Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rainbow Cloud Cookies - Tutorial

Danielle, one of my cookie muses, or grand children if you will, inspired these cookies. They
were made because of the candy in the photo below and her desire to eat it before I knew what I wanted to do with it. It was sitting in what we call the "don't touch Grandma's stuff" area. She told me to please hurry up and design a rainbow cloud cookie because she really needed to eat those rainbows. Okay, so I admit they've been there for over a month, waiting for a design inspiration to hit me. You hit a bullseye Danielle. You have again come up with a fun design idea for me to figure out how to make into cookie form.

Here is the rainbow candy Danielle really needed to eat. I found it at Party City. As you can see it's flexible enough to use for a rainbow.

I don't have a cloud cookie cutter, so I drew two cloud patterns with slots marked large enough for the rainbow candy to slide through. I scanned the drawing to my computer, cleaned it up in my paint program and printed it onto card stock for templates.

Using the template I cut out my clouds. I then marked where I wanted the rainbow candy to slide through and cut a slot large enough. I used a small cutter I found in a mini alphabet set (upper left cookie), but I also show how you can get the same result using a round icing tip to cut the ends (lower left cookie), and an offset spatula to cut out the middle (middle right cookie). A knife might have been better, but I had the spatula handy.
Note: If your cookie dough spreads you might need to make the hole for the candy rainbow larger and/or wider so it doesn't spread together and close up while it bakes.

Once the cookies were baked and cooled I did a wet on wet technique starting with white icing and then adding swirls of sky blue, light blue, and pink. (middle left cookie). I let this dry overnight. The next day I outlined in white icing (upper right cookie) and sprinkled white sanding sugar over the outline and let dry. (bottom right cookie).

Here they are all done with the rainbow candy threaded through the hole in the cookie. Now Danielle has a cookie to eat with her rainbow.

Happy Decorating

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Princess Birthday Cookies

For my grand-daughter's 3rd birthday party I made these little star wands and number 3 cookies with crowns on them. She was having a princess party, so I tried to make princessey cookies to match the theme.

All sealed and ready to go.

To make the crown number 3s, I used a number 3 cookie cutter and cut out the 3s I needed. Then using the top part of a leaf cutter I cut crown shapes. To make it fit the top of the 3 I recut the crown shape with the 3 cutter. Once the pieces were fitted together they were baked.

Here is how they looked when baked together. The crease is only on top as the underside bakes solid.

I was able to use the royal icing flowers as well as some of the same icing colors from my Easter set to finish these.

The wands were just small star shapes baked with a small cookie stick. I added the ribbon with a twist tie so it was easy to remove.

Using one of the photos I took of my grand-daughter's cookies I was able to make it into a birthday card for her.

Happy Decorating

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Cookies

These are this years Easter cookie designs. I wanted to get so many more done, but life has a sneaky way of side tracking me, so I'll just be sharing these with you.

I wanted something fanciful yet still recognizable for my carrots this year, and I think this fits the bill.
The carrot cutter was from an Easter or spring set from Wilton.

Little Peep Chicks. This cutter can be found at Ecrandal.

This is my 2012 Easter collection.

Happy Decorating