The best thing about being in a cookie group is to have a bunch of awesome ladies that shares your passion about cookie-ing and having a wonderful support whenever you need any help, advice or anything cookie related :)
The next best thing is the cookie swap! :) I love receiving cookies from others and I also love creating some for them. I have to send my cookies to a cookie friend in Australia so what can be more appropriate than sending Koalas right? :P
I love these nerdy koalas, i specially love the black rimmed glasses and tapped-up in the middle :) One koala has a thicker rim in the glasses as she is more geekier than the other hahaha :P
Okay so lets go over how to decorate these cuties :) Start with marking the areas of the koala with edible marker. Then using medium consistency icing fill the inner ear, chest and inner feet areas with white colour icing, and let it dry.
Next step is to put medium consistency grey icing for her face and feet, let it dry for a bit (just until the top layer icing is crusted over), then add the reminder of the grey icing into the rest of the koala (outer ear, hands and bottom) - see the picture below.
Next step is to do the grey outline all around the koala, we use outline consistency grey icing - see the first picture on the left side.
Then lastly we added the pink bow and the black rimmed glasses and her eyes with black medium consistency icing.
There you go, step by step visual of how to decorate these cuties, and here is the finished result :)
Hope you'll have a koalaties week! ;-) (sorry can't resist! :P
We have been wanting to try making these eyelet lace cookies since we saw a video in Instagram.
So when we finally have a few spare cookies to play with we decided to give these a try :)
I love the texture of the lace part as the icing was really thin down, it sets with a light texture and made it look transparent which is really lovely. I'm not sure if you can see the texture clearly on this picture, hopefully you can 'just' see it :)
I really love the soft tones on these cookies. For these cookies we chose a soft blue background to compliment the white lace. You can create these lace on any cookie with any shape.
Here are the steps of how to make these the lace on the heart shape cookies:
Step 1: Fill the cookie with light blue flood icing and let it dry.
Step 2: With an outline consistency white icing piped the eyelet pattern on to the middle of the cookie.
We decided to go for a very simple pattern as this is our first experiment creating these cookies :)
So now the next step is to use a very dilluted/runny icing to fill the area. Use a very small amount of white royal icing and add more water to make it very runny. I've taken photos of the actual icing to show you how thin/runny the icing is, hopefully its noticeable from the photo
The next step is really fun to do, my lovely daughter loves doing this part (she is the best assistant ever!) take a paint brush and paint the area with the runny white icing - see photo below.
Even out the runny icing with the paint brush, you can keep pushing the icing along the lace areas, here is a closer look at my daughter painting the cookie with the runny icing :)
The first picture below is how the cookie looks like after you finished painting the runny icing. When you have finished that part, let it dry completely. Once it has dried and set, you will see a lovely texture that will resemble a transparent lace, it looks realy lovely. The runnier the white icing, the more rough the texture is going to set.
When the icing have dried add the dot on each side of the lace and add royal icing roses or flowers.
Making these cookies also gave us a chance to practice making royal icing roses, all we need is to cut up some baking paper into little pieces, stick them on top of a flower nail. This is what a flower nail looks like, you can twirl it around your fingers easily to create the roses.
With a tiny bit of icing piped a very stiff icing on to the top of the flower nail. Then start with piping the middle bud (see the second picture) and then continue to pipe the petals one layer at a time until it forms the shape of a rose - see picture below (please excuse the giraffe onesie in the background as my daughter was demonstrating the technique for this photos :P )
This is the finished rose, we use tip #101 for these roses. You can use tip #102 or #103 to create bigger petals or bigger roses :)
And these lot are the result of our practice to make royal icing roses...we made them in all sorts of different sizes just for practice ;-)
Its a matter of "practice makes perfect", the more you practice making them, the better and quicker you are at it :)
So there you go, once the roses are dry and set, you can keep them in an airtight container and they will last for a long time. They are very handy to store, you can use them for decorating any cookies, cupcakes or cakes.
Hope you enjoyed these as much as we enjoyed making them ;-)
My lovely massage therapist has decided to move out of wellington and i'm so gutted! >.<
She has always looked after me really well and everytime i see her (which usually means i'm either in pain or very sore) she always makes me feel better. She is such an amazing lady with a gentle soul and healing hands.
So I've decided to make some cookies to show my appreciation to her and to say thank you for being so wonderful. I tried to think of something that she will love and to brighten her day...in the end we've decided these butterflies and half sunflower cookies will be the best for her ;-)
Creating these butterflies for her was so much fun, we get to experiment with wet on wet technique and pretty pattern for their wings :)
We started with the bottom wings, outline with cream flood icing as per the first picture on the far left.
Then fill each section with different colours, we choose earth colours for these butterflies, we add brown for the bottom section, yellow for the middle and white for the top section - see the middle picture below
Then take your scribe tool (or toothpicks if you dont have a scribe tool) and drag it along from the top to the bottom of the wet icing. While the icing is still wet add a dot of brown icing on the white section of the bottom wing and white the brown icing is still wet add another dot of yellow on top - see the 3rd picture.
After we finished with the bottom wings then we do the upper wings, flood the upper area with cream flood icing. Then while its still wet add 3 yellow dots along the side of the wings. While the yellow icing is still wet add the dark brown and white on top - see the second picture. Let this dry completely
The next step is to add the middle body of the butterfly. With medium consistency brown icing pipe along the body and the head of the butterfly - see the bottom row of pictures below.
The last step is to create lines in the top wings, use brown edible pen to draw lines along the inner wings.
Here are a closer look at the butterflies together :)
For the sunflower, we had to do a bit of frankencookie-ing as we don't have the cookie cutter for it, so we had to cut the dough using a normal flower cutter, cut it in half and re-attach the top bulb.
You can see from the photo below there is a line on the top of the cookie where we had to cut and re-attached (where we did the frankencookie) :P
I totally forgot to take a photo of the cookie dough when we were cutting it so I'm showing you how to cut it with paper....its the same way as you do with cookie dough, the only difference is you cut the dough with a sharp knife instead of using scissors:)
Okay so once the dough is baked, we start with the petals. I wanted multiple petals with varying length so i marked it with an edible pen and then piped the petals alternatively with medium consistency yellow icing (or 20 second icing) and let it dry - see picture below.
Once that is done, add brown medium consistency consistency icing (or 20 second icing) for the flower bulb. And lastly add the details of the petals and add little dots on the bulb - see picture below.
Here is a closer look at the hlaf sunflowers together :)
Of course we also took a close-up picture of the thank you cookie, i love the yellow roses that we made to decorate these plaque shape cookie :)
I just gave these cookies to my amazing therapist today when we said our goodbyes, i hope she will enjoy the cookies. Thank you so much for taking good care of me Prue, if you are reading this, just know that you will be missed ;-)
We made cookies for Sarah's baby shower :) It was a monkey theme in the invite as the baby will be born in the year of the monkey. So we created the cookies with the same theme, as well as the colour scheme which is brown & blue.
We took progress photo for one of our fave onesie. There are 2 ways of doing this, you can start with a white icing and flood the entire cookie with it and let it dry, or you can only flood the white icing for the top part, either way it will work. If you flood the entire area (including the bottom) you will have a thicker area for the bottom of the onesie.
The second part is to add 2 little triangle on top to create the collar, and put dark brown icing and while its still wet pipe white & light blue icing with a small tip (we used tip #1.5) - see picture below.
Then the next step is to pipe the blue tie and with an edible marker mark the area for the suspender.
The last step is to use a dark brown stiff icing, pipe the long line on each side to create the suspender and add a couple of small sugar pearl where it connects with the bottom part to give it little buttons. Lastly pipe the little fastener/snaps at the bottom of the onesie - see picture below.
For the onesies with the little monkey face in front of it, we made royal icing transfer. Its less risky to make a mistake this way, make sure you make a few extras if you ever want to make them as they are easily breakable. All you need is some baking paper and use your royal icing to create the transfer.
If you are using a picture as a guide you can put the paper with the picture underneath the baking paper so you can trace the picture that way. With these monkey we just freehand it (no picture) as it was pretty straight forward and easy. Here are the tiny monkey royal icing transfer :)
Here are the different style of onesies that we created for this set :)
How to make the baby stroller
Here they are together with the baby bottles :)
The simplest cookies in this set is probably the baby bib :) They are done in a couple of simple steps.
Step 1: Flood the cookie with blue icing and white its still wet pipe little dots of brown, white & green into the wet icing to create a polkadot pattern and let it dry.
Step 2: The second step is to use a dark brown outline consistency and pipe all the around the border and then add a small dot in between the grooves. Lastly stick one of the monkey royal icing transfer in the middle of the bib.
Here are the baby bibs cookies along with the monkey cookies :)
I love the plaque that says Baby Su, but my fave from the whole set is the little heart shape cookie with the teeny tiny baby feet :) Here is a closer look at the them together :)
Hope everyone at the baby shower like the taste of the cookies as well as the decorations :)
It's funny and quite liberating when you received a one liner request like this "Can you make pink cats and lamb cookies? the rest of the details are up to you, use your imagination".
Well that was unusual, so out of curiousity I had to go back and asked "why pink cats?" I have never seen any pink cats before...so her answer was that the person receiving the cookies as a gift is crazy about cats and lamb and she also loves everything pink so she requested custom cookies of pink cats and lamb specially for the birthday girl :)
This is what we came up with and hopefully it fullfilled the brief :P
We have made the kitty kat before and the only difference is the colours and we added the roses on the ear just to give it a feminin touch to add to the pink cats. So to make the pink polkadot kitty cat you can see the tutorial HERE.
So once we have done the base pink polkadot icing (see the tutorial on how to do the polkadot icing on the link above) all we did was add the white bow and the roses.
Here is the close-up of the kitty cats cookies :)
For the lamb, we were inspired by Sweetopia's little lamb post. Here is the breakdown of the step by step decorating process.
PS: please excuse the poor lighting on the photo, with the daylight savings ending i struggled to take the progress photo with a decent light as we do our decorating in the evenings and progress to the night times. So for the next few months you are likely to get more of the poor lighting photos :P
Step 1: Start with using a white flood icing on to the face and the legs of the lamb, and let it dry.
Step 2: Use either Wilton star tip, either #14 or 16 to create the lamb's wool. We decided to use tip#16 for this one. Cover the whole body area - see picture below for details.
Step 3: Lastly draw the eyes with black edible marker and add a pink bow.
You can make these cute little lamb with any star piping tips, just to show you a comparison between the two piping tips we have - Wilton #14 and #16. They are very similar and they both will work perfectly to make these lamb, in our case we used #16.
We love making the lamb, they are so cute and fun to make! Claudia certainly had fun piping the lamb's wool and it doesn't matter if you make mistakes it wont show because the lamb's wool are thick and they are not piped in any particular way...just fill the whole body with icing :)
Lastly, we packaged them up into a gift-box ready to be given to the birthday girl :)
Really hope she likes them! Have a great day everyone! ;-)
In all the excitement of all the Mother's Day activities yesterday we didn't get a chance to post our Mother's Day cookies....oh well, better late than never i suppose ;-)
We made this cookie set for my mother in law. We decided on peach and light blue and because she loves butterflies we had to include butterflies in the set :)
Here are the progress photo of how to make the roses, its fairly straight forward...flood the main rose area with peach flood icing and let it dry. Then add the petals on top (see picture below) and lastly add the leaf with green flood icing and outline the leaf with outline consistency icing.
We made them in peach and blue, here they are in a platter :)
For the butterfly, we started with cream colour flood icing in the middle of the wings, then with 'wet on wet' technique put the peach & blue icing on the wet cream colour icing (just three little dots on the side of the wings - see the picture below, and one dot on the bottom wings) then let it dry for a bit. Add the light blue icing around the border of the wings and let it dry, then lastly pipe the middle body and the antennae along with some dots and swirls to give some details in the wings (see photo below for details).
Here are the butterfly cookies complimented with the roses and heart shaped cookies :)
We also made alphabet cookies that spells "MOM" and we replaced the middle letter with one of the roses. Here is the close-up photo of the MOM cookies :)
And lastly, packaged it all up in a gift box ready to be given out as Mother's Day present :)
To all the wonderful mums out there, hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day filled with lost of love and surprises ;-)
Its Russ' birthday today and seeing that its officially an International Star Wars day of course we had to make him Star Wars cookies :)
The hardest part was hiding these cookies from him so that we can keep it as a surprise....and it has been quite a bit of a mission to do that, but thankfully the kids have been helping me by giving me warning when daddy just about to enter the kitchen so i can keep them hidden :P
Oh, and i also have to give a special shout of thank you to my dear friend Angie, as these cookies were made from a set of cookie cutter that she sent us all the way from Canada! We cannot buy these cutter anywhere in NZ or Australia, so thank you so much Angie...they are just adorable! ;-)
These are the 'Chibi' version of Star Wars, we think they are the 'cute version' of the Star Wars' characters :) So here are the result...we have Yoda, Princess Leia, Luke, Chewie, R2D2 & 3CPO
My favorite from this set is Princess Leia, she is so cute and simple to make :) So here is the progress photos of how to make her.
Step 1: Use a brown colour 20 second icing to fill her hair/buns area :)
Step 2: Fill her face area with flesh colour icing
Step 3: Add her eyes with black icing, pull a tiny bit of the black icing on the sides of the eyes with the scribe tool to create her eyelashes. Also add her lips with red icing. You can also mark off the area where you want to put the swirls in her hair with an edible marker.
Step 4: Lastly with a stiff consistency brown icing pipe the swirls in her hair to create the look of a bun on each side and on the top - see picture below.
The next one on my favorite list is the classic R2D2, he is also reasonably simple to make and he is always been a favorite of ours ;-)
Here is the step by step progression photo on how to make him:
Step 1: Fill the bottom part with white icing, mark off the area where you want to leave un-iced with edible marker.
Step 2: Fill the top part with grey icing, apart from the marked areas.
Step 3: With blue icing create the markings on his body - see picture below. We use a red sugar pearl for the red dot you see in the middle part.
Step 4: Pipe the finishing touches - see picture below.
Here are the set of character's together :)
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the cookies all packaged-up in the gift box as i had to do this in a hurry and I had to go away for a work trip today. However I did get a very lovely message this morning while i was boarding the plane from him saying that he loves it and he thinks the cookies were amazing...so i think overall we did good ;-)
Hope you have had a great day today and may the fourth be with you!
Who doesn't love Baymax? He is a big softie from Big Hero 6 whom we all adore! :) These cookies were one of the simplest and easiest cookies we have made. Made with 3 colour icing: white, black & red.
If anyone wants to try making decorated cookies for the first time, I would highly recommend trying out these Baymax cookies :)
Let start with the simplest one, the white face with black eyes. All you need to do is flood an oval shaped cookie with white icing and then add the 2 black dots for his eyes and join it in the middle with black line
Next is the full body Baymax. This one has a slighty more step process but reasonably simple. We started with his arms and his legs, while the white icing is still wet add light grey icing on his arms, upper legs and bottom feet.
Second step is to add his body and also add grey icing into the side of his body while the white icing is still wet, let it dry for a bit and then add his head.
Last step is to add his eyes, 2 black dots with black icing and connect them with a tiny line and then add his card-slot on the right side of his chest.
Now this red hero Baymax is quite fun to make as i love the eye popping colour on his mask :)
Step 1: Flood the mask area with red icing, we used 15 second consistency as we only want to make 1 batch of red icing (call it lazyness but it saves so much time rather than making 2 different consistency icing :P) Let this dry.
Step 2: Add white flood icing for the middle of the mask eyes area - see picture below.
Step 3: Pipe stiff consistency white icing to outline the mask - see picture below.
Step 4: Add his eyes with black icing.
Simple & easy right? :) our kids loved them and as our quality control at home they have given us their seal of approval. Here is my girl with the cookies :P
And of course my boy had to get in the action of sampling the goodies...he is our taste tester :P
We packaged-up a Baymax gift pack, love that he fits perfectly in our gift box ;-)
Have a great week everyone! Hope the school holidays keep the kids busy and entertained! ;-)
We have been wanting to try making these cookies for a while, and only just managed to find the time to make them now. They are really cute and really fun to make :)
We didn't get a chance to take progress photo of the racoon, but we did managed to take progress photo as tutorial for the rest of the animals.
Let's start with the cute fox, start with cream colour icing on the face, inner ears, chest and tip of the tail. Wait until they dry for a bit and then start adding the orange colour icing - see picture below.
Lastly add the face details (eyes, nose and mouth line) with black icing, and using a stiffer consistency orange icing add the definition lines for his legs. Also depending if you want a girl fox or a boy fox you can add a little pink bow on the ears if you prefer to have a foxy girl ;-)
Now for the owl, this one is super simple. Firstly use the same cream colour icing for the chest area, and let it dry for a bit. Then add the rest of the body as pictured below. Lastly add the details, such as eyes nose and feet. The optional step is to add an outline for her wings with a stiffer consistency grey icing.
For the Porcupine or Hedgehog, start with the face area, little ear and the bottom of his belly & feet. Use the same cream colour icing as the ones for the owl & fox. Then add the brown body and let it dry.
Lastly add the details of the face, the spikes and the outline of its feet.
Here they all are together in a platter :)
We packaged up the little foxy into a gift box as they look great as a mini gift box :)
There you go, we love making these cuties, hopefully these will encourage some of you to try making them ;-) Have a great weekend everyone! :)
We also made another small cookie gift for Mrs. C, she works in the school office and she made sure that the school runs smoothly everyday. The kids might not have a direct involvement with her as she doesn't teach them, but she works hard to ensure the day to day running of the school. So we thought it would be nice to make her a small gift to say that "we really appreciate all you do".
This is what we gave her and eventho its only a small gift she told us that it means a lot to her :)
This is our first attempt at making a flower bouquet, i told my hubby that sometimes flowers can be a waster of money as they wither and die quickly....well this is my kind of flower, the sweet one that we can eat and enjoy :)
Its actually really easy to make as we used a royal icing transfers, which means the red roses were pre-made and ready to use in our container where we keep all our royal icing transfers.
Once we placed all the red roses randomly on top of the cookie, we add a few dots of pink and white and do a little squiggly lines on top to make it look like a flower bud - see picture below.
And lastly add the stems and the leaf randomly to fill the gaps.
Here is what they look like after we packaged them up. I quite like the use of this see thru plastic container. Its just the right size for a small cookie gift pack without costing too much :)
Hope this little gift brings her joy and made her day brighter ;-)
Its the last day of Term 1 at the kid's school today and it happens to be Logan's teacher last day as she is moving away to the UK. So Logan has been asking us to make thank you cookies for his teacher as he has really enjoyed having her as his class teacher for this term.
So we made a very simple set with a new honey cookies recipe, which we just tried out and really loved!
We have posted a tutorial on how to make the stubby pencil in our previous blog post when we made another Teacher's set for their school principal, if you want to check it out you can click HERE.
However this time we took step by step photo tutorial for the crayons and the little roses, which was borrowed from Sugarbelle designs :)
Here is how you make the stubby crayons (similar to what Crayola's crayon looks like).
Very simple, flood the cookie with blue icing, and let it dry. Then add the middle black icing and squiggly lines on top and bottom of the crayons (see picture below).
Something went funky with our blue icing and it went a bit grainy as you can see below....but luckily it works with how crayons really look like, so we leave it as it is :)
For the simple roses, we made it using strawberry cookie cutter as we didn't have any roses cutter. We just cut the tip as we were cutting the dough (sorry i forgot to take a photo of it).
First step is to flood the rose area with red icing and let it dry. Then with a stiff consistency icing, made the swirly rose buds (see photos below), then lastly add the 3 little leaf at the bottom using any leaf tip you have.
That was all, very simple and yet very effective for a thank you cookie set :) Here is the set we have packaged up for Logan's teacher.
Hope Ms. Stephenson will have a wonderful last day at school today! We will miss you and thank you for being such a great teacher :)
We received a special order for a barnyard animal cookies from a lovely lady in New Plymouth :) They own a Jersey Cow farm so she wants some farm animal cookies for her daughter's birthday this weekend. She specifically requested horses, cows, yellow chick and piggies. The cows had to be light brown so that it will look like Jersey cows of course ;-)
We took photo tutorial on how to make the cows, yellow chicks and the piggy, but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to take any photos of the horses as they were done late at night.
Lets start with the cows :)
These cookies are very simple to make, start with outlining the face shape of the cow and fill the face area & the top of the ear area with light brown flood consistency icing and let it dry. When the light brown icing has dried mark off the areas of the cow's spots with edible markers (see picture below).
Next is fill the mouth area and the bottom of the ear with light pink icing, let it dry. Lastly add the details, fill the spots eyes and mouth with chocolate brown icing, and their nose with pink icing.
The pigs are also really easy and simple :) Start off with round pink icing and add 4 little legs at the bottom. Don't forget to also add their cute curly tails and let it dry.
Next add the pig's face and little feet, and let it dry. Lastly add the nose with a slightly darker pink icing and eyes with black icing.
Last one is the yellow chick. Mark off the area of its body and wings. We started with filling the white belly area, then with an outline consistency yellow icing piped the body and wings, then fill it with flood consistency yellow icing, and let it dry. Next step is to pipe the orange colour icing for the feet, and lastly we add the details, such as its beak, eyes and top of the head with red icing.
Just to show you the finished result, these are all the animals together :) We tried making the cow with white spots (bottom right corner) but we liked the chocolate brown spots better :P
That was all, these are very easy, simple and adorable to make, hope this will encourage you to give it a go and try making these cuties. You don't even have to have a specific cookie cutter as you only need to have round cutters, which you can get easily ;-)
We hope these will go down a treat for the Sara's birthday party this weekend!
Well i've been asked to make birthday party favours for one of my girlfriend as her son is turning 3. To be perfectly honest I wasn't expecting to make another batch of Toy Story cookies again after the last one, but i couldnt say no as this one is for Javien's birthday party....i guess the moral of the story is never say never again lol :P
I have posted the tutorial of how to make Buzz and Woody in my last Toy Story cookies blog post, if you missed it you can check it out HERE.
So this time i will show you how to make the green aliens instead :)
So we start by flooding the cookies with white icing. When the icing is dry we draw the outline of the alien shape into the cookie with an edible marker. Then after that, we start with the airbrushing .
This is the part that i haven't been able to take photos of before as its hard to take photos and do the air brushing at the same time....so this time i have acquired assistance from my lovely daughter :)
Prepare your stencil design that you want showing into the cookie and place it on top of the cookie. Then get the airbrush gun and attached it into the compressor and turn it on. Put the airbrush colour into the cup on top of the gun - see the picture below showing you how everything fits together.
We put a 3 drops of yellow airbrush colour and 3 drops of vodka to dillue the colours a bit.
Then press the airbrush button just behind the cup so that it will start spraying the colours into the cookie - see picture below of what it looks like after you have sparyed the colours into the cookie.
Then remove the stencil to show the finished airbrushed result - this is what your cookie will look like :)
NOTE: Make sure you put some tissues or rag clothing underneath so it wont spray into your table or the surface that you are spraying on.
Okay so now that the cookie is ready to be decorated with icing we start with the green icing for the face area and the ears. Leave the eyes area empty so that we can fill it in with white icing later :)
The next step is to pipe the the blue icing for his top and the purple icing for his collar. Also add the green antena and let it dry. Then add the white icing for his eyes, while its still wet add a dot of black icing and a white dot inside for his pupil. The last step is to piped the details of his mouth, ears and eye lids.
There you go....after the cookies are done just need to add packaging and ready for the party :)
We had such a great time at the party, hopefully all the kiddies enjoyed the cookies :)
Its the last day of Easter, so we just want to wish you a Happy Easter and also share the last of our Easter cookies that we made just for our family :)
We didn't take any progress photos of any of these cookies as they were made in between of making other cookies from spare cookies that we have. Just so that we still have some Easter cookies to share for our family.
We also got this really cute small bunny plate and had to take photos of the cookies with it :)
Hope everyone has been having a wonderful Easter long weekend!
We didn't get a chance to make a lot of Easter cookies this year as it happen to fall around the time of a lot of kids birthdays, so we've been busy making birthday cookies these past weeks. However, we did have a stash of chocolate cookies that we have saved up and we managed to sneaked-in these egg nests and one bunny cookie in between of decorating other cookies :)
We've seen these egg nests cookies around, so we want to try making them. Its a bit out of proportion but seeing that its out first egg nest cookies we are still happy with it :)
We started with flooding the egg shape cookies with 'sea green' icing colour, you can use light blue or turquoise if you don't have this colour, they all will work with the brown tones.
Then use a brown edible marker to draw the tree and where the nest will sit. We want to use 3 eggs inside so unfortunately the nest ended up a bit bigger than the original plan.
We made the nest as a royal icing transfer, i will post the picture of just the nest below the decorating progress photo just to show you .
This is the step by step progression photo.
Here is the royal icing transfer as it dries out before we put the mini chocolate speckled eggs into it.
Make sure you piped the icing to create a wider opening on top to make it easier for the eggs to nestle into it. If your opening is too narrow you will only fit either 1 or 2 eggs only. See photo below.
So it doesn't matter how you piped the icing to make the nest, it depends n what you want to have, you can have only 1 egg or 2 eggs or 3 eggs in the nest, you can piped it according to what you need :)
Here are the samples of what we have with different quantity eggs in the nest.
Have a play with the icing to create the nest, i used a very stiff consistency icing to make these. Just keep piling the icing on top to create the nest look :) That's all you need to do and when they have dried you can stick them on top of your cookie with a little bit of royal icing.
Have a great Easter Sunday! Hope everyone is enjoying their extra long weekend and having quality family time ;-)
My boy turns 6 today, and when he requested special birthday cookies how can we refuse? :)
He told me he wants 'Plants vs Zombies' cookies, its a game that he plays in the iPad with his dad each day, apparently there is a 'daily event' that you have to do in the game that earns you points *insert roll eyes emoticon here* boys and their toys...some things never change I guess :P
So Logan and I sat down together and I asked him to choose a few of his favorite characters from the game....here are the characters that he has chosen :)
And as you can see here, a very happy boy indeed with his birthday cookies....worth all the trouble ;-)
Now i really tried documenting how to make these cookies but I had to race thru them as i'm working on them alongside another set of cookies for a dear friend of mine for another birthday this week. Apparently March is a very busy month for birthdays!
Anyway, I managed to take the before photos of the characters...here they are with base white icing and hand drawn with edible markers.
I took a photo of some of the characters while i was putting green icing on their green leaves & stalk. But after that i was too busy trying to finish of the cookies in time that i totally forgot to take any further progress photos. Here they are in mid-progress....
And here are the characters after they are all done and completed :)
And here are the whole set of cookies in the gift box ready to be given to the birthday boy :)
Happy birthday Logan, we love you lots like jellytots! :)
This is our first time making mermaids, we have been wanting to try this out for a while but never got a chance to do it until now. These batch of cookies were made from strawberry cookies recipe from Patty Mac Cookies, we had the previllege to have her as guest in our house for a weekend of cookie decorating get-together :) She is a very talented lady and also very knowledgeable in cookie decorating stuff, the things that we have learned from her is so totally invaluable. Thank you Patty, you are so awesome! ;-)
To make these cuties, we start with filling in face and the tail area. We use skin colour icing for the face (a bit of ivory and a smidgen of pink) and we use "sea green" Progel food colouring for the tail area.
Then mark the areas for her body and fill in with the same skin colour icing, let ir dry.
The next step is to flood the area for her hair, we used 'Chestnut' progel food colouring and with a stiff icing outline her hair stands. Next we added the white flower (this is a royal icing transfer that we have stashed away) and then add the texture for her tail area.
The last step is to add the pink shells on her chest area and paint the tail with a combination of turquise green and yellow gel colours.
So that is the step by step decorating progress that i managed to take pictures off...there are a few missing steps that i wasn't able to take a photos as I was in the process of experimenting and trying out new things, hence this is my first mermaid cookies :)
Hope everyone is having a great midweek and that the rest of the week will go smoothly ;-)
These Batman cookies are probably ther fastest turn around cookies we've made so far. We had a bit of a mis-communication via email so it was a bit rushed but we are happy that we managed to finish them on time for the birthday party :)
We also used our new toy for this cookies, we just recently got a new dehyrator and it cuts down the drying time so we dont have to wait around for so long. We just love it and wished we had gotten it sooner! :P
These cookies are reasonably simple to make BUT i didn't realised how much pressure it was to pipe perfect oval/circle into a cookie until this order! The black border around the cookies were pretty hard to get perfectly oval...i realised half way thru piping those black icing that I was holding my breath the whole time my piping bag was going around the cookies LOL :P
So here are the step by step progress:
We used black outline consistency icing for thhe border. Here they are after the black border was piped....you can see the mistakes i made but luckily it will be covered by the yellow icing so you wont see it in the finished result :)
Flood the cookie with yellow icing the trickiest party is getting the right yellow colour....no matter how many times we re-mixed the icing (we did it 3 different times) to get the right shade the cing sets a bit darker than when we originally mix it. Here they are in process of drying...
Now its time to put the Batman logo on top. We marked the are for the black icing to go to with edible marker to make it easier to pipe and flood at the same time. Here they are ready to be iced...
Use 15-20 second icing for the black bat on these cookies, its easier this way so we can just use one icing with one consistency to pipe the Batman logos onto the cookies.
Last thing to do is packaging, individually wrapped in cellophane with personalised tags so that it will be easy to put them into party loot bags :)
So there you go, just 4 simple steps but requires a lot of concentration from us to get it looking right.
We hope the cookies will be a wonderful treat for the birthday party this weekend :)
I have been wanting to do these cookies since we took the kids to watch the Peanuts Movie a few weeks ago. And finally had some down time to get it done as we have been busy with a lot of things going on.
My personal favorite is the Snoopy on the top left, which one is your favorite? ;-)
These cookies were so much fun to make, and because they are on a rectangle cookies you dont have to own any particular cookie cutters! Sweet! ;-)
So we started off with flooding the cookies with a white base icing and let it dry. When the base icing is dry use an edible pen or marker to draw the characters on top of the white icing. These will act as a guide as you decorate your cookies - see the picture below.
Now on to the hardest part of the decorating process....airbrushing time! I found this to be the hardest part as im still learning how to use it properly. I just got my airbrush tool from eBay and have been practising how to use it but still have a lot to learn on how to handle it properly.
For me its hard to get an even distribution of airbrush colours all around the cookies. Just a side note from my learning experience of using the airbrush, use it in a good light. Don't be like me and start using it at night when you can't even see the colours spraying out! lol >.<
We mixed 1/3 orange & 2/3 yellow airbrush colours and put it into the airbrush cup. Spray all around the cookies and be sure to start off with light spray as you can layer it up to build the colour.
Okay so once the airbrushing are done, we can start decorating with icing and painting gel colouring.
Lets start with the simplest one - Charlie Brown cookie.
Start with using skin colour icing for his head area, wait for a few minutes until it dries a bit and add his ear, neck and arm - see picture below. Then fill in the rest of his yellow top and the black chevron in the middle of his top. Lastly add his nose and draw his face with edible markers.
Next is Snoopy on top of his red house :) Start off with piping the red house in alternate to create a dimension on the red house. Then add the green grass underneath, let it dry. Add Snoopy on the top and outline the grooves of the red house with black edible marker. Lastly paint the blade of the grass underneath the red house with gel colouring.
Snoopy & Charlie Brown Cookie - start off with skin colour icing and let it dry. Add his brown shoes and Snoopy's head & legs with white icing, let it dry. Add the reminder of the details as per photo below.
There is really no hard and fast rule as to which part of the icing we need to do first. I found the best way to learn is just to try things out, experiment with lots of different way and most of all have fun with it ;-)
We can finally blogged these cookies as they have finally arrived at their destination in Canada today :) We made these cookies specially for Angie & Ben :) I was told that their sons loves Star Wars and after seeing the latest movie we just knew we wanted to try making the new BB8 Android with this set :)
Seeing that we don't have BB8 cookie cutter we have to be a bit creative and do a bit of frankencookie-ing. Some of you might not know what 'frankencookie' means...well, it's when you take two or more cookie shapes and put them together (before baking) to make an original cookie shape! And that's how the term came to be lol :P
Okay so to make BB8 we need a 2 different size circles,
Once they are baked we can start with flooding them with white icing and let it dry. Then start with
For Darth Vader, we actually have a fondant cutter in his shape as we used it for my dear hubby's birthday cake last year, however when we compare him with the Stormtrooper cutter that we got given (Thanks to Patty Mac Cookies for gifting it to us all the way from Sydney :P) we found that Darth is a bit too small. Here is a quick comparison picture of the two cutters :)
So we were looking at alternatives...after digging our cookie cutter drawers we found a onesie cutter that could work, we turn it upside down and a bit of a snip on top...viola, Darth Vader! :)
To decorate Darth, its pretty simple, flood the cookie with black icing and let it dry. We mark the areas for his mask with edible marker and then using a stiff grey icing pipe all the details of his mask.
For the Stormtropper we mark off the area for the eyes and the bottom of the mask with an edible marker. Then flood the area with white icing and let it dry. After the white base icing is dry then start piping the details of the mask with outline consistency black icing.
So one set of cookies will have a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, BB8 & a round name plaque :)
So there you go, we hope they will be thoroughly enjoyed by the boys :) I'm amazed that they arrived totally intact with no damages, so totally awesome! Hope you like them Jaden, Devin & Tristan! ;-)
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