How To Make Reverse Silhouette Cookies

You know I love making cookies. (PLEASE tell me that is not a surprise at this point.) Some days I love sketching the designs very best. Some days mixing colors is my favorite thing in the world. Some days I'm most in love with the details that take my very mediocre and slightly disturbed design and turn into a cookie that people won't run from screaming. Oh! And you *know* I love smudging up a cookie. And when I see those cookies all laid out together on a platter like so many blossoms of a perfect spring hydrangea...I just can't wait to do it all again!

Sometimes though... I kind of hate making cookies. I hate the dish washing. And the late night baking because I COMPLETELY forgot about those cookies until the second before I slipped into the oblivion of sleep. Sometimes I don't want to go digging through my endless and utterly disorganized cutter bins to find a cutter that I might not even have. And WHY do red and blue food color not always make purple??!!! And don't even get me started on icing consistency and my lack of patience to achieve perfection before ruining half of the cookies which of course leads to another round of late night baking...this time with burnt cookies because I fell asleep and didn't hear the timer. And the icing on my clothes that I never notice until I'm in public somewhere....

So imagine my surprise at a set of cookies that were truly fun to make through every single step. Every one of them. It might be a miracle. Let's sell them on ebay.

And even better -- I got to snag the design from my cousin's fantastic paper creation blog -- Simply Pam's Creations for our monthly Cookies and Cards design exchange! (I make one of her designs into cookies and she makes one of my cookies into a card! Yeay!)

They are so so fun! Want to try?!

1.  Print out your silhouette and tape it to the back of a baking sheet. Draw a geometric outline outside of the silhouette. I chose the same shape as my cutter, but you could also do a rectangle or oval. Cover with wax paper. Outline around the silhouette and fill to the outline. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
2. Outline and fill a cookie with the background of your choice. Use the thickest icing possible for your design because you don't want the color to bleed through your transfer.
3. Quickly drop your transfer into the center of your cookie. Press down gently to push the icing up just a little through the center of the silhouette.
4. Outline around the transfer with a medium consistency icing and a #3 tip. (Wouldn't these be SO cute for a baby shower?!)


See what cookie my cousin made into a card HERE

Learn the wooden plank technique in February's McGoo U class HERE.

Find another great silhouette project HERE at SweetAmbs

How To Make Decorated Golf Cookies For Father's Day

Once upon a time, I didn't know how to make cookies that looked like anything but a sadly mishapen chocolate chip cookie. And then I read a magical book called Cookie Craft and it was like a portal to this fantastic world of sugar and art. (You might have seen it around before with those beautiful blue and lime green snowflakes on the cover.) And it kind of created a little cookie making monster out of me. And I liked that. The end.

Except it's not the end because those two girls behind the Cookie Craft are re-releasing it with a gorgeous new cover AND it's now in paper back!

But don't worry -- it still has all those details, techniques and planning suggestions that you've come to rely on. Like this cookie planning chart that reminds you of all the details you're going to forget exactly one jillion times before those cookies finally make it out the door.

And it has 150 cookie designs to help jump-start your creativity. Like these golf cookies for Father's Day! They are my favorite cookie in the whole book. Cutting out an actual hole for the golf cup? Brilliant. And one thing led to another....and then I had a whole pile of golf cookies on my counter and I couldn't account for the last 2 days of my life.

If you are making golf cookies for Father's Day, I highly recommend you check out THESE cookies from Callye at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle and then find your bus cutter and come back here to make these golf cart cookies.

1. Before baking, flatten the top of the cut-outs with a knife. When the cookies are baked and cooled, grab some medium-consistency blue icing and a #3 tip and pipe the hood and top of the golf cart. Let it dry for a couple of hours so the blue doesn't bleed into the white.
2. Outline and fill the middle are of the golf cart with medium-consistency white icing and a #3 tip. Pipe the bumper with medium-consistency gray icing and a #3 tip. Let dry for 30 minutes.
3. Add tires and a steering wheel with thick consistency black icing and a #3 tip. Give the cart some headlights with the white icing. (Do golf carts have headlights?) (They should if they don't.) (You know. Safety first and all.)
4. Add a license plate with the white icing. Pipe a square shape in orange and 3-4 random gray rectangles above it. Let everything dry for an hour.
5. Add the club shafts with thick gray icing and a #1.5 tip. Pipe a strap for the golf bag with the orange. Add a hood line, sides, and outline the top with thick blue icing and a #3 tip. When the license plate is fully dry, use a black food color marker to add letters.


Hole-in-one golf cookies at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

See the golf ball technique from Jennifer at The Blue Bonnet Bake Shoppe that changed the cookie decorating world HERE.

Learn how to make these 3D golf cookies at SweetAmbs.


How To Make Princess Carriage Cookies (Tutorial)

I kind of have a lot of cookie cutters. I could probably melt them down and make a model version of the Taj Mahal that would actually fit people inside it. I mean... it might be a little cramped. And it probably wouldn't hold up in bad weather. In fact, it would be a downright liability if there was a tornado. Also...if I did that, I couldn't use them to make cookie cutters anymore. So I didn't. Because I like cookies. But also because I'm not actually capable of recreating the Taj Mahal out of tin and plastic.

So I decided to give some of my cutters away. (Gasp!) What? Don't you gasp at me. You all know you've got cutters piled away that you probably won't ever use. Or cutters in triplicate because you just keep forgetting you already own it and buy another one.

Here's the funny part though. I looked at my box of princess cutters and thought to myself-- "Self *these* are some cutters you will never use." And I promptly gave away 85% of them.

And then a week later, I realized I have THREE little girls living in my house. And they have SIX little girl cousins and THIRTY-SEVEN little girl friends. And my self said, "Oops."

So when the occasion arose to whip up some princess cookies  for one of those little girl cousins... I had to get a little creative with the carriage. Can you guess what I used? I bet you won't guess so I will just tell you. I used a Mickey Mouse pancake shaper. You might have guessed the Mickey Mouse part on your own. It's uh...not really a complicated shape, is it?

1. Use a medium consistency light blue icing and a #3 tip to give the carriage wheel and pipe an upside down "U" shape that makes this carriage look like it's wearing a helmet. Let the icing set.
2. Add darker blue stripes with medium consistency icing and a #3 tip. Flood the wheels with white icing. Let it dry for 20 minutes.
3. Use the light blue icing to fill in the door of the carriage. Put a #1.5 tip on the dark blue icing and pipe some spokes on the wheels.
4. Use the white icing to fill in the window of the carriage and to pipe a small step on the bottom.
5. Add fenders with the dark blue icing and a #3 tip. (Do carriages HAVE fenders? I think they should.) Pipe a line across the bottom of the window with thick white icing and a #3 tip.
6. Pipe a line of icing across the top of the carriage and immediately cover with sugar pearls. Add a larger pearl at the top and you are done!


Make these perfect little princesses with Callye at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

Find out how to make these princess crowns with Lisa at The Bearfoot Baker.