Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Father's Day Cookie Tie Tutorial!

Have you started thinking about Father's Day yet?
(it's okay-I haven't either)

But, I received a couple of emails this week from readers who HAD started planning.  
They were looking for the tutorial for my giant cookie tie.
It wasn't until I went to grab the link for them that I realized I never published it here!
(the tutorial first appeared at

You will need:

Tie-shaped gift box
Royal Icing in both Flood and Piping consistencies
Food Coloring
Pastry bags and/or squeeze bottles and decorating tips
1 1/4 inch strip of card stock

Let's cut out the cookies!

Print your template.

Cut out shapes and tape the two pieces together.

Check the size of the necktie template against the size of your tie box.

Perfect fit!

Place your chilled and rolled cookie dough onto either parchment paper or a silicone liner, 
and then onto your cookie sheet.

Position your template on your dough
Using a thin knife, trim around your template, cutting out your tie.

Remove the excess cookie dough....

...and you have a giant tie cookie ready for the oven!

If you have room, move your template over and cut out a second necktie. 
(Always make an extra if you can, no need to tempt fate.)

Just make sure to leave enough space between your cookies so that they don't bake into each other.
You can use a long spatula to gently space them apart.  

If they are too soft to move, pop your cookie sheet in the fridge for 10 minutes or so and try again.

Bake your cookies at the the recommended temp for your dough.
(Mine is 375)

I started checking these at 8 minutes, but I ended up baking them for 91/2.
You just want the edges to start to get a bit of color.

Prepare your icing in your Dad's favorite colors!

I used:
Dark blue: 10 second flood and piping icing — 
Mixed with navy blue, a little violet and a drop of black.

Light blue: 10 second flood and piping icing — 
Mixed with a small a drop of royal blue.

Orange: 10 second flood icing — Mixed with equal parts orange and electric orange.

White: 10 second flood icing

I like squeeze bottles for my flood icing, so I used those with #3 tips.
Piping icing went into pastry bags fitted with a #2 tip.

Take your strip of card stock and place it diagonally about an inch from the bottom of your tie.
Try to make the slant parallel with the diagonal edge of the tie.

Pipe a dark blue line underneath the bottom of the strip,
and a light blue line along the top.

Now pick up your card stock and place it directly above the line you just made.
Pipe a line above your strip in dark blue.

Using the card stock will ensure that your diagonal lines are both evenly spaced and straight!

Continue this all the way up your tie, alternating colors, until you reach the knot.

When you get to the top, draw a horizontal line across the bottom of the knot,
Make sure you draw the stripe on the knot in the opposite direction!

Connect your stripes along the outer edges with alternating colors.

Let these outlines dry approx. 30 minutes before you flood your cookie.

Time to color it in!

Start by flooding your first diagonal section. 
(I'm using a squeeze bottle with a #3 tip)

Flood until almost full, using tip to push icing into corners.
Immediately pipe a straight line across the section with orange flood icing.

This is called a "wet-on-wet" technique. 
The orange will settle evenly with the dark blue and leave a smooth surface. 

(y'know... like a necktie)

Fill all the dark sections and let set approximately 30 minutes.
Continue this same technique with remaining sections using light blue and white icing.

Let your tie cookie dry overnight! 
No touching!!
The next day your icing will be dry and touchable.

Love is in the details

The final touches always make your cookie extra-special.
With your dark blue piping icing and a #2 tip, 
pipe lines where your sections meet, skipping the knot at the top.

For the knot, use your light blue icing and a #2 tip. 
Pipe a horizontal line where the knot meets the body of the tie.

Finally, outline the edge of your necktie cookie, alternating colors so they match the stripe.
Let dry a few hours, overnight if you can.

Wrap up your Father's Day cookie!

It's really all about the presentation...

The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating this cookie.

I would love to see one covered in sprinkles!!!

I hope this gets you thinking about ways to spoil the dads in your life!

Happy Father's Day!

Thanks for stopping by! Lizy B
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Hibiscus Cookie Tutorial!

I love making flower cookies.

Love, love, love, love....

Especially these tropical hibiscus flowers.

Wanna make some of your own?


Bake flower cookies using a 5 petal flower cutter, but add a leaf shape before baking.
(My favorite flower cutter is actually a sand dollar cutter, but I won't tell anyone if you don't)

When you cut the bottom of the leaf shape out of the flower so that you can fit it into place, 
the outline of the flower is removed.  

Before I bake it, I press the edge of the cookie cutter into the leaf so that I can see the outline again.

Outline your cookie with a #3 tip and piping consistency icing.

Outline your leaf.
Let these dry.

For the inside of your flower you'll use two colors of 10-second flood icing.
I like using one color for the petals and white or yellow for the center.

Starting with your petal color, flood most of your cookie. 

Leave a space about the size of a quarter in the center for your contrasting color.
Try to make the shape somewhat irregular-it doesn't need to be round.

Then quickly fill in the middle.

Now, grab a toothpick, boo-boo stick or stylus...but work quickly!

Put the tip of your tool in the center of your cookie and drag it outward toward the middle of a petal.
Make the line a little bit curved if you can.

Wipe off your tool when you lift it out of the icing.

Do this for each of your five petals.

This time you will start at the outer edge of your flower.

Place your tool into the icing at the point between your petals and draw a line inward, 
ending at the center of your flower.

Repeat that five times all the way around.

That's it!

(If you have any air bubbles left, take care of those now.
Like that huge one up there on the bottom petal!)

Set that cookie aside to dry and start on your next one!

(you can take a minute or two to admire your cookie-I'm sure its gorgeous!!)

When its dry, flood your leaf and outline your flower with your piping icing.

Now, the stamen is super easy, you just have to remember to do it in two steps.

First the bottom part.....

Pipe a curved line, a little longer than half the length of the stamen, 
with yellow piping icing and a #3 tip.

Let it dry!!!

Pipe the end of the stamen with the same icing and tip.
I make a bit of an arrow shape, but a curved rectangle is fine too.

Immediately cover this with sanding sugar.
By letting the bottom dry first, the sugar doesn't stick.

That gives the stamen a lovely 'pollen just on the end' look.

I hope you'll make some of your own!!!

More Flower Cookies!

Surfboards and Flowers!

Tropical Flower Cookies!

Ribbon Rose Cookies!

Baseball Flower Cookies!

Sunflower Cookie Tutorial!

Flower Cookie Pops!

Thanks for stopping by! Lizy B
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Flower Cookie Round-up for May Day!

Happy May Day Everyone!

One of my favorite childhood classroom memories would be making
 May Day baskets in Mrs. Beam's third grade class.  

The baskets were brown construction paper and the flowers were brightly colored tissue.
We spent quite a few days making them, 
and then on May 1st we secretly left them on a neighbors porch as a surprise.

Since I can't leave flowers on all of your doorsteps, 
I thought I'd bring a round-up of my favorite flower cookies to your internet porch!


Zinnias and Canning Jars by Cookies with Character

Painted Flower Bouquets by Arty McGoo

Painted Flower Tutorial by Ali Bee's Bake Shop

Hope you all get the chance to spread some love today.

Happy May Day!

Thanks for stopping by! Lizy B
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