Our Blog

Intro to Writing With Royal Icing

Intro to Writing With Royal Icing

"How to write with icing" may be my #1 MOST requested tutorial. Writing with royal icing is dependent on: font style, font size, icing consistency, piping tip/size, piping pressure, piping technique. Today, I’ll talk with you about how I approach writing with icing....

Recipe: Chai Crumb Cake w/ How To Video

Recipe: Chai Crumb Cake w/ How To Video

When Janis of Terra Cottage reached out and asked if I wanted to try some North Fork Chai Co. Chai Concentrate, I was intrigued. I love Chai flavors, but have only ever had it as a warm beverage, and just never pursued the opportunity to explore it further. With a new...

Recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Crisp Cookies

Recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Crisp Cookies

In an attempt to add more interest to the beloved traditional chocolate chip cookie, I drew inspiration from my friend Karen, who once told me she had a chocolate chip with rice cereal in it. Intrigued, I recently set out on an adventure to make some for myself.  What...

BEST Food Dehydrator | How to Use a Dehydrator for Royal Icing Cookies

BEST Food Dehydrator | How to Use a Dehydrator for Royal Icing Cookies

One of the most life-changing pieces of cookie decorating tools for me has got to be the dehydrator. It has significantly helped reduce how long it takes for me to finish a batch of cookies, and improved the aesthetics of my cookies.  By the end of this post, I hope...

Dalgona Matcha Latte Recipe

Dalgona Matcha Latte Recipe

Dalgona coffee (or whipped coffee) is a trend that has taken over the internet. I can't consume content on TikTok without coming across at least one dalgona coffee video.  While whipped coffee has been around for a while in various cultures, it has gained (or...

How To Make Boba Milk Tea Cookies – Recipe

How To Make Boba Milk Tea Cookies – Recipe

We are all still social physical distancing -- and because we can’t easily go out to get boba, Brian and I wanted to try our hand at making Boba milk tea at home.  If you don’t already follow us on TikTok, please do-- we post some SUPER sped up short-form content on...

I made Butter Mochi Cupcakes!

I made Butter Mochi Cupcakes!

During this quarantine, my husband and I had a craving for some Mochi Muffins(R) by Third Culture Bakery that we first tasted from the Boba Guys. Both of these businesses are amazing (and have been impacted by Covid-19 like all of us in some way) --so please go check...

Quick Rustic Vanilla Bean Scones – Recipe

Quick Rustic Vanilla Bean Scones – Recipe

The world is a strange place right now. With the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world is on high alert, and us Californians are under “shelter-at-home” -- which basically means: “only go out and physically interact if absolutely needed” -- Yes, we’re still allowed to...

Summer Cookie Decorating Ideas

Summer Cookie Decorating Ideas

With the COVID-19 social distancing protocols, many of you have reached out asking for simple cookie decorating ideas for you and the kiddos at home. I'm putting together a few guides for you, starting with this simple summer themed guide! This PDF download contains...

Spring Project – Floral Egg and Bunny Cookies

Spring Project – Floral Egg and Bunny Cookies

Hi Everyone! In the midst of fighting the COVID-19, California residents are asked to shelter in place whenever possible. Critical functions and healthcare workers are all still working (THANK YOU for being on the front lines!!). Many of us who run our own small...

The Best DIY Kitchen Storage Rack Solution For Sprinkles And Supplies

The Best DIY Kitchen Storage Rack Solution For Sprinkles And Supplies

If you bake or make decorated cookies.. you know how our sprinkle (and supply) collection can get out of control.  Today on the blog, a local cookier shares her sprinkle and accessories kitchen storage solution with us. Brandy shared her set up on IG DMs and it caught...

Our Cookie Con Experience – Your Questions Answered

Our Cookie Con Experience – Your Questions Answered

OK-- so this may be the shortest "blog post" in history (but it's packed with info!!) ... I attended my first Cookie Con in March 2019 in Reno Nevada -- I asked for your questions last year and this year, compiled them all and put together a little Q&A on our...

How to Make Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies Using Cake Mix!

How to Make Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies Using Cake Mix!

I've seen A LOT of recipes online for how to make valentine's day sugar cookies-- there are few easier ways to quickly whip up something adorable and delicious. I've taken my top 3 favorites and mashed them up to suit my tastes (taste, texture, aesthetics) and will be...

5 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

5 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

Many of you who follow me on Instagram know that as of Nov 1, 2019-- I went all-in on Borderlands Bakery. Up until that point, I had a super solid career in biotech and was quite "successful" by the traditional/socially normal definition (skillset, recognition,...

Borderlands Baking Basics – 10 Tools for Success

Borderlands Baking Basics – 10 Tools for Success

I'm frequently asked for a list of my bare minimum baking basics, so thought I'd put together a list of my absolute must-haves for everyone, regardless of what you're baking. The list is created with budget in mind, and models what I started out with when I first...

Easy French Meringue Recipe

Easy French Meringue Recipe

The holidays always remind me of meringue-- I love seeing festive meringue kisses pop up all over my Instagram feed, and with the recent rise of Meringue Art,  thought I'd share how I make my base meringue. This is a recipe that is stable enough to pipe into various...

Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cut Out Cookie Recipe

This recipe is VERY DIFFERENT from our "structural" gingerbread recipe we developed and sell in our shop (read about it HERE).  I studied over 6 recipes and and tweaked until I got my desired result: a soft, moist, chewy gingerbread. This recipe is NOT good for...

New Cookie Decorators – Start Here

New Cookie Decorators – Start Here

You've seen all the beautiful cookies on Pinterest and Instagram, and now you're ready to take on the challenge for yourself, but don't know where to start. This post contains some information that might be helpful for you. Keep in mind -- all this information is...

Guide to Borderlands Brushes

Guide to Borderlands Brushes

Edit Aug. 2021: These have gone through an upgrade! So excited to finally be sharing these beauties with you! I decided to design my own set of brushes -- a reflection my most commonly used brushes + I threw in a special brush that I've never seen before in the cookie...

Tipless Piping Bags Overview

Tipless Piping Bags Overview

Tipless piping bags are thin, disposable pastry bags that usually have a very small or non-impacting (flapping) seam.  The point is generally very sharp/precise and it's easy to use since all you do is snip the tip of the bag to the desired shape and size, pipe away,...

Nesting Heart Cutters & The Sugar Art Favorites

Nesting Heart Cutters & The Sugar Art Favorites

Today, I released a set of nesting heart cutters you can see HERE.  I'm taking the opportunity to also highlight some of my favorite The Sugar Art products, specifically Wedding Gold (now replaced by Golden Halo) and Nu Silver, my two most commonly used products in...

Royal Icing Transfers – Endless Possibilities

Royal Icing Transfers – Endless Possibilities

Royal icing transfers are icing motifs that you can make weeks (sometimes months if stored correctly) ahead of time to use on future projects! When you go to craft stores and see icing embellishments for purchase, those are essentially icing transfers or sometimes...

Instagram Growth for Cookiers and Makers

Instagram Growth for Cookiers and Makers

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from fellow bakers looking to get more exposure is: How do I grow my Instagram account? Instagram has a HUGE user base and it's no question why so many people want to get in on this tool! And I got some feedback after...

My Food Network Experience

My Food Network Experience

I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of competing on Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge - Season 2 Episode 5, which originally aired December 3, 2018.  A casting director approached me after seeing my work on the internet and encouraged me to apply. Lesson...

Cookie Pricing – My two cents.

Cookie Pricing – My two cents.

When potential clients ask for my pricing table, I get sticker shock, a lot. In an attempt to educate the masses on why these cookies are so pricey, let's look a breakdown of materials and process. -- This doesn't apply just for cookies, but for many home based,...