Cookie Decorating Resources

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...

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...

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 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 cookies – the complete guide

How to mail cookies – the complete guide

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...

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...

Easy Summer Cookies Decorating Guide w/ Video

Easy Summer Cookies Decorating Guide w/ Video

Summer weather is in full swing here in the Sacramento area, and all I want to do is make summer-themed cookies. And with COVID-19 physical distancing protocols still in place, no traveling for us. But we can still decorate vacation-y cookies, right? I put together...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...