A few months ago, my husband's coworker asked me to make cookies for a Dr. Seuss themed baby shower. She sent me a few Dr. Seuss cartoon images, and I was immediately excited at the challenge! We decided that I would make Cat In The Hat cookies, Cat's hat cookies, and One Fish Two Fish cookies.
The first thing I did was ask my husband to make me a Hat cookie cutter. He's the best at making custom copper cutters! (See my Superman, Thomas the Train, Dora The Explorer, Spiderman, custom Cat, and Standing Piggy cookies). We even have an Etsy shop up for them!
After using my favorite cookie and royal icing recipes, both from Peggy Porschen's "Pretty Party Cakes", I was ready to decorate my cookies! I started by piping an outline and stripes on the hat cookies with stiff black royal icing. Then I filled them in with red and white runny icing.
After letting them dry overnight, I finished them by using an edible food marker to draw on the details, to give them a "cartoon" look.
For the Cat In the Hat cookies, there were a few more steps. First, I used royal icing to hand pipe each Cat onto waxed paper, let them dry overnight, and then used an edible food marker to draw on the face and the details. Then after I baked rectangular cookies, I outlined and filled them with blue royal icing, peeled off the pre-made Cats, and dropped them on the cookies while the blue icing was still wet.
These ended up being the most complicated cookies I've ever made! But they were also super challenging and so much fun, and totally worth it!