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Melted Yarn Cookies

I have been so excited lately to be helping out with a new business in my town – a yarn shop!  For opening day, I thought it would be nice to deliver some cute cookies, decorated like balls of yarn.  Once again, my confidence way outshined my actual skills.  I should have been suspicious when google searches didn’t bring up results for “cookies decorated like yarn.”  Could I have searched wrong?  Did I suspect that nobody had ever tried this?  I found one inspirational picture, Yarn Ball Cupcakes, so I thought, “I can do this!”

tamdoll yarn cookie fail

This was not what I had in mind.  Fine for my kitchen counter, but not to bring to the opening of a new store!!  I decided that the careful piping and attention to detail were not something that I could handle at 10pm.  So… I thought, why not look at clipart and get inspired by some simple drawings….

tamdoll cookie fail


I was not satisfied with this attempt either.  Royal icing too runny, image looking too random.  Was going to give up.  In walks teenage daughter and says “I’ll make you cookies that look like balls of yarn.”  She grabbed the piping bag and made these for me:


tamdoll yarn cookie fail 2


I didn’t bring them that morning, but when I got home around lunchtime and saw all the rows of cookies, I realized I couldn’t have 6 dozen cookies in my house (because 4 of us would eat them ALL), so I brought them to the shop.  Since nobody could see the image in my mind of the perfectly decorated cookies that I had wanted to deliver, they didn’t know how much of a fail this was for me.  Thank goodness they were eaten up since they tasted so good! I’m going to post the recipe soon at my site.

yarn ball cupcakes - nailed it

Thanks to Sugar & Meringue for the inspiration photo.

12 Responses to Melted Yarn Cookies

  1. amanda_1981 says:

    Yeah, I was totally on board with you, thinking, “YEAH! YARN COOKIES!!!” and then I thought and thought and… you’re right; yarn cookies are not possible. Though, I bet you wish you would have thought of these little gems:

    They came up when I googled “yarn cookies”. :\ Dang it.

    Your daughter’s idea: BRILLIANT! Also, I think you pretty much did the best job I could imagine with these… and cookies… you can’t REALLY mess up good cookies. :) They’re still cookies!

  2. Tammy says:

    You’re right, the sheep cookies would have been fabulous!!! At least, the cookies were tasty & that’s what I’m sticking with. Now for their “grand opening” I think I’ll fall back on an old standby and forget the decorations.

  3. I think the first ones turned out all right. I actually thought they were the inspiration photo at first!

  4. Tammy says:

    I’m tempted to try cupcakes next time to see if the curve makes it work better.

  5. Sherry says:

    Not a baker, but maybe using some of that cake decorating fondant cut and rolled into strings would have worked. Obviously you need stiff icing for this to work. And cold cookies!

  6. tamdoll says:

    Thanks for the fondant idea! I think the tediousness of string after string put me off, too… going to give it another try but going to look for sheep-shaped cookie cutters this week.

  7. funny story! But really, in the end, it’s the taste that matters!

  8. Jess says:

    The problem is, the inspiration cakes used buttercream, in 2 very organized layers. Royal icing would never work for this application because it is meant to spread and cover the cookie. If you had made a nice, stiff buttercream, and piped in in tight thin squiggles over the completely cooled cookie, and then made just a few lines going in the opposite direction I think they would have looked great. The first set you made really wasn’t too bad, but I think your lines were just too random. Also, it looks like the inspiration cupcakes used two colors of icing with each piped line to give it dimension. So maybe trying to add one color of icing to one side of the piping bag and another color to the other side, so they both sort of come out side by side would help….though, this could be a disaster waiting to happen. Lol!

  9. Sara says:

    Your icing is to thin. I don’t know what the recipe for the icing you used was, but if it is a butter cream use less liquid, if it wasn’t a butter cream use a nice thick butter cream recipe for next time.

  10. Hermione says:

    They are great volleyballs though!

  11. tamdoll says:

    You’re right! (Thanks!) Will have to keep this in mind for future sporting event baking.

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