Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Upcoming Events

If you are in the area, come visit me at these upcoming events!

The Bridal Show at The Lazy Swan in Saugerties, New York

An art show featuring my mom, Janet Spiegel, and me at
Jewel Spiegel Gallery in Englewood, New Jersey

Friday, February 24, 2012

Basket Weave Basics

This post has moved to our new website! https://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/basket-weave-tutorial/

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spring Cookies

This year I felt like doing something a little different for my spring cookie line. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the basket weave technique, but I didn't want to make a basket cookie... again. And so, the spring hat line was born. Along with the basket weave, I also used the brush embroidery technique and the roses are hand painted using a mixture of gel paste food coloring and a few drops of vodka.

You can see my basket weave tutorial here

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Amy Atlas Feature

I am so thrilled to see my cookies on the Amy Atlas blog today in the guest dessert feature!! Visit the Sweet Designs blog by Amy Atlas to check out this super adorable charm school party by Dolce Drive!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Today for Valentine's Day, I've decided (yet again) to write about
my true love: Sweets.
I've been admiring the work of Tookies on Etsy for a while now. After browsing through their shop a few days ago, I couldn't stand it any longer and I finally made a purchase. Best decision I ever made. Okay that's a bit of an exaggeration, but yes, they are that good. Tookies doesn't make just any cookie. They make cookie-wiches. Sweet, smooth buttercreme sandwiched between two perfectly baked, soft, chewy cookies. Who could resist that?
I LOVE the hot pink buttercreme and pale lavender cookie color combination in these delicious creamy vanilla flavored Valentine's Aphrodite's KISS Cookie-Wiches. Tookies has a wide variety of flavors to choose from including lemon, chocolate chip, brownie strawberry, s'mores, red velvet!! Too many to list here.
And look! I also received these super yummy Jumbo Cherry Dark & White Chocolate Marshmallows!
I heart Tookies

Claire Pettibone at Jaehee Bridal Atelier

A few months ago I was so honored to be able to provide cookies for the Claire Pettibone runway show at New York International Bridal Week.
I recently had another opportunity to make cookies for a Claire Pettibone event, which took place at Jaehee Bridal Atelier located in Englewood, NJ (coincidentally within walking distance of my grandmother's store, Jewel Spiegel Gallery).
This design, which I call the filigree cookie, is made by using the wet on wet royal icing technique. I flood the cookie with thinned beige icing and immediately pipe the filigree using thinned blue icing and a tip 1. After the icing is completely dry, I add the bead border and paint it gold using Wilton's gold pearl dust.
Available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I recently had the privilege of working with NYLUX Events to create custom cookies for a winter wonderland themed Bat Mitzvah. These designs are based on a logo created by the company for the event.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Balloon Cookies

I made these cookies for a balloon themed party.
Here is a little tutorial:
Cut out a paper template and trace it onto the cookie using an edible ink marker.
Fill in the area around the balloon using thinned white icing and a tip 3.
Immediately fill in the balloon using thinned blue icing using a tip 3.
While the icing is still wet, pipe the reflections in the balloon using thinned
white icing and a tip 1.
Allow to dry overnight.
Pipe an outline using stiff red icing and a tip 2.
Add the balloon knot.

Visit www.sweetambs.com for more cookie decorating tutorials!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Copenhagen Wedding

This past summer I had the honor of creating these navy blue, pink and gold brush embroidered cookies for a beautiful wedding in Copenhagen. They were displayed on a gorgeous custom made cake stand by High Tea for Alice.
I was thrilled to find out this morning that the wedding, photographed by none other than Corbin Gurkin, was featured on Style Me Pretty as well as Reverie Magazine. Congratulations to Marie and Christian!