Introducing Notta Cookie (and some new cutters!)

2 Apr

We have an exciting new product to introduce to you! As many of you know, Mike and I put on a big cookie convention in Salt Lake City called CookieCon, and I baked a lot (and I mean a LOT) of cookies for it so that the attendees can practice decorating. After the first CookieCon (fall of 2012), Mike and I were talking about how it’s a shame that there isn’t a dummy cookie for practicing, so that so much delicious butter and sugar wouldn’t get wasted practicing on cookies that would never get eaten. We even joked about a name for it… Notta Cookie.Β  You know, in case someone tries to eat it, you say “Don’t eat it! It’s Notta Cookie!” Haha!Β  And so the concept was born.


I kind of thought it was mostly a joke and a fun idea, but Mike was serious and determined. He started researching plastics and manufacturing. We found a local company to make the mold and another one to do the manufacturing. The mold was made with an actual cookie that I baked. We wanted it to be shaped and textured like a real cookie.


That way you’re practicing on a surface that is more realistic, and close to what you’ll experience using a real cookie. You can do anything on them that you would do on a real cookie– Piping, flooding, marbling, lettering, stenciling, painting, airbrushing… the list goes on as far as your imagination will take you.


You can either scrape the icing off while it’s still soft, or let it harden and pop it off with a metal spatula. They clean off so nice, and are dishwasher safe. They don’t stain either! When we got the initial sample of plastic, we poured straight food coloring (Americolor Gel Paste in Super Black, Super Red, Royal Blue, etc) all over it and let it sit for several days. It washed off very nicely, so we knew we had a winner.

We weren’t sure if they would be done in time for this year’s CookieCon, so I baked cookies again. As luck would have it, as soon as I was about done baking the CookieCon cookies, we got the call that the Notta Cookies were done! Darn. But we brought some with us anyway for people to try. Here are a couple of our awesome attendees practicing stenciling on the Notta Cookie.


(Kim and Beverly, you are both adorable! πŸ™‚ And great job on your stenciling!)

The Notta Cookies were a hit! They are perfect for practicing all kinds of decorating techniques, and next CookieCon, I’m not baking as many cookies! Yay!!!


The Notta Cookie took almost exactly 18 months from concept to finished product, but it’s finally done, and you can start using them for your cookie decorating practice! You can find them here.

We also brought a few new cutter shapes to debut at CookieCon. We got them up on the site, and they are now available to everyone.


Check out the new KC exclusives. They are the Large and Small Fancy Sign and the Large and Small Thought Bubble. Incidentally, the thought bubble was this year’s Mystery Shape at CookieCon. Check out this link to see some of the crazy-creative things people did with it (scroll about 3/4 of the way down, past the regular sugar show entries to all the ones on the black background).

I’ve decided I’m not going to apologize for long (LONG) spells between blog posts. Because I’m busy, you know. I have a lot going on. So I’m not going to apologize for leaving you hanging. I’m not going to apologize for silence at the Karen’s Cookies Blog. Nope. Not going to do it. Because I don’t do that anymore. (So sorry!! I’m going to do better, I promise!!!)

No, instead of apologizing, I’ll just keep bribing you to stay tuned by doing giveaways. Comment on this post, and 5 lucky winners will be randomly selected (using to receive one each of the new cutters and a Notta Cookie. Tell us what you think of the Notta Cookie and you’ll be entered! You have through Friday, Apr 4th to enter. Good Luck!

132 Responses to “Introducing Notta Cookie (and some new cutters!)”

  1. Leticia Mercado at 3:12 pm #

    Great idea! I’d love to haev one of these.

  2. glenda at 3:13 pm #

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to get some!

  3. Traci Gilmore at 3:14 pm #

    The Notta Cookie is an amazing idea! I can see how handy having a few of these could be. I am just beginning to learn how to decorate cookies, and these will help immensely. Now I don’t have to eat all the cookies;)!

  4. Kathy at 3:14 pm #

    I love the notta cookie. I got one in my swag bag and bought another one at your table. I used it during open decorating.

  5. Cindy Kondalski at 3:18 pm #

    What a great idea the Notta Cookie is! Your new cutters are nice too!

  6. Anne S. at 3:22 pm #

    Super Idea!!!! I have wasted so many cookies!! Never again!

  7. Dalia Zavala at 3:23 pm #

    I was ecstatic when one of your customers posted your product on facebook. THANK YOU!!! I’m so glad you thought of it. Since I’m new at this, your notta cookie is going to save me lots of time. Can’t wait to place my order. Again, thank you.

  8. madmadmomMary at 3:24 pm #

    What a fantastic idea! There are so many things I’d like to try before putting them on a cookie. Although my kids and husband would miss the mess-up cookies!

  9. Nancy@SeasonsOfJoy at 3:25 pm #

    I am SO JAZZED for you two, inventing the NOTTA COOKIE! Genius! I ordered six for sometime i teach a class again. Thank you!!! You have helped so many people with this invention!

  10. Donna Carroll at 3:26 pm #

    I think it’s notta bad idea!

  11. Dotty at 3:27 pm #

    I think that you and Mike are amazing – going from idea to manufacturing! (You’re amazing for other reasons too, but this one’s relevant to the post.) πŸ™‚


  12. Marilyn at 3:31 pm #

    What a great idea. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. What a fantastic idea! You will save lots of time preparing for the next convention and cookiers will save lots of money on all the supplies that are purchased for practice cookies. Congratulations on another fantastic convention.

  14. DeAnna Neville at 3:40 pm #

    What an awesome idea! Hubby won’t be too happy since he got the practice cookies, lol

  15. Joan at 3:41 pm #

    What a great idea. I would be able to sit there and practice all day long and not have to worry about mistakes. Plus, if it looked good I could use it as a transfer!!! Great idea. Love those new cutters too.

  16. i loved your comment on no apologizing… and you are right, there is no need… in the contrary. we should thank you that you take moments from your busy time to keep us updated.

    this notta cookie, what a great idea, this is what makes you different and special.. innovation.


  17. Amy at 3:49 pm #

    Thank you Karen! I love the Notta Cookie and the cutter shapes. Now if only I could find a cookie-decorating class in Chicago (not the suburbs). Please try to market to Bittersweet Bakery.. maybe it will prompt them to offer a long-promised class.

  18. audi52 at 3:51 pm #

    What a FANTASIC idea… I can’t wait to get a “notta cookie” to try it out!!! Love the new cookie cutter shapes too!!!

  19. Karen S. at 3:52 pm #

    I am new to cookie-ing, so I need all the practice I can get!

  20. Juliann at 3:55 pm #

    I LOVE the Notta Cookie. I’ve made a few of my own over the years, but they were for short term use. Thanks for making them.

  21. gisellemarrs at 3:56 pm #

    I just bought a Notta Cookie! I can’t wait to try it out. It’s a genius idea!

  22. Iria at 3:59 pm #

    The notta cookie seems like a great idea for us rookie cookie decorators…gotta get it! The other cookie shapes look nice too! The ideas created at the cookie con are amazing! What creativity! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Amelia T. at 4:04 pm #

    What a great Idea. My waistline will appreciate it too!

  24. Diane Monagnino at 4:08 pm #

    Notta Cookie looks lie an awesome tool to plot out a cookie design.

  25. Tina Whitson at 4:10 pm #

    Thanks Karen & Mike for designing the Notta Cookie! These will be perfect not just for a practice cookie but to use for your favorite cookie design to always have on display. The new cutters are now on my wish list! πŸ™‚

  26. Wendy at 4:17 pm #

    What a GREAT idea!! I would LOVE to have one!

  27. Tricia at 4:18 pm #

    I love this idea! Maybe I would make more time for practicing if I had a Notta Cookie πŸ˜‰

  28. Gina Brewster at 4:19 pm #

    Awesome idea now I can quit throwing cookies in trash!

  29. Melody James at 4:20 pm #

    Genius! Complete genius! This Notta Cookie is the greatest idea ever! Would love to have one! And what cute cutters!

  30. Caryn Fletcher at 4:28 pm #

    Great idea! I waste plenty decorating but my family sure enjoys eating the mess-ups! πŸ™‚

  31. Count me in! I love the Notta Cookie!

  32. Norma at 4:32 pm #

    Wow! What an ingenious idea! I hate wasting cookies when I’m working on a pattern to put on the cookie The Notta Cookie would be so wonderful! Of course I’d have to have several of them to try different designs at one time. And those new shapes are great, too. Would love to win them!

  33. Sheila Mom to Seven at 4:41 pm #

    I’m in LOVE with the Notta Cookie. I think it’s terrific. I decorate almost solely with buttercream, so easy-peasy – scrape and start over (and no icing wasted, either!). With seven children, some of whom are interested in decorating, this’ll be great.

  34. Sandy at 4:46 pm #

    Loved it – could use another!! Thanks for the great invention!

  35. Tamara Herman at 4:51 pm #

    Notta cookie – fabulous idea !

  36. Dorothy Kersey at 4:51 pm #

    Notta cookie looks like a GREAT idea!!!

  37. Kate at 5:14 pm #

    I think the notta cookie is great! I have at least 10-15 techniques that I want to try but between selling cookies, working full time and taking care of my two little kids, I never seem to have any extra or time to make extras to practice on. This is awesome!

  38. skdickson at 5:28 pm #

    Oh my gosh, the Notta Cookie is a FABULOUS idea!! I’ve often baked lots of extras just to practice. My husband will no longer have to eat those practice cookies – although he doesn’t usually complain too much!

  39. Becky Miller at 5:37 pm #

    Love the Notta cookie concept!! Very fun!

  40. Neets at 5:49 pm #

    I’m excited! I’m all the way from New Zealand and we are a bit strapped for innovative ideas here for things like cookies. I’d already put in an order for some Notta Cookies (and cutters) but I wont turn down more. Thanks for a fab product, and the patience it must have taken. I’m disappointed I live so far away. CookieCon sounds like a blast. Cheers.

  41. Leigh Ann Shaner at 5:50 pm #

    What a GREAT idea! And love, love, love the new shapes!

  42. Sheila at 5:52 pm #

    What a great idea!

    • wendy scarbrough at 6:01 pm #

      Notta cookie….pure genius!! Would love to have the cutters too!! Thanks for all both of you do for the cookie community!!

  43. Carole Elias at 6:05 pm #

    Such a smart invention! Great way to practice without any waste.

  44. getthefacs at 6:06 pm #

    Absolutely love the Notta Cookie and the new designs! Please pick me!

  45. Rita McDonald at 6:09 pm #

    Wow! You and Mike have been busy. Love the new cutters and the Notta Cookie is genius. Didn’t get to attend the Cookie Con but have enjoyed all the posts on FB and blogs. Thanks for you never ending generosity.

  46. Amy F at 6:14 pm #

    No need to apologize … You’ve been “kinda” busy after all!! Love the new cutters abnd the Notta Cookie! Thanks fir all you do!

  47. Donna Davis at 6:31 pm #

    I love the Notta Cookie idea!! I can’t wait to get a few to practice with!! Thank you! I always enjoy (and learn from) your blogs no matter when they arrive!!

  48. Oh….I LOVE the Notta Cookie! What a great idea. I have baked “salt dough” cookies to practice with in the past….I love this idea…no more baking “fake” cookies!

  49. Cheryl Zimmerman at 6:35 pm #

    I cannot wait to get my hands on a notta cookie and practice!!!!!!

  50. Joanna M at 6:36 pm #

    That is awesome! Great idea!

  51. Becky H at 6:39 pm #

    An awesome idea! And those thought bubbles are fantastic!

  52. Missy L at 6:49 pm #

    Awesome that you came up with such a clever idea! Love the new cutter designs!

  53. Marisa at 7:07 pm #

    What an amazing idea! I’m sure there will be a few “testers” that will be saddened with this new product

  54. Sandra K. M. at 7:14 pm #

    The Notta Cookie looks awesome! Being able to make a test run without wasting a cookie is a brilliant idea. I also love the new cutters. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  55. Miranda at 7:17 pm #

    That’s an awesome idea! My hips will be greatfull too so no more eating my practice cookies. Mike glad that you were determined and saw this project through.

  56. DruW at 7:19 pm #

    Fantastic Idea – My hat’s off to you!

  57. Rhonda at 7:26 pm #

    Wow! Notta Cookie is such a great idea. I would love to have one πŸ™‚

  58. Erika Travis at 7:46 pm #

    What’s the saying? ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. Very true!! This a great tool for cookie decorating practice.

  59. Sandra Vazquez Lossiseroni at 8:02 pm #

    I would love to make gorgeous cookies, but I always say, I would not let anyone (including me) eat them. Sooo, that’s when you come in, thank you so much for the brilliant idea. Now I can decorate gorgeous cookies and use them as display. So I will need to order a few dozen.

  60. Sara at 8:21 pm #

    Love the word bubble cutter!!

  61. Dorene at 8:22 pm #

    Great idea and love the cutters!

  62. Julie at 8:25 pm #

    Omg what a neat, creative idea!!! LOVE it!!

  63. Gina at 8:30 pm #

    I love the idea. I always have to make extra cookies to account for all the ones I’m less than pleased with. Found you after seeing cookie con posts, hope you have it next year and that I could go.

  64. Diane at 8:36 pm #

    Love the notta cookie idea, and the name too!

  65. Alison Carney at 8:42 pm #

    How exciting!!! I will be placing an order soon!

  66. Dvora at 8:45 pm #

    I would love to have Notta Cookie to help me improve my skills without having to bake or waste real cookies. What a clever idea!

  67. CindieS at 9:14 pm #

    What a terrific idea! I would use it to teach my kids how to pipe and decorate.

  68. Michelle donaldson at 9:39 pm #

    Love this idea!!And I’ve your blog!

  69. Marie Overballe at 9:49 pm #

    The Notta Cookies are an awesome idea! And the new cutters are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  70. Emily at 9:55 pm #

    What a genius idea! I shouldn’t be surprised though, coming from you two. πŸ™‚

  71. Glory at 10:16 pm #

    This is perfect for me. I have an airbrush that I haven’t had the courage to use yet! Thank you for the incredible concept!!

  72. Winn at 10:23 pm #

    Awesome idea! I have been baking for years and started up a business of my own (cherry blossom confections) and have added cookies into the mix over he last six months or so! These would be great to have as I am definitely still growing, learning new techniques, and of course always practicing πŸ™‚ I love the conversation cutters….I looked everywhere last year and ended up using two separate cutters to piece together my own…now I won’t have to do that πŸ™‚

  73. Ewa at 10:27 pm #

    Great idea! I’d love to have one of these.

  74. Linda Jacobson at 10:28 pm #

    As a newbie to cookies…the ability to practice would be great…I’ve done a lot of ugly cookies…it would be nice to practice!

  75. Joninka Baudet at 11:23 pm #

    Its a wonderful idea. I just started doing cookies like these one. I’ve been practicing piping and flooding over parchment paper so I didn’t have to bake cookies all the time. So this came just in time. I already got a few. Excellent ideas….are they going to come in different shapes?

  76. Vicki at 11:32 pm #

    “notta cookie” … what a brilliant idea!! I would love to win the new cutters as well as the notta cookie. By the way, it’s great to see a new post, but no apology needed. You have to be one of the busiest people around!

  77. Camille at 12:56 am #

    I can’t wait to try the notta cookie!

  78. Anjum at 1:30 am #

    love this..can’t believe you guys came up with it..Great for trying out new techniques and I will give my daughters 1 each to practice with so I can work in peace πŸ™‚

  79. Jen Stone at 2:46 am #

    Wow – what a great idea! I love the concept of the Notta Cookie πŸ™‚

  80. Jeannine DiBart at 3:23 am #

    That is the most brilliant idea!!!!!! And the new cutters are awesome:) Great giveaway!

  81. ari at 3:32 am #

    notta cookie!! jaja what a great idea!!!! 18 month.. but very good job!!!

  82. Linda Lawhead at 4:10 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks for another great product!

  83. MrsATB at 4:28 am #

    OH MY!!! What a great idea!!! Considering I’m just getting into baking and decorating cookies this will truly be a great help. And the name…LOVE IT!! Great job. Now I need…NOTTA COOKIE!!! πŸ™‚

  84. Karen D at 4:32 am #

    The Notta Cookie is brilliant! And I love the thought bubble cutters as well. They are so cute.

  85. Miss Cuit at 4:32 am #

    It sound like a great idea! No need to bake to pratice! An it’s a great way to try a design before actually pipied it onto a real cookie.

  86. Lise Bonin at 4:43 am #

    Notta cookie…what a cool idea. Love your new cutters, too, esp that Sugarbelle cookie jar. Sweet!

  87. Alexandra at 4:54 am #

    I love the idea of Notta cookie, can’t wait to get my hands in one. The new cutters are great too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Rachelle at 5:29 am #


  89. Sandy at 5:36 am #

    With cake & cupcake “dummies”, don’t know why none of us thought of this sooner!!!!

  90. Brandy D. at 6:44 am #

    It’s an amazing idea. No more baking needed to practice new techniques. πŸ™‚

  91. Elena at 6:47 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks por the giveaway. Cute cutters too!

  92. Sandra Austill at 6:54 am #

    I love the new cutters and the Notta Cookie is a stroke of genius. There are so many techniques I would like to practice before I do it on the real thing and I wouldn’t have a lot of “mistakes” to eat.

  93. Noreen Ahern at 7:13 am #

    What a fantastic invention, but please don’t stop with just the round cookie. I have a container filled with blank cookies that I use for practice and I am always afraid they are going to mold and will have to be thrown away before I can practice decorating them, The Notta Cookie can be kept forever.
    Noreen Ahern, The Villages, FL

  94. Deepti at 7:19 am #

    This Notta Cookie is such a time, energy and money saver. A must have for cookie decorators, would love to see more shapes.

  95. lorrainescookies at 8:26 am #

    I love notta cookie – already used it and want another!!!!

  96. Jill at 8:54 am #

    Notta Cookie worked great when I didn’t have extra cookies to spare with a mistake. Thanks!

  97. Michelle L at 9:17 am #

    Sounds like a great idea! There have been countless times when I bake cookies just so I can ‘try’ something out!

  98. Molly Bentsen at 9:46 am #

    Can’t wait to use a Notta Cookie!

  99. Barbara at 10:25 am #

    Awesome! Thanks for your thought.

  100. Marian at 12:03 pm #

    It’s a really usufull idea !!

  101. Mera Tucker at 12:11 pm #

    Notta Cookie idea is brilliant! Love the new conversation bubbles too!

  102. Mary at 1:01 pm #

    So cool that you came up with this idea. I would live to practice on notta cookie instead of reala cookies!

  103. Roselee at 3:27 pm #

    What a great idea. I have thrown away so many cookies cause they were practice cookies. But thanks to you I will no longer have to do that. I already ordered one, I am sure I will be purchasing
    more cause one will probably not be enough.

  104. sue at 3:29 pm #

    that is such a great idea there are cake dummies this is just so neat!

  105. m5cake -Margarita at 4:53 pm #

    I love the new cutters and the notta cookie is an incredible idea.

  106. Barbara [Lov2Bake] at 5:10 pm #

    Hurray for Notta Cookie!!! Now I don’t have to buy cheap store bought cookies & graham crackers for crash test dummies. My order arrived crazy fast and I’m thrilled with my Nottas! They are just the right size and texture. Brilliant!

  107. kristen at 5:12 pm #

    What an incredible idea! I think that I may need a few of these…. πŸ˜‰

  108. I think Notacookie is a fantastic idea! I may have to order me a few of these and see how they might work for teaching classes …. Any thoughts to doing them in shapes? Dang! Now I can hardly wait for wedding season to finish so I can get into cookie season ….

  109. Christine B at 5:32 pm #

    Love this idea! So creative! πŸ™‚

  110. Joan Meadow at 6:53 pm #

    Notta Cookie is the greatest ever !!!

  111. Angie at 8:14 pm #

    I love the Notta Cookie! What a great idea! Maybe next year I can finally make it to CookieCon.

  112. Wow! I wish I can win one!!!

  113. Brittaney Chestnut at 6:21 am #

    I LOVE THIS!!! This is perfect and ironic because I told my boyfriend I wish there was a fake cookie to practice on so I don’t have to bake so many cookies that sometimes get thrown away =( This is perfect for newbies like me who need a lot of practice, but do not want to throw away dozens of cookies that do not get eaten. My mom more than anyone will be so happy about this. She thinks I bake too many cookies just to take photos, and end up not eating them all lol. I can’t wait to buy a few!!

  114. Lynette Pruett at 7:29 am #

    Whatta great idea! Just think of all the pounds I’ll lose because I’ll be using a Notta Cookie for practice!

  115. boneita at 7:32 am #

    What a great idea! I’m just learning, this would sure come in handy. BB

  116. Megan at 7:55 am #

    I think that’s a wonderful concept! If the Notta Cookie does well, you should consider doing some different shapes like a square or oval.

  117. Rachel at 11:51 am #

    I got enough Notta Cookies at CookieCon to share with my sisters and encourage them to learn to decorate cookies. They’re great when I want to practice decorating without having to bake up a bunch of cookies and messing those up. Plus, the cookie cutters are really cute, too!

  118. I got my at CookieCon and I love it! I need to get more so I can practice on more then one at the time!

  119. M'Liss Rinaldi at 6:57 pm #

    What a great idea!

  120. Jade Wayson at 2:43 pm #

    Wow! Notta Cookies sound fantastic!

  121. lisa at 7:19 am #

    So clever! I would love one!

  122. Pam S at 6:24 am #

    What an incredible idea! I will a few of these.

  123. Stephanie Sullivan at 12:45 pm #

    The Notta Cookie is ingenious! Would love to see more shapes come out!

  124. Lori Scott at 9:17 am #

    What a great idea! Could take to classes or anywhere and it won’t crumble either!

  125. dustyhockeymom at 9:22 am #

    What a great idea! A few of these would save time and money for practicing.

  126. Sheila Baldwin at 12:34 pm #

    Aw WOW, love them all. will the Notta cookie be on sale in the UK? I really want one. What a fantastic idea.

  127. Amanda at 6:37 pm #

    The notta cookie is such a great concept. Would love to share it on my blog.

  128. Nicole B at 5:11 pm #

    I am looking to order one soon because I’ve been eyeing it for months. Finally getting one to practice a few new techniques, and really hate having to always bake a huge set to practice a couple things. Great, great concept!

  129. Sugarcoder at 3:02 pm #

    This is such a simple and useful invention! I just got on for $3 on The Cookie Countess’ site, and enjoy using it. I use it to practice decorating cupcakes before I actually pipe on top of a real cupcake. Thanks for inventing it and making this product a reality! πŸ™‚

  130. Catherine Logan at 9:09 am #

    I am new to cookie decorating and think your idea is Fantastic! Can’t wait to buy some!!

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