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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....

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...

Sustainable Baking and Being Environmentally Conscious

Sustainable Baking and Being Environmentally Conscious

So... you want to talk about what we can do in the baking community to counteract climate change and pursue a sustainable baking ethos… so do I. So, here we go. I’m going to approach this from a practical perspective - nothing overly complicated but also keep in mind...

DIY Beaded Cookie Scribes Tutorial

DIY Beaded Cookie Scribes Tutorial

We held an Amazon Live in Feb 2021 on how to DIY Cookie Scribes. In this blog post, we'll summarize the process for you. Firstly- what is a cookie scribe? A cookie scribe is a sharp, pointy tool, often used in cookie decorating to redistribute icing/pop air bubbles in...

Macaron Classes

Macaron Classes

Our French Macaron Classes are FINALLY releasing Feb. 28 2021 at 8am PST -- we filmed the bulk of this in Jan 2020 right as COVID was starting to hit the US, and it felt like it has taken an eternity to get this out to you all! Hope you’re all as excited as I am, and...

How to make no-bake salted caramel pretzel rods

How to make no-bake salted caramel pretzel rods

I’ve been making these salted caramel pretzel rods for years and somehow never managed to record my process until now-- better late than never? Here’s a 2015 throwback (peep that old “watermark”, haha)   How to Make no-bake Salted Caramel Pretzel Rods These are SUPER...

5 Things I learned Launching a Digital Baking Course

5 Things I learned Launching a Digital Baking Course

With Covid shutting down the world in 2020, we immediately saw normalcy go right out the window… and with that, it meant that in-person classes were canceled. We were already making plans for our digital baking course offerings but the timetable for that was quickly...

How to make Hot Cocoa Bombs

How to make Hot Cocoa Bombs

If you’ve been on the internet in the past year or so you’ve probably seen them, wanted them, or at least wanted one for yoursel. I’m talking about Cocoa Bombs! Today, I’ll be sharing my method for making hot cocoa bombs. Along with a detailed how-to video, I’ve also...

How to Use a Heat Sealer for Cookies

How to Use a Heat Sealer for Cookies

We’re sharing an excerpt from our comprehensive online course today, related to how to heat seal your decorated sugar cookies. I see so many people struggle with this and many folks aren’t getting the *most* out of their heat sealer (using it on the wrong setting, not...

How to Mail Decorated Sugar Cookies

How to Mail Decorated Sugar Cookies

There are an INFINITE number of ways to package and mail cookies and it’s all dependent on what you’re shipping, the shape/quantity, etc. -- but I wanted to share ONE of the most commonly used methods I use for shipping treats to my friends and family. I like to keep...

Recipe: Festive Butter Cookies

Recipe: Festive Butter Cookies

Some of you may know this… I came to the US when I was 6 years old. My parents immigrated from China to the US to give me more opportunities, hoping that I’d grow up happier and thrive.  My parents have made huge personal sacrifices when I was young to give me the...

How to Use a Tabletop Dough Sheeter for Cut Out Cookies

How to Use a Tabletop Dough Sheeter for Cut Out Cookies

I get a ton of questions every time I post about my new favorite thing in the world… my dough sheeter! Now, this handy gadget is not a necessity for many home bakers, but it does come in super handy when you are doing a large volume of cookies. This is especially...

How to Cut Cookies Without a Cookie Cutter

How to Cut Cookies Without a Cookie Cutter

What if you’re out in the wilderness with no cookie-cutter? Hi friends!! This is an informative blog post and video to show you how to hand-cut cookie dough if you don’t have the desired cutter shape available.  There are a few instances where I want to hand-cut...