Thursday, June 27

Decorated Pinwheel Cookies

     Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here?!  Well I can't.  If you happen to need some pinwheel cookie flair for the 4th then I've got you covered.  These are the best kind of decorated cookies because they look complicated but they're totally easy.  You can wow your friends at the BBQ!

Cutting Pinwheel Cookies

A pinwheel isn't a common cookie cutter but that's okay because you don't really need one.
  • Start by cutting a square.
  • Use a corner of the square cutter to clip a little triangle from the side of the dough.
  • Work around the square clipping a triangle from each side. 
     To get all those little triangle cuts straight and even it's soooo much easier if you use a template as a guide with the cutter.   This approach is like a hybrid between hand cutting and cutting with a cookie cutter.  You can size the pinwheel template to fit your square cookie cutter like I did or make pinwheels in a variety of sizes by cutting around the sides of the template with the square cutter as well as cutting out the points.

     You can size and print the template below onto cardstock and throw it away when you're done with your cookies or you can print and trace the template onto clear plastic from a deli container lid or a milk jug and use it again some time.

Decorating Pinwheel Cookies

     The "trickiest" part of decorating the pinwheel cookies is getting the first triangles in the right place and honestly it's not that tricky at all.

  1. Pipe a line down the center of the cookie from the edge of one triangle to the other.  
  2. Pipe the same line across the cookie horizontally.
  3. Pipe a line from the point of one triangle down to the opposite point crossing at the center.  Repeat from the other side. 
  4. Close off the little triangles.  Don't worry too much about all the points matching up perfectly in the center of the cookie because you're going to cover them later anyway.
  5. Flood fill the little triangles before the outline dries to help prevent cratering in the small areas. 
  6. If you like you can add details while the icing is wet.  The wet lines will sink into the wet base and dry smoothly.  (This is known as wet on wet technique)  Personally, I like to wait until the base is dry before adding details but that's just me.

  • After the small triangles have dried for a few hours outline the large triangles.
  • Let the outline set up a minute or so and then flood fill the large triangles.
  • Let the icing dry for several hours and finish off with piping details.  Don't forget to add a dot of icing in the center for the "pin" to complete the pinwheel.  
     You can get as fancy or stay as basic as you like with the piping details.  They look great in simple solid colors or covered in dots and stripes.  I probably got a little too crazy with the details but they look great anyway!  For a cute spin on stars and stripes try tiny white flowers instead of stars and chevron stripes.  Plus a little touch of yellow and aqua freshens up the traditional red white and blue while still remaining patriotic. 

     If you'd like to see a totally different approach to making 3D pinwheel cookies you should check out this cool post by Not Your Momma's Cookie!

Other 4th of July goodness;

Easy Firework Cookies
4th of July Rocket Cookies

Thursday, June 13

Super Babies Cookie Tutorial

     These cookies mark a rare occasion for me because I've actually made them more than once.  Since cookies are a hobby for me and not a business I usually only make a design one time and then move on to something new but these Super Hero baby onesies are so easy and so cute I decided to make them again in honor of the new Superman movie coming Friday. (which of course I'm very excited to see!)

     For these cookies you will need a onesie cookie cutter (or a romper or bodysuit or whatever you call it)   I used the onesie cutter from the Wilton Baby Cookie Cutter set which is available at all the big craft stores.  This is a good set to have because both the onesie and the sitting bear are on my list of favorite cookie cutters. 
    You could certainly make these cookies by just decorating the onesie as it is but it's pretty easy to add a few cute pieces for a little Superhero flair!

Part 1 - Cutting the Superhero Onesie Cookies:

     I used a flag cookie cutter to cut the blowing cape for Baby Superman.   To attach the cape, first cut both the flag and the onesie individually.  Then use the onesie cutter to cut the flag. 

     Transfer the onesie to the cookie sheet and then attach the cape.  Once the cookies are baked and cooled the seam should be strong enough and won't break with normal handling.  Try to move the cookies as little as possible though until they have cooled.

     You can also use a bat or bell cookie cutter to add a cape around the onesie like I did for these Baby Batman and Robin cookies

  To make a girl's dress for Baby Wonder Woman first cut the onesie shape.  Then use a large slightly curved shape like a pumpkin or an oval to cut the sleeve off and cut the skirt in one clean line.  If you'd like to leave the sleeve attached then I would suggest using a Christmas tree cutter for the skirt.

     Use a knife or the large round to cut under the skirt and then transfer the pieces to your cookie sheet. 

     For Batman I added some little short pants.  You can use any squarish shape that is the same size as the onesie cutter.  After you've transferred the shapes to the cookie sheet cut a little notch to make the pants.

Part 2: Decorating the Cookies:

     To decorate the baked cookies start by outlining the shapes in royal icing.   You'll notice I filled in the bottom of Batman's pants right away. In smaller areas like this filling the shape while the outline is still wet can help to prevent those pesky craters.

     Let the outline dry for several minutes and then fill alternating sections.  I used royal icing transfers to make the emblems super easy.  (visit this post for more information about transfers) Use tweezers to gently place the dry transfer in the wet icing.

     Give the icing a couple hours to dry and then fill the remaining sections.   Let the cookies dry for several more hours or overnight. 

   Finish off with a few quick piping details and you're done!   Don't forget to include the diaper snaps so that the cookies look like baby clothes.

     Of course, every Super Baby needs an alter-ego so you can always use these shapes with everyday colors!

     See what did I tell you? Cute and Easy!