Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tee Pee Sugar Cookies

I have busted out my cake decorating supplies and skills out more in the past few weeks than I probably have in the past two years! It's sad, really. I made onesie cupcakes for a co-worker's shower and then my friend Sarah text me this past Friday saying, "How much do you love me?!?!" Now, if you have a close friend, you know what those words mean. It means they want you to do something. That something was tee pee sugar cookies.

First off, Sarah is an amazing cake decorator. It's almost not even fair to put my decorating skills next to hers, so I don't. She did a Peter Pan/Tinkerbell theme.  This was the amazing cake that she made.



She asked me to make tee pee sugar cookies to go with the cake and the theme.  This is the photo from Pinterest that she sent me.  You can access the Pinterest page here (it only took me to an Etsy page, so if this is your photo, please let me know and I'll give you credit!)



She only wanted 24 cookies and I love her girls like they really are my neices, so I said yes. It looked tedious, but doable. I checked and had a sugar cookie mix in the pantry (score), so all I had to do was pick up a box of royal icing.

My original idea was to find a triangle cookie cutter and use that for my template. Apparently, cookie cutters don't come in basic shapes.  I did find a square cookie cutter, but it would have made the tee pee too wide, so I decided against that. Instead, I traced a three by three by three inch triangle and then drew another triangle inside to make an opening.  I drew this on parchment paper and then used my fondant ball tool to trace the outline onto the rolled out cookie dough.



Then, I used the fondant knife tool to cut along the lines. If you have no idea what I'm talking about or don't have these tools yourself, this set actually has both of them.



Once the cookies were cut out, I baked them. The first set, I made a little too thin. They were hard to pick up, so when I rolled out the next set, I did them thicker and they were perfect! I pulled the cookies out when they were done and let them cool completely before decorating them.

To decorate, I used royal icing. I'm lazy, so I use the box mix.  One box mix made enough icing for these cookies.  I fully iced 25 cookies. I probably could have done about 30, but I honestly ran out of time and patience. Once the cookies were cooled, I outlined the border of the cookies in white using a 3 tip. I mostly left the icing white and did a small amount in brown for the dots on the tee pee, as requested.


Once the outlines had dried, I thinned out the icing to flood the designs.  I completely flooded each cookie first, so that I had a white background to work with. I normally flood with a three on the edges and a 10 in the larger areas.



Then, when the background was dry, I used a 1 Tip to draw the lines and zig zag patterns. I used a 3 tip for the brown dots. 



I'm going to be honest. While, these were fairly easy to duplicate, royal icing is a pain. By the end of the cookies, my back was killing me and I could barely open and close my hand from dealing with the icing. By the last few cookies, the icing had begun to dry in the tip and I had to swap to another tip.

But they did turn out rather cute!


I was pretty proud with how these babies came out. I was also told they were pretty good, so I'll take that as a success! However, please know that I'm really not making any more cakes or cookies for at least a month or so! While I have enjoyed getting use out of my stuff, and have learned how to put all the couplers in the dishwasher (hallelujah!), in the words of my hubby, this isn't my gift. I can do it and I like knowing that I can do it, but I think I'm a little too type A to do it on a regular basis.

But for a good friend and her cute baby's first birthday? I'll make an exception!

11 comments:

  1. I love them! Cookie baking and decorating is so fun to me, but also so tedious, so it happens really infrequently. We've got birthdays coming up so maybe for that? I need to get some smaller tips though to use for designs.

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  2. On a side note, I will say that after I decorated my first set of cookies, I told Hubs that I totally understand why bakeries charge so much for a dozen cookies. I mean, they are so time consuming to get right!

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  3. Thanks! I have two 1 tips, one 2 tip and three 3 tips from cake decorating kits and I seriously ended up using all of them by the end! Buy multiple! And to your other comment, yes! People ask me if I want to do it on a full time basis and I'm quick to tell them I like my day job!

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  4. You did such a great job! They're almost too cute to eat... ALMOST! I bet they're delicious. It's great when you can be resourceful and make it work out so well. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you! I almost thought the same thing, that they were too cute to eat...almost! They were really good!

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  5. These look awesome, well done! Oooh and now I'm hungry and want a midnight snack. Haha but I'm with you - decorating baked goods is tough and tedious! That's why I pretty much do all my baking around the winter holidays and that's it for me!

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    1. Thanks so much! Cookies make great midnight snacks :)

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  6. These are so cute! Sometimes cookie decorating can be a fun way to feel crafty, but it does feel too repetitive after a while!

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  7. Wow you are so talented and creative! These cookies are so cute.
    xo, Lee

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  8. These look great! I love baking goodies with my children! We don't have skills to do something like this, but it definitely makes me want to bake some cookies!

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  9. I'm always so fascinated to meet bakers because they all seem to have these amazing creative skills, and both of you are no exception. These cookies came out really well, so kudos to you! Hugs...RO

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