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zebra print cookies and turning 13


The year:  1985. The age: 13. My first year at Fisher Junior High. Middle school. Lockers. Homeroom. Pre-teen angst at its most dangerous. (Don’t ever take me back, Delorean time machine.) Leg warmers, lace fingerless gloves, Jelly shoes. Hair soaked in Aquanet. The Rubik’s Cube smashed in frustration. Reagan in the White House. The Breakfast Club and lipstick tricks. The Facts of Life and Tootie. Madonna and Cyndi and somebody stop me! Because I won’t on my own.  I turned thirteen in ’85 in New Jersey. I should be studied as a relic of history. I don’t have any pictures of me from then to share, but this is pretty accurate likeness:


Or wait, maybe that’s just a picture of Molly Ringwald from Pretty in Pink, one of the best movie soundtracks EVER! And I looked nothing like that.

My niece is turning thirteen. Thirteen. Remember thirteen? Do you even want to? I have no idea what that even means today. Or what it will mean in eight years when my oldest turns thirteen. For me, it was anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt and longing for popularity with just a twinge of hope for future greatness, stuffed in Wigwam socks and a Forenza sweater.


My niece is way cooler now than I was back then though. Actually, she’s way cooler now than I am now. I think she’s going to be allllll right.

She’s having a sleepover with some girlfriends for her birthday. Now imagine what it will be like in the house that night. It’s zebra-themed, so she’s getting these cookies to share with her party gals. They match her colorful, zebra-print napkins. Yeah, like I said, I was never that cool, sigh.

Happy 13 to my beautiful niece!! I hope it’s a wonderful year.




to make zebra print cookies…


you will need:*

cookie dough

royal icing

circle cookie cutter

disposable decorating bags


decorating tips, size 3

rubber bands

*Find the cookie cutter, decorating bags, couplers and tips in the craft store. You’ll need one bag, coupler and tip for each color you use. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes. I used Bright White, Super Black, Turquoise, Electric Green and Electric Pink. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

step one: Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. Chill, roll out and cut out circles. Bake according to the recipe and let cool completely.

step two: Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide and tint your preferred colors. TIP: So I didn’t have to use more than one consistency of icing for flooding and outlining, I just made one, in-between icing. It was thick enough to outline without running off the cookie, but thin enough to lose the lines when filling. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with the icing colors and close tightly with rubber bands.

step three: decorate your cookies. Pipe an outline on the cookie with a color of icing. Pipe the zebra print with the same color and let set at least 15 minutes. Pipe to fill in the color and white background. Let dry overnight before handling and packaging. Click HERE for basic cookie decorating how-tos.



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  1. Lori
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Meaghan for the flashback to 1985!!! Ironically, It was 1985 when I was thirteen and in New Jersey too!! And how I loved Forenza sweaters and Wigwam socks. Wow! That does seem so long ago!

  2. Your Niece's Dad
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I can confirm that it will be chaotic, loud, cheerful, nuts, puppy-filled, fun, awesome, pizza-filled, striped, and simply amazing on Friday night. Did I mention loud? Earplugs for mom, dad & dogs. Thanks Meaghan!! They look absolutely awesome!!!

  3. Posted February 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I love the colorful zebra stripes!

  4. Posted February 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    What a fun pattern! With all the colors, it seems perfect for a 13 year old girl!

  5. Posted February 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Okay, so my daughter is only 8 and would totally be crushing on these cookies. She chose zebra as one of the patterns for her recent party! These are adorable!

  6. Posted February 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Sophia has been obsessed w/ animal/zebra print – these are really fun. She has been “more involved” in my baking adventures lately wanting to learn more piping skills and stuff so these would be a blast for her!! Thanks – hope you are GREAT!!

  7. Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Good gravy, I was 13 in 1985, too, and I would not be 13 again for all the legwarmers in the world. (But I really did enjoy 80’s fashion. I wanted to be both the chick in the A-HA video and Cyndi Lauper…I may have been having an identity crisis.) Love the cookies, though! Zebra print is so fun!

  8. meaghanmountford
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Let’s hear it for the 1985 13 year olds! Woo hoo! Gasp, totally forgot my obsession with Take On Me. Also, Lori, I don’t know why the NJ thing feels important, but it just does. Hmm.

  9. Posted March 1, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I love zebra print anything,perfect cookies for a 13 year old.

  10. Posted March 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Hehehe! Thanks Aunt Meaghan…Love, love, love the zebra print cookies. BTW, love the pic of Molly Ringwald. Sixteen candles is one of my favorite movies…but for now, we are only talking about 13 candles! Wish us luck tonight!

  11. Posted March 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    These are insanely cute!

  12. Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Wow, stylish cookies! : )

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