Monday, June 14, 2010

For the Little Dudes . . .

Desserts for Dudes month continues with Cute as a Button cookies
...because dudes have to start somewhere!

When our little dude was born, he decided to make an entrance.  An unexpected entrance via emergency c-section, 10 weeks early.  He weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces. 

{Kiddo is now 11 years old and 5 feet tall....wearing the same size shoe as his mother...}

Looking at birth announcements, I found one that said "cute as a button" and it was perfect because he was about the size of a button.  I only wish I knew how to make cookies back then. :)

The buttons are made from homemade fondant.  Remember that?  They were so fun to make; I could have made hundreds of them.

Supplies for the buttons:
  • tips: Wilton 4B, and #1 or #2 plain tips
  • cornstarch
  • rolling pin
  • toothpicks
  • chopstick
To make the buttons, color the fondant with gel paste food coloring, kneading until fully blended.

Dust the surface and rolling pin with cornstarch to prevent sticking, a tip Buddy gave us, and roll the fondant thin, maybe 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. Use a bench scraper to lift the fondant off the counter if necessary.

Using the back of the Wilton 4B tip as a cutter, cut out the button shape.

Mine kept getting stuck, so I used  a chopstick to nudge them out.
{PS...I'm not going to quit blogging to be a hand model anytime soon.}

With the back of the #1 or #2 tip, add the inner circle button detail, being sure not to press all the way through.

With the tip end of the #1 or #2 tip, make button holes.
{Seriously, what are those holes called? A button hole is something you push your button through.  There must be a name of the holes in the middle of a button. Anyone? Anyone?}

Use a toothpick to poke all the way through the button.
{Again...no hand modeling.}

Let dry at room temperature.  Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.


For the cookies:

  • Outline & flood the cookies with royal icing and let dry overnight.
  • Pipe the dots around the border.
  • With an AmeriColor Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pen , add the wording. (AmeriColor pens are much better than the ones as the grocery store!)
  • Attach the buttons with a bit of royal icing.
  • Let dry several hours.

    75 comments:

    1. those are absolutely adorable :)

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    2. Adorable~ Just wait til J is taller than you~ it is a funny feeling for sure :)

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    3. ok those are seriously the cutest thing ever!! And I have no clue what those holes are called- I myself called them button holes.

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    4. How cute are those!! and the buttons look so easy!!!.....I'm going to HAVE to try fondant one day....Allison(13) bugs me to try it all the time. She watches Cake Boss and told me something she saw that I should try! lol I'll have to ask her what it was again.

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    5. wow, the lengths you go to for a cookie!! But they sure are darn cute,
      anne
      www.anniebakes.net

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    6. It's funny. When I first saw these sweet things, I assumed you had a cutter for them. But nope. You made them by hand. With things that I own. Now if only I had a reason to make cookies or cakes with buttons on them...

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    7. I'm amazed... These are so adorable. Perfect for a baby shower!

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    8. How adorable! Your buttons look PERFECT. You always come up with the cutest ideas.

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    9. Oh my gosh- these are absolutely adorable!!!

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    10. OMG! I love these! They are so awesome and cute! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

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    11. Now this is cute on a cookie if I've ever seen it! The button is just the sweetest touch. You are like an unending well of clever! Maybe those holes in the buttons could be "thread holes?"

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    12. These are absolutely adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    13. complimenti!!!!favolosi!!!ciao!

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    14. i love your buttons!!!!

      found this when i googled buttons. doesn't really have (i think) a name for the holes:

      * Shank buttons have a hollow protrusion on the back through which thread is sewn to attach the button.[17] Button shanks may be made from a separate piece of the same or a different substance as the button itself, and added to the back of the button, or be carved or moulded directly onto the back of the button, in which latter case the button is referred to by collectors as having a 'self-shank'.


      * Flat or sew-through buttons have holes through which thread is sewn to attach the button. Flat buttons may be attached by sewing machine rather than by hand, and may be used with heavy fabrics by working a thread shank to extend the height of the button above the fabric.

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    15. I was completely sure you had a mold for those buttons - you are a genius!!

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    16. These are SO cute!!! I love how ingenious you were with making the buttons. Love them!!

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    17. These are SO cute!!! And I love your ingenious way of making the buttons. Love them!!

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    18. What a wonderful idea! I love the colors! Thank you for the tutorial.

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    19. Adorable cookies. Great idea for the buttons. They came out awesome. Thanks:)

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    20. Darling...perfect gift idea for a baby boy!!!

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    21. These are so sweet! I can't wait until I have a reason to make fondant buttons! Is it being Monday enough of a reason?!?!?

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    22. These are gorgeous! Love your step by step pics. The buttons are my favorite color! Love them!!

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    23. These are so cute!! I have no idea what "button holes" are though......!

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    24. Bridget, These are absolutely adorable! Love them!

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    25. So creative! I loved seeing the tutorial on how to make the buttons. :)

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    26. when i think your cookies can't possibly get any cuter...you break out the fondant buttons. adorable!

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    27. Very adorable! You make it look so easy!

      www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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    28. They really are cute as button!
      Just adorable - one my favorites so far!

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    29. I LOVE the buttons! Thanks for the tutorial! I really appreciate all your tips, and your blog!

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    30. I think if the hole the button goes through is a "button hole," then I would assume the whole the thread goes through is a "thread hole." Adorable cookies! :)

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    31. these are fantastic! Just found out i'm going to be an Auntie again, these would be perfect for baby shower :) Wonderful as always Bridget!

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    32. too cute for words!!!
      love love love them :)

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    33. These look amazing. I can't wait to have an excuse to make those adorable buttons :)

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    34. This is such a darling! So adorable! I like to make this for my kids. They will definitely love this.
      dining tables

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    35. Gosh you just have so much talent, Bridget! I love it.

      And, thank Heavens your little boy is so happy and healthy now! He's certainly grown!

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    36. cute as a button is exactly right - love them!

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    37. Love these! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    38. Oh no you didnt. Did you know you can buy those buttons pre-made in the store? Yeah. They cost about $6 for six, and arent NEARLY as cute as yours!!! I LOVE WHAT YOU DID!

      Bravo girl. *stands and claps for you*

      Blessings!
      Amanda

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    39. I agree with everyone here - those cookies are just precious!!

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    40. I am like everyone else who came by and commented on your buttons. They are the cutest and you made the sweetest little cookie! AGAIN! :)

      p.s. the blue colour of your fondant is great.

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    41. Love em! My daughter is about to give birth to a little girl and I am definitely going to use that idea when we have a party! Thanks!

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    42. How clever!!! I love it. Yum. Buttons!

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    43. WAY cute!! Thanks for sharing:)

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    44. I remember that announcement! Love the fondant button!

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    45. I love these! I can never get over your creativity, you are amazing!

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    46. LOVE these cookies! So cute, love the button tutorial!

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    47. The are so cute!! I'll have to put them on my 'to try' list!

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    48. Those are adorable, what is it about buttons...they are so cute! What a fun cookie, you are so talented! Makes me want to jump in the kitchen and start baking!

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    49. Love the button and the cookie. So very clever of you, as usual! My son was 6.5 weeks early and 4.5 lbs. And at 32 he is expecting his first child in one month making me a first time grandmother!

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    50. Such simple cute cookies; you do a great job!

      Your story took me back a bit...thirty years back. One of my best friends lived in our neighborhood and we were both pregnant at the same time. She had struggled with a miscarriage and so there was huge concern about her making it to term and though she did not, she had a healthy but tiny baby girl that weighed 2lb 6oz.

      I on the other hand, had a baby that was REALLY happy staying inside to play, so after going overdue for THREE weeks, my daughter was also delivered via C-section at a whopping 10lb 11oz!

      We did have an easier time of it initially but Amy thrived and she and my daughter Emily became best of friends til we moved when they were 6; you can imagine what a pair they were!

      Thanks for that reminder...and - I think buttonhole is one of those words with multiple meanings...meaning both the holes in the button and the hole the button goes through!

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    51. I love these! I might save them for the boys first birthday. I need to practice my icing techniques first!

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    52. Ingenious. Those buttons are awesome.

      And here is where the word nerd in me comes out:
      Buttonhole - the fabric slit you push a button through.
      Button hole - the hole in the plastic button you stitch the thread through.

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    53. Adorable! I love your little cookies. It's a funny way to decorate them I think :)

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    54. Adorable cookies and thanks for sharing on how to make the buttons :D

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    55. Bridget, soooo cute! I thought the buttons would be hard but I think I can actually make those. Score!:)

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    56. Button, button, who's got the button...

      Super darling cookies. I know many moms who would go nutso for them.

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    57. these are soooo cute!!!! you're so creative!!! love it

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    58. I'm a few days behind on commenting (have you noticed?), but I HAD to leave a comment on these. The little buttons are absolutely stunning! They look great.

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    59. You had me at ... "cute as" Those are delightful. So appealing. And there is no name for the holes in a flat back button. I've been a seamstress for twenty years before joining the foodie collective. There are shank buttons (the kind with metal or plastic protrusions for the thread), but buttons with holes are just buttons with holes ! Not to be confused with buttonholes, which can be all manner of shapes, like "keyholes" or "eyelet" and don't get me started on Aiglets!

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    60. great tutorial & post...LOVE!!!

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    61. Oh Bridget!
      Too cute! Too cute!
      ANd sweet kiddo weighing on 2 + pounds!
      Well I know WHY he came early!
      He couldn't WAIT to see how adorable his mama was!
      You know that's it! ;o)
      Now about those hands!
      How funnnnny!
      I think the SAME thing when My hands are in a shot!
      Are we weird or what analyzing THE HANDS!!!!!
      Tidy Mom always has those fancy looking nails in her pictures!
      Maybe one day I'll get a french manicure and take pics making cookies!
      I do have a french pedicure right now!
      The cookies are ADORABLE Bridget!
      Have I told you lately HOW MUCH YOU AMAZE ME!?
      Well if not!
      Hear me now!
      Bridget!
      Hey Bridget!
      YOU AMAZE ME! xoxoxoxo

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    62. wow these are espectacular!!
      i found your blog on mel's sweet treats and i love all your posts!
      i was wondering though...what recipie do you use for your royal icing..i just cant seem to find a good one

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    63. These look amazing! And I LOVE the shade of blue you've got!

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    64. The cookies are too cute, but the details really got my attention. My oldest son was born 11 weeks early and came in at 2 pounds 13 ounces. He'll be nine on July 1st and is almost up to my shoulders. I'm going to make the Star Wars cookies for him. Do you have any tips on tinting the rest of the characters?

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    65. Adrienne...that is so neat! I can't believe you had a little 2lb 13oz-er, too! ;)

      The other Star Wars cookies....

      I think I would tint Yoda with AmeriColor Avocado ...

      Storm Trooper....I would use Royal icing to cover the whole thing.

      Boba Fett (sp)...I think I'd have to confer with kiddo on that one! ;)

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    66. Cute as a button!!!!!! really!!!! haha love it

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