Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pony Party


I know, I know, the Kentucky Derby is over. I still had to post them because...

a. I promised a few twitter friends that I would (I could never deny my twitter friends!), and
b. don't you think they would be cute for a birthday party?


My dad belongs to a group that holds a Kentucky Derby fundraiser each year. (You can read more about it in this post...it's a great event.) This is the 3rd year (or 4th?) they've ordered cookies for the event...and for the week prior to the Derby, our house is covered in horsies.


To make some ponies of your very own:


  • In royal icing, outline the "saddle" in the color of your choice with a #2 tip.
  • With another #2 tip, outline the shape of the horse in brown (AmeriColor Chocolate Brown).
  • Thin a contrasting color royal icing and the brown to the consistency of maple syrup; let sit several minutes covered with a damp dish towel. (Details on how to thin royal icing are here.)
  • Run a rubber spatula gently through the icing to pop any large air bubbles and transfer to a squeeze bottle.

  • Fill in the saddle area, using a toothpick to guide into corners.
  • Fill in the horse in brown, using a toothpick to guide into corners.
  • Let sit at least one hour.

{You can see I've lost my natural light from the pictures...sometimes decorating cookies is an all day, or multi day, project.}
  • With a #2 tip, add the detailing in the contrasting color and go back over the outline of the saddle.
  • With a #2 tip, add the mane, eye, tail and hooves to the horse.

  • Let dry overnight.

Giddy up!



There is a new video over at University of Cookie! Renee of Kudos Kookies shows the basics of PAINTING on cookies. It is very cool and a whole new way to decorate cookies. Be sure to check it out!

46 comments:

  1. I get so excited when I see you have a new post!!!!!!! adorable - as ALWAYS!

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  2. Holy horses batman! Thats a lot of ponies. Beautiful job as always.

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  3. How far in advance do you make your cookies? I'm hoping to make "baby carriage" cookies for a shower and would like to do them in advance. Do you ever freeze the undecorated cookies ahead of time and then defrost and decorate?

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  4. a little bit of everything....YES! You can sure do that. Here's a link to a post about it:
    http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/2008/12/frozen-assets.html

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  5. These are fantastic!! I am in awe at how you make everything look so easy--but if I were to try it, they definitely wouldn't look like yours!!

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  6. These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. PRETTY ponies all in a row. Great job, Bridget

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  8. Bridget, these are ADORABLE. I just started doing sugar cookies and have enjoyed all the tips from you and Amanda.

    I have lots of questions, but one main problem I've been struggling with is storage and packaging. How do you store your finished cookies if you're not doing individual favors? If the cookies were being served on tray, for example. When I layer them in a container with wax paper in between, the butter from the cookie above seeps through. Should I use parchment paper? Something else?

    Would love to hear your solution, and also how you like to package order or gift cookies that aren't individually wrapped. Tins with something in between layers? Thanks!!

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  9. Wow that's a lot of horsies! Great job, they look fantastic!

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  10. I love the fact that the charity your Dad belongs to raises funds to purchase AmTrykes for children with disabilities. No doubt your wonderful Derby cookies do a major part in helping the Derby Days be a success.
    No wonder your house was covered in cookies, I counted (yes, I counted) 10 cookie pans with six horses on each pan and I have a feeling they weren't the only batches. A lot of decorating steps work went into making these as nice as they are and you are to be commended for your efforts. Great job Bridget!

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  11. Cute ponies!! Those are awesome, and so many! How long does it take to do so many of those>?

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  12. these are soo cool and I know horses are hard to draw~ you did a great job ;)

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  13. always something great! I love their saddles in different colors!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  14. These are so cute. It looks like a cookie factory in one picture. You must have so much baking equipment!!!

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  15. Jenny....I really try to individually bag them when possible. I've always had luck with wax paper, though, but that is just to take them from my house to a party to place on a tray. When I'm storing them, I put them in a single layer in large ziploc bags until I'm ready to transfer to a box with wax paper.

    VanillaBeanBaker....you are right. There were dozens, and DOZENS, more in my freezer! ;)

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  16. Those are cute. Like the colors this year!

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  17. Oh these are so cute! Maybe I can talk my daughter into a pony party for her next birthday :) of course I'm sure mine wouldn't look near that good even though you make it look easy!

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  18. These look fabulous!

    I think I always either overbeat my royal icing or add too much icing sugar because my outlines never look as nice and fluid as yours!

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  19. Awesome cookies! Great tutorial too..thanks!

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  20. OMG, how may trays do you have? hahahahah I really like your tutorial how to icing. Thanks for sharing, :)

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  21. I thought the same things a Victor... you have a LOT of cookie trays!!

    These cookies are amazing I love the tips ALWAYS. You are such a great teacher! You should start a site and help others... oh wait. You DID! And it rocks!

    So what recipe did you use for these? Are you willing to share it? ;)

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  22. Oh my Goodness! These are fabulous - what a great fundraiser. I cannot even imagine having this many cookies in my kitchen. As always...amazing!

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  23. These are GREAT, as always!! That's a LOT of horses!!....and look at all the cookie sheets you have!!

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  24. That's A LOT of baking sheets, lady!
    Awesome job!

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  25. So adorable! Can you tell me where you got the horse cookie cutter? Love the University of Cookie videos!!

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  26. Love these cookies! The horses are super cute and so much fun for a KY Derby party!

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  27. Sooooo cute! You must have bucketloads of patience. And skill, obviously!

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  28. These are fantastic, super adorable!

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  29. oh my - these are adorable!

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  30. those would be perfect for birthday parties! Adorable.

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  31. Those are so cute and could easily be personalised for a girl's party too, making them "my little ponies" rather than horses.

    Although leaving them out overnight to dry is too hard - we'd eat them all!

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  32. These are so absolutely adorable!!! You are just awesome!

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  34. I had to re-post this message because I realized that I'd spelled ponies wrong and didn't want to appear a dunce :(
    Take 2 -
    I can't believe that I almost missed this post. These PONIES are adorable and you did a great job (as always) Bridget. Those sure are a lot of PONIES! I "heart" them! Super cute!!!

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  35. Thank you! Thank you - you cute thing! You are a "Giver"!

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  36. You almost had a stampede in your house. How many cookie sheets do you own girl? These are absolutely adorable! My family used to have a Kentucky Derby party every year. Super cute, and impressive as always!!

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  37. OMG!!!! that was a lot of cookies!
    and all those cookie trays! WOW!

    you do a fantastic job!

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  38. Absolutely adorable! Glad you posted them :)

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  39. I love these ponies! These would be cute as "pin the tail on the donkey" cookies if a little "thumb tac" was added on the tail and the game was played too, of course:)

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  40. I love your blog! I am planning my niece a rodeo party and just ordered me a horse cookie cutter just so I can make these for the party. Where do you buy your cookie cutters at?

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  41. These are amazing! I am hosting a horsey party at a stable for my 6 y.o. I am going to take this picture somewhere and say "make this!".

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  42. These are so cute! How do you get the horse shape? I love horses and I am going to make them for our barn holiday party! Also, do you have that icing and cookie recipie? Thanks

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