How to Make Cameo Cookies From a Mold

I don't know about you guys, but I just can't make myself turn on my oven right now. It's like my oven is telepathic. If I even get out my sketch book and cutters, it somehow heats my house up another 10 degrees. And then I get all heat lethargic and have to crawl around looking for water and refuge. Which is awkward because it doesn't seem to affect my children.

So I make cameo cookies. Because even though they *do* require an oven, they also require a little bit of freezer time as well. And they make me wish that I had a walk-in freezer room in my house. I would put a couch in there. And maybe some wall art to cheer the place up a bit. And I would invite people over for freezer parties. And I would be the coolest neighbor on my whole street. It would be like a thing. I would be that one neighbor, you know, with the giant freezer room full of wall art and a couch. Oooh. And I would start making my own popsicles. I heard that if you freeze pudding, it's basically a fudge-sicle. I'm going to try that out right after we finish off these cameo cookies.

1. Use a non-spreading cookie recipe for these cookies. Press cookie dough into a cameo setting mold. (I got mine HERE.) Press gently along the edges to smooth out the cookie dough. Place in the freezer for 60 seconds.
2. Peel the silicone mold away from the cookie dough and place the cookie dough on a baking sheet.
3. Bake as normal. I tried freezing the cameos before baking and baking straight out of the mold and I couldn't see a difference between the two methods. If you are worried about your recipe spreading while baking, try freezing the cameos for 10-15 minutes before baking.
4. Melt white chocolate chips, almond bark or candy melts in a bowl. Use a paintbrush or boo-boo stick to cover the design part of a cameo mold. (I got mine HERE.) Place in the freezer for 2 minutes.
5. Knead a small ball of colored fondant until soft. Remove the mold from the freezer and gently press the fondant into the remaining spaces. Place back in the freezer for 60 seconds.
6. Peel the silicone mold gently away from the cameo. Place the cameo directly on to the setting cookie. The cold fondant will get sticky as it comes back to room temperature and will adhere itself nicely to the cookie without any more work from you. It really is the perfect summer cookie. I've found that brushing some luster dust onto the actual cookie part of the cameo will bring out the details in the setting. But you don't have to do that if you're already to hot and tired from all that un-molding.



 There are SO many great cameo molds at Decorate The Cake. You can also find great ones on Etsy. Just make sure they are food safe molds.

You could literally fill a whole jewelry box with these cookies. Try them with different colors of fondant and luster dusts for different looks.

Under The Sea Creatures -- Cookies and Cards

How to make under the sea decorated cookies -- tutorials

You guys know this is my favorite day of the month! I get to peruse my cousin's fantastic paper creation blog and then recreate one of them in sugar form. I actually made these awhile and I have been SAVING them for some reason that even I don't comprehend. And also I may have forgotten I had them for awhile. But here we are with some of the cutest, most adorablest sea creature cookies I've ever made.

Which is not a surprise considering I used this CUTEST BEYOND WORDS crab card as my inspiration!!!! WHY did I not also make the flower?! (Because I'm just awful at flowers, that's why. But next time...Imma brave it anyway. It's just too cute.)

How to make under the sea decorated cookies -- tutorials
1. Bake yourself a crab shaped cookie. You can eat one of them if you want to. I won't tell.

2. Using thick black icing and a #2 tip, outline the entire cookie. For some reason, I thought it made sense to leave gaps for the eyes. doesn't. Just outline the whole thing. Let the outline dry for an hour or 60 minutes -- whichever comes first.

3. Flood the middle of the cookie with medium consistency red icing. Let it dry completely.

 4. Put a drop of red icing on the back of a pre-made eyeball and squish them down at the top of that cute little crab's face. Add some pink little cheek circles. With thick black icing or a food color marker, add a smile and some stitch lines around the edges.

How to make under the sea decorated cookies -- tutorials

1. This guy has 8 legs. That's kind of a lot. Don't freak out though. You can do this. Using a thick black icing, pipe the head first and then starting from the left and working to the right, outline every other leg.

2. Come back and fill in the missing legs. If you're not sure where the leg should go, just make a squiggly line. That seemed to work well for me. Then pipe a curved line at the end of each leg. Let the outline dry for a couple of hours.

3. You are going to be filling in some tiny spaces here. Make sure you use new icing or a dehydrator/fan. I used both....because that's the kind of person I am. Flood the face and the top portion of each leg with a bright yellow icing. Use a toothpick to guide the icing into any cramped little corner that it is desperately trying to stay away from. Then fill in the ends of each leg with a lighter yellow icing. Let it dry overnight.

4. Using a small drop of icing, attach some pre-made eyeballs. With pink icing, make some adorable little cheeks. As a finishing touch -- use thick black icing or a food color marker to add a happy little smile and some stitch lines around the outside of the head and the top of each leg.

 1. Using thick black icing, outline the body. Add some fins on top and bottom, and a squiggly shaped tail. Let dry for an hour or so.

2. Flood the body with light blue medium consistency icing. Flood the fins and tail with a darker blue icing and let dry for 3-4 hours.

3. Using your thick black icing to pipe another fin on top of the body. (How many fins does one fish NEED?) Let that dry for another hour.

4. Fill in the fin with dark blue icing, and add some lips with the same color. (He's got LIPS too? This is one crazy fish.) Put a drop of blue icing on the back of a pre-made eyeball and attach it to his face. Using pink icing, give him a little cheek somewhere below the eyeball. Using thick black icing or a food color marker, give him an eyebrow and add some stitches along the outside of the body.

 1. I kind of love seahorse cookies. And I'm afraid of them. But not this one. This was was actually easier than I expected. Start by outlining the fins on the seahorse first with thick black icing.

2. Starting in the middle of the tail, pipe a swirl pattern outwards and then up the right edge of the cookie. If you could find it in your heart to make a couple of your swirls a little wonky like mine, I would really appreciate the show of solidarity on this one. Finish outlining the rest of the body. Let your outline dry for at least an hour.

3. With flood consistency dark fuschia type icing, fill in the body area and then use light colored fuschia type icing to flood the fins and stomach area of the seahorse. Let that dry overnight.

4. Put a drop of that fuschia type icing on the back of some pre-made eyeballs and attach them right next to each other at the top of the head. I suppose you really only have to use one if you wanted to conserve eyeballs or if you just felt it looked better with one, but I'm going to tell you right now that...umm, I used two. Add some pink cheeks. With thick black icing or a food color marker, add stitches around the edges of the cookie. Look really close at the tail part though..don't go all the way to the middle with both sides. It just looks busy. End your outside line of stitches at the beginning of the swirl. Now that I've complicated that beyond belief... let's call it a day, shall we?


Go see which of my cookie designs Pam made into a card HERE.

Grab the cutters for the CRAB, OCTOPUS, SEAHORSE, and FISH here.

Simple Seahorse Cookies with Callye of Sweet Sugarbelle.

See how to make all four of these sailboats HERE

How To Make Sailboat Cookies -- 4 Ways

There was a time in my life that summers meant sailboats. Little tiny one person sailboats that I could carry all by myself....Sailboats I made out of spare parts and fiberglass....Catamaran sailboats that would fly practically sideways through the water...Big ol' sailboats with booms and giant genoa sails that you could sleep in for days. I taught people to sail and took people on sailing tours and I raced sailboats and very nearly won... and I never thought I would find something that made me that happy.

And then, guess what? There are a MILLION fantastic things in this life! Like getting married and crazy kids and living in South Korea and whitewater rafting and rock climbing and making cookies and MAKING COOKIES WITH COOKIE FRIENDS!!!

I just spent this weekend hanging out with cookie friends and filming some shows for McGoo U. And basically, I'm high on life right now. I wish I could share this week with all of YOU! But since I can't, I'm going to share sailing cookies with you instead! And not just one....but FOUR sailing cookies. Ready?

1. Let's start with the little guy. You could probably pull this boat in and out of the water by yourself. Start with medium consistency brown icing and a #3 tip. Pipe a vertical line from the tip of the cookie down to *almost* the bottom. Then pipe a horizontal line from the left point to meet the mast. Use thick black icing and a #2 tip to outline the sails and the hull of the boat. Let it dry for an hour.
2. Fill in the bottom section of the hull with light blue medium consistency icing.
3. Use medium consistency white icing to fill in the main sail and the jib. (That's the swoopy looking sail on the front.) Fill in the top part of the hull with the light blue icing.
4. Use darker blue icing and a #1.5 tip to add details along the hull.

1. This is my favorite size boat -- it's for sharing with friends! Let's do the mast first. Use medium consistency brown icing and a #3 tip. Pipe a straight line from the top of the cookie down to just below where the sails end. Use thick black icing and a #2 tip to outline the sails and the hull of the ship. Finish by piping stripes across the sail and the jib.
2. Use medium consistency red icing to fill in the hull and pipe a small triangle flag at the top of the mast. Use medium consistency blue icing to fill in the outside stripes on the sail.
3. Fill in the sails with medium consistency white icing. Grab some light blue icing and fill in those middle stripes. Allow to dry for 2-3 hours.
4. Add a small red star to the main sail after the white is completely dry.

1. A pirate ship! I've never sailed one of these, but my kids wish we could. Use medium brown icing and a #2 tip to outline the bottom of the ship and the yard arm and tip of the mast at the top of the ship. Outline the main sail next with thick black icing and a #2 tip. Finish by piping two small lines in brown to connect the sail to the hull.
2. Fill in the yard arm and the hull of the ship with medium consistency brown icing. While the brown icing is still wet, pipe 5 small drops of white icing and then 5 smaller drops of black icing on top to create the portholes for the cannons.
3. Use medium consistency white icing and a #3 tip to fill in the sail. Let it dry completely.
4. Fill the mast with brown icing and add details to the sail with thick red and black icing and #1.5 tips.

1. Oh how I wish I could sail on a tall ship!!! Sadly, I don't think I've ever even seen one in person. This cookie will have to fulfill that dream. Outline the sails first. Use thick black icing and a #1.5 tip. Start with the left column of square sails. Pipe a squarish shape and then two more underneath it. Do the same thing with the right column of square sails. Then pipe a triangle shape for the jib at the front and a trapezoid shape at the back for the driver sail. Outline the hull with medium consistency brown icing and a #1.5 tip.
2. Fill in the hull with medium consistency brown icing. Immediately add 3 drops of white icing and then 3 more smaller drops of black icing on top of those to create the portholes.
3. Carefully fill in the sails with medium consistency white icing and a #2 tip.
4. Pipe the tops and bottoms of the masts with brown icing.


Get the cutters for the sailboat, yacht, pirate ship, and sailing ship.

Learn how to make sand pail cookies HERE.


Make seashell cookies without seashell cutters HERE.