Saturday, December 21, 2013

Beep! Beep! It's Christmas!

 trucks with christmas trees cookies, decorating tutorial and link to cookie cutter
Guys, I've had this cookie cutter for YEARS.  It intimidated me.  Every year after Christmas I would think to myself, "next year, I'll use that cutter."  And, the next year rolled around and I just couldn't get the design quite right.
trucks with christmas trees cookies, decorating tutorial and link to cookie cutter
This year, though, the King Arthur Flour holiday catalog featured...Christmas Truck Cookies!!!  (After my last post, you guys might think all I do is sit around reading catalogs.)

Armed with inspiration from King Arthur Flour, I broke out my cookie cutter and went to work.
trucks with christmas trees cookies, decorating tutorial and link to cookie cutter

To make Christmas Tree Truck cookies, you'll need: 

 

  • truck cookies, using this recipe (similar cutter here...and truck and tree cutter here!)
  • royal icing tinted with AmeriColor super black, super red (two shades), egg yellow, grey (made with black), leaf green, chocolate brown, and bright white
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • decorating tips (#2, #3) and coupler
  • meringue powder
  • small paintbrush
  • white sanding sugar

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Use a #2 tips to outline the wheels (black) and truck body (darker red).. Reserve some of this red piping icing for later.

Thin the black, light red, grey and yellow 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 rubber spatula to pop any large air bubbles that have formed. Transfer to squeeze bottles.
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Fill in the outlines with thinned icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners and pop large air bubbles.
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Let the cookies dry for at least one hour.

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Use a #2 tip to outline the wheel wells (fenders?) in the darker red icing.  Pipe a line across the truck body and one for the door.

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Thin the dark red icing as above and fill in the outlines.

Use a #3 tip to add centers to the wheels in white.  

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

Once the cookies are completely dry, combine equal parts meringue powder and water, and brush the mixture onto the wheel wells and piped detail lines. Sprinkle on the sanding sugar and shake off the excess.

Use a #2 tip to pipe branches for the trees in green.  I made one layer, then when back over and added several more on top.

Use a #2 tip to add a truck with brown icing.
trucks with christmas trees cookies, decorating tutorial and link to cookie cutter
Do you have any cookie cutters stashed away that intimidate you just a little bit?  
trucks with christmas trees cookies, decorating tutorial and link to cookie cutter

21 comments:

  1. These are treasures..
    You are a wonderful artist/baker~

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  2. You've outdone yourself (yet again!). When I make cookies that are not even half as adorable and fun as these, I think, "gosh that is cute!" and I giggle a happy giggle in my kitchen from the joy of it all. I can only imagine the reaction you must have to your creations-- they are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your fun with us all!

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  3. I bought one of those Ecrandal Kitchenaid Mixer Cookie Cutters... I look at it and drool over it, but I'll probably never actually bake cookies and try to decorate them! PS Those trucks are so stinkin' cute!

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  4. I cannot say enough things about these cookies. Honestly, I am at a loss for worlds. They are my FAVORITE cookie I have seen this December and I just cannot get over their cuteness! Incredible Bridget! :)

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  5. Oh, my Bridget... these are darling (as all of your creations are!!)

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a safe, healthy, happy and SWEET New Year!!

    Much love,

    Janet

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  6. I absolutely love these! Soooooo cute! You really are amazing! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  7. I tried these this year!! Yours are amazing....mine were not quite as amazing, but I love them anyway. Love, love this cookie cutter. And I really like the way you did the tree. That is super cute Bridget!!

    Look at how mine turned out: http://royalicingdiaries.com/2013/12/bringing-home-the-christmas-tree/

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  8. You had no reason to feel intimidated. I love how you decorated these cookies. It's a really cute cutter and you certainly made really cute cookies!

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  9. Looks like you have definitely conquered the intimidating truck cookie cutter! I adore this cookie!!!

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  10. These are so cute! I made my own pick up truck and laid a mini tree cookie on the back of it. The details on yours are incredible!

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  11. How cute are these!?! Great job!

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  12. Aww...LOVE this decorated cookie design by you, Bridge! (Yours look infinitely better than the KAF featured ones. I'm glad theirs inspired yours though and you were able to put your cookie cutter to good use in this post!) Such a classic American and iconic image the little red truck is with a fresh cut Christmas tree in the back. Thanks for sharing, girl. And... Best wishes to you and yours for a meaningful and joyous Christmas holiday! xoxo

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  13. These look amazing!! I LOVE the classic age of the truck. Great job.

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  14. I bought this as a stamp set for a friend who enjoys crafting. But as a cookie you have just made it so completely happy :) Merry Christmas, my sweet friend! xoxo- K

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  15. I saw gift tags/gift bags that looked exactly like this. Before I read this post, I thought that was maybe where you had gotten your inspiration. These are beautiful cookies. : )

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  16. Cutest cookies, ever! Merry Christmas, B!

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