That Sleigh Cutter Is Not Just For Christmas…

Hi Fellow Cookie Lovers,

Remember those birds I recently featured using the “FLAG” cutter? Well, I must have birds on my brain because I found that the “SLEIGH” cutter I used for Christmas makes a great cutter for a bird on a branch! So much fun.  In this post, I’ll show you how to make a bird out of the sleigh cutter, and…another little surprise that occurred while I was making the bird.  More on that in a minute.  So, here is how you begin. Pictured below is a photo of the actual sleigh cutter that I used.

Sleigh Cutter
Sleigh Cutter

This is the cookie all baked up.

Baked Sleigh Cookie
Baked Sleigh Cookie

I then took an edible food writer and outlined where I wanted to lay my royal icing outline.

Outline of the bird's body and the branch he will stand on.
Outline of the bird’s body and the branch he will stand on.

Before I go any further here, I want to share with you one of those little “FINDS” I love and usually stumble upon when I least expect it.  If you read my blog post, “Hey Where Did You Get That Cutter?”, then you know I look in unusual areas for cookie cutters. Well, today’s find are these small egg-shaped cutters I found in the “Clay Aisle” of a local craft store.  Not specifically made for cookies, but it works! I’m going to use these cutters today to make wings for my bird.  But, don’t let your imagination stop there!  These little cutters work well as tiny eggs AND as eyes for some of your character cookies!  They will add a fun dimension to your cookies.

Mini Egg Cutters; great for making tiny eggs, character eyes, bird wings, fish wings.
Mini Egg Cutters; great for making tiny eggs, character eyes, bird wings, fish wings.

Moving right along…here is the outlined bird and the egg cookie I will be using for this cookie.

Outlined Bird and Wing Using the Sleigh Cookie Cutter and the Mini Egg Cookie Cutter
Outlined Bird and Wing Using the Sleigh Cookie Cutter and the Mini Egg Cookie Cutter

No we are ready for flooding.

Flooded cookies with wet-on-wet technique and an all white flood.
Flooded cookies with wet-on-wet technique and an all white flood.

You will see in the photo above that I flooded one bird with color and used a wet-on-wet technique to add some fun details.  I also flooded one bird all white as I thought it might be fun to show you a painting technique. However, when I got to this stage, I stepped back and looked at the white flooded cookie and saw a FISH!! So, I thought I would finish the color-flooded cookie as a bird and show you how you can create a fish using the painting technique on a white surface.

Two birds and a fish!
Two birds and a fish!

And, I thought I would include the bird I recently did using the flag cutter so you could see the variety you could achieve using the sleigh cutter and the flag cutter together. The photo above shows two birds and a soon-to-be fish!

Two birds using the sleigh cutter and the flag cutter
Two birds using the sleigh cutter and the flag cutter

Above are the final birds using the sleigh cutter and the flag cutter.  I simply added dots, feet, and orange bills to each bird and attached the wings. They look siimilar but unique in their own way.  I’m sure more and more ideas will pop into your head as you design your own birds.  You can change up the feathers, the eyes, the wings, the colors, etc.  You could even put the bird made using the flag cutter on a branch as well; just shift around the tail feathers.  I find that as long as you keep the color scheme the same, your birds will look like they were made from the same cutter set. I use these birds with mini flowers and mini leaves to create gift sets.  With the minis, I stick to the same color scheme I use on the birds and use a wet-on-wet technique with either blue or green as the base color and white dots on top of that.  Other colors, like orange and pink, also work well with the blue and green birds.

And, as promised, below is the hand-painted FISH I made using the cookie that I flooded with white originally.  I used color to section off each area and then added designs to each section.  The white dots are royal icing dots I added at the end.  I sometimes use Wilton’s “White-White Color Icing” to add to the design but you will need to wait for your design to dry fully before using it as it will pick up the base color if you don’t.  Not a bad technique in and of itself but I usually prefer a bright white to pop on the cookie.

If you haven’t yet tried painting on cookies, I encourage you to try it.  I find it is a very forgiving technique.  I’m really loving the process, and when I see it next to my wet-on-wet designs, I realize how much more detail you can get with the painting technique.  I like both, and being in the “Cookie Business,” the painted technique doesn’t work so well if you are selling cookies…especially in large quantities.  But it is a GREAT technique if you want to create very special cookies for family members and friends.

Fish using the sleigh cutter
Fish using the sleigh cutter
All three finished: two birds and a fish
All three finished: two birds and a fish

Here are the materials I used:

Royal Icing

Food Writer Pen

Number 1 and number 2 paint brushes

Americolor Soft Gel Paste Food Colors

Number 1 and number 00 decorating tips

Sleigh Cookie Cutter

Flag Cookie Cutter

Mini Egg Cutters (found in clay aisle of local craft store)

Hope you have fun with this one.  I know I will be using these designs for a long time.  My customers love them and I am always changing the colors and designs to create fun new looks.

Your Fellow Cookie Lover,

Diane

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