Happy First blog post of 2011! I ended 2010 with a relaxing and LAZY week off of work. A much needed break after a busy year. So I started 2011 feeling all refreshed and ready to see whats in store 🙂
Today I finished by decorating cookies that I made for my friend’s daughter’s first birthday. My friend had selected a super cute owl theme, “Whooos turning 1?” so to match the theme, owl cookies. I literally have at least a hundred cookie cutters, but no owl. So I tried to think and figure out what I could use to make my owls. What did I come up with? EASTER EGG!! Yup I used my Easter egg cookie cutter along with a small round one to get the look I wanted.
I also used my tiered wedding cake cutter to make Birthday cakes. Usually I just frost my cookies a solid color, maybe add a few sprinkles, but I wanted to make these extra special. My first attempt (over a year ago) with flooding, was not exactly what I wanted but I thought I would give it another go. I used my normal frosting recipe this time, but left it a little thicker than normal so I could pipe out the outline on the cookies.
Then I thinned the frosting out so it was fairly runny and easy to push around inside of my piped outline. I like to put my frosting in a small squeeze bottle and use my offset spatula that has the pointed tip.
Squeeze (flood) some frosting onto the cookie in the piped outline and spread it around.
I did all my piping on all my cookies, once it had set for about 30 minutes I did all my flooding. I did this for my cakes and my owls. Then I made a thicker frosting for all the details. I have to say I think my second attempt at flooding was a success!
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
- 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- pinch of salt
- hot water (amount depends on the consistency you are looking for)
- (optional) light corn syrup if you want your frosting to have a nice sheen (I did not use this in mine)
I like to melt my butter in the microwave then mix in salt, vanilla and sugar. Add water a little at a time until you get to the desired consistency.
I love this frosting because it never gets super hard or crunchy. Mmmmmm…now I want a cookie 🙂 but I will wait for the party cause I have all these owls packaged up and ready to go!