Friday, March 15, 2013

Magically Delicious!

These leprechaun cookies are made from a cupcake...cookie cutter. 
See?  Magical!
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All I did was flip the cutter upside-down, and trim off the cherry detail with a paring knife once cut out.

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I was trying to channel my inner Callye...the queen of creative cookie cutter use.  I remembered she wrote a leprechaun post a couple of years ago using all different shapes.  Guess what?  She used a cupcake as one of her shapes, too.  Maybe I wasn't so original after all. ;)

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If you think you don't have time to make these before Sunday, you are wrong, wrong, wrong!  They're really a simple cookie to make...that beard may look fancy, but it couldn't be easier.

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To make these decorated leprechaun cookies, you'll need:
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Use a #2 tip to outline the hat and face.

Thin the green and copper icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  (Reserve some of the green icing for piping details later.) 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.

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Fill in the outlines with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

Let the cookies dry at least one hour.

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Add the details:
  • #4 tip for trim on the hat
  • #2 tip for hat buckle
  • #1 tip for hair curl
  • #2 tip for eyes & hat outline
  • #1 tip for smile
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Now, add the beard.  First, be sure your icing is stiff enough to hold the ridges of the star tip.  Don't be afraid to test this on a plate...and test different tips to see which you like the best.  If your icing has lost its stiffness, follow these instructions to revive it.

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Pipe the beard using a pulsing motion.  I started at the left side, came around the bottom, then started back on the right side and piped down to meet where I stopped.

Let the cookies dry uncovered overnight.

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The next day, use food coloring pens to add cheeks and freckles.  Leprechauns have freckles, right?

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There you have it...lucky little leprechauns. They're magically delicious!

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  1. Oh that's a great idea, never thought it could possible to make cookies out of a cupcake...
    Thanks for the tips

    xx Le Grumeau

  2. I think his little rosy cheeks is my favorite part!! Love these cookies and everything you do. :)

  3. I love his little face. Thanks for the great detailed tutorial.

  4. These are adorable, Bridget! I love the texture you created for the beard!

  5. Your attention to detail is amazing! Great design.

  6. Your cookies always amaze me! Do you own a bakery? If not, you should! You have talent! :)

  7. You are a genius! What a great use of a flower pot cookie cutter. You are a true inspiration!

  8. These are so sweet and charming, how could someone possibly eat them? Have a great weekend!

  9. Those Leprechauns are adorable!! I made your roll-out sugar cookies and royal icing for my son's first birthday party a few weeks ago and they were SOOO good! Better than my great-grandma's recipe I usually use, (shh don't tell my Nana I said that!). They didn't look great, but they sure tasted amazing! :)

  10. These are just too cute! Love that you used a cupcake cutter.

  11. These look so professional, I would pay for these cookies! ... All I can say, is if I made them they wouldn't look nearly this cute...more like Picasso leprechauns. Haha.

  12. These are SERIOUSLY adorable. I can't get over it. :-)

  13. you continue to amaze (and inspire) me! These cookies look amazing, I love all the details especially his little freckles :)

  14. These are so adorable! Love their green eyes!

  15. You just make THE cutest stuff!

  16. such a clever idea too use a cupcake cutter. Brilliant!

  17. ufffff super original... que Dios te bendiga y lo haga con el dulzor de su presencia, es que me encantan las galletas y no sé porque me inspiran amor y el amor, la esencia del amor, es algodón dulce, Cristo Jesús

  18. Seriously, Bridget, you NEVER cease to amaze mr with your incredible creativity! You are too, too fabulous!!!
    Thanks again for sharing with us.

  19. Happy St. Patrick's Day dear Bridget! These are so cute! They make me wish I was Irish! :)

  20. Bridget...These are adorable. It's amazing how you transformed a cupcake cutter into an orange-bearded, whimsical leprechaun. Your piping on the beard is perfect.

  21. My husband asked if these were Pilgrim cookies just remade as Leprechauns. I told him no and showed him the cupcake cutter, but I think he's right. You could make Pilgrim cookies using the same cutter!

  22. These are adorable. Soooo cute. You must have a lot of patience in the world. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Aww these really are adorable! I wish I could just grab one from the computer screen :P Happy St. Patricks Day!

  24. Bridget, your creativity never ceases to amaze!!! These are so preciously cute and I'm certain they are delicious too!!! Happy St. Patrick's Day! xoxo

  25. I love seeing how you repurpose cookie cutters to make something completely different. Brilliant!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful St. Patty's Day! :)

  26. Happy St. Patrick's Day Bridget! These cookies are delightful and the way you piped the beards is really neat.

  27. Oh I love that little man! Great idea for the beard!

  28. Bridget, He is so cute! I just love his facial details!

  29. I missed this last week! Sooooo cute! So, so cute. Now I want a St. Patrick's Day do-over. Maybe leprechaun's can do Easter too? Green is easter-y, right?

  30. so cute!!! i wish i saw this in time for st. patty's day!!! xx

  31. Bridge, you are so innovative! Got the old jingle reference, "They're Magically Delicious!" Love. It. And, I love the red beards...with the sweet, light touch of the freckles on these little fellows! I'm late...pinning. Pedaling as fast as I can to catch up with blog and blog love after being sick. YOU ROCK! Pinning... xo

  32. That is just the cutest! Great job!


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