Here we are in the final week before Easter. Do you need a quick and easy cookie? Well I have an easy one for you.
I know that looking at certain designs can be intimidating, however if you break it down to "layers," it really can be easy and quick.
Lets start with this "Bunny in a Basket" design, that can be purchased from the Etsy shop, Drawn with Character. The cutter can also be found in an Etsy shop, Whisked Away Cutters. But of course with a little "thinking outside" of the cutter, you can really put ANY image on ANY shaped cookie!
Cookies in desired shape
20 second icing in white, brown, pink, blue
Food color markers, or gel color
Luster dust in blue and pink
Start off by tracing the image onto the cookie, with either a projector or The Tissue Paper Method from a previous post on my blog.
Brush on a very thin later of white icing with a paint brush. No need to worry about smoothness- I like the "texture" this creates. Let dry about 5-10 mins.
Next, pipe in either a single flat basket and handle (left) or a ribbed basket (right).
For ribbed basket, pipe alternating lines, letting each dry before piping the ones in-between, or else they will all blend into each other. Then you will end up with the basket on the left!
Let dry in front of fan for about 10- 30 mins depending on humidity.
Once, dried, pipe on white bunny. Don't worry about inside ears etc. That will all come later.
Let dry. If you are doing about a dozen or more. If you pipe all these in stages, for instance all the bunnies at once, by the time you are done, the first one should be ready to go to the next stage. This saves a lot of time!!
Then pipe on rim and bottom of basket. I like to do it in this order so the bunny "looks" like it is actually inside the basket.
Now, its just about layering and waiting.
Pipe bow ties and wait for dry.
Pipe center dot.
Outline, only tops of bows. I prefer to pick and choose what is outlined and what isn't. This is a great way to create texture.
Pipe, eyes, nose and paws.
Next, eyebrows and lines two small lines on paws.
Add dots for bunny tails.
Now for the fun part!
You can either use gel colors or markers to "paint" on the eggs.
Also luster dust can add so much dimension.
Draw on eggs in various colors. Then go back with a slightly wet brush and paint/blend the color down to color the eggs.
IF you feel as though you would like more of a definition, you can go back and outline each egg with a marker or gel.
*Don't forget pink little cheeks and inside of the ears!
Another option is to use gel colors and pain in each egg. I wanted to use a more "watercolor" blended feel. I did these very quickly with little definition. Much like a blurry background in a photograph!
Finally, add a bit of dimension on a texture in the basket with either markers, paint or luster dust.
Again, anything is possible and nothing is wrong when it comes to cookies! Just have fun!!