Sunday, November 6, 2011

animal cookies - giraffes, lions, and elephants


My friend Cindy has a friend Michelle who was planning a carnival-themed birthday party for her daughter, and she asked me to make cookies shaped like animals for the party favors.  After a few emails back and forth, I decided on making elephants, lions, and giraffes.  (Luckily a few months ago I had purchased this animal cookie cutter set, so a variety of different animals were at my fingertips!)


After baking and cooling my cookies, I set out to decorate the cookies with royal icing.  I decided to pipe the elephants in blue, and after the first layer of icing had dried (overnight), I piped on eyes and ears and outlined the elephant for the finishing touches.


For the giraffes, I piped them in yellow, and while the icing was still wet I dropped in some brown royal icing for the spots.  Then after all that had dried, I piped on the eyes and a yellow outline.



The lions were also piped in yellow, and after they dried overnight I piped on a bright orange mane, eyes, and outlined it in yellow as well.  For the mane, I couldn't decide between a curly-Q mane or a solid filled-in mane, so I ended up doing both!


I loved all the colors of the final result!  Stay tuned for my upcoming post on the carnival cake that I made to go with these cookies!


*** Update: The carnival cake post can be found here!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, my gosh...these are just the cutest cookies ever! Brava!!!

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  2. These are just beautiful! I'm so glad that you shared them on Foodbuzz. I buzzed them. How could I not? They are precious. Thank you for sharing, my friend!

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  3. These are seriously so cute! They came out perfect, I wish I had skills like this.

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  4. You are so neat in your piping! You've made all the kids so thrilled! I have pinned this for future reference, for my cousins' childrens' birthday parties:)

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  5. These are soooo cute and perfect! I could go on and on about how much I LOVE these cookies. You are so incredibly talented. :)

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  6. They are so cute! I love cookie baking and so does my little 2 year old. Have I mentioned she is so fascinated by animals? She is! I hope I can find a cookie cutter set just like yours before my daughter's 3rd bday. I would love to have a safari themed party too for her...Thanks for sharing this.

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  7. They are just too cute! You should start a cookie making/decorating class :)

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  8. thanks for all the great comments everyone! i'm so glad you all like the cookies! :)

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  9. ah, the spots on the giraffes are so perfect. just adorable!

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  10. Love them! How did you mix brown royal icing?

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  11. @Irene ting - thanks irene! for brown royal icing i just added a few drops of brown food coloring.

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  12. Gorgeous cookies. You are an artiste. Love them!

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