Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pretty Pink Seahorses . . . and finding inspiration


Once you've been making cookies a while, finding inspiration is not a problem...

"Ooo...that lamppost would make a great cookie!  Gosh, I think I'll make doorknob cookies." 

But if you're looking for some really CUTE inspiration, look no further than a printable site, like that of Living Locurto.  Amy of Living Locurto has the *most fun* party printables that are sure to spark some awesome cookie decorating  ideas!

Take a peek at these:
These seahorse cookies were made to go along with Amy's *darling* Mermaid Party printables.   Amy provided a template and the cookies were hand-cut around the design.  You can find the template on Amy's site, here.

{A note about using templates.  Hand-cutting designs is time-consuming.  One way to make it a bit faster is to use the template as a guide and then let your decorating define the shape.  You can see the difference above.  See how the one on the left has each little point and arch cut while the one on the right is just the general shape.}

To make the seahorse cookies, you'll need...

With a #3 tip (a #3 will allow the outline to show more), pipe the outline of the seahorse in the darker pink icing.

Thin both the light and the darker pinks with water, a teaspoon at a time, stirring by hand until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dishtowel and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles and transfer to squeeze bottles.

Working 6-8 cookies at a time, fill in the cookies with light pink icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners.
 
Going back over the same 6-8 cookies, add the cheek and stripe detail on top of the wet icing.  Also, fill in the "crown" and fin of the seahorse with the thinned dark pink.


Now add the light pink detail on top of the dark pink.

Let the cookies dry overnight.  The next day, add the eyelash detail with a food coloring pen.


 Want sand?  Crush up some graham crackers on a platter....you have sand.  (FYI...making sand takes A LOT of graham crackers.  Have a few boxes on hand. You can always spread the extras with Nutella....it's part of a balanced breakfast.)

Now, wouldn't your little mermaid like some pink seahorses?!?  
And, remember to check out Amy's Mermaid Party

    *I'm linking these up to Cheryl's I'm Lovin' It party!*

    53 comments:

    1. Aw! So girly, and cute! And... chocolate! It's a tropical girly cookie! :) Awesome job, as always!

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    2. Loving those cookies-pink, chocolate and total yum!!! :)

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    3. I LOVE THESE SEAHORSES!!! HOW CUTE:) AND i LOVE THAT PIC OF J IN THE POST BELOW~ HE IS GETTING SO BIG~

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    4. Loving the pink against the dark choclate brown! I haven't found a chocolate cookie recipe I like yet I will try yours for sure! I was pleased to see our sugar cookie recipes are almost exactly the same. I've been using mine for 10 years :) Def trying your dark choc one!! ♥ - Katrina

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    5. Love how feminine these seahorsies look! And they look lovely against that sand!

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    6. FUN! I wanna talk more about the CHOCOLATE cookie tho

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    7. These are so adorable! I love how the pink contrasts with the chocolate cookie. You are very talented!

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    8. Oh my gracious! These are wonderful, Bridget!! I love seahorses.

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    9. Love the pink seahorses! I bet they taste good too:)

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    10. Ciao! I really love your blog! It's full of wonderful ideas and your cookies are so cute! Happy Easter!manu

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    11. These are so awesome! I love them. I can't wait for our daughters birthday this year!!

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    12. these are so stinkin cute! i love the bright pink against the dark background :) off to check out living locurto! :)

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    13. Love the seahorses, such a pretty color. And they look a little flirty, like they're 'too cool for school'. Definitely on their way to put on some lipgloss...

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    14. ok these are WAY WAY cute!!! LOVE the pink with the chocolate!!

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    15. SHUT.THE.FRONT.DOOR!
      I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Looks like my daughter and I now have a baking project this weekend!

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    16. I want some seahorse cookies. These are adorable!!!

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    17. How adorable are those? Simply the cutest little seahorses ever - you could make a door knob look cute too though, B!

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    18. STUNNING! Absolutely stunning! LOVE the brown & pink combo! *swoon*

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    19. Bridget!! Those are just gorgeous!! And pink--love them. :)

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    20. These are indeed Pretty Pink Seahorses, Bridget!!! Love them! I love the contrast with the pale icing and the dark (yummy) chocolate COOKIE!!! Happy Easter!!!

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    21. Very cute cookies! I lvoe he little seahorses and you did a great job hand cutting them!

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    22. those look so great! i dont think i have the patience to make them though! hah

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    23. Do you sell your cookies? These are adorable!

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    24. These cookies are just so adorable! Do you do Ariel too? It could be a whole "under the sea" cookie party!

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    25. Omgosh! I downloaded the Mermaid party templates about a month ago (my daughters party is this Saturday!) I was just going to make and frost big #2 cookies (directions from your blog, of course) but now that I see these, it's fate! FATE! I am so making these! They are wonderful! And again, great job on the timing :)

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    26. sigh . . . you are so talented Bridget . . . you never cease to amaze me with your designs . . . lovely!

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    27. Beautiful cookies. I love the dark chocolate with the pink. I've never thought of seahorse cookies let alone lamp post and door knob ones. :)

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    28. Am I too old for a mermaid party? These are so cute!

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    29. Thank you for this post! I just got a under the sea order, this is perfect!

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    30. how adorable are these?! Ok I've been holding off for ages but next special event I'm making some cute decorated cookies!

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    31. The seahorses are so smooth and pretty. Thanks for the tips! I find a lot of inspiration right here:)

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    32. Oh my goodness, Bridget! These are one of my favourite cookie designs you've done! So gorgeous and unusual--perfect combo! Love that you did it on the chocolate cookie--it really makes the whole thing pop. Love!

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    33. so cute! i love pink & brown :)

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    34. Okay!
      I honestly thought I was seeing THINGS!
      PINK things!
      When I popped over here!
      I bow!
      I bow in HONOR of the CUTENESS of these PINK Seahorses!
      Honestly...they take my breath away.
      What can I say?
      Did you know I'm a MERMAID in real life...in mean at HEART!
      Lily and I PLAY MERMAIDs in the pool all the time.
      {not kidding one bit}
      These my dear Bridget...are beyond human words.
      I have a few MERMAID words that might better define the PINK cuteness but MERMAIDS don't type...so I can't write them!
      Excuse me while I go pop off the island and splash around for a bit!
      I got the MERMAID groove going on now!
      LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE~
      xo
      {You knew I would LOVE these...didn't you?} ;o)

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    35. The pink against the chocolate cookies is fabulous and such a pretty shade of pink too! Great cookie Bridget.

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    36. Bridget, These are just so perfect! I love the small details that make them a beautiful cookie!! You are just so talented!

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    37. Awesome! I love the step-by-step tutorial, you make it seem so easy.

      I would be honored if you shared this on my Sweet Tooth Friday linky. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/21/quick-no-rise-chocolate-cinnamon-rolls/

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    38. I love seahorse cookies! And these look gorgeous against the dark background!!! Perfection!

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    39. This is AMAZING! Almost too pretty to eat - but they look VERY yummy!

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    40. Thanks for showing me the way to another darling site. Lisa theenchantedoven.blogspot.com

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    41. those are stunning, wish I could do something like that!

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    42. Lene would love these. I may have to figure out the whole cookie decorating thing before her birthday in August.

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    43. Wow! So darn cute! I have an "under-the-sea" themed birthday order coming up, so will definitely try these but in blue for the birthday boy. Thanks for the fantastic idea!!! Nikki from CH

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    44. Precious! Brought back a favorite memory. In the early 60's I was swimming off a pier in Alligator Point in FLA. I felt "fingers" all over me! I looked down {scared to death} to see little seahorses all over me! Thanks Sweetie!

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    45. Wow, there seahorses look amazing! Would be great for a theme child's party!
      congratulations on being featured, can't wait to see what else you got here!
      Following you from http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/
      Hope you can stop by and see me!

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    46. These are THE cutest cookies! Love them! I want to make your chocolate cookies, but WHERE does one find instant espresso powder? Haven't been able to find it - maybe I just live too far out in Hicksville?

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    47. I am in LOVE! How did I miss these sweet creatures!! Love, love, love, looove!

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    48. These cookies are so cute!!!! you have a lovely blog, will come again :-)

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