Working with Colored Dough

Dear Fellow Cookie Lovers,

I recently shared some Valentine cookies on my Facebook page that utilized pink colored cookie dough – an idea I was inspired to use after reviewing Sweet Sugarbelle’s Website November 24, 2015 Facebook post.  Ever since then, I’ve wanted to try even more cookies using this technique and I thought, what better way than to try then out on Easter cookies! So, if you’ve ever wanted to try out this technique, here is my experience, to-date because there will be more! – of working with colored dough.

Girly Girl 2
My recent Valentine’s Day “Girly Girl” Cookies in which I utilized Americolor Deep Pink colored cookie dough.  What a timesaver and a gorgeous result in the end.

This is such an easy technique that the real challenge lies only in your imagination on how to apply the technique to your own cookie designs.  For me, I wanted to try the technique out to see if I could  1) save time,  and/or, 2) enhance the overall look of the finished cookie. Anything I learned after that would be a bonus. So without further ado…

Coloring the Dough

I tried coloring the dough in two ways.  The first time I tried it, I had already refrigerated the dough and then added the coloring to it.  The second time I tried it, I added it to newly mixed dough PRIOR to refrigeration, which is the technique I preferred and use in this post.  I found I got equally good results but it was obviously much easier to knead the color in on the unrefrigerated dough.  I mention both ways in the event you want to rush off and try the technique on dough you’ve already made and happens to be in your refrigerator – which is what happened to me.

A few things to know:

  1. I used both Americolor and Wilton gel food colors.  I personally prefer Americolor food coloring but only because of the packaging whereby you can add the coloring by “drops” rather than scooping out the color on a toothpick for the Wilton colors. You’ll see the toothpick technique in my picture in this blog.
  2. I used the coloring process on sugar cookie dough only, not chocolate,not gingerbread, or any other flavor.
  3. I found the coloring did not dye my hands when I added it to the unrefrigerated dough but it did when I colored the refrigerated dough.

Pictured below you will see how I add the color to the dough. And…that’s it! Not kidding. Once you add the color to the dough, all you “need” to do is “knead” the color into the dough – a process that took me about three minutes for each color. (Remember to wash your hands after each color to get off any slight discoloration.)

Coloring the Dough
I know we all like precise recipes when it comes to making cookies but the amount of color I used for coloring my dough was really trial and error.  I can tell you that I used approximately one cup of dough to about 3 – 4 drops of Americolor food coloring, and the amount for the Wilton colors is pictured above.  The one thing I can tell you is that the baked cookies come out VERY CLOSE to the color of your unbaked dough color. Sort of “what you see is what you get.”

Knead, knead, knead until the color is even in the dough and wrap and refrigerate as usual. I used Americolor Leaf Green, Wilton Golden Yellow, Americolor Deep Pink, and Wilton Violet as seen below and Wilton Copper and Americilor Chocolate Brown (both not pictured below).

Colored Dough
Colored dough ready to go into the refrigerator.

 

The Baked Tinted Dough Cookie – To Decorate or Not To Decorate

As I stated in my intro, the real beauty of tinted dough comes in the application of use.  Below, are baked cookies that I used for this blog posting but, seriously, you could use these cookies exactly like they are when they come out of the oven.   In the inspiration cookies from Sweet Sugarbelle’s Facebook page (11/24/15 posting), she used a yellowish tinted dough with a simple brushing of Pearl Dust over them which came out gorgeous without any further decorating.  So for anyone looking to do something super easy and to arrange into a beautiful platter of cookies for the host, this technique will leave you smiling!

One thing I want to mention at this point.  I’ve used a total of 8 different colors (outside of this blog) and the only color you really have to watch is the Wilton Violet color.  I baked them about 1 – 2 minutes less than the others because the color tends to change  – it came out a bit brown – odd.  But all of the other colors really were close to the original colored dough color prior to baking.

The Cookie is Your Palette

Okay, for the cookies I did, I used a variety of ways to try out the tinted cookies.  First, I used the cookies fully iced with just the edges or a small amount of the cookie showing, and, two, the cookies completely bare with royal icing in white piped over them.

Below is the first set of cookies iced and ready to go.

Iced Cookies Mix
In this set of cookies you can see how I completely iced most of the cookie leaving only the edges of the colored dough showing. Pictured below, you will see how the painted technique I used on top of these cookies was further enhanced by the actual color of the cookie.

I went ahead and painted the cookies in three different ways.  The first was painting two stripes on the iced cookie and then piping an intricate lace design on top – one of my favorite styles to work in.

Finished Rabbits

For the second set, I painted the cookies in a watercolor type of technique and then piped white lines and some outer details on the edge to get yet another effect.  I like how these came out and the little hint of the cookie left as an edging on the top of the cookie really was the way to go with these rabbits.  I think I would leave some cookie showing on top for all of the rabbits I did next time around.

Finished Rabbits 2

I love a natural looking egg and had to try them with the colored dough.  I simply painted the white iced cookie with the same colors I used for tinting the dough, and then took Americolor Chocolate Brown with a stiff brush and splattered the cookies. I then went in with Wilton White-White Icing Color and a very tiny-tipped brush and added some white dots as well.

Finished Eggs

So fun right?!  The many uses of colored dough.  I am a fan.  Okay, some more ideas.

I have wanted to try the “moss” technique on cookies for some time and decided colored dough might look nice with this technique.  I simply took one of those green cookies I baked and used my handy zester to turn it into cookie dust. I painted a thin coat of royal icing onto the cookie and sprinkled with “moss” cookie dust.  I think next time I would go over it with some darker paint in some areas but I liked the clean look of these eggs without it.  You could easily use a green-base or brown-base of royal icing and dust with the moss cookie dust before it dried but I was not sure what I was going to do with all of the egg cookies until I got into the decorating process.  That is why I then painted a thin coating of royal icing on top and then dusted.

Moss Eggs

Now, I’ve saved my favorite for last.  You all probably know by now how much I love to pipe so this may not come as a surprise to you.  Well, the thing I really don’t like is having to wait for my iced cookies to dry before I can actually get to the piping.  So this technique of leaving the cookie un-iced and going strait to the piping process THRILLED ME!!  Just bake and grab my piping bag.  THIS is a technique you will be sick of seeing me do before I am done with it.  Hey, just a fair warning for you all!

Finished Cookies 1

Finished Flowers 2
In this photo, I used the Copper-colored dough cookie and simply piped white icing over it.

Fabulous fun!!!  I like this application of the colored dough process the best because…it SAVES ME TIME!!  Not that I’m in a rush, I’m just impatient to get to the part of the decorating process that I really enjoy…which is piping!!

And, for the last view, a combination of all the Easter cookies I did using the colored dough technique.  I hope I’ve inspired you to try out this technique and let your mind go wild with ideas.  I am still thinking of ways to use it!  Most of all, remember to have fun…and…eat the cookies!!

Colored Dough Cookies All

Your fellow cookie lover,

Diane

 

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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

“Hey, Where Did You Get That Cutter?”

Hello Fellow Cookie Lovers,

Last post I showed you how I utilized the Flag Cutter to make Spring Birds. It was a total fluke that I picked up the cutter upside down and thought it was a Bird Cutter I forgot about- nope, it was the flag. I just ran with this lucky find as I love to explore new ways to use cutters. Sometimes it is so obvious what a cutter can double as, other times, not so much.

So, in this post, I thought I would share with you the other, “not so obvious” things I use as cutters or molds for cookies.  If you have been doing cookies for awhile, I’m betting you have over 100 cutters in your baking arsenal.  I am also betting you scour the cookie cutter websites looking for unique and new cutters.  I do that as well.  I especially like the unique cutters at Whisked Away Cutters, and you will find some of your favorite Cookiers doing designs for them as well (Sugarbelle’s, LilaLoa).

But, sometimes you just don’t find anything new or exciting. You can always design and have your own cutters made; something I haven’t done yet, and, I am not even close to doing! 🙂 So where do you look? What do you look for? Some of these suggestions might be new to you and open you up to a new world of cookie designs. I haven’t used all of the molds/cutters shown here so I have only a couple of cookies to share, but I think it is worth sharing the ideas with you so you can get started on your own collection.  Happy hunting!

Pancake Molds

I happen to love oversized molds.  I don’t find many of them – not even online.  And when I do, they are a fortune! One day, I was shopping, I think I was in Target, and I saw this cute pancake mold; the kind that are black and have a small handle sticking up…you know the ones, right? And I knew right away it would work as a cookie cutter! I was so excited that this new venue opened up to me I now kept my eyes open for other designs in the pancake mold world.  They tend to be cheaper than oversized, and sometimes even regular sized, cutters. But, hold on to your seats for this one…I find them in Thrift Stores ALL THE TIME! Can you imagine someone donating these gems? So glad they do, by the way.  Below are some of the Pancake Molds I have in my inventory; most of them were found in Thrift Stores! And, they cost no more than $1 to $2 a piece!!! I know, you had to sit down didn’t you?  So excited to share that one with you.

Pancake Molds
Pancake Molds
Heart Pancake Mold - I tend to use this Pancake Mold the most.
Heart Pancake Mold – I tend to use this Pancake Mold the most.

I haven’t used all of the pancake molds as cookie cutters yet but since most of them are oversized, I have been using them to create a Folk Art Cookie Collection.  The larger cutters work well because it allows me to explore different shapes and textures as well as my “painting on cookies” techniques. Below are two of the large pancake molds I used recently.

Turtle Love
Turtle Love
Calico Cat
Calico Cat

Children’s Playdough Cutters

My niece was going through her toys last year and deciding which ones to donate (her Mom may have helped 😉 ). She had a bag full of these plastic, tiny, playdough cutters and the bell in my head went off!  MINIS!!! So I confiscated them before they hit the Thrift Store – I was probably going to find them at the Thrift Store the following week anyway!  I then set out to incorporate them into my designs. Don’t discount these little cutters, they are great for adding elements to your larger cookies or use them as minis.  I’ve used the mini trees, stocking, stars, flowers, people, etc. to trim my larger Christmas Tree Cookies and Wreath Cookies.  You can use the people and trees for your Gingerbread Wonderlands, the ideas are endless.

Kids Playdough Cutters
Children’s Playdough Cutters

Super Mini Cutters

Another surprise I came upon while shopping in Joanne’s Craft Store were these super mini cutters. I was wandering down the clay aisle and found an entire section of super mini cutters that clay designers use. They are really tiny (1/4″ – 1/2″) and I’ve recently started using them along with my minis in gift sets and they are so cute for little kids all boxed up.  Bite sized little sweet treats!  I think you will love these.  They look like they wouldn’t bake up big enough to do anything with, but, trust me, they do!  I haven’t even used them in all of the ways I am thinking of using them yet, but I am excited to use them on some new designs I am working on.

Super Mini Cutters
Super Mini Cutters

Cake Pans

I don’t find these treasures as often, and they are a bit more work to use, but every now and then (yep, in the Thrift Store!) I find one shallow enough to use with my cookie dough.  One of the pans below is a seashell pan that I used to make my 3-D shell cookies (to be posted to my website soon!). it was so much fun and fairly easy.  I simply cut a circle larger than the opening to the pan and then gently nudged it into place so that the design was imprinted on the dough.  I cooked it as if I were baking it on a flat cookie tray, same amount of time. The only thing I did differently was, halfway through the baking, I took a teaspoon and pressed the dough down in the middle and sides of the each shell.  It didn’t puff up like a cake but it did puff up a bit thicker than it would have if baked flat on a tray.  they popped out easily once “fully” cooled.  The other pan pictured below is one I received as a Christmas Gift – haven’t tried it yet. But I will soon! And don’t forget to look at some of the Whoopie Pie Molds; some are shallow enough to make great designs you can use in 3-D designs.

Baking Pan Molds
Baking Pan Molds

Bread Cutters/Molds

I typically find these cutters/molds with a middle section that is intended to cut the sandwich in half while it also cuts the outer edge of the bread with the design. Sometimes I take a serrated knife and cut through the middle, and carefully snap each side to remove it. I then use it to cut cookies from.  Some of the designs are cute, others, not so ingenious. I only pick them up if it is something different and something I couldn’t easily replicate with a regular cookie cutter.  To be honest with you, I have no idea what the green cutter below is!!!  But, I see an elephant, or two cats. We’ll see what it turns out to be!

Bread Cutter Molds
Bread Cutter Molds

Silicone Molds

Okay, I have to be totally honest, I am including this in here because Julia Usher designs a lot of her 3-D work with embellishments made with silicone molds.  I have tried them without much success.  I don’t think it is the molds, I truly think it is me.  Most of the effect I can get with a mold I can replicate (to a certain degree!) with Royal Icing on a mini cookie. Not a lot of the really fancy ones, but enough not to be too impressed with using the molds.  But, having said that, I encourage you to try it out for yourself.  As for the molds, I looked high and low for silicone molds that said you could bake in them to no avail.   After researching this, and querying other Cookiers, I found most of the silicone molds are heat resistant up to 500 degrees. So, where can you find them? Obviously on websites; I don’t have one special one, I just Google it. Second, craft stores such as Michael’s, AC Moore, Joanne’s Crafts. Now, when you shop at the craft stores, don’t limit yourself to the baking aisle. You will, also find them in the fondant section but wander over to the Mod Podge section (yes, they have an entire section – who knew?) and look at their mini silicone molds.  Usually a bit cheaper and I like the small designs better.  Unfortunately, this is not an item I have found in thrift stores, lol!, but I don’t buy them without my 50% off coupon for the craft stores!! The only way to go if you want to experiment.  In the picture below, the orange mini molds are from Mod Podge and the larger ivory-colored mold is a Wilton fondant mold.

Silicone Molds
Silicone Molds

I’m happy to share these cookie cutter ideas with you and hope they help your creativity and inspire you in new and different ways.  Have fun and explore. In the meantime, i am keeping my eyes open for new and interesting cookie cutters.

All the best,

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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All the best,

Diane