When I was pregnant for the first time I made my own baby shower cookies. They were super simple, decorated with pink and white buttercream and said "It's a Girl". That was 12 years ago...and they sparked something inside me that literally changed my life. Baby shower cookies will always have a special place in my heart!
So of course, our newest decorating kit is all about the BABY Cookies! Be sure to scroll down to see some of these cookies in a baby boy and neutral color palette as well. But for this tutorial...it's all about the baby girls :)
Before we get to the tutorial, can I share some really BIG, EXCITING news!!! We have partnered with The Cookie Countess to create our own line of stencils. And, they are featured in this kit!!!!!! You can also pick them up individually, too!
Drum roll, please. Now Introducing...
Mini Blooms (eeek...such a cute one color floral option!!)
I am totally doing a happy dance over these!! Wait until you see what we are releasing in July! You'll be doing the happy dance with us!
Ok...now I bring you the regularly scheduled Baby Kit Video Tutorial
PREPPING THE COOKIES and YIELD:
COOKIE YIELD: For a single batch of dough I was able to make 20 of these cookies, 5 of each! I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.
TEMPLATES: Using a template can help guide the cookie design and build confidence when decorating. You can use them with a projector or print and cut them out to trace lines (with a food safe marker) on the cookie surface. But sometimes it is quicker to decorate freehand, especially with these pretty straight forward baby cookies. I did not use templates in the video, but I'm providing templates in case it is helpful - ENJOY!
Download the zip file for the templates - CLICK HERE
They are also available as a set with the stencils in the Baby Cookie Decorating Kit - Click here to view in shop!
There are so many cutters, stencils and tools in this box! This kit includes: FIVE cutters (onesie, chubby baby bottle, LilaLoa plaque, footie pajama, and big), The Snuggle is Real Stencil, Mini Blooms Stencil, Single Scraper pack, Tip #301, Tip #44, Boo Boo Stick, 10 Tipless Bags (5 10" and 5 13")! (**kit does not include standard decorating supplies like ingredients, standard tips like #1 or #2, airbrush system, or food gels. These need to be purchased separately.)
The footie pajama cutter might be on my list of top 5 favorite cutters. And with the mini blooms stencil, I'm just swooning. To add the details, I did use two specialty tips, #301 for the 'zipper' and collar and a tip #44 for the cuff and snap cover. So quick and perfect to finish this cookie.
Also featured in the tutorial (and the baby cookie decorating kit) is one royal icing scraper.
This tool is ESSENTIAL for stenciling with royal icing. Here are few tips for stenciling with royal icing:
PREPPING THE ROYAL ICING:
ICING PREP: For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing (about 36 oz of icing) and split it in half (reserving half for another project).
Since it is summer and I want to spend less time mixing icing colors and more time playing outside, I kept the icing palette SUPER manageable with only FOUR icing colors. I used 6 oz of white, 5 oz of light pink (just a teeny drop of the deep pink gel), 3 oz of the dark pink, 3 oz of the sky blue, and 1 oz of the golden yellow. A total of 18 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.
What to see these cookies in a few other color schemes? Here is the footie pajama in yellow, gray and white colors for a neutral baby shower.
And here is some inspiration for baby boy showers:
This boy color palette includes: sky blue, and gray (made with a teeny dot of coal black + white), and a little pink with the hearts.
This boy color palette also includes: light royal blue and gray (made with a teeny dot of coal black + white. I added a pop of silver chevron airbrush to the bottle and onesie!
PLANNING YOUR PROJECT TIMELINE:
(You'll have more fun decorating cookies if you plan ahead and break up the project. It just fits better in my life than tackling everything in one day. Times based on a single batch of cookies, increase as needed):
Day 1 PREP COOKIES AND ICING: Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors - it is helpful to make the colors the day before you decorate because the color will deepen overnight (1 hour)
Day 2 DECORATE: Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the cookie stenciled with royal icing), Piping details, airbrushing, and stenciling (1.5-2.5 hours)
**ALLOW COOKIES TO FULLY DRY 18-24 HOURS BEFORE PACKING. STORE IN A COOL OVEN OVER NIGHT.**
Day 3 PACKING COOKIES: For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.
- Cutters (see above)
- The Snuggle is Real Stencil (see above)
- Mini Blooms Stencil (see above)
- Food Gel Colors (white, sky blue, deep pink, and golden yellow)
- PME Scribe
- Tipless Decorating Bags
- #2 PME Tip (for outlines and details)
- #301 Wilton Tip (for details on pajamas)
- #44 Wilton Tip (for details on pajamas)
- #1 PME Tip (for piping small lace detail on bib)
I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @Flourboxbakery on Instagram and Facebook and use #flourboxbakery so I can see what you create!