30 gennaio 2013

Elephant Baby Shower Cookies for Two Peas & Their Pod

Elephant Cookies

Two Peas and Their Pod .{Family Fresh Cooking}.{With Style and Grace} They organized a host of wonderful food bloggers (see list below)

Virtual Baby Shower for Two Peas & Their Pod
Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade
Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch
Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda
Heather's Dish – Mixed Fruit Punch
She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies

Appetizers/Savory Bites
With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn
Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata
Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit
Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette
Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta

Dorie Greenspan – French Lemon Cream Tart
TidyMom – Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls
i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake
Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova
Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich
What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies
Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups
Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies
Mountain Mama Cooks – Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Sweetapolita – Little Pea Sugar Cookie Pops
Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods
RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies
RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms
Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets
Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards
Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

If you'd like to make the decorated elephant cookies, here's how to make them:
Welcome Baby Printables
Designed by the lovely Kim at The TomKat Studio, these ones are available for free. You can find them here. A big thanks to Kim for making them; they're so adorable and I can't wait to see the collection she creates around them!
Sugar Cookie Dough
You can find the recipe for the dough here. The cookie cutter can be found here.
One tip for cutting out the elephant shapes; dip the cutter in flour first so that the dough slides out better, especially with a slim shape like the elephant trunk. I use a silicon pastry brush to dust off the excess flour.

Royal Icing
You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

Decorating Steps
What you'll need:
  • Piping Tip #2
  • Piping Bag
  • Couplers
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Fondant and heart punch cutter (*Optional – Heart can be piped with icing)
  • Gel paste colors

Step One:
Outline the elephant shape with royal icing. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.
Step Two:
With the same icing, flood, or fill in your shape.
Step Three:
Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.
Step Four:
Add the ear by outlining and filling in right away.
Step Five:
Add a small black dot of icing for the eye. Let the ear and eye dry for a minimum of 6-12 hours.
Step Six:
Roll out your white fondant to about 2mm thick, and punch out a heart shape.
Step Seven:
Adhere fondant heart to ear with a dab of icing.
Sweet thanks to Niner of We Choose Organic for editing and re-sizing my photos; she did an awesome job with them, as the lighting was pretty bad (an on-going struggle for me with food photography… still learning!).
And if you haven't had the pleasure of viewing the delicious food and recipes the 'Two Peas' make, head on over and enjoy. You'll be there for quite a while!
Have fun!

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