Sew Yummy: Hand Embroidered Turkish Boots Cookies

September 26, 2012

I’m really excited to introduce the first guest of the Sew Yummy series today, Lora from Diary of a Mad Hausfrau.

I first learned of Lora’s blog through Mactweets and she is constantly producing really imaginative and tasty looking treats, including Banana Macsplits, Garden Cupcakes and these incredible Great White Shark Macarons. Today Lora has made some equally creative cookies for us.

Thanks Laura for the opportunity to guest post here for Sew Yummy. What a fun idea!

Right now I am in Turkey on a business trip. The last time I was there I bought these hand embroidered boots in Istanbul and they quickly became my favorite among an embarrassing amount of other pairs.

I don’t sew therefore greatly admire anything handmade or embroidered and practically flipped out when I saw these boots in a store by the Blue Mosque. If I find the time, I am sure to be stalking the shops to find another pair. Even just seeing them sitting in the closet makes me happy. With the coincidence I would be returning to Turkey, the obvious choice for this challenge was to create a cookie homage to my lovely boots.

I couldn’t find the right shape cookie cutter so I made my own by googling images for “Turkish Embroidered Boots”. and found a side view of a pair similar to mine. I traced it off my computer screen, glued it to stiff cardboard and cut out the shape. After rolling out the cookies I traced the boot shaped with a knife.

One of my other favorite places in Istanbul is the Egyptian Spice Market (duh?) So I decided to add a bit of Turkish spicy zing to the boot cookies to give them a little spring in their step.

Anise and allspice are both used frequently in Turkish cuisine. Adding both to LilaLoa’s wonderful foolproof chocolate rollout cookie recipe made one sexy strong flavored cookie.

Thanks again for the opportunity to guest post!

Anise Allspice Rollout Cookies
(Very slightly adapted from LilaLoa’s The End-All for Chocolate Cookies Recipe)

For the Cookies:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon allspice powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • or 3 1/2 cups flour


  • Cream butter, shortening and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add baking powder and salt and mix again.
  • Stir in the cocoa until well blended.
  • Add flour 1 cup at a time.
  • Wrap in plastic cling film and Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Roll out on lightly floured surface.
  • Bake at 375 F for 6 1/2 minutes

For the Royal Icing:

I used my favorite recipe from Bridget over at Bake at 350.

First outlining and flooding the cookies in black icing with at #2 tip. Then with  #1 tip I recreated to the best of my limited ability the embroidered designs on the boots.


What amazing inspiration for these fantastic cookies Lora, those boots were made for baking. I hope your hunt for a second pair is successful. Thank you for sharing these with us today.


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  • Reply thelittleloaf September 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    These boots are beautiful! You’ve set the bar very high for this baking challenge 🙂

    • Reply Laura September 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Absolutely, they’re great aren’t they. Can’t wait to see what you make.

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchies} September 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    These boots are so pretty! Love the bright flowers against the black boot. Looks just like the real deal:) Lora is very creative!

    • Reply Laura September 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      She certainly is, such a brilliant idea to turn into cookies. I’m looking at everything now thinking ‘ooh, that would make a good cookie’.

  • Reply Paula September 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Lora I love that you added the spices to these beautiful sexy boots. Even more impressed that you hand cut each one. The inspiration for these cookies, your own pair of boots, are stunning. Hope you have time to shop while in Turkey 🙂

  • Reply September 29, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Gorgeous cookies and boots!

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