Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More on the Seashells

After I posted my seashell cookies yesterday, I took a quick trip around the internet and saw that about a gajillion other people are making seashell cookies this week. Isn't that great?!  I'm totally part of a "fad!" (Or is it a "trend?" Is there a difference?) Anyway...as promised...here is a bit more about how I made them.

 The starfish cookies were probably the easiest. I took a 5 petal flower cutter and pulled the petals out a bit and pinched the ends so they curved sideways. And then after I had baked them all...I realized a star cutter would have been much simpler. I iced the background and let them dry for a couple of hours. Then I used some thicker icing and piped big dots in the middle and slightly smaller dots radiating outwards. Done.


I actually made the cutter for these cookies. I know they sell a clamshell cutter, but I don't like the bottom part of it. Although, I'm fairly sure you could just cut that part off.

But, I think that you could make a similar cookie by cutting out a square cookie and then cutting off two of the edges with a scalloped cutter. (Let's not judge my incredibly skilled paint job, okay?) Or you could use the candy corn cutter from Halloween with a scalloped circle. Or...you could take that candy corn cutter, and just make indents with a toothpick for the scalloped parts. If there is something that works for you...you should probably just do that.

I did this first. I probably shouldn't be blogging today. I can't even think of words to describe this. Umm, I piped half of the pointy-fan-shaped-rib-type-things first. I let them dry for about 30 minutes and filled in the rest of the shell.


I made these with a regular ol' circle cutter.  And a drinking straw. But no duct tape. (Please someone out there tell me that I was not the only girl in the world who was forced to watch MacGyver with her brothers because they outnumbered her 3 to 1, which means I NEVER got to watch My Little Ponies or Rainbow Bright.) 

These would have been THE perfect use for my flimsy metal circle cutters that can't cut a true circle to save their lives. But I couldn't find those cutters. Because I had placed them right next to my rolling pin. (Apparently, being "organized" or "neat" really IS over rated.) So I used my sturdy circle cutter and just stretched them and bent them a little to make them look a little more real.

And then I bent the end of a drinking straw so that it was oval shaped and cut out all the little holes in the sand dollar. Did you know that those holes are called pores? Yeah....not in my cookie they're not. That totally grosses me out.

And don't forget to cut out a notch on the top. That's the detail that makes or breaks this cookie. Seriously...without that you all would have been wondering why I was making daisy frisbees with holes in them. Okay, maybe not...but I like doing it anyway.

So then, you know, you ice the thing and let it dry. When you are icing the top, if you use one consistency icing, make sure you actually don't get too close to the holes. The icing moves a bit and will get itself a lot closer than you originally intended it too.

You can just pipe the petal like pattern on if you want. I wanted it to be a little more subtle so I painted it on. I did one each way in the picture above. (And you probably didn't even notice, did you?)

Just take a dab of icing on the end of a food grade paint brush and then paint one side of a petal. Get a new dab. Repeat. Over and over. And over.

I love that it doesn't have to be perfect or even or anything. You know, because nature is rarely perfect. Whew. I think I need to go take a nap after this post. Good luck with your cookies.


The End.

13 comments:

Lora said...

These are gorgeous and so perfect because today is World Oceans Day!

Haniela said...

These would be also perfect for a beach wedding, so beautiful, like everything you do Georganne.

Lorraine said...

Thanks so much. I cannot wait to try these. They look so beautiful!

Rita said...

They are great! Super gorgeous!

kristen @ just-iced cookies said...

so beautiful - love the straw trick!

Heather said...

These are lovely, so fresh and clean. Thank you for sharing your tricks! And thank you for making me giggle throughout your post.

Glora said...

Great instructions. If only I were good at this sort of thing. But I absolutely LOVE your creations! Hugs- Glora

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

love these cookies! and you make them look so do-able!

andovercookiemama said...

Oh! These are just so perfect! And I loved your tutorial. You make me laugh! :) Susan

SweetSugarBelle said...

I love that you can make all white cookies and still blow it out of the park...

Anne said...

I love your idea for cutting out the seashell. I have the regulation shell cutter and I don't like the bottom either. I'll give your idea a try! BTW, these cookies are gorgeous!

Ordinarylife said...

Forced to watch MacGyver?? I think I made my whole family watch him. I had a huge crush.

katydoescookies said...

Awesome!!! I see some beach cookies in my future!!! Great post!!! Love your humor!! --Katy

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