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Baby Onesie Tutorial

8 Mar

We put this Baby Onesie tutorial up on our web site, so some of you may have already seen it, but I decided I’d better get it up on the blog, too!  Try some of the piped embellishments and see what you think. I love making baby cookies! :)

To make these cute cookies, start by baking a batch of onesie cookies using one of our recipes or your own. For every 2 dozen cookies, make a batch of Meringue Powder Buttercream or Royal Icing.

Mix colors according to your preferences, baby gender, etc. Since color combinations are endless, just remember a couple of rules. First, the outlines and piped designs take little frosting, so make smaller amounts of those colors, and larger amounts of the colors that will be used for glaze. Second, for all pastel colors, start with a tiny bit of coloring and add to it until you get the color you want. Add a few drops of Bright White to each color to soften it. For brighter colors, omit the white.

Select the tip sizes you will need for your design and insert them into disposable bags. The tips you need will depend on your desired piped design size. See the chart to below for help. For outlining, I prefer tip #2. Fill the bags with your colored frosting, and close them with rubber bands.


This chart shows approximate teardrop sizes using tips #1 – #4. It’s pretty hard to get true-to-life sizes on a computer screen, but it might at least give you an idea of their size in relation to each other. Your actual size will be a bit smaller than this illustration.

To make glaze, add water to frosting, a few drops at a time, until it is a thin consistency. A drop of glaze should disappear into the mass by 3 or 4 seconds.


Scoop glaze onto cookie with a spatula. Spread toward edges, adding more as needed, and scraping off any excess. Allow to dry for several hours.


Outline entire cookie with a #2 tip. Then use the illustration above as a guide for piping the seams for the sleeve and shoulder area.


Experiment with the necklines and sleeves to create different looks. Some options include broken lines for stitching, wavy lines for lace, and “train tracks” for ribbing.


Add different features (such as snaps and/or stitching) to finish the bottom.

All of the piped designs that follow are made with a series of teardrop shapes.
If you can master the teardrop, you can do any of these designs (and many others!) To make a teardrop, start with your bag at a 45 degree angle, with the tip slightly off the surface. Start squeezing until the round side of the teardrop is the desired size. Gradually release pressure as you pull back toward the tip of the drop. Stop squeezing, pull your bag away, and you’re done!


Hearts are two slanted teardrops with tails meeting. First make a right-pointing teardrop, then a left-pointing teardrop next to it.


Butterflies are made by piping two hearts, connected as shown. Finish by piping a thick line down the middle with another color.


Dragonflies are made just like butterflies, except the teardrop shapes are elongated as shown. To create the effect of flying, try piping a dotted path behind the bug.


The base of the duck is made with 3 yellow teardrops. Curve the ends of the body and wing upward as shown. Using a smaller tip, pipe a beak with 2 tiny teardrops, and an eye with a small dot.


Create cute rose buds by starting with a single teardrop. Follow with a piped swirl on top using tip #1. Finally add leaves by piping two smaller green teardrops.


To create simple flowers, pipe inward-facing teardrops for petals. Then add a large dot in the center, overlapping the tails. You can also add a green teardrop or two for leaves.


So there you go! Master these simple tear drops and all sorts of designs are open to you! Use the examples of onesie cookies on this page as inspiration or come up with your own designs.

We have cookie decorating kits on our web site that compile everything you need for specific cookie projects like this one. In the Onesie Cookie Decorating Kit you’ll find…

all the tools you need to decorate some cute onesie cookies:

Instruction card
Recipe sheet
Onesie Cookie Cutter
7 Soft gel paste colors: Soft Pink, Sky Blue, Lemon Yellow, Bright White, Mint Green, Violet, and Orange
3 oz. premium Meringue powder
Cookie decorating spatula with wooden handle and stainless steel blade
12 disposable decorating bags
1 package small rubber bands
Cookie scraper
4 metal decorating tips- #1, #2, #3, #4

 

Would you like to make some onesie cookies? Comment on this post by Midnight on Wednesday, March 9th, and you’ll be entered to win a Onesie Cookie Decorating Kit all your own. This time, I’ll let my daughter pick the winning number because the 9th is her birthday, and she asks me every time I do a giveaway if she can PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE pick the number. Since it’s her birthday, I’ll let her pick this time. I think it’s probably as good as Random.org!

 

Good luck!

Woof!

2 Mar

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I really wish I would have planned ahead and got some Green Eggs and Ham cookies done in honor of his birthday and Read Across America day. But alas…. I did not. So if you need some Dr. Seuss ideas, please go check out Sweet Sugarbelle’s site today. Please. I’ll wait for you to come back.

Are you back? Weren’t they great? I especially love the cookie cupcake picks. I’m totally going to do that one of these days.

Well, since I didn’t get my rear in gear to get Dr. Seuss cookies done, then I guess it’s a great day to feature another Wilton cookie cutter set! :D

I promise I’m almost done with this batch and then we can move on. But first, we have the Wilton Pet Cookie Cutter Set.

They call it a “Pet” set, but a more accurate description would probably be Dog or Puppy set. There are no cats, hamsters, fish or gerbils here.  So if your pet happens to be a dog, then this will be a good fit. Actually, the paw could be a cat paw. But other than that, you’re going to need to get creative if you’re a cat lover.

There’s a paw cutter.

Green paws? I was trying to make some colorful choices– does the green paw work?  Not sure.  And I really wish I would have done the blue one with a darker blue. I was kind of going for the “sit down in my thinking chair and think. think. think.” look (if ya know what I mean… wink wink), but I missed the mark. Dark blue probably would have done it.

There is a dog house cutter.

I like that picture. But it doesn’t show the back ones very well. So here’s a more boring picture so you can see the details.

I used a Gourmet Writer to do the lines on the bottom left dog house, and to write “Fluffy” on the top one. I generally like piping better than gourmet writers for writing, but I did really like how the lines on Fifi’s house came out. That’s where I really like the edible markers– with accent lines, wood grain, stitching, etc.

There’s a bone cutter.

Which would be great for making actual doggie treats for your dog. I don’t have a recipe to share, but if you do a google search, you’ll find tons. I don’t have a dog, so I didn’t want to whip up a batch of doggie treats. I think I’d really have to love a dog to do that.

And last, but not least, the doggie.

Woof! Again– trying to add some color to the dogs, so I used red and yellow. Definitely  not realistic, but kind of cute anyway.

Some sets:

And a mixture:

Do you want a set of Pet Cookie Cutters? Comment on this post by Thursday, March 3, at midnight, and I’ll choose a winner using Random.org. I’ll send the winner a set of the Wilton Pet cookie cutters.

Good luck! And have a happy Wednesday! Don’t forget to read a book today! :)

Baby Cookies

24 Feb

Are more babies born in the spring? That is the question of the day. Two of my four were born in the spring. The other two were born in the winter. So from my experience, it’s half and half, but we sure sell more baby cookie cutters in the spring than we do in the winter.  Maybe it’s just because we get more excited about throwing showers and parties in the spring and summer than we do in the winter with all the other holidays. Maybe we just get in party overload mode in the winter.

Well, whatever the reason, ’tis the season for baby cookies! (I’m thinking spring because we got MORE snow last night. Sigh.)

Have you noticed that I’ve been using a lot of Wilton cookie cutter sets for my blog posts?  I carry a lot of their cutter sets in my store, and I’ve been meaning to get some example pictures up for them for a long time. So I grabbed a big stack of sets and got to baking. That’s why you’re seeing a pattern. :) These baby cookies were made with the Wilton Baby Cookie Cutter Set:

They were fun! I’ll start with my least favorite first. The rocking horses. Sometimes I can do them, and sometimes I can’t. This decorating session turned out to be a “not-as-cute” day.

I don’t know. Do you put faces on rocking horses? And if so, how?  Maybe I’m just not a horse person.

Next are the baby buggies.

And the teddy bears:

So the question here: How far apart do you put the eyes? I wasn’t sure, so I did 3 different distances. (By the way, I used black sugar pearls for the eyes on these. I really like using those for eyes.) I think I liked the blue one the best. Not too close, not too far apart.

And last, but not least, the onesies:

Awww. :) Baby stuff is just so cute and fun. We have a onesie cookie decorating card if you’re interested in more info on how to do some cute piped embellishments for onesies.

So we have the pink group:

The blue group:

And a mixed-color group:

Do you want to make some baby cookies? Comment on this post by Friday, Feb. 25 at midnight (Mountain Time), and you’ll be entered to win your own set of Wilton Baby Cookie Cutters plus our Onesie Cookie Decorating Instruction Card and our Baby Buggy Cookie Decorating Instruction Card. I’ll use random.org to choose one winner.

Thanks for reading! Now I’d better get in the kitchen and work on some St. Patrick’s Day cookies! That’s sneaking up on me!

Strike!

17 Feb

Man, I haven’t been bowling for a LONG time. One time in college, I stayed for a summer term and took bowling and tennis, and that’s it. Don’t tell my parents. :D Just kidding. I think they know. Even after a whole semester of bowling studies, I still can’t get over 100. Oh well. Some people weren’t born to bowl, but if you were, you might like these cookies.

You know how a lot of bowling balls have a marbled look to them? I tried that on a couple of these. I filled with one color (yellow and light blue), and then dripped in another color (orange and darker blue), and just swirled around randomly with my boo boo stick. I thought they came out kind of cute. The debate at my house was whether the ball looked better in front of the pin or behind it. My son votes for in front, and I tend to agree. But it’s kind of hard to get a perfect circle, even if you use a template, so if you put it behind, it hides a multitude of sins.  And I think I like the pins where I came in farther from the edge of the cookie at the neck of the pin. If you follow the edge of this cutter exactly, it makes for fatter, less defined pins. Don’t be afraid to ignore the “lines” of your cutters.

You can’t go bowling without a spiffy bowling shirt!

These were fun to design. You probably already know this, but here’s my secret for designing cookies. I do a Google image search for whatever it is I’m trying to figure out (so for these, I just typed in “bowling shirt”), and then click on images. Then from there, I usually choose the “clip art” option on the left-hand side. You’ll get all kinds of fun ideas that translate well to cookies.

I want to give away FIVE bowling pin cookie cutters:

And FIVE Small T-Shirt cookie cutters:

So comment on this post by midnight Friday, Feb. 18 to be entered to win!  This weekend, I’ll use Random.org to choose 5 winners to win one of each cutter.

If you’re not that into bowling, the T-shirt can be used for endless designs and occasions. Be creative. Maybe you could give us some ideas in your comments about how the shirt could be used. But you don’t have to. Only if you want to. :D

Have a great Thursday!

A is for Alphabet *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

15 Feb

This is the most fun I’ve had decorating cookies in a very long time. I’ve been wanting to make example cookies for the alphabet cookie cutter set for a while, but I just couldn’t think of anything creative to do with them. Well, the other day I got the idea to decorate each cookie with something that starts with that letter.  I had a few ideas, but was stuck on a lot of the letters. I asked my kids to help me, and they came up with some great ideas. My son even gave me this drawing with his ideas:

So the other day while they were at school, I took all of their ideas and decorated up a storm. It was very fun. What would you ever do with this assortment of cookies? I have no idea. But it was fun anyway.

All of these were done with Meringue Powder Buttercream, which I watered down a bit so that it was a thick glaze consistency. I used bags and tips, but you could also use squeeze bottles to get the same effect. I would use the ones with the couplers if you want to get good detail.

A is for

Ants! I learned something of value doing this cookie. It took me three tries to do the red and white checks. Well, actually three and a half. First, I outlined with white. It looked terrible. So I scraped it off and outlined with red. Still terrible. But before I scraped that one off, I went over the top of  it with black outlines to see if that might be the solution. I still wasn’t happy. I called Mike in and asked him what I should do. He suggested mixing red and white to make a pinkish-red color to outline with. So that’s what I did, and it worked great! So file that away in your brain in case you ever have to do red and white checks on a cookie. :)

B is for

Bumblebee. This wasn’t my favorite. I think I could have been a little more creative. But oh well.

C is for

Camouflage. Check out Sweet Sugarbelle’s guest post on Sweetopia for a tutorial on doing camo. It came in super handy for this cookie.

D is for

Doughnut!

E is for

Explosion!

F is for

Fire. You know, after the explosion.

G is for

Golf.

H is for

Harry Potter! I was hesitant to do this one, but my kids are SO into Harry Potter right now. My 10-year-old is just about to finish the 5th book, and my 8-year-old just started the 3rd book. So of course when I asked them what starts with H, they both shouted in unison “Harry Potter!” So there you go. Harry in the shape of an H.

I is for

Icy Igloo.

J is for

Jump rope.

K is for

Karate!

L is for

Leopard. Why did my L cookie spread more than any of the others? That is the question of the day. And another question is, do you need a leopard print tutorial? Sweet Sugarbelle is your girl.

M is for

Mountains.

N is for

Numbers. My daughter was so bummed that I didn’t do her idea on this one. She wanted me to make it sparkly and have a price tag hanging off of it, so that it would be N is for “New”. I thought that was a really cute idea, I just didn’t know if I could pull it off. Sorry Kelly.  I totally took the easy way out on this one.

O is for

Orange.

P is for

Purple Paisley. This is one I did because I’ve been wanting to mess around with the paisley pattern on a cookie. My kids looked at it and were like, “Huh?” I said “It’s Paisley! And it’s Purple!”.  And they said “okaaaaaaaaaaaay”.  But hey, now I know how to do paisley in frosting, which will come in handy for Father’s Day ties.

Q is for

Quilt! Super fun to do!

R is for

Rainbow. Awww.

S is for

Sssssssssssssssssnake.

T is for

Tiger. Another one that I wanted to do for selfish reasons. I’ve been wanting to learn zebra stripes and tiger stripes, which are very similar– The tiger stripes are just smaller and closer together. So this was good practice. If you’d like a tutorial on zebra stripes, Sugarbelle has a great one for that, too! I bet you can’t guess what’s coming up for the letter Z…

U is for

Up!

V is for

Vines and Violet.

W is for

Watermelon!

X is for

X-ray– if letters had bones.

Y is for

Yellow and Yo-Yo.

Z is for…  you guessed it…

Zebra! (If you didn’t see the letter T for Tiger yet, I mentioned this tutorial for how to make zebra stripes. Check it out. She made it so easy!)

So here’s a question for you. If you had a set of alphabet cutters, what would you do with them? Answer that question in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win a set all your own. Enter by Midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 16, and I’ll choose one winner using random.org to win a set of 26 letter cookies:

So you can make all the letter cookies you want. You could practice your animal prints:

Or fabric patterns:

Or just crazy, random things:

That’s it for today. Over and out from

Superbowl!

4 Feb

So I hear there’s some big football game on Sunday. Let me just disclose something right off the bat: I know nothing about football. The only team I’ve ever rooted for was my high school football team when my brother Dan was #70 and nicknamed Danimal.  Annnnnd…. that was about 18 years ago, give or take. No, the only thing I really pay attention to when it comes to the Superbowl are the commercials, which I watch on YouTube on Monday morning so I don’t have to wade through all that football to see them.

Oh, and I get really jealous thinking about all the guacamole that’s being consumed around the country. Sometimes I think I should have a Superbowl Party just so I can make some Seven Layer Dip and Little Smokies. But Mike isn’t into football either (if you ask him who’s playing in the Superbowl, he’ll probably say “Um… the Angels?” Try it sometime.)  We’re not Superbowl people, just so we’re clear.

But how about you? Are you having a party? Are you making cookies? Are you rooting for this team?

Or this team?

Or how about the 1993 Deer Park High School Football team?

GO STAGS!

Now, I know I’m very late to have a football cookie cutter giveaway. There’s no way I’m going to get these to the winner by Superbowl Sunday, even if I sent them yesterday. But there’s always next year. And there’s always the fall when you or someone you love starts following (or playing for) their favorite football team. It’s never too early to plan ahead, right?

So answer a question for me in a comment to this post and I’ll pick a winner at random to win these:

The Question is: What is your level of interest in the Superbowl?  Are you there for the food, the football, or the commercials? Are you having a party? Or are you asking yourself right now “What in the world is the Superbowl??”  I’m just taking a poll.

Ok, now a quickly-thrown-together-not-very-thorough tutorial on the Steelers logo, for those who are interested. It actually was a lot simpler than I had thought originally, so I thought I’d share what I did. This was totally an afterthought, so I had to use a cookie that was intended for something else– so no laughing.

I drew all these lines with food coloring markers, but if you don’t have any of those, you can also scratch the lines in with a scraper or toothpick. Or you can even use a graphite pencil, which is non-toxic and will give you some good guidelines. I liked using the marker so that the color matched the frosting color, in case some showed through.

First, glaze a circle white and let it dry completely. Then, off to the top-right side, draw a yellow cross:

Then draw a red cross, touching the yellow one like this:

Then, finally a blue one below those

Then you’ll go back and pipe over these lines with coordinating colors, using a pretty runny-consistency frosting.

After you get the cross piped on, go back and add four dots in each inside “corner” of the cross.

I really wanted a picture of this next part, but I CAN NOT figure out how to take pictures of my own hands working on something. Hey all you food bloggers out there— how do you do that?? A tripod? Timers? I can’t seem to get it figured out. But what I did was take my boo-boo stick (a toothpick would also work), and just pushed the frosting around until it formed the shape I wanted. With the cross and the dots, you’re really already almost there– just use a scraper of some sort to smooth out the lines and make it look like you want it to.

And please make sure you wash off your boo-boo stick before you drag it through the yellow frosting. And after you wash it, make sure you dry it really well so you don’t get water droplets on your cookie.

Continue on with the other colors.

Then add the Steelers, either piped or with food coloring marker, whichever you’re more comfortable with.

I used marker and wished I would have piped it. I have much better piping penmanship than I do marker penmanship, which is the exact opposite of most people.

And now I’m all ready for a Steeler’s tea party.  Anybody have any crumpets? :D

Happy weekend!

OOPS! Forgot to add– Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb 6th at Midnight. Please only enter one time.  Good luck!!

Mini Valentine Cookies

2 Feb

I still had some chocolate dough and frosting left over from my first batch of Valentine cookies, and I had this cute little set of Mini Valentine Cookie Cutters sitting on my counter, staring at me, waiting to be used. So I whipped up a teeny-tiny batch of itty-bitty cookies. They were fun! I like working with teeny cookies, because you just need the simplest of designs to make them look cute. Their size alone invokes some level of cuteness, so anything else you add is just icing on the… um….cookie. (yeah, that was bad)

Hugs and Kisses!

These were kind of tricky to get out of the cutters. I had to make sure the dough was super cold and I dipped the cutter in flour, and both of those things helped a lot. Just a little tip for you if you have cutters that have small-ish parts that don’t want to come out of the cookie cutter.

Lil' scalloped hearts

Cute as a button!

I tried my hand at imitating Pam’s cute buttons. The left one was my first try. It turned out kinda ugly, but I left it in here as a teachable moment. Do you feel it coming? Sometimes the best thing you can do is mess up a cookie, because you learn a lot from it. From this one, I learned that #1, I needed to make the circles much larger than I originally thought. Even though you want tiny button holes, once you fill in the rest of the cookie, those holes are going to shrink up. So make them larger than you think. Then I learned lesson #2: Don’t let the circles dry before filling in the rest of it or it looks funky. Draw the button holes and then fill in the rest immediately so it’s all nice and blended in. And #3, make sure your base is really dry before you add the rim of the button so that it’s more defined.  See– my second try there on the right is much better, don’t you think? Lessons learned every day…

Itty bitty double-hearts

Hearts with Arrows

I think I like the simplest arrow the best. Simple is better on tiny cookies, I always say. (Actually, I just started saying that right now… but from now on, I always say it)

When you’re all done with your minis, you can pile them all up on a plate (with the ugly ones on the bottom of the pile):

Piles of Minis!

OR– check this out. I was really excited about how the next presentation turned out. I had these little candy boxes and some mini cupcake liners. I thought it would be cute to package them like they were little candies in a box. So I loaded them up like this:

Cute, huh? I love the look of this! Each paper cup has 2-3 cookies in it. They could have all had 3, but I just didn’t have enough cookies to fill it (a few disappeared somehow…), so this little 7″x4″ box will hold about 2 dozen mini cookies! I think it looks like a fancy gift, but it’s really quite simple.

If you want to try this for Valentine’s Day this year, just tell me so in the comments on this post. I’ll chose one winner using random.org and I’ll send the winner:

 

These

And this

and this

and this

and these

and six of these

You could make 6 cute little Valentine gift boxes! (but don’t worry, I won’t hold you to it. You can use them for whatever you want!)

Please only enter one time. I’ll close the contest at midnight on Thursday, February 3. I had a few people ask when midnight is for us. We’re Mountain time, but if you comment by midnight on February 3rd your time, wherever you are, I won’t disqualify you! Try to get it done by midnight mountain time because then I don’t have to think as much, but if it’s still midnight where you are, I’ll count it! :D

Thanks for reading!

Oh, and happy Groundhog Day!

Hearts and Flowers on Chocolate

25 Jan

I had fun playing around with some Valentine’s Day cookies. This was an experimental batch of chocolate cookie dough. All I did was substitute 1/2 cup of cocoa for 1/2 cup of the flour in my regular Rolled Sugar Cookie Dough, which is what Pam does with her recipe.  I thought it turned out great. The only thing I’m not sure about is whether they are as sturdy. I had a few of them break on me while I was decorating, which is pretty unusual. I guess it makes sense that they would loose a little bit of stability by substituting cocoa powder for the flour, because you’re loosing a little bit of the gluten, which is kind of like the glue (glue-ten!) that holds things together, but I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference. They weren’t super brittle or anything, and maybe I was just extra butter-fingery (what?? My spell-checker says that’s not a word!) the day I did these. I wouldn’t put it past me.  But anyway, I think it was a fun change, and I LOVED the contrast of the red, pink and white against the dark cookies.

These daisies are super-simple. I just outlined in black, filled in white and added a colored “button” for the center. The buttons caved in a little bit, which sometimes happens when you’re using thinned-down MPB. I didn’t mind it at all on these, though. I think it adds to the look. Also, you’ll notice that my petals are uneven in both size and spacing, but I think it adds to the charm! Don’t worry about getting them too perfect.

Some cute little hearts using marbling and feathering techniques. If you didn’t catch our Valentine Hearts post, go check that out for more instruction.

More hearts in a more stylized shape.

Hugs and Kisses! I had a red one too, but it broke so I had to eat it. I really love this cutter.

I told you earlier that I have a square cookie obsession, so when I was baking up this batch of cookies, I did some squares without really knowing what I was going to do with them. I thought maybe I’d spell out L-O-V-E, like I did with the S-N-O-W in my winter post. When I got to decorating, I realized that the small crinkle squares looked kind of like stamps, and Valentine’s Day is all about love letters, so I tried some stamps. The two with the “cancellation” lines on them were done with just a writing tip and black MPB, but I’ll show you in tomorrow’s post what I did later that I liked much better.

Fun mix! I’m still kind of a sugar cookie purist, but this opened my eyes to the possibilities of chocolate!

Party Time!

19 Jan

About the same time that we got the Jungle Pals cutters that I showed you before, we also got these fun party theme cutters:

I still had some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge so I thought I may as well try these guys out, too! Here’s what I came up with.

Presents

Party Hats

Cakes. See the one on the left? I was trying my best to be asymmetrical, because I'm always way too symmetrical. I ended up with asymmetrical symmetric lines. I tried.

Cupcakes!

My favorite was the yellow one.

I liked the swirls, which were inspired by Brenda’s super cute swirly cupcakes. I can’t do them quite like she can, but I thought it was cute anyway!

And the red one has potential. My black frosting was a little too thick so my outlines were kind of rough. If you ever run into that with Meringue Powder Buttercream (or Royal Icing, for that matter) don’t be afraid to add a few drops of water to thin it down a bit. You’ll get lots smoother lines. I did end up adding some water, but not till after I did this cookie:

See how the lines (around the cherry especially) are kind of bumpy and rough? That’s from the frosting being too thick.  Just a little FYI.

Some groupings:

I wasn’t too excited about the pink set, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. I think I just figured it out. I don’t think I like the black outlines with them. I tend to default to black outlines because generally I really like that style. I like the cartoon-y coloring-book type look. But I don’t know about black with the pastels. When you try this at home, go for a white or grey outline.

And you ARE going to try this at home, right? Because if you do, you’re going to need the cutters. Comment on this post by Midnight tomorrow (Thursday, Jan 20, which happens to be my sister’s birthday- Happy Birthday Shannon!!), and I’ll pick a winner at random to get the cutters.

Thanks for reading!

Jungle Animals

14 Jan

We got these sets of Wilton Jungle Pals cutters in several months ago.

I’ve been dying to play with them, but we got into the holidays and things got BUSY, so it had to wait till now!  I was looking at my sweet baby girl (who isn’t such a baby anymore, and who is also not always sweet, but most of the time she is….) And noticed that her monkey jammies had little monkey faces on them that were exactly the same shape as the monkey face cookie cutter!

See?

So I had some inspiration, and I had some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge, (which was also weird because Sweet Sugarbelle posted the same recipe on the SAME day that I made these! Great minds think alike!), so it was meant to be that I should bake up some Jungle Pals!

Monkeys!

Lions!

Elephants!

Everybody!

To decorate these guys, I used my old stand-by Meringue Powder Buttercream. This is the recipe that I’ve been using for 10+ years.  I’ve been experimenting with other icings lately, and some of them are really fun! Cookie Crazie Pam uses a corn syrup icing that I’ve really had fun with, and I’ve revisited royal icing lately. But I always seem to come back to the Meringue Powder Buttercream. I guess we’re old buddies.

To decorate, I outlined with full-strength MPB (that’s short for Meringue Powder Buttercream. But now that I had to explain, I might as well have just written the whole thing and saved myself about 29 words!), and then thinned some down to fill in the sections. Sometimes I use squeeze bottles for filling in with thinned-down buttercream, but this time I just used disposable bags and tips, and that works really well, too. It’s really a matter of personal preference which one you use.

After the base coat dried, I piped on their faces and added some pink petal dust cheeks with a Q-tip. I really wished I had a darker pink, especially for the monkeys. I’m going to have to get some darker pink in my shop! For the girl monkeys and Elephants, I added a jumbo daisy flower with an icing dot for the center. So easy, and I think it added a lot!

These were my favorites from each species:

Do you want to make some Jungle Pals cookies, too? Of course you do! Comment on this post by Sunday (January 16) at midnight Mountain Time, and I’ll pick a winner at random and send you a set of the cutters. Your chances are pretty good of winning, too, because not many people know about this blog yet! :D Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win (don’t worry– your email address won’t be visible to the public, but I’ll see it on the back end). Have a happy weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!

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