Whew! The year is winding down; I just finished the last minute rush of Christmas Cookie orders and have been thinking about Valentine’s Day. I KNOW!!! Crazy, but that’s the business…one step ahead of the next holiday. I’m sure to have another post shortly after the New Year with a tutorial or two about hearts, but today, I wanted to share with you my favorite cookie cutter (and most recent acquisition) of 2014. I’ve shared it in my other posts but it warrants a second look for Fellow Cookie Lovers as you can do so much with it! I love when you get real mileage out of one cutter! Drum roll please…it is the “BABY” cookie cutter exclusive to KarensCookies.net.
I recently started working with this cookie cutter and so far have used it in SIX different ways. Today, I thought I’d share with you how I utilized the baby cutter by itself for baby boy and a baby girl versions, another with a top hat, one with a birthday party hat, one with angel wings to use as Cupid for Valentine’s day, AND, as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Yes, it’s true!! Keep reading. Each of these cookies are so easy to make and I hope you give one or two…or all of them…a try.
BABY IN DIAPER OR ONESIE
The photos below show how I first used the baby cutter – to make a baby girl and to make a baby boy.
For both versions, simply cut out the baby cutter shape and bake. The difference is in the decorating. For the girl baby, I iced the entire cookie in a flushed, skin tone royal icing. I outlined it in white first so that when I flood the cookie it didn’t run off the edge. Some people like to outline the shape of the diaper, the feet, the head, and the body separate (and you’ll see that in the baby boy version below) and then flood each section on its own. But lately, I’ve been adding a layered look to my cookies that I like a lot so I now ice the entire cookie in skin tone icing and then add the feet and clothing to give the cookies a lot more dimension.
BABY GIRL COOKIE
BABY BOY COOKIE
BABY NEW YEAR 2015
Okay, moving along. Here is how I utilized the cutter to make Baby New Year. For this cookie, I utilized one of the MANY snowmen cookie cutters I have that had the right size top hat to fit the baby cutter.
Moving from left to right in the photos above; first simply cut out the baby shape using the baby cutter. On a separate piece of dough, take a snowman cutter that has a top hat and cut that shape out. You can chop off the bottom half as you will not need it. Next, take your baby cutter again, place it over the snowman top hat piece you just cut and press down so that you get the shape of the head to fit into the bottom of the hat. The picture all the way to the right are simply the two pieces simply nudged together prior to baking.
Once baked, here is what the cookie looks like (left), and here is what the cookie looks like decorated. I added a bow tie to dress it up a bit but you can also add a banner across the baby’s body that says 2015, or New Year.
This cookie is one I am going to include in my Valentine’s collection in 2015. The cookie itself baked up a little crooked but nonetheless you get the idea.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!
Babies first birthdays are so big now and the celebrations get more and more creative that I thought this would be fun to use.
This process is similar to Baby New Year only I have substituted the top hat with a party hat. You can find these party hats just about anywhere! They are very popular. I think I got this one at Joann’s Fabric store.
WHAT???? RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER?!
That’s right, I am going to use this cookie cutter in a totally different way…UPSIDE DOWN. In the photos below, I simply cut out the baby shape and baked the cookie. Once cooled, I turned the cookie upside down and sketched out the reindeer design! Cool, right!!?? I don’t have a reindeer cutter, I have seen them done with upside down gingerbread men cutters, but I liked the width and overall size of this cookie. It’s a bit late to add to my 2014 Christmas Collection, but this is one I will definitely include next year.
And if that is not enough!! Try this link to LilaLoa to see this cookie cutter used in yet ANOTHER cool way – for Christmas Snowmen! You’ll love it!
I hope this spurs your own imagination for the Baby Cutter. I am sure I have just touched on the many, many uses this cutter can be used for. If you’d like to own this cutter, don’t forget you can only get it at Karen’s Cookies as it was designed by her, visit Karen’s Cookies to order. And what’s more, it is on sale right now for $2.49 (regularly $2.99). While you are there, take a look at the other exclusive cutters she has. They all lend themselves to a variety of uses. Wishing all of you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year. My next post will be the beginning of January…Valentine’s cookies! Yaaay!