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Snickerdoodles for Ava’s Birthday

Today is my niece’s fourth birthday. Little Ava was a happy surprise to all of us, arriving just 17 months after her brother, David.

What can I say about this little girl? From the start, she’s been my little doppelganger. My sister and brother-in-law made my heart swell by naming her after me – we share the middle name Nicole.

Ava on her first birthday.

As her personality emerged, my sister informed me that Ava also inherited just about all my stubbornness, and also my love for a good “debate”.

When she was born, she had the most out of control, spikey hair. Chellee and I dubbed her “Spike” immediately, something Gaga would have done too. He was a big fan of nicknames.


If you could create a baby girl with all the fashion sense and girly-girl ‘tude her momma possesses, but with my love of cooking and crafty stuff, you’d have Ava.

At Daddy’s Fire Station

She loves princesses and baby dolls, and playing Barbies. She has a collection of purple bunnies, harvested after her one treasured purple bunny lovey disappeared. 3 tear-filled days later, my brother in law found them again, finally. I think he bought a dozen more.

Pretty in Pink!

Ava plays soccer, but she likes tumbling and gymnastics too. Tangled is her favorite movie, Rapunzel her favorite princess. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, just like Rapunzel’s dress.

In honor of her birthday, just like I did for her brother, I made Ava cookies.

This time, I went back to my favorite recipe for Snickerdoodles. They’re so easy to make, and I love that they’re super easy to customize by using different colored sparkling sugars. Ava is having a Tangled themed birthday party, so I made her cookies rolled in pink and purple sparkling sugars, as well as spices and regular sugar.

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl.
Uncle James and I miss you and love you!

[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Snickerdoodles for Ava’s Birthday – – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

Candy Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies
Apple and Gooseberry Pie


Sunday 30th of October 2011

These cookies are so cute!! Happy birthday to Ava. She is adorable!


Wednesday 26th of October 2011

I love your snickerdoodles...what pretty colors! Happy Birthday to Ava!! :) She's so cute!

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

Wednesday 26th of October 2011

What a sweet post, and what a cutie! She's lucky to have you as her auntie!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 26th of October 2011

You are the best auntie ever.... Those cookies look perfect for such a sweet little girl. Plus, I love your idea to use pumpkin pie spice... I can't get enough of that stuff right now.


Wednesday 26th of October 2011

Aww what a princess! These cookies sound so yummy. Awesome.