Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fancy Tail Birthday Squirrel Cookies

Monday is my sister Danielle's birthday.  Naturally, I wanted to create a sweet birthday treat to send her way.  Dani is a very unique and awesome person. She has an incredible amount of knowledge about pretty much everything and is one of the most thoughtful and caring people I know.  Besides her smarts and kind heart, she has a sophisticated and creative style as well as a crazy ability to get great clothes from places like Anthropology at incredible prices.  Her clothes and savvy shopping have always been a point of jealousy and admiration for me.  One of her great finds was this blue knit sweater that had a squirrel stitched into the design.  For some reason now when I think of her, I always think of that sweater. Her birthday cookies are squirrel cookies that remind me of that awesome sweater....made to fit Dani's unique style with fancy lace tails.

Unfortunately, I don't own a squirrel cookie cutter (odd, I know), so I had to cut all of these squirrels out by hand with an x-acto knife.  If you don't have a cookie cutter shape you need, print a picture that will work online and use it as a guide to cut around with a sharp knife.

To create the Fancy Tail Squirrel Design, I first outlined the shapes with gray royal icing.  I painted them gray because red squirrels are mean (everyone knows that).
After it dried, I filled the outline with thinned royal icing.
Before adding the decorative details I let the base layer dry for at least 30 minutes.
My sister loves teal and blue so I piped the decorative details in a pretty blue that provided just enough contrast to the gray.
You are an amazing sister and an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Enjoy your fancy tail squirrels...I hope they are the perfect sweet touch to your stylish and beautiful life (=


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