The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cookies

Do you ever watch Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC? Okay, I’m pretty much the antithesis of the people they feature. There are few things that I’m attached to. My mom can attest to this. When asked to clean out my closet or shelves, I would throw about 90% of the stuff in a trash bag and be done ~ 15 minutes tops, quick, easy, and no one got hurt… that was until my mom discovered the trash bag and initiated the painful process of removing each item one by one to re-itemize what stayed and what went. Just for the record, my mom is also in no way a hoarder. I just, apparently, threw out a whole lotta stuff she knew I’d later regret. Don’t you hate when mothers are always right?

I am now beside myself that I got rid of all of my high school formals. What was I thinking? Oh, how I would love to show up to my 20th high school reunion this summer in my red, floor length, satin dress with rhinestones, an intricate lace bodice, and huge puffy sleeves. The big hair completed my fabulous look. I have to find a picture to post! It’s quite a sight! I will admit though, that I still have my wedding dress (which I agree is a little weird since I’m divorced and have a son, not a daughter to inherit it. What can I say, we are in no way a normal family, but you already know that if you follow my blog). I loved, loved, loved that dress (worth every penny ~ Thank you Mom & Dad!)~ still can’t bring myself to part with it, too many great memories that go along with that time in my life.

Yes, I’ve gone way off on a tangent, stay with me, there is a connection between hoarding and these cookies (I think).

The one thing I have too much of and struggle to part with are the boy’s books. My BFF, Keri, has inherited several hundred of the boy’s books for her girls. The hoarder would keep all the books; I find good homes for them, except the few I can’t let go of  (kinda like the wedding dress) ~ Goodnight Moon, The Golden Egg, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are a couple of them. Some of my best moments have been spent snuggling my boy and reading.

I loved these cookies so much, I almost couldn’t part with them. You do know the story The Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, right? And you’re not going to ask me why the cookies have holes in them, are you? I thought everyone knew The Hungry Caterpillar (seems I’m wrong). There are over 30 million copies in print and it’s translated into 50 different languages, so if you don’t know the story, where have you been? Quick synopsis, the plot is not very complex… Caterpillar eats his way through a whole variety of foods. Very fat caterpillar goes into cocoon. The once hungry caterpillar emerges as a beautiful butterfly. The End!

The boy’s school was having a silent auction at their country fair last week and needed donations. I put together a gift card for 25 custom cookie favors, but wanted to make cookies to go with it. I figured even if there were a few grown-ups out there unfamiliar with the book, all of the kids would get it, and none of them would ask me about the holes in the food. Several friends bid on my cookies (my friends should know by now, I will make you cookies out of the goodness of my heart, no need to bid on them). The cookies went to my friend Lisa, the highest bidder, so I now get to do her son’s birthday favors (which I would have done anyway).

Of all of the cookies, my favorite are the swiss cheese, pretty random I know. I’m also quite happy with how the very hungry caterpillar turned out. Hope they were yummy Lisa!!

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20 Responses to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cookies
  1. elkiedee
    May 26, 2011 | 4:36 am

    Those look amazing, almost too amazing to eat

  2. Becki D.
    May 26, 2011 | 4:51 am

    These cookies are absolutely gorgeous! I have been playing with the idea of having a Hungry Caterpillar themed party for my girl’s first birthday next month…but I gotta admit, I don’t think I have the dedication for that kind of cookie decorating. And your cookies blow everything I’ve already seen WAY out of the water! Totally awesome!

  3. Paula
    May 26, 2011 | 6:18 am

    Super adorable cookies! Can’t even express how much I love them. Lucky, lucky, Lisa!

  4. Kristi
    May 26, 2011 | 6:26 am

    Those cookies are AMAZING. I cannot imagine how many hours went into decorating them. Beautiful!

  5. Kim
    May 26, 2011 | 7:31 am

    totally genius! One of my fav books – and I think we all have things we hold on to that we can’t part with! As long as you still have room for new things to love, old things can have their place too ;o) p.s. I have seen people have quilts made out of their wedding dresses so they can display – if you can stomach having it cut up ;o)

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  6. Sallie @ Texas Cottage
    May 26, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    Love the cookies! I also kept The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My kids loved the book. Now I’m waiting for grandkids to read it to.

  7. Meghan @ Domestic Sugar
    May 26, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    Yeah, the Swiss cheese is awesome! Did you know cheese from Switzerland (real Swiss cheese) does not have holes? Who knew? Anyway, wonderful job as always! You must have put lots of work/love into these cookies!

  8. Keri
    May 26, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    These are absolutly adorable! I love this book so much that I would never be able to eat these cookies. Perhaps I am the horder…hmmm.
    My girls and I are forever grateful for the hundreds of books and puzzles that you have passed on. They are advid readers and I would like to think you had a hand in that. Love to love you and your talents. You are the beautiful butterfly!!!

  9. Susie
    May 28, 2011 | 6:36 am

    these are adorable..I also have an enormous pile of books that I will not part with. This one’s a keeper.

  10. Diane {Created by Diane}
    May 28, 2011 | 8:00 am

    oh these are so adorable. What a really fun idea!!!!

  11. Karyl
    May 28, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Those are awesome! You should email some pics to the Eric Carle museum. I bet they’d get such a kick out of them!

  12. shelly (cookies and cups)
    June 4, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Those are so stinkin’ cute!!!

  13. Kathleen Kauffman
    September 1, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Can I pay you to make these for my daughter’s second birthday party??

  14. Ashley
    October 19, 2011 | 5:45 am

    Yes, do you make these sets for birthdays? I would also be interested in ordering…

  15. Kate
    October 19, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Hi Ashley,

    I do lots of cookie orders, but don’t ship cookies. I’m in Southern Orange County, California. Email me if you’re interested in ordering. I love these hungry caterpillar cookies!

  16. Deepti Bommakanty
    February 4, 2012 | 11:49 pm

    Hi Kate
    You cookies are out of this world! I love them!! I have planned The very hungry caterpillar theme party for my son’s first birthday on 19th of this month. I would love to have your cookies as party favor. I live in santa monica and we have our birthday planned in san diego at my husband’s parents house. let me know your price and I would love to order these for my son’s birthday.



  17. Jennifer
    May 31, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    you wont ship cookies? thats a shame. these are SUPER cute. id really love to order some, but i’m in Texas…

  18. Deb Muniz
    June 1, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    These are my favorite. Brilliant Katie! You are amazing as always. :) xo

  19. Suzanne
    February 5, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Kate, are you still in Orange County? I live in the SFV and am interested to know how much you would charge for a similar plate of Hungry Caterpillar cookies! My son’s first birthday is coming up in March…Thanks!

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