Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,
You may have noticed that I love to find different uses for cookie cutters. Well this particular post is no exception. And…it came about by accident! Love when that happens. I was going through my “Misc” cutter box the other day, searching for a particular cutter and I picked this cutter up and thought, “where did I get this from?” Then I realized, it was the “Flag” cookie cutter. But, that is not what I saw. So here is how it all started and where it ended up.
This is what the cookie cutter looks like when it is viewed in the ordinary position.
But…here is what I saw. Do you see what I see?
It looks like a bird, right? I was so excited and I thought, let me give this a try. So, I cut out a couple of cookies, baked them up and started to decorate. This picture shows you the same cookie but simply turned in a different way (pre-baked).
Here is how the cookies baked up.
And, as a side note, you can always flip the cookie over (pre-baked; my picture is post-bake 😉 ) and you could have “Love Birds” for Valentine’s Day! I opted NOT to do another Valentine’s Day cookie, thank you very much! But for those of you who are still baking up some “love,” go for it.
Once dry, I then went ahead and drew in the eye, beak, and wing of the Bird. Sometimes I skip this step and start the outline with my Royal Icing but, for instruction purposes, it helps to see where we are going with this.
Same outlining process as before, outline the second layer of details and flood each area. On the wing I did a wet-on-wet technique to add the white dots.
Once the second layer dries for about ten minutes, I add the circle to the middle of the flower shape; which will be the Bird’s eye.
Drying time…again! I know, I’m impatient as well! But once that is done (4-24 hours), I go ahead and add the fun details.
At this point you can consider the Bird done, however, since I am practicing my “painting on cookies” skills, I went ahead and added some additional fine details to cozy it up a bit. And, wha-la, final version of my FLAG/BIRD cookie. Fun!!
Below is a list of what you need to complete this project but experiment with your own style too! Use colors you love, try the “Love Birds”, try out a different tail, or you can even place the bird on a branch instead of adding a long tail. Have fun.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Gel Colors: Cornflower Blue, Brown, Moss Green, Orange, Golden Yellow, Black
Royal Icing Flood: Cornflower Blue, Brown, Moss Green, Orange, Golden Yellow
Royal Icing Outlining: White, Black, Brown
Flag Cookie Cutter
Number 1 Decorating Tip
Cookie Dough (flavor of your choice!)
All the best,