What happens when two friends who share a love of cookie decorating get together? They make penguin cookies of course.
I have a great friend named Johnna. She lives about an hour away from me so we don’t get together as much as we would like. But when we do get together, we have fun talking about family, work, life, and cookies. There is always a lot of cookie talk. And sometimes like this week we actually get to decorate.
See…I told you she is amazing! When she came over Monday she brought some cutters with her. When she started unpacking the cutters I noticed a tree cutter that I had seen at Michael’s. It was a set of four but she only bought the tree. I started laughing because I bought the other three and not the tree! I showed her the three I bought and when we looked at the elf cutter we both saw a penguin. We laughed more and headed to the kitchen and got to work.
Supplies for Penguin Cookies:
White-outline, flood, and a little stiffer than the outline
Black- outline and flood
Soft Pink – outline and flood
Sky Blue – outline and flood
Electric Green-outline and flood
#16 star tip for the fur on the hats
Sugar Cookie Recipe
**UPDATE** Michael’s doesn’t carry the penguin cutter anymore. Truly Mad Plastics has one that is almost identical.
Next, with the white flood icing, fill the tummy and face.
Now, outline and fill the feet with orange icing.
Next, flood the hats.
Let the small end and the horizontal part of the scarf dry so when you flood the last tail it will look a little 3D. Drying time should be at least 30 minutes.
Now using the outline icings we are going to make the hat and scarfs look knitted. This is so easy! All you need to do is start at the base of the hat and make a slightly squiggly line. Move to the next row and do it again and again until you have reached the top.
Now repeat on the scarfs. I wish knitting was this easy!
Now comes the hard part, WAIT! Let this dry overnight. I know that is really hard to do but, since you are using black and white next to each other, there is chance your icing could bleed. (I live where it is humid and the humidity affects royal icing in a bad way.)
This is one of the penguin cookies I made with Johnna. See the nose and the green scarf ? It bled. Made me sad! But he was still delicious. Instead of eating him, you could fix it in a very creative way but that doesn’t always work! If it was the pink one we would be in trouble!
When they are good and dry use the black outline icing, outline the body and add the eyes. You could also use royal icing transfer eyes. I dotted each eye with a touch of flood white icing on a toothpick. Add the noses with the orange icing.
All you need to do now is add the fur. I used the #16 tip and the stiffer white icing. To do the hat band I used the same squiggly motion I used for the knitting. And now for the swirl on top, I imagined putting icing on a mini cupcake. Do a little swirl.
I hope you have as much fun making these as I did with Johnna.