Walker's, makers of Scottish shortbread, came out with Scottie dog cookies, so, naturally, I felt I had to decorate them :)
These are probably my cutest cookies to date :) I love The Peanuts, and when I saw these cookie cutters on eBay a month ago, I jumped.
The cookie cutters are both from the 1950s. The cookies took a long time to decorate. First, I used an edible marker to darken the light impressions left by the cookie cutters. Then, I piped on the markings with black royal icing with a #2 tip. Once the icing was dry, I flooded the hearts and Snoopy's collar with red, Charlie Brown's face and hands with beige, and Snoopy's body and the thought bubble with white. When those were dry, I flooded the background of the cookies with ballerina pink royal icing. Finally, I flooded Charlie Brown's jacket with green, trousers with black, and shoes with brown. I only made mini batches of the green and brown, because they required little and I don't have either color coming up in my projects planned for the near future.
I wasn't sure I'd have the skill to pull them off, but (WHEW!) I think they turned out well.
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:
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+:
The moment I saw the IKEA forest animal cookie cutter set, I fell in love with the hedgehogs.
I had relatives visiting, so the cookies had to wait but, night after night, I kept dreaming about them. I had known the moment I saw the cutter, that I didn't want to make "realistic" hedgehogs—I wanted to make magical hedgehogs, who lived in a magical forest.
This is what I made:
The polka dots are made immediately after flooding the cookie with the base color, by dropping in a round dot with a contrasting color, also in flooding thickness. As you saw from the first cookie, it takes a bit of practice to get nice, round dots of an even size. The hedgehogs were almost too cute to eat, but eat them we did. They tasted just as magical as they looked! :)