Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sock it to me!


I'd be lost without you...
{Just like the 18 mismatched socks living in the bottom of our "clean clothes" laundry basket.}

...because we're the perfect pair. ♥

Yes, that was totally corny.  I can't help it, Valentine's Day brings out the cheeseball in me.

This idea actually came from a card I gave Mr. E last year.  It's not the first time I've been inspired by a Target valentine.  Have you seen these?
{Moral of the story: need cookie ideas?  Go to Target.}

To make these sock valentines, you'll need:
  • sock-shaped sugar cookies (I used a template.)
  • royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor Bright White, Soft Pink, Sky Blue, Super Black and Super Red
  • couplers and tips (#2, #3 and #1)
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottle
  • toothpicks
 
Outline the sock shape in white icing using a #2 tip.  Reserve some of this piping consistency white icing.

Thin the white icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring gently until it reaches the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and set aside.

After several minutes, stir the icing gently with a rubber spatula to pop and air bubbles that have risen to the surface.  Transfer to a squeeze bottle.

Fill in (or flood) the outline with the thinned icing.  Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let the cookies sit for at least 30 minutes.  (Longer is probably better here, since you are piping color onto white.)

Use #3 tips to pipe pink and blue stripes across the top of the socks.  Use the reserved white icing and a #2 tip to pipe the heel detail.

Use a #1 tip to pipe eyes on the socks in black icing.  With a #2 tip, pipe the mouths in red.

Let the cookies dry over night.

Sock it to me, baby. 

72 comments:

  1. so adorable Bridget!!! now those are the kind of socks I would LOVE to find in my laundry basket!

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  2. LOL you make me smile, that is too cute. And cheese ball away, we all are, but I won't admit it;p

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  3. Awww! These are the cutest and most novel Valentine cookies yet! Love them and what a beautiful collection of vintage valentines you have!!!

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  4. I am absolutely in love with this idea!! (and now I'm wondering what those spare socks at the bottom of my basket are up to when I'm not around...)

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  5. Those are so cute! I love that they're different than the standard heart-shaped cookies too.

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  6. I love your brain for thinking this up! Cutest thing EVER!

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  7. Eeep! So cute! I'm glad you piped nose-less faces on these socks. I'm a fan of nose-less faces for some reason ;)

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  8. These are freaking adorable!! Such an original Valenties Day cookie idea!

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  9. They are so simply and beautiful that you can't resist to them! Congratulations!

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  10. ok.......only you could make sock cookies and make then A-DORABLE!!
    too too cute!

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  11. How freaking cute are these!?! I love it! What a creative idea - major kudos to you!

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  12. Ahh, so awesome! I can't believe I guessed right on instagram!
    You made them look so amazingly cute!

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  13. You are so dang genius!! These are perfect of course... what a unique and fun gift to give to your loved one!! So impressed Bridget!

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  14. These could not be more adorable! Thanks for sharing. Who would have known that socks could be so precious!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com/

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  15. How fun! I always look at cards for inspiration...

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  16. these are great. you need to add a "pin it" button so we can put it on to pinterest. i really love them so much!! (:

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    1. Thanks, Beth! You can add a "pin it" button to your toolbar, so you can pin from ANY website you're on. That's what I do...and maybe a little too often. ;)

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  17. These would be cute for a baby shower or even a wedding shower. Have the name(s) "embroidered" on the cookies.

    Thank you for the tutorials you post.

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  18. Haha! These are so cute and what a funny place to get inspiration from. I guess inspiration really is everywhere huh? :)

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  19. You come up with THE CUTEST cookies, Bridget! I LOVE cheesy!

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  20. These really brought a smile to my face! Where do all those odd socks go? ;o)

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  21. Those are really cute sock cookies! I noticed, however, that this cookie shape looks almost exactly like the state of California. Maybe you could make some CA cookies with this cutter?

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  22. those are adorable! What a cute idea!

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  23. I will never look at our "spare" socks in the same way!

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  24. You know I work at Hanes... These are a MUST for our socks department!! Because underwear cookies just wouldn't be right!

    LOVE THESE!

    You are a genius, (still, always!)

    xxoo,

    Janet

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  25. How CUTE are these!
    The expressions on their faces are adorable!
    I wanna know what kind of mascara the girly wears with those LONG~LOVELY lashes!
    Greg and I have a ROMANTIC night planned Valentine's Day!
    What about you and Mr. E?
    xoxoxoxo~
    LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

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  26. Only you could make socks look so cute.

    And, only 18 unmatched socks? Girl...you don't even wanna know what my sock situation is. Pitiful. Just pitiful.

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  27. good idea. I love the sock idea too cute

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  28. What a great idea
    Andreja
    http://www.stancerfamily.blogspot.com

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  29. oooh my gosh - seriously??? This made my cheeks hurt from smiling!! I wish I had better words than...I love 'em....but that pretty much sums it up.

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  30. STINKING cute (get it?) ha, I kill me

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  31. These are the cutest socks ever! I wish I could wear them...no, I wish I could eat them :)

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  32. that is really lovely! thanks for the tips.

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  33. Those are just as cute as can be!!!

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  34. Can't even stand how cute these are. Love!

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  35. Bridget these are so adorable! I just featured them on Copycat Crafts, love it! http://www.copycatcrafts.com/greeting-card-inspired-cookies/

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  36. ADORABLE. And yes, I have about a million "singles" in a box...

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  37. These cookies are SO CUTE. I happen to have about 20 socks in my drawer that have no partners and they always make me so sad to see them sitting there all alone. I still keep holding onto the hope that I will find their mates.

    Also- I very much like your step-by-step on how to outline, floor and finish the cookies! Very helpful!

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  38. I am head over heels in love with these cookies! This might be the most precious thing I've ever seen.

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  39. LOVE these! I'm going to make these for the kids for Valentines Day. My four year old is always amazed when his socks actually match. Yeah, I'm one of those moms!

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  40. This is absolutely adorable! Its so cute and I love that its out of the ordinary for valentine day! Love it!

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  41. Ok, I think this is officially the cutest thing I've seen all year. Lovely, Bridget!

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  42. Simply sweet! Thanks for sharing! (And thanks for tweeting!)

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  43. These are absolutely adorable!!!! I love the socks...so different and unique. Just pinned them!!

    www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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  44. God bless you for making us smile. You are a blessing!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us. You brighten our days! :-)

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  45. Love these! Target can definitely be inspirational :)

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  46. These are really cute! Nice idea for Valentine's day. Thanks for sharing :)

    "Happy Cooking"

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  47. I love getting inspiration for edible crafts from greeting cards and this theme is fantastic. It is a design simple enough for anyone to recreate yet so striking that everyone will love them. Have a sweet Valentine's Day.

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  48. Very creative...This would be cute for a baby shower too. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I just found your site from Glorious treats, and your cookies are amazing! I can't wait to try out some of your techniques.
    x Molly

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  50. Aww...these cookies are so cute and adorable! They're almost too cute to eat! Love them.

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  51. Too cute! You come up with the most creative stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. Precious idea! Such cute cookies. Wish I had them for my kids right now 'cause they are tag team tantruming.
    I know cookies would give me a few minutes of peace!

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  53. GAH! These are the most adorable and original little Valentine cookies ever! Love them!

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  54. Adorable! But what caught my eye are the 1950s style Valentine cards. I've been unsuccessfully searching for these. Are they also from Target? If not, where did you get them? Many thanks -- and wishing everyone bouquets of love and lots of chocolates. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Marie...I've been collecting those for years! Mainly all from antique shops, and I think a few from eBay. :)

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  55. GAAAAHHHH! sock it to me baby with your cheeseball wonders!!! these are flippin' awesome.

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