My favorite cookie cutter of 2014

Hi Fellow Cookie Lovers,

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.

Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen's Cookies
Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen’s Cookies

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.

Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen's Cookies
Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen’s Cookies

Baby girl

Baby cutter used to make a baby boy
Baby cutter used 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

I've outlined the cookie in white and then flooded it with skin tone royal icing.
I’ve outlined the cookie in white and then flooded it with skin tone royal icing.
Once the icing dries (I like to give it 24 hours to dry to a hard finish), I add the overall outline of my design.
Once the icing dries (I like to give it 24 hours to dry to a hard finish), I add the overall outline of my design.
I then go ahead and flood the feet and add the belly button and nose with the same icing.
I then go ahead and flood the feet and add the belly button and nose with the same icing.
Once the skin tone feet dry, I add the pink shirt.
Once the feet dry, I add the pink shirt.
While the pink icing is still wet, I add white dots.
While the pink icing is still wet, I add white dots.
Working quickly while the pink and white icing are both wet, I drag a toothpick through each of the dots to make hearts.
Working quickly while the pink and white icing are both wet, I drag a toothpick through each of the dots to make hearts.
I then flood the white diaper and add a blonde hair curl.
I then flood the white diaper and add a blonde hair curl.
And lastly, after the pink and white icings dry a bit, I add the finishing details: toes, diaper details, eyes, pink bow and blush to the cheeks and toes.
And lastly, after the pink and white icings dry a bit, I add the finishing details: toes, diaper details, eyes, pink bow and blush to the cheeks and toes.

BABY BOY COOKIE

I went ahead on this one and iced the outline like I did for the girl cookie, flooded the feet, waited for that to dry a bit, and then flooded the baby blue onesie.
I went ahead on this one and outlined all of the pieces I wanted to flood.  I then iced each section separately – waiting for sections that touched each other to dry before flooding the next section. I let this dry 24 hours before adding details.
Since the process is so similar to the baby girl cookie, I've gone ahead and shown you the final cookie with the details already added: eyes, nose, details on the onesie, and brown hair curl.
This is the final cookie with the details already added: eyes, nose, details on the onesie, and brown hair curl. So simple!

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.

Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen's Cookies
Baby Cookie Cutter from Karen’s Cookies
Snowman Cutter used to cut out the top hat
Snowman Cutter used to cut out the top hat
Place baby cutter over the top hat you cut out
Place baby cutter over the top hat you cut out
Combined baby cutter and top hat together prior to baking
Combined baby cutter & top hat together

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.

Baked Baby New Year Cookie
Baked Baby New Year Cookie
Decorated Baby New Year
Decorated Baby New Year

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.

BABY CUPID

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.

Start with the Baby Cutter.
Start with the Baby Cutter.
Start by cutting out the cookie shape out of your dough.
Start by cutting out the cookie shape out of your dough.
You'll need the small mustache cookie cutter next.
You’ll need the small mustache cookie cutter next.
Once the two pieces are cut, they will look like this.
Once the two pieces are cut, they will look like this.
Next you will want to lay the Baby Cutter over the cutout mustache to make the two wings for the cherub.
Next you will want to lay the Baby Cutter over the cutout mustache to make the two wings for the cherub.
You want to gently nudge the pieces together to make the cherub...this is what it should look like prior to baking.
You want to gently nudge the pieces together to make the cherub…this is what it should look like prior to baking.
Here is the cooked version of the assembled cookie ready to be frosted.
Here is the cooked version of the assembled cookie ready to be frosted.
Again, I start with the outlining.  Here, I iced the head and body separate to get a little more definition at the cherub's neck.
Again, I start with the outlining. Here, I iced the head and body separate to get a little more definition at the cherub’s neck.
I then flooded the wings in white royal icing and sprinkled white sanding sugar over them and let the cookie dry for about 20 minutes.
I then flooded the wings in white royal icing and sprinkled white sanding sugar over them and let the cookie dry for about 20 minutes.
Next I flooded the cherub's body and let that dry 20 minutes.
Next I flooded the cherub’s body and let that dry 20 minutes.
Next I flooded the cherub's head.  I then let this entire cookie dry overnight because I wanted a hard surface to work with because I was going to add so many details.
Next I flooded the cherub’s head. I then let this entire cookie dry overnight because I wanted a hard surface to work with because I was going to add so many details.
I then added the nose and belly button and outlined the areas I was going to flood.
I then added the nose and belly button and outlined the areas I was going to flood.
I flooded the cherub's feet first.
I flooded the cherub’s feet first.
After letting the feet dry for 20 minutes, I then flooded the white diaper and added the eyes and blonde curl.
After letting the feet dry for 20 minutes, I then flooded the white diaper and added the eyes and blonde curl.
I added the toes to Cupid and let the entire cookie dry for 24 hours.
I added the toes to Cupid and let the entire cookie dry for 24 hours.
After letting the cookie dry completely, I added the heart arrow (OOPS, I put the heart the WRONG way.  Not going to pierce a heart with the rounded edges!! - make sure you reverse the heart),
After letting the cookie dry completely, I added the heart arrow (OOPS, I put the heart the WRONG way. Not going to pierce a heart with the rounded edges!! – make sure you reverse the heart),
After drying 24 hours, I flushed the cheeks pink, and added the pin to the diaper.
I then flushed the cheeks pink with pink dust, and added the pin to the diaper.

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.

You'll start with the Baby Cookie Cutter again.
You’ll start with the Baby Cookie Cutter again.
Cut the baby out of your dough.
Cut the baby out of your dough.
You'll then use the Party Hat Cutter.
You’ll then use the Party Hat Cutter.
You should have two piece of dough that look like this.
You should have two piece of dough that look like this.
You then want to take the Party Hat Cutter again and place it over the cutout of the baby strategically placing it where you would like the hat to be. I've tilted it a bit.
You then want to take the Party Hat Cutter again and place it over the cutout of the baby strategically placing it where you would like the hat to be. I’ve tilted it a bit.
You will now have two pieces that look like this.
You will now have two pieces that look like this.
Nudge the pieces together to look like this prior to baking.
Nudge the pieces together to look like this prior to baking.
This is what the baked version of the Birthday Baby will look like.
This is what the baked version of the Birthday Baby will look like.
I then outline the Birthday Baby and get it ready for flooding.
I then outline the Birthday Baby and get it ready for flooding.
I then flood the Birthday Baby body.  I let it dry about 20 minutes before the next step.
I then flood the Birthday Baby body. I let it dry about 20 minutes before the next step.
I then flood the Birthday Baby's head.
I then flood the Birthday Baby’s head.
I then flood the Party Hat with a "wet-on-wet" technique that adds the white dots to the red hat.
I then flood the Party Hat with a “wet-on-wet” technique that adds the white dots to the red hat.
After the hat dries (again, 20 minutes), I then flood the white part of the Party Hat.  I then let the entire cookie dry for 24 hours.
After the hat dries (again, 20 minutes), I then flood the white part of the Party Hat. I then let the entire cookie dry for 24 hours.
I then add the nose to the face and outline the feet for flooding.
I then add the nose to the face and outline the feet for flooding.
I flood the feet and let dry 20 minutes.
I flood the feet and let dry 20 minutes.
I add a white onesie and add red polka dots using the "wet-on-wet" technique again. Let dry another 24 hours.
I add a white onesie and add red polka dots using the “wet-on-wet” technique again. Let dry another 24 hours.
I then finish the cookie by outlining the hat and the onesie and adding a flush to the cheeks and toes.
I then finish the cookie by adding the toes, outlining the hat and the onesie, and adding a flush to the cheeks and toes.

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.

You'll start with the Baby Cookie Cutter again.
You’ll start with the Baby Cookie Cutter again.
Once I bake the cookie, I dot in the outline of the reindeer using a Food Safe Marker.
Once I bake the cookie, I dot in the outline of the reindeer using a Food Safe Marker. (Click on the picture to get a larger image for viewing)
I then outline and flood the reindeer head.  I this picture, you will notice I went a little higher on the top of the head than I originally drew.  It just seemed like it would look better.
I then outline and flood the reindeer head. In this picture, you will notice I went a little higher on the top of the head than I originally outlined. It just seemed like it would look better.
I then used a number 3 tip and piped in the antlers.  You will notice I left them a little bumpy...this was intentional as I didn't want a perfect, flooded look.  (You'll see later on why I did this!)
I then used a number 3 tip and piped in the antlers. You will notice I left them a little bumpy…this was intentional as I didn’t want a perfect, flooded look. (You’ll see later on why I did this!)
I then took a #1 tip and used black icing to pipe in a curly string to make lights.
I then took a #1 tip and used black icing to pipe in a curly string to make lights.
I then used a few colors to make oval-like shapes to represent Christmas lights! Love that! So much fun. :)
I then used a few colors to make oval-like shapes to represent Christmas lights! Love that! So much fun. 🙂
And this is what the final cookie looks like after all of the final details (ears in pink, nose in red with a white highlight, white eyes with black pupils, a black smile and a little fur at the top of the head).  And remember those bumpy antlers?  I then took some gold dust and dusted them to bring out the texture of the antlers and give it a more festive feel.
And this is what the final cookie looks like after all of the final details (ears in pink, nose in red with a white highlight, white eyes with black pupils, a black smile and a little fur at the top of the head). And remember those bumpy antlers? I then took some gold dust and dusted them to bring out the texture of the antlers and give it a more festive feel.

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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!

All the best,

Diane

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