I INSISTED it was shutterfly.. like the website. She INSISTED that it was fluttershy. Somehow after discussing this for like an hour, I convinced the poor girl that it was shutterfly. Mommy always wins.. then we went to this My Little Pony birthday party where the birthday girl herself told me the pony was Fluttershy. AH! I led my poor girl astray because of my pride telling me that a 6 year could not know more than her much older and wiser mother. Oh the young will shame the old.
So I was asked to make these cookies for a friend's daughter's party and so I thought I would do my first tutorial. So bare with the me here if it's too wordy or boring. :)
First things first, draw the picture on a piece of paper. Because I don't own a kopykake and didn't want to spend $ on a cutter that I might never use again, I did this all by hand. I drew fluttershy and E embellished it with the butterflies and the stripe in the tail. :)
|I put packing tape around the edges so that the image was a little firmer when cutting the dough, and so the ink wouldn't be in direct contact with the dough.|
|Roll out the dough|
|Lay your image on the dough and cut the outline with a knife.|
|Here's the cut dough.. Hubs says it looks like an elephant. I usually chill for 20-30 minutes before baking simply because all the cutting can soften the dough a lot.|
Now after I bake the cookies, when any design is intricate and has distinctive proportions, I like to use a food pen to draw out the design before I get to the icing. It's more work, but it would kill me to ice freehand and then realize the proportions were incorrect.
|Fluttershy drawn out with a food pen|
|You can see how none of them are perfect. The one on the right front didn't have a good head or eye, so I drew over it to fix it. That's the nice thing about drawing it first!|
|I tend to stay real close to the cookie on intricate parts and pull up and away on longer/straighter lines.|
|Fill in the hair|
|Fill in the body color.|
|Using a #1 tip, Fill in the outer eye color (I filled in the black part when I was outlining)|
|Fill in the blue|
|Again with #1 tip, draw over the eyelash to make it stand out|
Here are the cookies finished and ready to go.. I think there were about 18 in all. They dry matte, but with a slight sheen.
|Funny thing is that I wanted to cut all the cookies around the wings individually, but after like 2, I got too tired.. so what started as this, turned to...|
|this. hehe I think it was fine. :)|
|Had to pack these bad boys in quart bags because they were so big!|