Skull & Crossbone Cookies:
The skull & crossbone cookies are a simple design but I wanted to show you how they came together. One of my favorite decorating techniques is using another cutter to make an impression on a cookie before you bake it. This leaves you guides for decorating. I learned this technique from the amazing Sugarbelle here.
I used two different sizes of heart cutters to leave impressions of the eyes & nose on the cookies.
To avoid bleeding I let the white dry for several hours before filling in the eyes & nose with black flood consistency icing. Finally, once the cookies were completely dry, I used a small paint brush and black gel food coloring to paint on eyelashes. I learned this technique for Sugarbelle here.
My sister had to point out to me that I did not do a mouth on the cookies. This was done on purpose. I wanted the design to be all about the eyes and nose. I wanted a girlie cookie without making it look like a Monster High cookie. I think the hearts and lashes gave me just the right amount of girlie.
To make the panda cookies I started with cookies that had already been outlined & flooded white and were completely dry. I used my Kopykake to trace an image I found online onto the cookies with a black edible marker.
I won’t go into too much detail about the penguin cookies because they have been done before. My Valentine’s Day penguins were created after seeing this great tutorial by The Bearfoot Baker. I love this penguin cutter and it is the best 99 cents I have ever spent (got it on clearance at Michael’s Craft Store during Christmas). Who says a seasonal cutter has to only be for that particular season? These penguins made their way from being cold weather penguins all snuggled up in their hats & scarves (still my favorites Lisa) to Valentine’s penguins still wearing hats for the cold but finding warmth through love (I know cheesy). Now they are party penguins ready to celebrate a birthday. These could be baby shower penguins too with little beanies on. Just saying.