Character Cookies Without A KopyKake

I’m not entirely sure I am allowed to share this. I’ll start off by being responsible and saying that most character images are not supposed to be copied for profit, so anything you make using this tutorial should be for your own use only, ok? OK.

That said, I think I may have mentioned in the past that when my husband gave me the choice between the kopykake and the camera for my birthday, I chose the camera. I have NEVER regretted that decision, I LOVE my camera, but it has forced me to get resourceful when it comes to trying to copy a detailed image accurately.  (Warning… a lot of pictures are coming up…)

I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to attempt to make a Dora cookie that included Boots, Backpack, AND Map. After a couple of truly mortifying sketches, I had a brainstorm. Templates.

First find your image and make at least two copies. Cut out the first copy entirely, then butcher the second- cutting out every detailed area that you can.

Trace your  main image. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used pen on paper. On a cookie, you’ll want to use an edible food coloring marker.

One by one, fit your detailed areas into the main outline. Think fitting puzzle pieces together.

I can’t find the template for Boot’s face, but I did use one.

Once your outline is complete, you can go back and compare to your original picture to get the details.

After you have your entire food coloring marker outline, you can go back and outline and fill with your icing.

I definitely need practice with outlining and filling in the small detailed areas, but using these templates sure cut out a lot of time and guesswork!

Another Daisy Cookie

Remember when I participated in Haniela’s “Smell the Flowers” cookie party? I was so nervous that I made several versions of daisies and I said I would probably be sharing some of them? Here is another, I call it a “field of daisies”.

When I asked just about everyone I knew which version they liked best, all but one person liked these. But that one other person said what I wanted to hear, so I used the other one. This one, though is just as easy to make.

Start with a square or shape of your choice and outline and flood in the color of your choice. I used sky blue, but I think a light green would look great.

Immediately after flooding, drop several yellow dots (in the same consistency as your background icing), and drop five smaller white dots around each yellow dot. Pipe green “stems” from each “flower” to the base of the cookie. Then allow them to dry overnight.

Once thoroughly dried, go back and pipe (with a piping consistency icing) several yellow dots with five white dots around each yellow dot, and green “stems” from each “flower” to the base of the cookie. Allow them to dry a few hours before wrapping them up, or a few minutes before eating them :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Cookies For Breakfast

I have more daisies to share, but cute things keep coming up instead!

Like this ceramic egg dish from Anthropologie.

 

I picked this up and put it down so many times because I could not think of a single thing I could use it for.

But then I found one that was almost identical at Home Goods for $3.99 and I had no excuse to not buy it.

I still didn’t know what to do with it, so it sat on my desk for a while.

Then I made some cookies and I wanted to paint on them. I searched everywhere for something to use to mix colors and hold water and I found it on my desk. It was perfect.

And, because of this beautiful (and useful) dish, I was able to make these cookies. Truly the cutest cookies I have ever made.

The paint is around the edges of the pancakes.

It’s a balanced breakfast.

And the moral of the story- If I had known how useful that ceramic egg dish would become, I would have bought the adorable blue one from Anthropologie.

Black Eyed Peas Birthday Cookies For My Dad

What do you do when you have no Kopykake and no printer designated for edible paper and food grade ink, but you DO have a father with a strange obsession with The Black Eyed Peas? A father who walks around singing “You are so <insert your birth year>” followed by some ridiculous statement that rhymes with your birth year? You improvise.

First, I found an album cover online and printed it out. Then I cut out the lettering with tiny scissors and temporarily attached the paper to the cookie with a dab of royal icing.

Then I sprayed over the paper onto the cookie with Wilton’s color mist in green.

Last, I was able to go back and outline the letters with a black food coloring marker. It was so much easier than freehanding the letters. I could see using this method for many things (until I get a Kopycake, anyway…).

So, they are a little cheesy, but they had to be done. And I had to share, because I thought they turned out cute!

 

These little cookies went on top of the cupcakes we had to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.

So, um… is your dad as embarrassing as mine can be sometimes?

Daisy Cookies (Virtual Flower Show)

My dad has been known to say that, no matter the weather or the actual date, the real start of spring is the week of the Philadelphia Flower Show. If you have never been, it is a HUGE room full of scenes made entirely of, or heavily featuring flowers, all revolving around a particular theme. I have been there once. My friend and I decided to take our now five-and-a-half year olds, back when they were just over eighteen months. We thought it would be a lovely Wednesday morning. We would push the kids around in their strollers, look at the exhibits, then go across the street to the Reading Terminal Market for lunch. I wish it had been as nice as it sounded. Believe it or not, some people are just NOT nice to women with strollers. We actually overheard someone say that the Flower Show is no place for kids. I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back.

I was so excited when I got an email from Hani of Haniela’s asking me to participate in a virtual flower show. Her page is one of my FAVORITE pages. Not only does she do amazing cookies, but she also makes beautiful food in general, takes STUNNING photographs of those cookies and food, and shares them with the world!

For this project, we were each assigned a flower to create (along with a tutorial) and, I can tell you, she probably heard me scream when I found out I was doing a daisy. I mean, my daughter is a Daisy (the kindergarten and first grade level of Girl Scouts) and I was her troop’s “cookie mom” this year. And my book club just read “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, so I know that the meaning of the daisy is “innocence” and that is just perfect. Plus daisies are relatively easy, and I am fairly intimidated by the other cookiers included here. So enough talk, and let’s decorate a daisy.

You will need:

  • white icing, in piping and flood consistency
  • yellow piping icing
  • a yellow premade royal icing transfer in the shape of a circle (I try to use my leftover flood icing to make circles in various sizes to save for later)
  • disco dust

Cut out your daisy shape and outline the petals.

Fill your petals and let dry several hours or overnight.

While your petals are drying, pipe a design onto your premade circle (I made a swirl, you can do whatever looks fun to you!) and cover with disco dust.

When everything is dry, brush away the extra disco dust and use a little piping icing (in either color) to attach the circle to the center of the petals. You can leave it like this, or you can go nuts with the glittery stuff. I went nuts.

I was actually so intimidated by this project, that I made FIVE versions of daisy cookies, yes FIVE, before choosing this one to share.

So for the next week or two, I will have a few more daisy tutorials to share.

Despite what she thinks, you probably don’t need to eat the center first so the bees don’t get it.

I hope you enjoyed the Daisy Exhibit! Please go check out the rest of the amazing flowers at this Virtual Flower Show, you can do it from the comfort of your living room, and not have to worry about snide comments from grouchy people about women with strollers (and if you ARE one of those grouchy people, you don’t have to worry about getting your foot run over by a woman with a stroller).

1. Black Eye Susan by Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker
2. Carnation by Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
3. Cherry Tree Flower by Pam, Cookie Crazie
4. Daffodil by Georganne, LilaLoa
5. Daisy by Stephanie, Ellies Bites
6. Dogwood by Marian, Sweetopia
7. Gerbera by Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
8. Hyacinth by Amber, SweetAmbs
9. Hydrangea by Kim, The Partiologist
10. Iris by Cristin, Cristin’s Cookies
11. Lavender by Liz, Arty McGoo
12. Lily of The Valley by Hani, Haniela’s
13. Lotus by Marlyn, Montreal Confections
14. Morning Glory by Glory, Glorious Treats
15. Orchid by Ali, Ali Bee’s Bake Shop
16. Pansy Nicole, Life’s A Batch
17. Poppy by Callye,  SweetSugarBelle
18. Sunflower by Bea, Cancun Cookies
19. Tulip by Lorriane, LorrainesCookies

(This post was updated with the permalinks to the cookie party posts. Enjoy!!!! And thank you Hani for putting this all together and making it so easy!)