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Redpath Sugar Cookies & Giveaway!

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It’s not without a lot of excitement and a little bit of nervousness that I made these cookies this past weekend.


Secretly, I’ve always been inspired by this adorable vintage truck here (I know, inspired by a truck, but it is adorable), and was happy to actually have a reason to make a cookie version. It’s the Redpath Acts of Sweetness truck, and I made them in honor of an exciting upcoming event, Canada’s Baking & Sweets Show, presented by Redpath Sugar.

I know many of you won’t be able to make it… Silly geography… but you never know, a trip to Toronto for some sweet fun could be just what the doctor ordered, or something to plan for the future. For now, hope you enjoy the cookies and the shortbread recipe below.

You might be wondering why I’d be nervous making these cookies. In this case, it’s not the edible ink image decorating technique, but what I was thinking about while making them. Thinking about presenting at the Baking & Sweets show. I’ll be at Redpath Sugar’s booth, showing how to decorate cookies, and am so excited to meet you there and I suppose just a little, wee, teeny tiny bit nervous about demonstrating in a new setting. So please come and say hi. I promise to give you lots of cookies. No, really, can’t do that. But I will be demonstrating decorating techniques twice a day, and making cookie dough once per day.

The Show goes from Sept. 28th – 30th, and there are so many amazing things happening! I mean, besides Ace of Cakes, the DC Cupcake Girls and other cake celebrities being there, there’s a chance to win a $30,000 kitchen, classes taught by these amazing cake artists, tons of interesting exhibitors and truly, so, so much more. If you’d like to get a ticket, here’s all the information you’ll need.

You should know that although Redpath has sponsored me to demo cookie decorating at the show and the giveaway below is sponsored by them, the cookies and post itself aren’t sponsored – I’ve truly always loved their 1 kg bag of icing sugar and experienced success using their sugar for baking.

Notes about decorating these cookies:

  • The image for the truck didn’t turn out as I would have liked – I just used a photo from the internet and should have asked for a (good quality) photo.
  • Used this royal icing for decorating
  • Here’s a tutorial on edible ink images
  • You can also find the same shortbread recipe here.

And now on to the giveaway!


Baking & Sweets Show VIP and Regular Ticket Giveaway!

Giveaway Prizes:

Prize #1 – 4 VIP tickets to the show! VIP’s get front row seating to all the demos they wish to attend! i.e. Ace of Cakes, The DC Cupcake Girls, Anna Olsen, SugarStars among others.

Prize #2 – 2 regular attendance tickets to the show!

Prize #3 – 2 regular attendance tickets to the show!

The tickets are good for a day of your choice; Friday, Saturday or Sunday.



Congrats to the Nadine, Carol and Liz for winning tickets! Hope to meet you at the show! 🙂

How to Enter: Giveaway Closed!

It’s easy!

There are 3 possible ways of entering:


2. Tweet this post and leave another comment here saying you’ve shared it there. 



The winners will be chosen randomly at The contest closes at 7pm EST on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012. I will email winners and ticket choices are on a first-come first-served basis. (The winner who returns my email first has first choice).


Good luck!

Happy baking and hope to see you soon!




Shortbread Cookie Recipe


  • 1 lb. (454 g) butter, room temperature
  • I cup (5 oz. or 142 g) icing sugar (confectioner’s or powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup (5 oz. or 142 g) cornstarch
  • 3 cups (15 oz. or 425 g) flour


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the butter* on medium speed for about 30 seconds. You may need to scrape down the sides of your bowl with a spatula at least once.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift your icing sugar, cornstarch and flour together.
  3. Add your sifted ingredients to the bowl with the butter, and mix on low speed, just until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Roll the dough out between 2 large pieces of parchment paper. Place on a baking sheet and into the fridge for a minimum of one hour.
  5. Take your dough out of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then roll out the dough further if you need to (I roll mine between parchment), and cut out your cookie shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place cookie shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Re-roll dough scraps and repeat.
  6. Place cookie dough shapes back in the fridge to chill for approximately one hour.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176°C.
  8. Bake cookies for 15 minutes in the middle rack of your oven. The baking time will depend on the size of your cookie (the larger the cookie, the longer you will need to bake it). Look for the middle of the cookie to no longer look ‘wet’ and the edges to be slightly golden.
  9. Let cookies cool to room temperature and decorate with royal icing!

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  1. Jadine
    September 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to see you decorate cookies. I’m a cookie decorator who loves your sites and tips. What days and times will you be doing demos at the show? I went to the website but was surprised to see how little info was there.

  2. Sharon Feeney
    September 22, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Sweet prize! I would love to win !
    p.s…. absolutely love your site and all the amazing ideas and creativity! thanks!

  3. Liz Dionne
    September 22, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Love these! Can’t wait to see if I won! Looking forward to the show!

  4. Sharon Feeney
    September 22, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    shared on facebook! what a great opportunity for any bakers / decorators and sweet lover! \

  5. September 22, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I would love to win these VIP tickets!

  6. September 22, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Just retweeted and shared on my Sugar Cafe facebook page too! Would love to go and bring some friends!

  7. Bonnie Bernacki
    September 22, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE to win anythning just so I can take my 10yr old neice….she’s loving baking!!! Maybe a new star in the future…lol

  8. Evelyn Merced
    September 22, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Would love to win tickets to the show!

  9. September 22, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Shared on my cakes FB page!

  10. L!sa Plante
    September 22, 2012 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    A day overloaded by sweetness….i’d love to go….would be great to win….p.s. posted on facebook!

  11. Cheryl
    September 22, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I would love to win tickets to this show!

  12. Cheryl
    September 22, 2012 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  13. Penny H
    September 22, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I would love to win tickets to the show! Thanks for the chance!

  14. September 22, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    WOW this would be amazing to be able to attend…i could do it….love love your cookies, i’ve done a few…not near your quality but i learn each time…one day…thanks for the chance at this fab prize…

  15. September 22, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Oh i just had to share on facebook…yipee…

  16. Kaya
    September 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE to Win!!!! 🙂

  17. September 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win! Just started up my own cookie business:)

  18. Maria Socci
    September 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    This sounds so cool! Yes, I would love to attend. I love baking and Toronto. What could be better?

  19. violeta
    September 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Yes I would like to met you there!!! I should win this 🙂

  20. Samantha
    September 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win! My baking Idols! 🙂

  21. Renada Doyle
    September 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I would LOVE t win this, I live in Toronto and do cake pops…my kind of venue

  22. Nadine
    September 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I’ve LOVE to win (and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the show even if I don’t!)

  23. Nadine
    September 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Just tweeted the post!

  24. Nadine
    September 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Just shared on Facebook. Would soooo love to win. Fingers crossed!

  25. Meyada
    September 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love your cookies and decorating techniques!
    I am a fan of your work!!!! I happily posted on my Facebook page 🙂

  26. Kerryanne Mohn
    September 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    It would be so much fun and an amazing experience to attend!

  27. Dusana
    September 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win the tickets to the show.

  28. Sharon
    September 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I would like to win

  29. September 24, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win!!!!

  30. Sylvia Teeuwen
    September 24, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I never win anything but there is always a ‘first time’ … 🙂
    Your attention to detail is amazing. The cookies are over the top perfect.
    Great job!

  31. September 28, 2012 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    How I wish im living in the same country to be able to attend. Of coz I don’t think i will win this. Too many talented ppl over there :0

  32. September 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Your truck cookies are AMAZING!!! Good luck at the show! Wish I could be there:)

  33. September 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I was able to make it to the show today, sadly I didn’t get to meet you but I did see your coookies, in real life! They were perfect! My mom thought so too!

  34. Kevin
    September 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Miriam,

    I was looking for the recipe for the gingerbread cookies you used at the sweet show for your icing demo

  35. September 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Brantcookies: Another time, I hope! 🙂

    Hi @ Kevin: Click the top of the blog where it says “Recipes”, let the page load for a second until you see all the different categories of recipes… there will be 3 recipes in each category and the words “See More”. If you click “See More” under cookie recipes you will see all the ones I have, including the gingerbread one you’re looking for.

  36. Maru Medina
    October 4, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    I flew from Mexico to attend the show and did got to see you Marian, learn from you and meet you.
    One of the most generous charming and talented baking teachers I’ve ever had the luck to meet. There aren’t that many teachers for us cookie bakers!
    You know how sometimes people look nice on their web or TV show, but when you meet them… : (
    Not Marian! What you see (in Sweetopia site) is what you get: pure sweetness!

  37. marian
    October 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Maru Medina: It was SO nice meeting you! I think you’re a lovely person; intelligent, graceful and beautiful. It was a pleasure chatting with you at the show, and thank you so much for the biscotti and decorated cookie! The biscotti is the best I’ve ever tasted… I’m already on the 2nd bag (all by myself!), and the cookie is so cute, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat it.
    Hope to meet you again some day!

  38. April 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,

    I have a question about the edible images. How do you prevent the edges from curling up? Also how would you apply the images to fondant?


  39. marian
    April 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi @ Tracy: The edges usually curl when I apply the edible image to wet icing, so my preferred method is to let the base dry, and adhere with clear corn syrup.

    I’ve never tried adhering them to fondant, but I’m guessing the corn syrup should work.
    Hope that helps and good luck!

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