Cookiers have been using cupcake and ice cream cone cookie cutters since the dawn of royal icing to make all sorts of hat-wearing characters, from snowmen to scarecrows. I certainly do not take credit for the "leprechaun from an ice cream cone" concept, but I wanted to share with you MY version of this popular idea using a new favorite ice cream cone cutter from Sweet Sugarbelle!
This particular ice cream cone cutter came in a two-piece set with a pretzel shape. It's the perfect sweet/salty combo! Hmmm... can you just imagine a pretzel cone filled with chocolate ice cream?! Oh YUM.
Here's what you'll need:
* ice cream cone cookie shapes
* food marker (if you wanted to mark sections on the cookie), or you could just wing it!
* 20-second royal icing in green, orangey (orange + tiny bit of warm brown, skin-tone, black, yellow. Have a variety of tip sizes on hand.
* shamrock sprinkles (optional). I found mine at Michaels.
1. Bake your favorite roll out recipe. Use a food marker to outline the face, brim, and hat band. Here's my sketch so you can see where we're going. FYI- I sketch 99% of my designs on paper, and then file them in binders for future use!
2. Pipe the hat sections with green royal icing. While the icing is still wet, add the shamrock sprinkle. If you don't have these sprinkles, you could pipe an icing shamrock after the hat dries. Allow the icing to crust.
5. Pipe the final details- nose, mouth, beard squigly, brim outline. You're done!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
In my house, my boys were fascinated with leprechauns- those nosy little green men that popped up around St. Paddy's Day. They knew the stories of how these mythical little creatures were greedy and ruthless in their endless search for gold coins, or any money for that matter. In hopes of seeing (and catching) one of these mysterious creatures, my kids would make "leprechaun traps" of sorts with assorted boxes and toys, baited with a few pennies and quarters. Overnight, the nosy leprechaun would spring the trap, steal the coins, but leave a little something sweet to commend the boys' efforts in trying to trap him.
So I decided to make a version of these nosy leprechauns-
NOSY in the literal sense!
WOW- that's a big nose. Perfect for a nosy little creature! Let's make them!
I used an upside-down baby face cutter. Find it here. When I bought it, I wasn't sure about the pointy-hair part- but it's perfect for a beard!
Time to decorate!
And there you are- some nosy leprechauns!
Pair them with some little pots of gold! Check out the awesome pots of gold from SemiSweet and Sweetopia!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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.