Mice & Cheese Cookies

Hi there!

Recently I’ve been specially interested in cookie decorating. I love piping, so when I have a cookie in front of me, I just want to pipe and pipe royal icing throughout. And once finished, I happily start piping the next one, and so on until I decorate the whole batch of cookies.

Cookie decorating it’s a quite time-consuming process (mixing, rolling, cutting, baking, preparing royal icing, decorating, drying time, packing…) although very very fun and gratifying. I usually add one more step, which is taking pictures of the result and sometimes, making photo collages.

As I mentioned in my previous post (frog cookies), I think that changing the purpose of the cookie cutters is very interesting and highly creative. Making a frog from a flower-shaped cutter, sexy underwear from a heart-shaped one… In this occasion, I used a heart-shaped cutter again to make playful mice.

If you keep the whole heart-shaped cookie, you can make mice faces  (both boys and girls!). If you cut it in half before baking, you can make some little mice. In addition, if you cut a round cookie dough in half, you’ll make the simplest and easiest mice ever :- )

I didn’t forget to make some cheese sugar cookies to make my mice happy!! Some slices ended up with a few bites…

I got my inspiration from Sugar Dot Cookies, who made some cute mice faces and squares of cheese. I added my personal touch, as well as new stuff, of course!

I hope you like them and as I did, you get inspired!

See you soon.

xoxo

Sara

Frog Cookies

Hi there!

I love the idea of changing the purpose of a cookie cutter. For instance, a  flower cutter is usually used to create beautiful flower-shaped cookies, isn’t it? But and if we think beyond that and we find another uses? We could save a lot of money in cookie cutters!

That’s also a wonderful way to develop your creativity.

What I recently did was to use a plain flower cutter to create frog cookies. I was staring at the cutter for a while and the idea appeared suddenly: cute frogs wearing a bow!! Don’t you believe me?

I chose two complementary colours to match the composition.

Quick Decorating Steps:

1) Using a flower-shaped cutter like this, make some flower cookies. Bake them and leave them to cool before decorating.

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2) Mark the cookie with the details you want to pipe, using an edible marker or a scriber (as a guide when piping).

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3) Pipe the eyes with white flood royal icing (use a scriber to spread the icing evenly and to remove any air bubbles)  → Let it set for 30 minutes before starting the next step.

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4) Pipe the face with green flood royal icing (use a scriber to spread the icing evenly and to remove any air bubbles)  → Let it set for 30 minutes.

As you can see, I don’t pipe outlines, I flood straight away.

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5) Pipe the center of the bow with dark violet flood royal icing. Optional: add some coloured sugar before the icing dries and it’ll be attached straight away  → Let it set for 30 minutes.

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6) Pipe both sides of the bow with dark violet flood royal icing. Straight away, use the wet on wet technique: pipe some dots with light violet flood royal icing or pipe two horizontal lines instead and marble the pattern with a scriber (upwards and downwards motion, from left to right) → Let it dry.

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7) When the cookies are dry enough (after 6-12 hours) pipe the mouth with red medium consistency royal icing (soft peaks) → Let it set for 15 minutes .

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8) Pipe the tongue with pink medium consistency royal icing (soft peaks) →Let it dry.

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9) Paint the pupils by using a toothpick and black food coloring → Let it dry completely for some hours before wrapping.

As another example to use a cutter with different purposes than the usual one, in a previous occasion I used a simple  heart-shaped cutter to make underwear cookies. Anyway these frogs are more genuine! They were designed using my imagination!

 Ribbit, ribbit!

See you soon,

Sara