy Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

My friend Wendy texted me the other day and asked for a linzer cookie recipe.. which resulted in me thinking about how I don't have a recipe posted for cookie-press friendly cookies. I know, they're not the same cookie. But that's just how my brain worked. So here we...

Introducing: My Custom Bakes

Introducing: My Custom Bakes

Hi there! Lisa here, owner of Borderlands Bakery. In my ten years of cookie decorating, I spent 5 of them taking on custom orders for decorated sugar cookies and french macarons. Having lived that custom-order life and after talking with thousands of other bakers, we...

How to Freeze Cut Out Cookies at Various Stages

How to Freeze Cut Out Cookies at Various Stages

I see all of you getting ready for the holiday cookie season and one of the most commonly asked question right now is: Can you freeze cookies? The short answer is: HECK YES. But there are some important factors to consider, so let's dig in. Most cutout cookies can be...

Easy Matcha Truffle Recipe

Easy Matcha Truffle Recipe

One of my favorites treats as a kid were the chocolate truffles my dad used to buy from Costco. You know what I'm talking about: The texture was silky smooth, and I'd always choke a little on the cocoa powder. But it's all a part of the truffle experience. And at the...

Baked By Dave’s Royal Icing Calculator

Baked By Dave’s Royal Icing Calculator

My friend Dave of Baked by Dave has given the cookie decorating community a huge gift: his royal icing calculator. One of the challenges of decorating cookies is estimating how much icing you'll need for a project: make too much and it's wasteful. Make too little, and...

Matcha Monster Cookies

Matcha Monster Cookies

If you're looking for a fun project with the kids this Halloween, look no further. I've teamed up with my friends at Matcha Kari (matcha.com) to bring you an easy matcha based cookie recipe with easy decorations- a cute cookie with minimal work. This cookie base keeps...

Cake and Cookie Courses with Malek Binns

Cake and Cookie Courses with Malek Binns

I'm incredibly excited to be introducing a suite of courses taught by my friend Malek Binns and myself. I have known Malek a few years and we organically became friends via Instagram. We've met in person a few times, and for this collab, I invited Malek to stay with...

Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing Recipe

Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing Recipe

Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing Recipe: A few months ago, I had the pleasure of hosting my friend Malek of Frosted by Malek Binns in my home in California. If you don't know how we met - you can watch our first Baking with Borderlands interviews, where we also...

Growing on Instagram in 2021

Growing on Instagram in 2021

For those of you who live and breathe Instagram (i.e. many creators/influencers/brands), the recent changes “officially” announced by head of IG Adam Mosseri probably didn’t come as much of a shock -- IG has been undergoing massive changes for the last year and have...