Sunday, July 14, 2013

Almost Madagascar Cookies


My 2.5yo toddler has become obsessed with Dreamworks' Madagascar and Madagascar 2. Obviously, I can't make him cookies with images from the movies, because that would violate copyright. But, I made him these cookies, cobbled together in Photoshop from purchased clipart, which have the same animals: a lion, a giraffe, a zebra, and a hippo.

I made the cookies with Sugarbelle's Sugar Cookie Dough which, as you probably know by now, is my absolute favorite. I flavored the cookies with McCormick Raspberry Extract from the grocery store (surprisingly, as good as you can get). I cut them with the largest cutter (2.5"x 3") from the R & M Fluted Rectangular Cookie Cutter Set, iced them, wafer-papered them, and piped borders in super-stiff white icing, using a #16 star tip.

It was so worth it when he climbed on his Learning Tower to see what cookies I was making, and a breathless "Wow!" escaped his lips. I felt like Supermom :) "Alex! Marty! Melman! Gloria!" he shouted. Convincing him to eat one was another thing entirely. He ate the frosted edges and saved the rest of the cookie.





The wafer papers are available at my shop.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Les Fleurs Animées ~ Flower Maiden Cookies



Last year, I sent my friend Anna some cookies, and she sent me the loveliest thank-you note with the Narcissus (the top right one in the first closeup). The image was from a mid-1800s French book with gorgeous chromolithographs of these flower ladies— or, as I like to think of them, "the souls of the flowers." I knew these flower fairies were BEGGING to be made into cookies, so I hunted down a copy of the book, Les fleurs animées by Grandville. I spent several months, off and on, editing and optimizing the images in Photoshop by removing foxing (those brown spots humidity has caused over the decades), creases, scratches, etc. Finally, I had my 12 favorites ready to go last month, and set to making the cookies.

Using Sugarbelle's Sugar Cookie Dough (with 1/3 cup of Hershey's cocoa to make them faux-chocolate) and the 3" square cutter from the Ateco 5-piece Square Cookie Cutter Set, I made the cookies, piped and flooded them with white, and waited (with superhuman patience) for them to dry. The borders were piped with icing I colored ivory with the tiniest dab of AmeriColor Gel Paste in Ivory, using super-stiff icing and a #16 star tip.

Needless to say, I sent the cookies to my sweet Anna, who had introduced me to these breathtaking images and inspired me to make them in the first place.









The wafer papers are available for purchase in my store.
A step-by-step how-to for decorating cookies with wafer papers can be found here.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beige Seashell Cookies



My mother loves Guylian seashell chocolates; I swear she was addicted to them, when she first discovered them 20 years ago. So, I made some chocolate sugar cookies I was sure she'd flip over; there are shells, a starfish, and even a seahorse.

I used Sugarbelle's Sugar Cookie Dough with 1/3 cup of Hershey's cocoa added to make them faux-chocolate. For the cutter, I used the 2.5" sqaure cutter from the Ateco 5-piece Square Cookie Cutter Set. The borders were piped with icing I colored with another dash of cocoa, using a #16 star tip.


The wafer papers are available for purchase in my store.
A step-by-step how-to for decorating cookies with wafer papers can be found here.

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