Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Frankenstein and Monster Cookie Tutorials

Let's be honest. I made a lot of different square cookies. And I, personally, adore those little guys. And I have a tutorial for every single one of them. But you don't love me enough to read one eternally long post detailing each cookie. Not all in one sitting at least. So I broke it up into pieces. But in a good way. Not in a China vase falling off the top shelf kind of way.

Oh, and for all of you that don't know this -- I use just ONE consistency of icing. It's roughly 12-15 second icing. But do what you want. If you like your cookies with a piped outline and a flooded middle, then go right ahead and do that. Just outline each area first and fill in. You know, just like you always do. 


HOW TO MAKE FRANKENSTEIN

This guy is seriously my favorite. But don't tell the other cookies I said that. First -- make a square cookie. I'm just going to assume you can do that all by yourself. Pipe a jagged line across the top of the cookie and fill in the rest of the square. Let it dry for an hour (or 6 if you have super humidity issues.)

And then forget to take a picture of the next part because you're just so excited about finishing it. And ruin your tutorial. And let the world hate you. Then hide in your closet eating ice cream with your children. And then come back and fill in the jagged part with black icing for hair.

Just real quick -- I did this two different ways. They both have nearly the same outcome. And I'm probably insane for caring.... See the guy on the left? I piped that black icing real quick and moved on. Seriously, I don't even know if you can tell, but the guy on the right has slightly more jagged hair. I like it pointy. So after piping THAT black icing, I went back with a toothpick and gently pulled each lock to more of a point over the top of the green icing. So....you know....be insane with me if you want. Or be efficient. It's totally up to you.

Then pipe on some big ol' white dots for the eyeballs. Let it sit for about 2 minutes and then add the black dots on the eyes. Pipe a tiny green dot for the nose. Then you can either pipe on the mouth and the stitches or use a black food marker. And then love him forever.


HOW TO MAKE THE MONSTER GUY

Umm, this one is real easy. You're gonna love it. Probably. As long as you're into that whole making-easy-and-cute-monster-cookies thing.

First, cover a square cookie with purple icing. I used Americolor's electric purple in case you were wondering. And, I just have to say that this cookie really is square. My camera is actually magic. It somehow manages to turn squares into trapezoids. Every time. Seriously. I'm not kidding. This is not just some excuse for a poorly cut out cookie.  I can tell you don't believe me. That's cool. I don't mind. Just be sure to let your cookie dry for an hour or so.

Add 3 white dots for eyes. I found it easiest to put the middle dot on first and then the outside ones. It helped with centering. (And clearly, I could use some help with that!)  Then pipe a half circle in green for the mouth, pulling up just a bit on the sides. Let those two dry for about 2 minutes and then add the tiny green dot for the eyeballs and little white dots for the teeth. Again, I'm obsessed with toothpicks and used one to pull the teeth into more of a point. But, little round teeth are cute, too.

19 comments:

Jana said...

You always make me laugh! Great job!

sweetbakingboutique said...

I dont celebrate halloween but they are soooo cute!

BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} said...

These are so adorable!! I love your Frankenstein (although the monster is very cute too)!! These make me ready for Halloween!!

Lorraine said...

I love these cookies! How do you manage to get humor across in writing? Such an amazing skill. Thank you for the laughs and the tutorials!

Cannot wait to try them! Lorraine @ Lorraine's cookies

Heather said...

These are too fun, thanks for the tutorial! And thanks for getting the Halloween ball rolling :)

Susie said...

Sooo cute! I love how purple and green are the new orange and black! Halloween is not that far away!!

Rhonda S. said...

Love reading your blog, I always smile! These cookies are too cute. I am looking forward to the directions for the other cookies and for October to get here so I can make them :)

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Cute tutorial!

Biscuit Bupkis said...

Im so infatuated with your blog, in a totally on-stalkerish-completely-biscuit-googley-eyed kinda way :) I've just started my biscuit decorating journey, and... aspire to one day have your talent (and witt:P)

www.biscuitbupkis.blogspot.com

amalia said...

These are sooo darn cute!! Question?? What size tip do you use to make the white part of the eye on Frankenstein? I always have trouble with my eyes....often once I add the black dot....after a while a crater starts to form inside the black spot?? Any suggestions??? LOVE LOVE your blog and all of your creations. Thanks so much for sharing and providing so many fabulous tutorials!!!

LilaLoa said...

Amalia -- I use a size 3 tip for the whites and a size 1 tip for the eyes. I have found that if I make the black a little thicker I don't have a problem with the craters. Not so thick that the icing peaks up, but just a little thicker than than the white. I hope it works for you!

amalia said...

Thank you sooo much for your helpful advice!! I will give it a shot!!!

Tails said...

Lol the camera distortion is from shooting wide open as opposed to zoomed in. Like when taking portraits, we never use a lens at its widest zoom, nor at its closest zoom, as both distort wide and thinner respectively.

But that being said, I love this cookies!! :D I so have to make them!!

Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

Both designs are so cute! I'd love for you to add a picture of these to my first every link party. You might be the lucky entrant who wins $70 in baking supplies for adding your Halloween pictures. http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/10/share-your-fun-halloween-edible-crafts.html

Julie E said...

I'm featuring your cookies on my blog today. http://www.whitelightsonwednesday.com/2012/10/15-ghoulishly-good-foods.html

Anonymous said...

Love these! So cute. What cookie recipe did you use?thanks. Brenda

Georganne (LilaLoa) said...

Thanks Brenda! I typically make the chocolate cookies from the recipe on this page -- http://www.lilaloa.com/p/recipes.html


There is also a good vanilla cookie recipe there as well.

silkandcinnamon said...

If you don't use the flood method, what do you do to get the icing to look so perfect? What recipe and what technique? Thanks these are so cute!

Georganne (LilaLoa) said...

silkandcinnamon -- I still outline and flood the cookie. I just do it all with the same consistency of icing, instead of using a thick icing to outline and thin icing to flood.

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