Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kokeshi Doll Cookies

Japanese Kokeshi dolls are adorable—like stylized little geishas, with lovely kimonos and cute faces.

I wanted to make a Kokeshi doll cookie, but couldn't find a cookie cutter to suit. I'd long been eyeing the Design Your Own Cookie Cutter kit, and decided to take the plunge. It wasn't too hard, but I did snap off the metal twice, because I wasn't careful, so had to reinforce it outside the cutter with an additional length, but it turned out alright:

Kokeshi Doll Cookie Cutter

The cookies themselves were tricky and very time-consuming. My edible marker was not the best (and, as I've said repeatedly, I can't draw to save my life) and the faces didn't turn out as I would have wanted them to. I'm going to try them again, when I've a) gotten better, and b) bought a better edible marker. But, without further ado, here are the best of my batch of 20+:

Kokeshi Doll Cookies



  • Brenda O says:
    May 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    They have "do it yourself cookie cutter kits" now? I totally made my hands bloody making a Blues Clues Cookie cutter out of tin from the hardware store for my son's birthday party one year...(before I just gave up and paid someone to make them for me)...this is totally awesome. But if I ever make another cookie it will be a snowy day in Hell. I tried just for a friend ( my son had been bragging about them so I made them a box of cookies for Christmas, I had forgotten everything, my recipes for the icing, all my magic tricks, it was horrifying. I swore I would try to keep doing them at least once a year to keep myself fresh and not forget. Ha!...I love those drop cookies so much!!! the ones you don't have to fiddle?? Just drop them on the sheet and they form perfect little circles!! Heaven. I wish you much success in with your work. But seriously if you ever want to hear how this stuff can kill you. Or get me to scan my images I hope you will contact me.

  • Anniina says:
    May 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Hi Brenda,

    Yes, the kit is simple, but you still have to be careful. Cookies are a lot of work, and I've noticed how quickly the skills get rusty. When I take a few weeks' break, I have to "warm up" for a long while, before the cookies look decent. It's fun, though. We used to make cookies at Christmas time only--now, as a grown-up, I don't have to wait a whole year between decorating :)

    I'd love to see your scans of your images! Would you like to write a guest post?

  • Rachel says:
    March 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Whow, love these. You did a fantastic job.

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