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mini Jordache jean pocket cookies

I already mentioned the vintage chicken I swiped from my mom on my last visit home. Well… that’s not all I took. When cleaning out the attic, my mom found these! Not one, but two pairs of my 8th grade Jordache jeans collection. That means these very jeans you see here are from the holy year of 1985.

So, all you preteens and teens of the ’80s, remember how very very important the pocket stitching was? Standing in the store pondering which, o’ which, to choose? Yellow stitching? White stitching? And the endless variety of designs that stretched across those back pockets? Preteens and teens of today may never know how novel this concept was, for it’s a given that modern jeans have this stitching. But not in 1985. Oh. Jordache, with the high waist and tapered leg, how I’ve missed thee. Too bad I can’t fit one leg into you now.

how to make mini jean pocket cookies

you will need*
food coloring (royal blue, yellow and/or white)
2 1/4 inch square cutter
knife or dough scraper
2 to 3 disposable frosting bags

2 to 3 couplers
2 to 3 decorating tips (sizes “4″ and “2″)

rubber bands
palette (a plastic egg carton works great)
clean sponge

*You can use any size square cutter, they don’t have to be mini. I use Americolor soft gel paste food coloring. The rest of the items you can find in the baking aisle of the craft store. For more information on finding supplies, CLICK HERE.

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out cookie dough and cut squares. With a dough scraper or a knife, cut each square as shown to make a pocket shape. Bake according to recipe and let cool.
step two: flood your cookies
Take about a cup or more (always good to have extra so you don’t need to make two batches) of frosting and tint light blue. Prepare a frosting bag with a coupler and size “4″ tip and fill with about half of the blue frosting. Tie frosting bag closed tightly with a rubber band. Cover reserved frosting. Pipe an outline on the pocket. Let set about 20 minutes. Thin reserved frosting with water, a few drops at a time, until the consistency of thick glue. Using a small spoon, squeeze bottle or an empty frosting bag with about 1/8″ of the corner snipped off, spoon or loosely pipe frosting on the cookie. Let the frosting flood to the edges, using a small knife or back of a spoon to encourage as needed. Let set well, a few hours or overnight.
step three: sponge your cookies
Pour about five drops of blue frosting color onto your palette (you may need to add more if you run out, but I work with a little at a time). Add a drop or two of water and mix. Dip your sponge into the mixture and dab on a paper towel. Press sponge over the light blue icing until the cookie is totally covered. Let dry about 20 minutes.step four: pipe your stitching
Mix yellow and/or white (oh, the dilemma!) frosting and prepare a frosting bag or bags with a size “2″ tip. Fill with frosting and tie closed tightly with a rubber band. Pipe stitching and pocket designs on cookies. I tried to use a broken line to mimic stitching, but found the solid line looked better. On larger cookies, the broken line might’ve worked.

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  1. An Almost Unschooling Mom
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful, and touching tribute :) Now, could you make some Vans?

  2. SprinkleBakes
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    OH my goodness. This takes me back. Love, love, love this idea – too stinkin' cute!!

  3. That's a Nice Cookie!
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh, the memories this post brings back…. :) You've made my day! I love the pocket idea, I'm going to try to do them too and add a froggie hanging out of it and make it a total boy cookie! I love the sponging technique too!!

  4. LiEr
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan, I love the walk down memory lane! I never had Jordaches, but my best friend had them, and I was so in awe. But the comb sticking out the back pocket! So funny! I love your illustrations! Gorgeous!

  5. Jeanette
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    What a cute idea! Love the comb also. It took me back, thank you for the journey down memory lane.

  6. J+S
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I so totally remember wanting a pair of Jordache jeans. I saw some at Costco a few weeks ago and was sort of speechless that the company is still around. Love he cookies.


  7. oneordinaryday
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 12:17 am | Permalink


  8. Jen
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Oh the memories! Crazy cute!

  9. Alison
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Excellent!! Stone washed Jordache jeans!! These are GREAT!

  10. Angela Brian
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    how flippin cute.

    ah. i love finding old memories.

    this is a great post.

    ooo ooo i wanted to let you know that i featured your blog and book on my blog today.

    i love your blog and really want everyone to see your work.

    i tell everyone to follow you!


  11. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Crazy how it all comes flooding right back, no?? (I just saw Vans at DSW, An Almost Unschooling Mom, and they brought it back, too. Can you believe they still sell them?) And thank you so much Angela!! I added your fab site to my press page :)

  12. Kristan
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome idea!! Love them!!

  13. Ali
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    You. are. AWESOME.

    I'm so making these for my sister's bday. Maybe add in a Generra shirt cookie for kicks.

  14. Anonymous
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I thought you were using a dreidel cutter.

  15. Anonymous
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    i thought you were using a dreidel cookie cutter.

  16. Chic Cookies
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    slapping my forehead Anonymous. I have a dreidel cutter and didn't think of that! would just have to cut off the top.

  17. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    OMG…too fun! Oh, the comb! I could never get a comb though my curls, but by George, I CARRIED one! ;)

    And the sponge painting….genius!

  18. Joy
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    wow! I remember those jeans! What memories! Cookies are wonderful!

  19. Paula
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    What a novel idea, jean pocket cookies and sponge painted no less. You just may have started something here! Super job.

  20. Pam aka Bored Cook
    Posted July 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    These are just too cute. You just brought me back to Jr. High and my very small Jordache jeans that I could actually squeeze myself into…back then.

    Love it.

  21. Sue Sparks
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    One of the cutest cookies I've seen in a long time! Great post:)

  22. Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe
    Posted August 26, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    You are hilarious! I so remember those days and wow does it seem like a hundred years ago… ;)

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