Easy Peasy Cookies for the Weekend

Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,

I don’t use black much when making cookies because it turns your mouth black. Not a little, not a bit, but black…a lot of it!  But lately I’ve wanted to try out some ideas using a “little” black with white, and black with white and some colors.  I thought I’d share this process with you because it is a great cookie to make for kids and for adults.

For kids, these cookies are a great giveaway or craft project for birthday parties or even classroom fun. (Just make sure there are no school restrictions like peanut free, wheat free, etc.) Additionally, they make a fun weekend project for kids to color using edible markers – just like they would in a coloring book. And…they are good anytime of the year and are super simple to make.

For adults? Well, I’ve been seeing a ton of these “adult” coloring books. What makes them “adult” are the intricate designs intended to act as a relaxing project to get your mind off the craziness of your day.  I, personally, doodle and color with icing, so this could be a new way for you to color and destress.

I’ve also had requests for these cookies for those “painting/wine nights” that seem to be popular too.  You meet at someone’s home, a company comes in with canvases and paints and wine, and the night begins.  Well, these cookies make a great favor to hand out at the end.

The best thing about these cookies is that you can make them and keep them on hand, and, they can be used at anytime of the year by mixing it up with your favorite seasonal cutters.

What You’ll Need

  • White Outlining Consistency Icing
  • White Flooding Consistency Icing
  • Black Flooding Consistency Icing
  • #2 Piping Tip and Piping Bag
  • #0 or #1 Piping Tip and Piping Bag
  • Flooding Bottle

Bird 8

Techniques You’ll Use

  • Outlining
  • Flooding
  • Wet-on-Wet Design

Basically, the cookie requires only two colors; white and black.  I mixed up a white “outlining” consistency icing and used a number 2 tip to outline.  I also mixed a white flooding icing and a black flooding icing.  The black outlining details of the cookies are going to be achieved using a wet-on-wet process.

I used the Flooding Bottle for the White Flooding Icing since this is the color I used to fill in the largest areas.  The Black Flooding Icing was used in a Piping Bag with a #0 tip to get a thin line to outline the designs.

The Process

I used a bird cutter for this project and using the  white outlining icing, I created three different sections. Keep in mind, you don’t have to create separate sections for flooding, you can outline the entire cookie and flood the entire cookie with white and then add the outlining details with the black.  I’m using three different sections to get a bit more interest to the cookie.

Bird 1

After the outline has setup a bit, I then went in with a white flooding icing and filled in the first section.

Bird 2

While the white icing is still wet, go in with the black flooding icing in your Piping Bag and #0 (or #1) tip and using a wet-on-wet technique, outline the design you want to create – these will be your “coloring areas.” Think “stained glass” for this process and that will give you an idea of how you want to create the design.

Bird 3

I then moved on to the next section which is the body of the bird.  Keep this in mind…when you are flooding separate areas of any cookie, you want to make sure that you  let the flooded areas setup for about 15 minutes before you flood any section that is adjacent to the area you just flooded.  If you don’t, the icing will simply flood together blurring the edges you meticulously outlined in the previous step, ruining your overall design.  In this case, I chose to flood the body second since it was NOT adjacent to the wind I just flooded.

Bird 4

Again, just as you did for the wing area, go in with your black flooding icing and add a design to the body of the bird.  I started by adding a wind design and then outlined the entire body, added a dot for the eye, and then added some “coloring areas” within the body and tail areas of the bird.

Bird 5

And lastly, after letting the first wing and the body of the bird setup (about 15 minutes), I went back in and used the same process to finish the second wing of the bird.

Bird 6

You then want to let the cookie dry overnight before coloring the cookie.  Below are four cookies I did using this technique and I will continue on to show you what you can do with these cookies if you want to get “fancy” and take it to another level.  If not, use your food gel colors and/or edible markers to color in your cookies and just have fun!  Wouldn’t this make a great handout at Thanksgiving using Christmas ornament cookies?  Your kids could sit down after eating their meal and start creating memories for the upcoming Christmas season. Just make sure put a hole in the cookie before baking so you can add a ribbon at the end to make it an ornament.

Bird 7

You’ll notice I tried to do some different designs for each of the cookies just to keep things interesting.  At this point, you can simply color in the sections.  If you want to take it a bit further…read on…

Taking It Up A Notch

If you’re ready to have a bit more fun with these cookies, you can see what can be achieved simply by painting in some different designs and colors.   I used both Americolor and Wilton food gel colors, Wilton and FooDoodler edible markers, and, my new favorite tool, Rainbow Dust edible writing marker with a super fine point.

Bird 9

With a few tools, you can create the following birds…

Bird 10

Cookie #1 was done using only the Rainbow Dust Jet Black Edible Food Pen.

Cookie #2 was done using the Wilton and FooDoodler colored edible markers and the Rainbow Dust Edible Food Pen.

Cookies #3 and #4 were done using the Wilton and Americolor food gels and some of the details were added using the Wilton and FoodDoodler colored edible markers and the Rainbow Dust Edible Food Pen.

I hope you try it out.  It’s a fun project and unlike a coloring book…you get to eat your artwork.  Happy coloring!

Your fellow cookie lover,

Diane

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Whoo, Whoo Wants To Make Some Festive Owls?

Hi Fellow Cookie Lovers,

Spring is finally in the air and I’ve been working on cookies with a ton of colors lately.  I thought it would be nice to share a fun project with you – Festive Owls.  I’m thinking my next project for my blog will be festive flowers so tune in for that upcoming blog! Tons of fun, I promise!

Festive Owls
Festive Owls

I don’t own an Owl Cookie Cutter so I use my egg cutter and my oval cutter and I simply cut out a piece from the top of each to create an owl design.  If I happen to find an Owl Cutter that I like and is a good size I’ll purchase it but to-date, I haven’t found anything I really like yet.

Two Ovals CutUsing smaller cutters, I cut out the top to make it look like an owl.Baked up Owls with Wings

I cut a couple of cookies using my egg and oval cutters (First Photo).  I then took a small egg cutter and a round scalloped cutter and cut off the tops of the original shapes to create the head of the owls (Second Photo).  I saved the cutouts to use as wings on the Oval Owls (Third Photo).

Outlined Owls
Outlined Owls
Flooded Owls
Flooded Owls

I then outlined each of the cookies and flooded in the main colors.  For the wings, I used a simple wet-on-wet technique using a base dot color and then a lighter dot color on top of that.  I did let these dry overnight…not because I’m a patient person…because I knew I would be adding even more layers and texture to the cookies and if I make a mistake it’s easier to correct on totally dry cookies.  Soooo, try to let them dry overnight.

Royal Icing Dots
Royal Icing Dots

A little side note about the picture above.  If you don’t do this already, you may want to try this with any leftover royal icing you don’t want to throw out.  Whenever I have extra royal icing that is too loose to make roses with, I make all different size dots and store them for a project such as this one. I also use them for my Colorful Flowers as the centers and it saves me a ton of time decorating.  I sometimes use a template to ensure they actually come out round but sometimes I just wing it!  Below, you can see how I used different color dots to start the Owls’ eyes.

Owls with Eyes Attached
Owls with Eyes Attached
Second Set of Owls with Eyes Attached
Second Set of Owls with Eyes Attached

I chose some of the colorful dots for the eyes of each of the owls and attached them with royal icing. In the second picture where the owls have the scalloped head, you can see the lines (a bit hard to see, however-sorry) I drew in using the wings as a guide so I could place the eyes knowing when I attach the wings they won’t be in the way.  That’s important when you’re doing the 2-D Owls.

Outlined Eyes and Nose

I then split my owls into two projects; the first are the one dimensional Owls.  I outlined the eyes with a flowering sort of design and outlined the nose (above). Adding the wings/breast I then flooded the nose, drew in a design for the wings and outlined and flooded the chest of the owls (above). Flooded Owls You can see in the photo above, I went ahead and flooded the wings.  Then I simply added a highlight color above the chest half circle, added dots to the ear section and added some orange dots around the eyes. I have to admit I started to get a little crazy with the colors at this point.  Go crazy with color on your first project; you can always scale back when you make them again, but have fun and explore. Make the first set for yourself, they are equally as fun to EAT!!

Finished Owls Made from Egg Cutter.

And these are the owls completed (made from the Egg Cutter).  I used both Royal Icing and food markers to add the remaining details.  I’ve been exploring with the food writers lately and they come in handy for some lighter details but I’m not totally sold on the full value of them.  I like the FooDoodlers better than the Wilton fine tips but all of the food writers’ tips do “smash” in a bit and get thicker.  They have their value but I get more mileage from Royal Icing and a paint brush.  Try them yourself – I’d suggest fine or extra fine tips as the regular tips sold in most Craft Stores are way too thick to have much value in the design process.  I do, however, use the food writers a lot for outlining some preliminary guidelines and for this purpose they are invaluable.

Okay, moving on to the Owls made using the Oval Cutter.  For these Owls, I also used the cutouts I had when I cut the head of the Owls out.  I thought they’d make nice wings.  In hindsight, ehhh, they make it a bit more interesting but I think the one dimensional owls are equally as nice and faster to make. But, see how you like the process of adding dimension to yours.

Outlined Owls and Wings

First (Photo Above), I outlined a scalloped design on the top of the Owls and used a wet-on-wet technique for the wings.

Second Set of Owls with Eyes Attached
Second Set of Owls with Eyes Attached

Then, I added those same pre-made dots for the eyes.

Owls with Nose Added

After adding the eyes, I added the nose by outlining it first and then flooding it.  I then outlined the top scallop with a contrasting color to make it stand out a bit more.

Features Added to Owls

Okay, yes, I went a “little” crazy with the colors and designs.  Next time I’d tone it down a bit but like I said earlier, go crazy, you get a better sense of what you like and don’t like only with trial and error.  I rarely sketch things out on paper – too impatient.  I think it works for a lot of Cookiers but I’d rather just grab a variety of colors and tips and “wing it” – no pun intended. 🙂  Time to add the wings.

Adding wings to the Owls

In order to add the wings, I needed to have something underneath each of the wings that was level with the cookie itself so the wings were flat against the body of the Owls.  I then let them dry for about and hour. And…wha-la…Festive Owls.

Completed Owls
Completed Owls

Kinda fun…don’t you think?  Definitely learned some lessons along the way and I’m inspired to do another set using those lessons.  I hope you try something festive.  Make up a batch of four or five colors, use several different size tips and explore.  I think you’ll be surprised how easy it can be!

Diane

Painting on Cookies Technique

Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,

This blog posting will be all about painting on cookies.  Now, in all fairness, I literally JUST STARTED to paint on cookies about two months ago so I am not an expert. However, I do have an art background and have painted throughout the last 40 years of my life.  Painting on cookies is similar, and…different, at the same time.  So with that disclaimer in place, I’ll share with you what I can and hopefully it inspires you to JUST TRY it.  Number one, it’s fun.  Number two, it’s a cookie; what do you have to lose?  Some dough, some icing?  So, start with small cookies.  And if you want to see some real expert cookie painters, check out these Facebook pages of some of my all time favorite talented Cookiers/Painters/Artists (MézesmannaThe Cookie Lab – Bolachas Decoradas Artesanais) – you will not be disappointed! I promise!

Some of you have asked me specifically what my process is for the “Folk Art” collection I’ve presented on this blog and on my FaceBook account. The pictures below are the five cookies I’ve done to date – the newest being “Confetti Flower.”

Folk Art Collection: Turtle Love, Calico Cat, Spoiled Dog, Peacock, and Confetti Flower.
Folk Art Collection: Turtle Love, Calico Cat, Spoiled Dog, Peacock, and Confetti Flower.

I’ll be using “Confetti Flower” to demonstrate this process.  Keep in mind that all of these cookies are large in size; I have found it has enabled me to be more creative while at the same time practicing a variety of designs all on one cookie.  For you, working on a smaller cookie might work better so try what feels right to you.

CUTTING THE DOUGH

Okay, so, I rolled out the dough! I then placed the dough onto my Silpat-lined baking sheet before cutting the design out. I find this keeps the shape intact better than cutting it and then transferring it onto the sheet.  When you see the cutter in the photos below, you might be wondering where I obtained such a large cutter. It is one of the “Pancake Molds” I wrote about in my last blog. I’m always on the lookout for new ones!!

Rolled Out Dough on Silpat
Rolled Out Dough on Silpat

Using the Pancake Mold Flower Shape to cut the dough directly on the Silpat

Dough Cut

At this stage, I knew I wanted to do something with the middle so I took a smaller cookie cutter and decided to stamp the design into the dough so I could save myself time when outlining my initial shapes.

Stamping the smaller design onto the dough
Stamping the smaller design onto the dough

This is what the cookie looked like prior to baking…and then after baking.

Cookie prior to baking
Cookie prior to baking
Cookie after baking
Cookie after baking

OUTLINING THE SECTIONS OF THE COOKIE

At this point in the process, I start having some idea of how I want to break the cookie up into sections. I start with a general outlining of the larger shapes. I wanted smaller circles in the middle of the flower so I used a food writer to draw those in.  I added leaves and then simply outlined the rest of the cookie into shapes I knew I could easily work with from a design standpoint. You will notice in the last picture I drew in some additional circles using the food writer but after outlining the petals decided not to include those in the overall design of the flower.  This really is an organic process that reveals itself to you as you work with the cookie. Just go with the flow!

Starting the outlining process
Starting the outlining process
Adding small circles to the overall design
Adding small circles to the overall design
Finished outlining process
Finished outlining process

When I tell you I never really know what I am going to do at this time…well, it’s true.  I have a general sense of the colors I want to use but not the actual details I will eventually paint.  I say, just go with your gut on the colors and the rest really does fall into place. I decided on yellow, pink, green, and purple for this flower.  Some painters flood their entire cookie sections in white and work from there.  I’ve done this, however, typically, I like to flood a couple of colors to help me along with the design process and save some time during the painting stage.  I started with the yellow, added the green and then flooded the rest in white.

First, I flooded some bright golden yellow.
First, I flooded some bright golden yellow.
Then, I added the green for the petals
Then, I added the green for the petals
Finally, I flooded the rest of the flower in white
Finally, I flooded the rest of the flower in white

I then let the entire cookie dry overnight.  I find I need to have a really hard shell on the cookie prior to painting.  The painting process adds some water to the icing so a harder shells helps when you start to blend colors.

PAINTING

Okay, next step…PAINTING!!

My first thought when I start to paint is “How Can I Add Dimension?” I like to add a darker color to the outside edges of each section so they start to stand out on their own.  Once you start this process, you get an overall idea of the color balance of the cookie. I knew I wanted yellow, pink, purple, and green and I wanted your eye to move around the cookie when it was done.  For me, the best way to balance each color is to have symmetry; yellow opposite yellow, pink opposite pink, etc. and that’s how I started to paint the colors within each section.

Adding Dimension
Adding Dimension
First Layer of color completed
First Layer of color completed

Now, I want to mention something here at this stage because it is something that happens to me EVERY SINGLE TIME I get to this stage. Without exception, I am ready to throw the cookie out at this point and start all over.  It’s true.  I think, I like the overall dimension I’ve added, and I like the colors I’ve used, but, something, something makes me doubt the overall outcome of the cookie at this point. STOP!!! DON’T THROW THAT COOKIE OUT! Just stay with it through to the end and I promise you it will work out! Painting on cookies is very forgiving in that you can make changes late in the game and still come out with something wonderful. So, talk yourself out of doing something drastic at this point.

Moving on the the decorating. I started with the yellow sections as I knew I wanted to keep them light. So I used white Wilton food color and a Number 2 brush to paint in this swirly design over one of the two yellow petals

Flower 1

On the second yellow petal, I painted a circle design. Keeping with the balanced approach, I kept the overall coloring light and added some orange dots to the middle of each circle.  Where do I get my ideas for the patterns? It is mostly trial and error, however, when I am in a fabric store, I am always looking at the quilting squares.  Some patterns stick with me.  If looking in a fabric store isn’t your thing…Google quilt fabric and up pops millions of ideas to inspire you!

Flower2

Flower3

Once I get a couple of areas under my belt, I step back and decide if I want to add any additional dimension to the cookie through piping. With all of the other Folk Art cookies I added a lot more, but for this cookie, I really didn’t want to overdo it.  I sort of knew in the end I wanted it to be called “Confetti Flower” and would be adding a lot of dots so I restrained myself from adding to much more depth via icing.  So I added some piped elements and moved on to the rest of the painting.

Flower4

More about those added flowers and dots in a minute!! Uggh.  I then went about painting in the rest of the designs on each of the petals until I was satisfied with the overall look.

Flower6

Flower7

Now, about those flowers and dots! In hind site, I didn’t like that I added them.  I was going to wait for them to dry and then pluck them off and paint over the design but I thought I’d try and make it work. So, in the end, it’s not 100% of what I would do if I had to do it over but nothing earth shattering…it is a COOKIE after all!  I went on to paint the leaves and added dots around the edge of the cookie.

Now, that turquoise flower in the middle.  I knew I didn’t want a design in each of the petals because I wanted it to be the “unifying” element of the cookie. I think it would have been way too much pattern if I did separate patterns on all of those petals.  So I added white and some dots and put some design onto the yellow middle sections. Then I went CRAZY with the white dots! I mean CRAZY!! I love dots on cookies anyway but this one was so much fun. And…this is the final product.

Flower 8

To give you an idea of how this process worked for another cookie, below are the pictures for “Spoiled Dog.”  With this cookie, I knew I wanted to use blues and browns for this dog prior to starting and I knew I wanted him to have an “attitude.”  I tried to accomplish that by giving him that “eye” that hopefully says it all.

Dog1Dog2Dog3Dog4
Dog5And that is how I paint my Folk Art Cookies.  It is fun so I encourage you to give it a try.  I have to say I’ve fallen in love with this technique and each time I do another painted cookie I learn something new!  You probably have most of what you need to accomplish this: royal icing, gel colors, small paintbrushes.  If you are just buying paintbrushes, I’ve used number 1 and number 2 brushes and a small square brush on all of these cookies.  ALSO, you can accomplish a lot of this with food writers so try those as well. I think my next Folk Art cookie will be the giant heart cutter I have!! I’ll share with you when I’m done with it!  😉

All the best Cookie Lovers,

Diane

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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Dear Fellow Cookie Lover,

I’m so excited to be able to share this blog with each of you and look forward to embarking on a journey of inspiration, instruction, learning and honing the craft of Royal Icing Cookies.  There are many topics scheduled over the next several weeks and I hope you enjoy them and find them helpful in your own quest to create personalized cookies that look great and taste great!  This forum will focus on what I am currently working on, some tutorials on how to recreate some of my favorite cookies, how to find your own inspiration, other websites that inspire me (and I am sure will inspire you as well), and much more.  I hope you will join me in growing the site by providing feedback, ideas, and questions about topics you would like to see addressed.  Several other generous Bloggers have helped me create better cookies, create my own designs, learn tips and tricks to speed up the process and/or save you time, and much more.  Let this be one more resource you have at your fingertips…the more the merrier.  We all have to start somewhere.

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Look for my FIRST TUTORIAL on how to create some of the Football Season cookies pictured above.  You might just find yourself inspired enough to create a batch for SUPERBOWL 2015!!  See you soon.

All the best,

Diane