One of my New Year’s resolutions is to post more of my baking projects on this website. This will require me to remember to take photos while I’m baking and decorating, organize my time more efficiently, and learn to take better pictures. That’s a tall order for me, but here I go. Baby steps.
So here’s my first post of 2016: Sports Themed Baby Shower Cookies. These are not my original design. My customer sent me a photo of the cookies she wanted and asked me to include soccer cookies along with the baseball cookies, football cookies, and basketball cookies from her photo. I tracked down the photo to Baking In Heels on Etsy. Her cookies are beautiful.
I used a baby rattle cookie cutter like this. For the football cookies, I also used a football shaped cutter from this set. I combined the two cookie cutters to get the football shaped rattle using this tutorial.
I didn’t take any photos while baking and decorating this time, but cut me some slack, this New Year’s resolution is a work in progress. Teeny, tiny baby steps.
To make these cookies, you will need:
- baby rattle cookie cutter
- football shaped cookie cutter
- your favorite sugar cookie recipe
- your favorite royal icing recipe
- Americolor chocolate brown food color gel
- Americolor bright white food color gel
- Americolor super red food color gel
- Americolor super black food color gel
- Americolor orange food color gel
- Food color marker ( I prefer a light color like yellow – see instructions)
Football Baby Rattle Cookie: Outline and flood the football shape in brown royal icing. Let dry. Outline and flood the handle in brown. Let dry. Outline and flood the shaft of the rattle in brown. Let dry overnight.
Once dry, add the football detail in piping consistency white royal icing using a small round tip. I used a PME round 1.5 tip, my favorite decorating tip. Then add the white bow. Finished.
Basketball Baby Rattle Cookie: With a small round tip (I used the PME 1.5 tip again), pipe the black detail of the basketball with black piping consistency royal icing. Let dry completely to avoid bleeding of black icing into orange icing. Why do I mention this? Let’s just say I may have learned the hard way. And I truly want to save you the frustration. You’re welcome.
Once dry, carefully fill in the basketball with orange royal icing. Let dry. Outline and flood the handle of the rattle in orange. Let dry. Outline and flood the shaft of the rattle in orange. Let dry overnight.
Now you can add the bow in black piping consistency royal icing. Done.
Baseball Baby Rattle Cookie: Outline and flood the baseball shape in white royal icing. Let dry. Outline and flood the handle in white. Let dry. Outline and flood the shaft of the rattle in white. Let dry overnight.
Once dry, use piping consistency red royal icing with a small round tip to pipe on the baseball details and the red bow. Done. This one is the easiest of the four.
Soccer Baby Rattle Cookie: This is the most challenging of the four cookies, but with my iPad, the Camera Lucida app, and this tutorial, you can draw the soccer ball on the cookie with a food color marker.
Next, fill in the black part of the soccer ball with black royal icing. Once it is completely dry, fill in the white part of the soccer ball with white royal icing. Let dry. Now outline and flood the handle of the rattle in black royal icing. Let dry. Then outline and flood the shaft of the rattle in white royal icing. Let dry overnight.
All that’s left to do is pipe on the bow with black piping consistency royal icing using a small round tip.
Your cookies are done! Enjoy!
And now I am done with my first post of 2016. And I’m well on my way to keeping my resolution. Yay me!