I am a cat person. It's not that I dislike dogs. In fact I used to have one- a beagle named Homer who was patient with my children, a master thief with unattended dinner plates, and smelled like corn chips. I just like cats better- mostly because of their ability to be self sufficient for periods of time. Recently, I had a request to make cookies of wire fox terriers. Just one google search of these pups made my heart leap. So Stinkin' Cute. I just hoped that I could capture their adorableness in cookie form.
When looking at pictures of the terriers, three characteristics stood out to me: their muzzles, bushy eyebrows, and floppy ears. I wanted to make sure those three traits dominated the design. Here's how I made these pups!
I used these two cutters to make the terrier heads. I liked the shape of the bunny's face, but had to do something with those bunny ears. That's where the onesie came into play.
Looky here!!! If you don't have these two cutters to make this pup, you can get the cutter from That's A Nice Cookie Cutter! The cutter is called Wags, and he comes in a large and small size!
Use the bottom of the onesie to create the top of the terrier's head. Then trim off the top half of each bunny ear. See how that turned out?
This doggy face could be used to make lots of other dog breeds just by changing up the colors or how much you trim the bunny ears before baking. I was so happy with how these turned out! They almost make me want to get a new dog. But I don't think the cat would be too happy about that. :)
One of my favorite spring/early summer blooms are lilies.
Take a look at how I made these beautiful flowers!
I used 20+ second icing to pipe the petals. I allowed each petal to dry a few minutes before piping the adjoining petal.
Use piping consistency to pipe the flower vein on each petal.
I used my airbrush to add some color, yellow followed by green.
Pipe the parts found in the center of the flower.
Finish the petals! Remember to let the petal dry a bit before adding the neighboring petal.
Finish the lily by adding the remaining petal veins.
Pair these pretty lilies with some speckled eggs for an Easter celebration!
Or make some other lily varieties by changing up the color, like these Stargazer Lilies!
I own hundreds of cookie cutters. Like well over 600. Even though I continue to purchase new cutters all the time, I still find myself needing to piece together (or "Frankencookie") cut cookie dough shapes to create the look I want. It can be stressful making a collection of cookies- enough to make me want a spa day!
And wouldn't you know it- this Spa Day collection has two Frankencookie pieces. Don't afraid to piece together those cookies! I have a secret to make them fit together perfectly!
Some of my favorite cutters are this set of concentric smooth and scalloped circles. I used them to make this trio of bubbles.
Take a look at what I discovered when piecing together the bubbles.
When I first pieced together the circles, I ended up with a gap in between the circles that may or may not have baked together smoothly.
The secret??? FLIP one of the circles over and voilà!! A perfect fit!
I have found that this FLIP concept works with other cutters too! The lipstick and lips were two different cutters. I flipped the lip and it fit snugly into the space I made in the lipstick.
So don't stress if you can't find the perfect cutter!
Cut it, Flip it, Bake it!
Is it time for the spa yet?
I love Valentine's Day. Not because my hubby might give me chocolate. It's because I absolutely adore the corny Valentine's Day sayings. You know the ones- a picture of a little bee and the saying "Bee Mine". Or maybe a bowling ball and pins with the verbiage "You're right up my alley". They're the same goofy sayings that cause eye rolls from my kiddos.
What a perfect opportunity to break out my collection of stamps to make a few corny Valentines!
As with most of my tutorials, you need an airbrush. It is one of my most valuable and favorite tools. You'll also need a few other things:
And as the title indicates, you need an airbrush! It seems like so many of my tutorials involve the airbrush. So if you don't have one, GET ONE! You won't be sorry!
I made a completely non-professional video of the process of stamping cookies using an airbrush. Take a look!
Here's a stamped cookie! Brush on some dry petal dusts to add a little color if you wish! Keep in mind that adding watery color to the stamped design will smear the stamped outline.
Some things to keep in mind:
1. It takes very little pressure to transfer the color from the stamp to the cookie. Pressing hard might increase the chance of sliding the stamp and smearing the image.
2. Make extra cookies. Like a bunch. It's super easy to get an incomplete or smeared image. I find that I make more mistakes with the wooden block stamps (likely because I can't see what I am doing).
Have fun making some corny Valentines!
Every season, new cookie cutters make their appearance in craft and discount stores. Pictures are posted on Facebook or Instagram by the lucky cookiers who first spied them. A mad rush to the stores ensues, followed by the updated pictures and statuses of "I found them!" and "I bought extras-who needs them!". And those of us who are unable to score the highly sought-after shapes are left to cry in our cookie dough with dreams of what-ifs.
And then comes along a Cookie Fairy Godmother.
I was completely surprised by one such Cookie Fairy Godmother, who spontaneously gifted me with cutters that were on my wish list! Top of the list included the Wilton turkey and turkey leg cutter set.
Seriously- how cute is this! Someone at Wilton has a great sense of humor. Wilton also released a pumpkin/slice of pie set, which my Cookie Fairy Godmother also sent. I was stunned by the box of cutters the USPS delivery gal gave me! --->TRULY BLESSED<---
I am also blessed with "Cookie Think". That's what Sugarbelle calls the ability to see other designs in a cookie cutter, in addition to the intended /original idea. So while I see a turkey leg in the cutter above, I also see many other things!
A whole collection of Thanksgiving-themed cookies from the SAME CUTTER!
Let me show you a closer look at each one. I just love these!
And my personal favorite, the Native American and pilgrim.
May your Thanksgiving blessings be bountiful!
I have a *slight* obsession right now. A little something called "Outlander".
It started about a month ago when I decided to watch the Starz "Outlander" series on tv. Eight episodes later, I was left hanging with "WHAT HAPPENS NOW?!". Unbeknownst to me, the show was based on Outlander, a book series by Diana Gabaldon. Two days later, thanks to Amazon Prime, the first three books were at my doorstep. If you are unfamiliar with the story, the gist is Clarie, an English nurse, goes back in time from 1940's to 1740's Scotland. She falls in love in Jamie, a Scottish Highlander and outlaw.
Oh. my. word.
This has inspired me to cookie some of my favorite characters from the books. And since the male lead character is Scottish, I had to include some plaid cookies Now, I do no claim to know anything about Scottish tartan-don't fuss at me. But I do know a little something about cookie tartan!
You'll need a candy stripe stencil. I tried to remember where I got my candy stripe stencil but was out of luck. You can find a similar stencil here. You might even be able to get the stencil made by one of the great cookie stencil makers out there. Another option would be to print one on cardstock. You can cut out the stencil with an exacto and ruler (and a steady hand) or a scrapbook paper cutter.
Let's make some bonny plaid cookies!
I started off with a square cookie that I flooded light bluish gray. It is completely dry.
Now, time to airbrush! I decided to use violet to airbrush the thicker open areas of the stencil. It's not a big deal that the smaller lines got a little airbrush too- I'll airbrush over them later.
Now turn your stencil 90 degrees and airbrush violet again in the larger open areas.
Clean your airbrush and load your selected color for the smaller lines. I chose royal blue. Carefully and lightly airbrush the smaller lines. Turn your stencil 90 degrees again. Take care to line up the stencil with the already airbrushed lines. Lightly airbrush the small lines again.
The colors were a little too bright for me, so I lightly airbrushed black over the entire cookie. I wanted a muted, almost dingy look. The look of well-worn tartan.
I really like how they turned out, especially with their corresponding cookies.
I don't think it's a coincidence that plaid is a hot print for this fall. Here's an airbrushing tip! Try out your pattern by airbrushing on ordinary printer paper. You'll be able to practice control of the airbrush gun, as well as see how the colors interact with one another. Keep in mind, though, that airbrush colors can be altered by the flood color beneath. Check out the plaids I made for fall and winter cookies!
Seriously- how cute is this plaid polka-dot pumpkin?!
Now, if you don't mind, I have to get back to the adventures of
Jamie and Claire! Have fun making your Bonny Plaids!
These little swirly roses are a twist on Sugarbelle's Simple Swirl Rose. As I was recreating her sweet little flowers, I made a mistake. A mistake that I loved!
Sugarbelle's Simple Swirl Roses are a view of a rose from above the blossom, with the swirl centralized. I offset my swirl so that you view the rose from the side of the blossom. That sounds kinda confusing. Let me show you!
After the icing dome has crusted, pipe
a "smile" along the bottom edge.
You can pipe the swirl to the left or to the right to get a little variety!
I think Sugarbelle's Simple Swirl Roses and these side-view roses make for a really pretty bouquet. . .
as well as sweet accents to simple cookies!
Best of all, these pretty flowers can be made in advanced as transfers!
I received many wonderful inquiries as to how I created the seashells for this "Sweets from the Sea" collection. Check out my tutorial on the starfish here.
Let me show you!
Bake your favorite seashell shape. Flood with the color of your choice. After it dries, pipe some lines in the same color as the flood. Allow the lines to dry.
Trace your seashell cutter onto a food container lid (like a coffee can or cool-whip lid). Cut out the shell shape. Make a simple curve for the top of the shell, not the wavy line.
For the remainder of the tutorial, I have a video to share! Mind you, it's only made on my iphone with my 11-year old as the videographer. It's not fancy, but it will do the trick! Enjoy!
Who's up for a trip to the beach?
When I think of starfish, these beauties come to mind.
Do you know that they are called "Sugar Starfish"?! Honest! And with a name like that, I just knew I had to cookie them! After studying many starfish pictures, I thought that I would try to recreate the texture with royal icing and nonpareils.
Let me show you how I made them!
First, cut and bake your starfish shapes. If you don't have a starfish cutter, just use a regular star cutter but round off and curve the ends a little so it looks less like a perfect star. Bake and cool. Flood with a golden brown color. Let it dry really well.
While your flood is drying, add some color to your nonpareils. I put some plain white nonpareils in a small cup and lightly airbrushed them with Amerimist Ivory. I continually swirled the cup as I airbrushed to coat the nonpareils as evenly as possible. Afterwards, I mixed in a pinch of confectioner's sugar so that the nonpareils wouldn't clump together.
For the starfish's texture, use a thick, light yellowy-tan royal icing.
I used a boo-boo stick to apply the texture, but an off-set spatula would work, too. Place a little bit of icing on the flat edge of the stick or spatula and touch it to the surface of the cookie. Immediately lift the stick straight up.
Use the stick or spatula to press and lift the icing over the surface of the cookie. Don't smear the icing side to side. Press down and lift straight up. Add more icing as needed to coat the surface.
While this texture is drying (it should dry pretty fast), thin out some of the light tan color to piping consistency. Place it in a piping bag with a #2 tip. Pipe a star shape and center lines extending down each arm. Immediately sprinkle some of the nonpareils on this piped line.
Pipe some additional random dots in the center of the star and down each arm. Add the nonpareils and you're done!
These starfish would be a great addition to a beach themed party or wedding!
Sanding Sugars. Those tiny, sweet crystals that can add a little extra sparkle and depth to cookies. Like many other cookiers, I have a slight addiction to sanding sugars and sprinkles. It doesn't take long to amass a generous collection of these miniature gems.
Sanding sugars. Coarse sugars. Sugar pearls. Nonpareils and Sixlets. In every color imaginable. Not to mention metallic dragées and wide array of shaped sprinkles- from hearts to flowers, pigs to leaves. And before you know it, you have enough sugar toppers to sugar-coat every cookie you make for an entire year. And still have some sugar leftover. That can create a bit of a storage issue.
I store my sugars 'n sprinkles upside-down in Rubbermaid totes. It makes it easier to find what I am looking for.
Sometimes, though, I don't use the sugars straight from the bottle. I'll make specialty sanding sugar mixes for specific purposes. Let me show you some of my favorites.
Birthday Candle Mix
A mix of little yellow, orange, red, and clear
Salt 'n Pepper Mix
A mix of black and clear
Ruby Slipper Mix
A mix of clear, red, and silver (silver is the key!)
Beach Sand Mix
A mix of gold, brown (it's the CK brand- it looks like charcoal gray), yellow, and clear
Some sanding sugar tidbits:
* These little cups are great to store your sanding sugar mixes. They're great for salad dressings, and Jello-shots too! I found them at Wal-Mart next to the paper plates and plastic silverware.
* I buy my sugars from a variety of places. Best deals can be found immediately after the holidays when they go on clearance. Also, check local Amish/farmers markets.
* Look for multi-color bottles of sugar pearls and sixlets. Just pick out the colors as you need them.
* Hold a sugar swap! Get together with some other cookie pals and share sugars. Use the little cups to take home your sweet stash. Not only will you save on storage, but you'll save money too!
Hopefully I have inspired you to put some of those sugars to good use!
I'm Amy. Wife, Mom, former science teacher- and now full time cookie baker on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Pull up a chair and we create! I'll bring the coffee- maybe Mike (The Cookie Widower) will make it for us.