Mini Madness!!!

Dear Fellow Cookie Lovers,

Sorry it’s been such a long time since a blog posting.  I was so busy with Christenings and Graduations in May and June and time slipped away from me! Alas, I think this blog will make up for the long delay and I think you’ll be inspired to try your hand at this blog’s theme – – – MINIS!!

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of postings with mini cookies.  And I also never realized how much I have been using them.  All those minis got me thinking about what constitutes a mini and how can they best be used.  I used to think that minis were reserved for any cookie under 2″, but a quick glance at some Facebook postings and you’ll see minis in sizes as small as 1/2″ (which I call Micro Minis) but some as long as  3″ – 4″ wide but only 1/2″ high. So I guess the definition of a Mini for me is as follows:

Any cookie that is bite-sized, is usually not bagged separately but with a group of other cookies, or typically acts as a filler cookie in addition to statement cookies.  Yeah, I think I like that definition for myself?  What are your thoughts on minis?

So, let me share some fun minis with you and how I’ve used them in the past.  When I thought about doing this post I went crazy baking more minis to use and let me tell you….IT WAS SOOOOO MUCH FUN!  If you find yourself lacking in inspiration, try your hand at minis.  Not only do they work up fast, it forces you to think simple, think quirky, think FUN!  You can also test out some techniques you may be reluctant to try on full-size cookies. And, it is such a fun project to do with children.  I often do them with my niece who is 4 1/2 years old and her little hands have fun creating something sweet and pretty.

MINIS AS FILLER COOKIES

You may have seen this posting on Facebook recently.  The minis here (bowling balls and scalloped squares) acted as filler cookies to the overall Statement Cookies on a platter. I think there were a dozen of each of the minis added to this overall set.

Bowling Cookies: Mini Bowling Balls and #40 Mini Squares
Bowling Cookies: Mini Bowling Balls and #40 Mini Squares

MINIS THAT ENHANCE YOUR COOKIE SET

This was such a fun set recently made for a graduating Nurse Practitioner.  I used minis for the “Pills” that asked for “Hugs 10X Daily” and “LOVE 10 mg.  In this set I think the minis act as an addition to the overall theme rather than a filler and enhance the overall theme.

Nurse Cookies: Mini pills
Nurse Cookies: Mini pills

MINIS AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF YOUR COOKIE DESIGN

The sets below have several minis; I think some micro minis too 😉  Inspired by Yankee Girl Yummies and The Cookie Architect (both on Facebook, Yankee Girl Yummies also has a website http://www.yankeegirlyummies), I set out to make a couple of collages instead of just a “set” of cookies.  In both cases, the minis are an integral part of the overall design and the contrast with the larger sized cookies plays out well.

Pink Collage: Mini Squares
Pink Collage: Mini Squares
Deconstructed Peacock
Deconstructed Peacock

I added the set below because I am always working on orders for these Bird and Birdhouse cookies and am constantly looking for new ways to present them.  I don’t do the birds or birdhouses separately so I’d say that makes the minis an integral part of the set.  In the first picture, you will see some flower minis in the background and I used some micro-mini birds on the birdhouses (you can see more in the Flower section below).  The second picture is a set of new birds nests I recently started adding to this set.  Those nests are so much fun to do!  You simply take a round cookie, ice it, let it dry and then take a number one tip on a decorating bag and lay down some swirly lines in two colors.  For the spotted eggs, I used leftover blue icing and made some small egg shapes on parchment paper.  When completely dry, I took a stiff brush and dipped it in black and white food coloring (diluted just a little) and used my thumb to splatter the icing. TRY IT! You’ll like using this technique.  In fact, I liked it so much, I used it in my Barnyard Cookies (below) and the Deconstructed Peacock Cookies (above).

Birds and Birdhouses
Birds and Birdhouses
Mini Birds Nests
Mini Birds Nests

MINIS AS A SET OR ON THEIR OWN

Pictured below is The Barnyard. A little warning before you scroll down to see ALL of the barnyard-themed minis I’ve done – you should know that the additional minis were done after I made this initial set.  That is what happened when I went MINI CRAZY during my recent mini baking day. But I couldn’t resist.  I actually wanted to make 100 of those mini eggs…alas, no Clients to fulfill that wish…YET!! And, no,the irony of “cooked eggs over easy” is not lost on me. (Hee Hee. Sorry Mrs. Hen)

The Barnyard
The Barnyard with Mini Chicks
Barnyard Minis
Barnyard Minis

FLOWER MINIS – THE MOST POPULAR MINI FOR ME

Okay, moving right along.  At Easter time, I made these 3 1/2″ bunnies and used these super simple mini flowers as filler cookies.  Flower minis are by far the most popular mini I make.  There are so many uses for them and so many designs you can make that I sometimes make small 4 1/2″ boxes of them by themselves for kids’ parties.

Easter Bunnies with Mini Flowers
Easter Bunnies with Mini Flowers
Mini Floers and Leaves
Mini Flowers and Leaves
Flower Minis and Micro Minis
Flower Minis and Micro Minis
Flower Minis
Flower Minis
Grey and Yellow Thank You Cookies
Mini Flowers and Mini Scalloped Rounds and Squares. Using a wet-on-wet technique works really well on Minis.
More of those Flower Minis and Micro Minis
More of those Flower Minis and Micro Minis

I think you get the idea about Flower Minis!

MINIS AS THE STAR OF THE SHOW!

One of my all time favorites is the Happ-BEE Birthday Set I did. In this scenario the Minis really are the star of the show.  They encompass the largest part of this set, so, without them, well, there would just be a beehive.

Mini Bees and Scalloped Rounds and Squares
Mini Bees and Scalloped Rounds and Squares

I couldn’t have a section with “Star of the Show” in the headline without including actual STARS now could I? No. So here are some stars that rounded out a set of cookies for young man graduating from the Airforce Academy.

Airforce Cookied with Mini Stars
Airforce Cookied with Mini Stars

MINIS IN A “FRANKEN-COOKIE”

Last Christmas I put a few minis together with a hand-cut stocking to create this oversized cookie.  In the cookie world they call this “Franken-Cookie-ing” your cookie.  I first heard it from Kari of Yankee Girl Yummies and have since heard it over and over again.  I love that phrase and intend on doing it Proud in the future!!!  Without these little minis, this stocking might not make it on its own so again, the minis really become the star of the cookie.

Stocking with Mini Attachments
Stocking with Mini Attachments

MINIS AS JEWELRY COOKIES

Talk about minis standing on their own…this set of turquoise jewelry I made is predominantly minis. This is an example of really going all out on minis.  You really can keep minis simple…and, other times you can really ROCK them OUT!!

Mini Turquoise Jewelry
Mini Turquoise Jewelry

MINI HEARTS

There are Flower Minis…and then there are Heart Minis…

Sort of like flowers, hearts are probably the second most requested mini I get from my Clients. They are so versatile and who doesn’t love a heart? I use them a lot grouped together in my BRP Box Shop boxes. (You’ve heard me mention them and I cannot say enough about the quality of their boxes, their great pricing, and their phenomenal, caring Staff. Check them out for your own needs.)

Boxed Mini Hearts
Boxed Mini Hearts

I just started making these little cutie heart minis to be added to an upcoming Wedding-Themed set I am doing.  I do a larger version of these but couldn’t resist trying my hand at the mini version along with some simple mini roses and leaves. I may or may not add the love birds in my final set but they are a lot of fun to do and make a great addition to Spring cookie sets as well. (A cookie made from the “mustache” cutter, I think originally inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle.)

Mini Wedding Collection
Mini Wedding Collection

And to end the post on a sweet note…some mini donuts!! A good way to stay on a diet and have a donut, or two, or three. I should have just made one dozen!!!!

Mini Donuts
Mini Donuts

WHEW!  I wasn’t kidding when I said I didn’t realize I used so many minis before!  Minis will continue to be a big part of my cookie repertoire in the future.  So if you haven’t tried minis, take a day and JUST do minis! I think you’ll be surprised at how many ideas you come up with.  You won’t be able to bake fast enough!!

Some uses for minis:

  • Filler Cookies in Cookie Sets (keeps costs down for your Clients)
  • Boxed Cookies
  • Cookies for Little Hands and Fun Projects to do with your Children
  • As Part of a Collage
  • As the Stars of the Show
  • Compliments to the Statement Cookies

Your fellow Cookie Lover,

Diane

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