Friday, February 18, 2011

Cookie Tip: Making Your Own Shapes

Remember these little guys from Valentine's Day?  I've been getting questions from some of my friends asking me where I'd gotten the cute little cutter. 

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[smug smile]  Sadly, I don't have a cute little cutter, although if I did, you can betcher buns I'd be making a mint off of it!  So how DID I get the little lovebirds to come out so cute?


Here's how!

I scored this neat little trick from my fellow Texan, Sweet Sugarbelle.  If you love cookies as much as I do, please check out her blog.  She has great tutorials and cookies to share that are sure to expand your brain's metaphorical waistline!  Anyway, she had a post a few weeks back about some cookies she made by piecing together cookie dough.


As you can see in the picture above, I used a paisley shaped cutter for the bird bodies (actually, it was a Wilton leaf-shaped fondant cutter that I bent out of shape a little) and then a small heart-shaped fondant cutter that I used for the wing and the feet.  After cutting out the body, I cut out a heart shape where I wanted my wing to go.  I then flipped the heart cutter upside down and took out a small chunk at the base.  The dough heart got slipped in the notch, and voila!  A lovebird cookie!

For the other bird, I pressed the heart shaped cutter into the body, but not all the way through.  

My lovebirds were not very big, maybe 2.5" total, which wasn't a bad size.  I think I may need to find myself a bigger paisley or leaf shape so that I can make this a staple in my repertoire.  They would be super cute for wedding showers, weddings, Valentine's Day, or any other bird theme party!

I hope this technique will give you ideas on how you can create your own sugar cookie shapes.

Happy Baking,
Kelly

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