“Annie” Mania! | Orphan Annie Musical Decorated Cookies

How adorable are these fun replicas of Annie’s iconic red dress? We were seeing red (and not in a bad way) as we made these frocks!

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We paired the dresses with popular quotes from the show including: “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Leaping Lizards!” Enjoy!

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Girly Baby Shower | Mommy & Baby Bird Cookies

What is cuter than a mommy and baby bird themed baby shower? We made these adorable mom and baby bird cookies to announce the arrival of a beautiful baby girl.  The mom birds were hand cut to match the invitation.  Although, after we hand cut them we realized that the kind of looked like a number 9! The paisley cutter idea “hatched” from one of our favorite cookie makers, Sweet Sugar Belle and a tutorial can be found at The Bearfoot Baker
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The Sweet Taste of Summer I Watermelons Cookies Galore

We just passed the summer solstice yesterday and it is officially summer! With school on the verge of being “out” no matter the district, sweet reminders of summer are everywhere! And it was with summer on our minds that we created yet another end-of-year-gift for our favorite educators!

Check out these “Happy Summer” Message Cookies paired with Mini Watermelon Slices! We’re especially proud of our layered rind and perfect (in our opinion), “watermelon red”

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All packaged up! Aren’t these cute teacher or hostess gifts?

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What do you think? Has summer arrived?


“A Very Jewish Summer” I Evoking Childhood Shabbat Memories, Prehistoric Cookie Style!

Welcome “A Very Jewish Summer”, a weeklong blogging event celebrating Jewish traditions, with a summer flair! We’re excited to kick off this event with a post related to celebrating Shabbat with young children in the home.

The idea for this post began a few weeks ago when we baked some dinosaur cookies for a birthday party for a four year old that goes to the temple preschool with Elaine’s youngest.

Now, usually when we bake – we chat, we kibitz, we kvell and commiserate – and as we made these adorable prehistoric treats, we thought about that “Dinosaur Shabbat Song” … the one with an origin so difficult to find … the one Shabbat song that most preschoolers learn, with it’s catchy tune and lyrics (and impossible correlation to Shabbat)!

So as we decorated these tasty treats we talked about our Shabbat traditions, our joy in celebrating the week on Friday evenings, whether it be at home or the Family Service at our temple … we also joked around about putting kippot on a couple of these guys for this post!






If you’re not familiar with the song, we’ve posted the lyrics below and a link to Linda Arnold’s cover of the song, “There’s a Dinosaur Knocking”, where you can listen to a sample for free!


There’s a dinosaur

Knockin’ at my door

Knockin’ 1-2-3

There’s a dinosaur

Knockin’ at my door and he wants to spend

Shabbat with me

Well, he wants to light the candles

He wants to drink the wine

And he wants to eat the Challah

‘Cause it always tastes so fine

To listen to a sample of the song click here.

How do you celebrate Shabbat and make it fun and relaxing for your children? We’d love to hear from you, so please don’t be a stranger and make sure to check out the amazing posts by our amazing co-bloggers starting tomorrow with our new friend Dena’s post at Chai and Home, http://www.chaiandhome.com/!


A Very Jewish Summer

Yenta Mamas is proud to participate in the first inaugural A Very Jewish Summer! Five bloggers from the United States and Israel are getting together to present stylish and clever ideas to inspire your summer. Each day from Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21 a new post will be published by one of the bloggers on the topic of summertime, Jewish crafts, kosher food, and entertaining style. The blog roster features the leading emerging Jewish blogs today.

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Is Your Dad Groovy? I Happy Father’s Day Cookies!

Sometimes we have small amounts of icing colors left over … most of the time we combine them and make a really rich black (which is difficult to make from bright white icing), but this week inspiration struck for tie-dye t-shirts when we saw the bright array of colors in front of us.

With that, we decided to make these fun Father’s Day combinations for our dads and husbands – colorful sunglasses, “Groovy Dad” message cookies, flower power cookies – and of course, tie-dye t-shirts!

So, what do you think? Is your dad or husband groovy enough?

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The Gift of Song | Choir Cookies

What do you give someone who has taught your children to harmonize for years?

A choir, of course! (And in our case, an edible one)!

Our many thanks goes to Judy for her hard work and dedication to the harmony of the youth singers at our temple and beyond!

Don’t you just love these gals?


Shabbat Shalom!


Congratulations Graduates | Graduation Cookies

The school bell will be ringing for the last time this year and many kids will be promoting to the next grade level whether it be Elementary, Middle, or High School. We made these fun cookies because everyone still enjoys the signature symbols of graduation. We took a stab at a fun stick figure graduate. The other confetti and scroll design tutorials can be seen on  Sweet Sugar Belle’s blog.  MAZEL TOV to all friends and their children!

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It’s Summer and the Ocean is Calling | Sea Life Cookies

Sea horses, angel fish, and dolphins make up this brightly colored ocean themed platter! The vivid colors remind us how gorgeous the sea can be. Hope you get to go see some majestic sea creatures this summer. If your in San Diego the Birch Aquarium has a great sea horse exhibit.  We are looking forward to dolphin spotting at our favorite beach this summer.  Enjoy…
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Red, White & Blue Memorial Day Weekend | Nautical Cookies

Is it really the end of May already? What are your Memorial Day plans? We made these fun  red, white, and blue cookies for a boating birthday bash! A friend was heading out-of-town to her fathers boat, named the “Lady Lynn“, for a weekend getaway.  Anchors, life preservers, and birthday cupcakes completed the platter.  We added in some whale cookies in hopes that they get to see some of these majestic creatures up in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  The Whales were inspired by one of our favorite cookie makers Sweet Sugar Belle. You can check out how to make them at on her blog here.

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