Thursday, March 29, 2012

Just Hatched! Mini Speckled Egg Cookies

After making these bird's nest cupcakes with speckled egg cookie toppers last year, I couldn't get speckled eggs off my brain.  They are really so simple...and so much FUN to make!
 
This year, I ditched the cupcakes, added a few colors, piped on some details, and plopped them in berry baskets. {You can get the berry baskets here.} 



Two things you must know about these cookies: 

One: Mini cookies are a lot harder to resist eating.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Two: Flicking the food coloring, it's fun.  It's so much fun that you should do it when your kids are at school...or where they can't see you.  Otherwise, I see food coloring being flicked all over your house. 
{This is a warning from the uptight mom-lifeguard-teacher-prison warden side of me.  If you are one of those cool, laid-back moms I dream of being, by all means, let your kids loose with the flicking.}

To make the mini speckled egg cookies, you will need:
  •  mini egg sugar cookies
  •  royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown, Ivory, Avocado Green, and Turquoise mixed with Ivory
  • coupler and tips (#1.5 or #2, #1, #15 star)
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
  • chocolate brown food coloring
  • small ramekin
  • small paintbrush
  • glove
Using a #1.5 or #2 tip, outline all of the cookies with chocolate brown icing.  Reserve leftover brown icing for piping details the next day. (Just place the bag in the refrigerator.)

{Have I mentioned that piping egg shapes make me nervous?  My eggs are never exactly perfectly shaped.}

Thin the ivory, green, and turquoise icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into squeeze bottles as needed.

Flood the cookies with the colors, using a toothpick to guide to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let the cookies dry uncovered, 6-8 hours or overnight.

The next day, place all of the cookies close together on a cookie sheet.  Mix a few drops of chocolate brown food coloring with a few drops of water in a small ramekin.

Put on your glove...I learned from last year.  Dip the paintbrush in the food coloring mixture, and with one finger, flick it onto the cookies.  Rotate the cookie sheet every so often to get all of the cookies.

Let the reserved brown icing come to room temperature.  Use a #1 or a #15 star tip to add details onto the speckled cookies.


Speckled Egg Cookies...don't you want to try?!?

78 comments:

  1. I loved them last year, and love them even more this year, so cute!

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  2. How lovely...the speckles are great!! I could quite happily munch my way through these!! :-)

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  3. So cute! I just love your cookies ideas Bridget!

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  4. Adorable! I think I'm to use this technique for something a little different...but I think it would work well :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, these are beautiful!! I would totally be making these if I weren't cribside in the NICU with my premie daughter!! She's healthy, she just is learning how to eat. I'll show here these cookie pictures to motivate her. (And file this idea away for next year!!) :-)

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    1. KT...I'm a mom of a preemie, too!!! Now he's 13 and bout ready to overtake me in height! Snuggle that little one. ♥

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  6. These are adorable! I don't decorate a lot of cookies, but these just might be a changing point for me!

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  7. Love-love the speckles! These look delicious and the presentation in the blue cartons is awesome. I've got to try these :)
    -Molly

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  8. So cute!! I love them, great idea as always Bridget :)

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  9. These are by far the cutest easter cookies I have seen. LOVE these!

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  10. Just darling once again! Yeah... I wish I had more days of being a laid back Mom..we are works in progress. Thanks for always sharing your yummy details. I need to make someday..today and order some coloring and tips and get my baking on!
    Maureen

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  11. Beautiful, I am silent reader of your blog, finally give up and showed my face. Admire your decorating skills. I need to try .

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  12. Those are adorable! I think I will make them for the Easter Bake Sale. I'll def. need those cute little baskets. Thank you so much for the step by step how tos.
    You have inspired me to take on cookie making and selling! I'm excited and have been very busy already. 160 Dr. Suess Cookies for Read Across America Day!
    So thanks again. Sometimes when I get an order, I think, I don't know if I can do that cookie. I need to look on Bake at 350 to see if she has showed us how!
    I made your cowboy boot cookies for Western Day at my daughters school.
    Again, Thank you SO much! You are awesome.

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  13. they are absolutely gorgeous! I love the shades of blue and teal, too. So classy and Tiffany-like :)

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  14. The speckled look is SO adorable! Love these little eggs. :)

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  15. These are so cute! I love the colors you chose. :) Thank you for the step-by-step. Will definitely have to try this.

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  16. If these aren't the epitome of Easter Preciousness I don't know what is!!

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  17. Oh so sweet....love the colors, Bridget! What a perfect little gift those baskets full of cookies would make!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  18. Absolutamente adorables. Gracias por el tutorial.

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  19. These are the perfect, adorable cookie for Easter

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  20. These are the freakin' most adorable things EVER.

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  21. These are so beautiful! I love the pastel shades of the icings and your photos are so good! Every time I look at your blog you make me think I could be a pro cookie decorator in no time but I'm sure it's not as easy as you make it look!!

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  22. I remember your cupcake bird's nest post and the speckled eggs. This baskets of eggs are really cute. Speckling for the kids would be a blast...with a big plastic sheet covering everything other than the cookies!

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  23. No, I don't want to try.. I want to eat them ALL! All the cookies!!

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  24. You make the most adorable cookies! Ree needs to have you over for another decorating lesson contest and I need to win!!!

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  25. These are so pretty! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors you chose!

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  26. Love these eggs! And the soft colors you chose are beautiful!

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  27. These are adorable. Love the colors!

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  28. So precious and clever. I love these, Bridget!! I remember seeing them when you shared them on instagram. :D

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  29. These are so incredibly adorable!

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  30. I love all the speckle-diness!! love that they're mini AND they look so..earthy. These are beautiful! :)

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  31. Mini eggs are my favourite easter eggs so I LOVE the idea of these in cookie form. So cute!

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  32. I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE!

    Sorry for *yelling* but...I. Die. Birds and eggs and nests? I J'adore. You've outdone yourself this time sweet peach!

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  33. These are too cute for words!

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  34. These are way to cute, and they sure do look "EASY" enough! Ummmm....But after my last attempt...hahaha.....I am not sure I am up for making any more, 'decorated' cookies! LOL

    check my blog...you are mentioned...:))
    www.mrscravitz.blogspot.com

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  35. Adorable~Love the Easter Cookies :)

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  36. Chocolate speckled eggs are one of the few Easter candies I can't resist...love these!

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  37. I'm completely stunned by your cookies. I have always enjoyed baking but have never been very good at decorating, but your step by step insructions make a decoration-phobe person such as myself want to run to the nearest store and buy food coloring! Your cookies look tasty and are just adorable! They also look like they are a blast to make. SUPER impressed over here, I am!

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  38. So exquisite. You are so completely talented. I'll try my hand at these, but I'm pretty sure they won't come out looking anything like yours, lol.

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  39. I love these eggies! Can you come to my house and help me?!

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  40. I LOOOOOVE these! I'm only a laid-back mom part time. For this, I'm definitely uptight because my toddler would definitely start flicking every piece of food from then on out. ;) Anyhow, these are gorgeous!

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  41. These are so cute! I borrowed a picture from this post, because this cookies are just too lovley to not talk about them! I looooove your Blog, thanks for all those wonderfull ideas!!!

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  42. GORGEOUS job, as per usual.
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com/

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  43. I love your speckled cookies, so cute :)

    x

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  44. Bridget, these are wonderful, and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing with us all.

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  45. Can you mail me some please? ;)

    "Happy Cooking"

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  46. I think these are the cutest cookies I have seen you do! So sweet~

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  47. These are the best looking cookies I have ever seen. Gorgeous!!!

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  48. I am oh so very hooked on making minis... for wedding and baby showers, for birthday party favors, for every holiday and the weeks in between. Too much fun and, YES, very hard to resist.

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  49. I just tripped across your website and can't stop staring (okay, drooling) at your beautiful creations. You're very talented and I can't wait to read more.

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  50. The colors and the details are perfect and so pretty! I adore the minis!

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  51. You always have the cutest ideas B! I need to make some cookies again, it's been a while. Mini's sound like a great idea!

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  52. These are adorable! I never have the patience to sit down and decorate cookies. I have a few times but I really admire your patience and attention to detail! I love how dynamic the speckled effect makes them look. Soooo cute.

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  53. Mini cookies are more tempting to eat. Less guilt, but I wouldn't be able to stop at just one. These are super cute!

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  54. These are gorgeous. Still not sure I could pull off making these, but I'd love to try.

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  55. These are crazy adorable! LOVE them! And love how they are look in the berry basket.

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  56. We always used tooth brushes to fleck the "paint" on. It works amazing, and it goes much quicker.

    Those are amazing. I am not proficient in royal icing, however I am thinking I may need to give it a try!

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  57. I took these babies on, but I did big eggs to hand out at an Easter Egg Hunt. This is the first time I have decorated cookies (other than sprinkles) so I have a couple of questions: How thick did you roll the dough? How much Chocolate Brown did you add to the icing (mine never got really dark)? My flooding looks bumpy because I think it sank in some spots. What is the fix to this? Thanks!

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    1. Maggie...

      right about 1/4"
      lots of chocolate brown
      bumpiness: flood a bit more next time to cover areas evenly. :)

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    2. Thanks Bridget! One more question... should the royal icing that was flooded become hard or should it still be a little soft?

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  58. This mini egg cookies looks so lovely.

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  59. What cookie recipe did you use? I might be bling but alkl i see is icing and decoration directions

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    1. Wren...look right above the picture of the icing colors. There is a link. You can also use any of the cut-out cookie recipes in the "recipe index" up top. :) Happy baking!

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  60. Te felicito por tu blog y por estas galletas tan originales. Me han gustado mucho.

    Un beso,

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  61. These are SOOOO cute!! I just adore them Bridget!

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  62. So cute! Where do you find the container?

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  63. Muy bonito blog. Espero que sepas español! la receta una belleza. Un abrazo,

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  64. I just love the speckles on these adorable cookies! Absolutely too cute!!

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  65. These are beyond adorable, perfect for Easter! So excited I found your AMAZING blog! Cheers!

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  66. yes I do! Those are so cute!!!

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  67. Love it when you nestle cookies in the little produce cartons.
    I know these little speckled eggs are the perfect~yuMMy bite!
    So cute!
    xoxoxo

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  68. hi there! where can i order your cookies? TIA!

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  69. These were the inspiration for a batch of speckled dino egg cake pops I did for a friend's 3 year old son's birthday! Thank you so much!

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