Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Cookies 2016

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy with things other than cookie decorating. I made these for my daughter's Christmas party. Polar bears, snowflakes, and Christmas trees. I mixed the green with 3 parts violet, 2 parts lemon yellow, and 1 part leaf green (AmeriColor). I added a little the green icing to the red, yellow and blue to make color palette match.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Giraffe Cookies

One more daughter with a birthday ... an early July summer birthday ... but she wanted cookies to share with her class too, of course. I'm glad her teacher didn't mind accommodating a last minute request! Giraffes are her favorite animal. I've made giraffe cookies before but used different cookies cutter.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Snowy Owl Cookies

My second youngest daughter turned six recently and she loves owls. She has a white owl stuffed animal that she sleeps with every nights and she wanted her cookies to look just like this. That made it a bit easier for me since these owls didn't require a lot of color mixing. These cookies were fairly simple to make.

I own an owl cookie cutter but it's for Halloween and it's wearing a witch's hat. Rather than modify 24 cookies by cutting off the hats before I baked them (these were for her Kindergarten class), I went to Pinterest for inspiration and saw that a tulip cookie cutter made a perfect owl shape. Fortunately, I already owned one of these. All I needed to do was outline and flood the tulip-shaped cookie in white. I let them dry overnight. And then I added the details. I only needed to mix yellow and black icing for the eyes, beak, and feet. There wasn't that much to these.

Flower Cookies

Some simple flower cookies. I made these back in March for my youngest daughter's 4th birthday.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pokemon Cookies

No tutorial this time. I made these for my oldest daughter's 9th birthday to share with her class. The cookies cutters can be found here: Pokemon Center. This was a fantastic find for me since my daughters are completely obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. My younger daughters have already requested these cookies for their birthdays too.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies - Tutorial with Pictures

For these cookies, I used the pumpkin cookie cutter in the Wilton 101 cookie cutter set although just about any medium to large sized pumpkin cookie cutter would work for these.

I wanted these jack-o-lanterns to have a layered look with the black jack-o-lantern faces receding into the background, so I used the technique where the black icing is spread flat onto the cookie first and all other icings are layered on top. I have included a few pictures to show how this works.

To spread the black icing onto the cookie, I used an angled cake icing spatula to place of small glob (approximately 1/2 tsp.) of icing onto the cookie. Then I carefully and evenly spread it with the spatula, making sure to not get it too close to the edges of the cookie. The black icing was stiff but not quite outline consistency - closer to 20-second consistency. I needed it to spread easily but not run off the sides of the cookies. 

Once the black icing was dry, I outlined jack-o-lantern faces onto the cookies and the outside edges of the cookies. I left a small indent at the top so that I could add the pumpkins' brown stems and leaves later.

As soon as the outlines were dry, I carefully filled in the pumpkins with a Wilton #2 tip and orange 20-second consistency icing. I was careful not to overfill with the icing, otherwise it might run over my outlined edges and into the jack-o-lantern's faces.

I left these overnight to dry. Then I added the additional details - the brown stem, leaves, and top outlines as shown in the finished picture at the top.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spider Cookies - Tutorial with Pictures

The cookie cutter I used for these spider cookies is available here: Crouching Spider Cookie Cutter.

When I decorate cookies, I don't like to leave any parts of the cookie undecorated so, first, I outlined and flooded the entire cookie with white royal icing. I left it overnight to dry.

Next, I outlined a circle in the center of the cookies. I used my projector to trace the circle because I am terrible at freehand drawing circles. I used a Wilton icing tip #2 to add the spider's legs.

I let these to dry for about 2-3 hours and then flooded the center of the circle.

While this icing was still wet I added some Jimmie sprinkles to the top of the circle, and then I gently tapped off the excess.


I let these dry slightly, and then I added some leftover icing to the back of two Wilton Candy Eyeballs. I carefully placed the eyeballs on the front of the spiders for the last, finishing touch. This step can wait until the spiders are completely dry, but if you are careful you can add them while the icing is still drying.