I'm a "say what you mean and mean what you say" kind of girl.
My children are not. They say things like, "I hate that shirt more than a million." More than a million WHAT exactly? More than a million chocolate covered caramels piled on a silver tray with my name on it? Because then I would agree that I hate that shirt more than I hate a million chocolate covered caramels piled on a silver tray with my name on it.
My girl child has started saying, "I don't have any shoes." You know, while standing in a pile of shoes that reaches from her closet to her bedroom door. *I* don't even own that many shoes.
Or they say, "You NEVER EVER make food I like." You can imagine that in the history of their little lifetimes that I've never once made pizza or hotdogs or quesadillas or chocolate chip cookies or popcorn or french fries. Never ever apparently.
And my personal favorite, "But ALL THE GIRLS have horses. I NEED one." Clearly I live in the Wild West and all of my daughter's friend do indeed have horses of their very own. And somehow this little girl that I'm raising is the first known case of a debilitating illness that leaves her unable to use her own limbs to stand up and get dressed if she is not currently owning a horse. (In fact, not a SINGLE person I know owns or even rides horses. Not one.) (Unless there is some secret, underground basement horse-riding ring in the neighborhood that I don't know about. And if that's the case ---all of you mothers out there are in BIG TROUBLE!)
I don't even know where this love of all things horses came from. I'm pretty sure she's only seen a real live horse exactly one time in her life. And she was terrified. But now I've got to learn all about them in the three weeks before she moves on to ballerinas or the color aqua.
It's kind of perfect timing though because the Kentucky Derby was last weekend and the other two big races are still coming up this month. Are you going to have a Derby party? Or have a child that NEEDS horse cookies? I've got you covered!
1. Use a shield cutter to cut out the top center of Semi Sweet's bird cutter. (I bet a pineapple cutter would work too!) Bake and cool like you normally do.
2. Use a medium consistency cream icing to outline and fill the bottom half of the cookie. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
3. Outline and fill the top half of the head with a dark tan icing. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
4. Pipe the top half of the ears with the dark tan icing. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
5. Add the bottom half of the ears with the cream icing. (PS: How weird is my cookie placement in this photo?! It's like I've lost my mind.)
6. Add a mane with dark brown icing. Use the same dark brown icing or black icing to pipe eyes and a mouth. Use the dark tan icing to pipe two nostrils. Let dry for 15 minutes.
7. Use a #1.5 tip to add detail to the mane. Add pink cheeks with a brush and pink food coloring. Then give them to your child before the damage becomes irreversible and they are permanently melted to their bedroom floor.
See how Sugarbelle makes a horse from a skull and star cutter.