Several months ago I received an order for sock monkey cookies.
I've been worrying about them ever since.
Mainly because the cookies involve lots of little spaces and lots of potential craters.
You know what I'm talking about. You've got the perfect cookie going. You look away. You look back to the cookie and magically a crater has formed, ruining your beautiful creation.
I had two visions of sock monkey cookies in my mind, both by Callye aka Sugarbelle. I loved her versions of the sock monkey and knew I wanted to incorporate each of them into my cookie.
Here are her beautiful cookies.
I love how each one is unique, yet they both look just like the sock monkey.
Naturally, the first thing I did to prepare for these cookies was to buy a sock monkey cookie cutter.
Sugarbelle actually designed this cookie cutter. It's made by Ecrandal, a family owned cookie cutter making company. Their customer service is excellent. Having unique cookie cutters on hand and saving the time from having to hand cut them is well worth the money you spend on one of these copper cookie cutters. I have plenty more on my wish list!
The second thing I did to prepare for these cookies was go and buy a heat gun.
There is definitely a period of trial and error involved when using one of these and I have barely learned anything. I did learn; however, not to point the heat gun in one location for an extended period of time or you will move the icing around and still create a crater. I would highly recommend reading Anne's observations on heat guns. I did notice the icing finish changed a little. It became a little shinier, but not glossy shinier...more like plastic shiny. And I don't want plastic looking cookies. The heat gun was invaluable on these particular cookies; however, I definitely don't think I'll be using it for every set of cookies I do.
I'll be delivering the order of my sock monkey cookies this week, so be sure to check back for pictures of them!
I don't make cookies 'just for fun'. I don't have the time or resources to make cookies just because I want to make cookies. So I get really excited when I have an order for cookies...where I can throw in a few extras (if I have enough dough), to decorate 'just for fun'.
It just so happened that I had a few leftover wedding cake cookies....and a free Sunday.
I didn't want to make any extra royal icing, so I just used my leftover white and black icing and some luster dust.
I printed out some cute designs and played around with the new KopyKake and this is what I created.
Unless I get a Valentine's Day order, those might be the only V-day cookies I do this year.
It was wonderful to have some extra time and a few extra cookies. I love it when I get the time to work on my piping skills and don't have to worry about messing up a paid order.