Cookie Decorating Inspiration

Baa Baa Black Sheep: A Cookie and A Tribute

Sweet Dani B Custom Sheep Cookie Layout

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a “black sheep“. I was an outgoing, artsy, friendly kid who grew into a quirky, artsy, somewhat “different” dressing teenager. In high school I was bullied (badly) by a group of tough, mean girls who apparently did not like my periwinkle, uneven hem, puff skirt as much as I did (I got a lunch milk carton thrown at my head the day I wore that skirt).

Strangely enough in college, I found myself in a similar “black sheep” role… this time because I wasn’t quirky enough… I was labeled “too Jersey” and my wearing of everyday makeup did not go over well either. (Who would have ever guessed R.I.S.D. students were against wearing makeup?)

NJ Tee Shirt
Jersey pride!

What a difference age and perspective makes. Like most people who are “black sheep”, the qualities that made me quirky and different then, make me the unique person I am today. It’s not bad to be different, in fact, its kind of fun!

Sweet Dani B custom Christmas cookie tree on the Martha Show
Our sheep cookies were selected along with snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas mice and tree cookies to decorate this cookie tree which was presented on the Martha Show. I loved the addition of the copper cutters as ornaments.

In 2005, the marshmallow wooly sheep cookie was the first cookie I ever decorated on air with Martha. It was one of Tamara and my favorite cookies and she pitched it to Martha’s producers at the time. I don’t remember which of us came up with the mini marshmallow lamb “wool” but it was a huge hit both for cuteness and deliciousness.

Sweet Dani B decorative sheep cookies for valentines day
Speaking of deliciousness, how about M&M sheep "wool"?

I have since designed my own version of the sheep cookie cutter since I always pictured the shape to be a bit more cartoony and puffier. This cookie has become a bit of a mascot for Sweet Dani B and this “wooly” sheep is a fun and fabulous cookie to decorate all year round- especially for Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Dani B decorative cookie sheep cookie red
I "heart" Ewe! (especially in red and periwinkle!)

My Mom recently sent me an article about a book titled “Dear Me, Letters to my 16 Year Old Self“. I found it absolutely fascinating. I’m still working on my full letter but I have it started…

Dear Me, (and any other “black sheep”) One day you will realize the things that are making mean girls throw milk cartons at your head, are the very things that will make you “unique” and will allow you to be creative. So, if it makes you happy, wear the periwinkle puffy skirt (duck next time!), sleep on the floor next to your bed instead of in it (true story), stiff stuff your hair as big as you would like in the 80’s (the photos will crack you up one day) and wear makeup every day in college (eventually they will start wearing it too). It’s not bad at all to be a black sheep, in fact, its pretty sweet!

Xo Me

P.S. This might sound completely crazy, but one day you will have a cookie business!

About the author

Dani Boglivi-Fiori

Dani Boglivi-Fiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.


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  • Reading this made me sad but it also made me smile. You turned out a beautiful artistic business woman and probably the ones that taunted you are 300 pounds and in a bad marriage (we can only hope). I love your work and love your cutters….I believe I have every one of them. Watched you on Martha and she backs you so that is a GOOD THING!

    • Thanks Marty! The funny thing is I don’t wish them any ill will but I do believe in karma! 😉 I am still chuckling over the Gnomi segment from the other day- I had so much fun giggling with Martha. As per her inspiration, I’m going to design a strapless version of Gnomi’s dress as well- look for it this week! thank you for your kind words and support- it means a lot! Xo

  • We are very grateful and proud of the way you turned out – big hair, small hair, makeup or no makeup – sleeping on the floor in your bedroom was a little strange but you forgot the pizza box Mom found under your bed with the crust still in it! We love our Black Sheep!
    Mom and Dad

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