Friday, February 14, 2014

Wanna Neck?

Happy Valentine's Day!!!
"wanna neck" giraffe valentine cookies ♥
Have you ever looked at vintage valentines?  Oh my gosh...they are THE best!  Of course, the illustrations are darling, but they have the best puns!

"wanna neck" giraffe valentine cookies ♥
So, this is my version of a punny valentine: Wanna Neck?

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My child assures me that "no one" knows what "necking" means.  Which just confirms my suspicion that kids these days don't watch nearly enough Happy Days reruns.

When Mr. E, king of the puns, came home from work, I had finished the giraffes, but the hearts didn't have wording on them, yet.  I was SURE he would be able to guess the pun.

Guess, I told him...guess the valentine pun!  Want to know what he said?

"Giraffe-ter my heart?"
Giraffe-ter my heart. Really.

We could not stop laughing.

Our family is weird.  But, you knew that from these cookies already.

To make these giraffe valentine cookies, you'll need:


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Use a #2 tip to outline the giraffe with pink icing.  Add a tail and horn.

Before thinning, reserve some piping consistency red icing for later.  Thin the pink and red 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 white 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.

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Working 6-8 cookies at a time, flood the outlines with the thinned pink icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop large air bubbles. 

making hearts from dots of icing...
Starting with the first cookie filled, drop dots of thinned red icing onto the pink.  Drag a toothpick down the center of each dot to make a heart.
(Wipe the toothpick after each drag for a "clean" heart.  If you look at the hearts, you can see where I forgot to wipe the toothpick on a dot...there's a line down the top.)

Let the cookies dry at least 30 minutes.

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Use a #1 tip to add a mane, heart on the tail, hooves, detail on the face, and heart on the horn.

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

The next day, add the eye with a black food coloring pen.
"wanna neck" giraffe valentine cookies ♥
Happy ♥ Day!  


14 comments:

  1. LOL, I love the puns! :) Just last night we were at Target cracking up at the V-Day card puns :)

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  2. These are adorable!! I love your site... my go to cool cookie site. I'll be making the camper cookies this evening for a valentine's camp out! Thank you for sharing your tips!!

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  3. Giraffe-ter my heart! Adorable. Thanks for sharing:)

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  4. I can't even stand how clever-cute-and-charming these are!!!! Seriously. You're making me itch to make some cards inspired by your cookies. I am in love! Happy Valentine's Day sweet Bridget!! xoxoxo

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  5. Bridget, Very cute ... love the shade of pink. Happy Valentine's Day! Joan - My Cookie Clinic

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  6. I just thought you should know that I'm only 21 and I know what necking means... but I have absolutely no idea where from! I suspect I read a few too many old books as a child.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I can't even handle the cuteness that is these giraffes!

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  8. These are awesome! Quick question, if you have a minute...your red and pink icing are just flawless! My pinks and reds seem to always have little specks in them. (only in the finished/dry product) Like the gel coloring didn't fully incorporate into the icing? Does that make sense? Any tips on how to eliminate those little specks. It drives me crazy! Thanks!

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    1. Hey Michele!

      I have had that happen with my pink food coloring before, but the specks always seem to disappear when the icing dries. I know I've seen some suggest using Wilton colors for pink, but I always still use AmeriColor. You might also try just getting a couple of fresh bottles....especially if your red is doing it, too.

      Happy baking!

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  9. ha! too cute! I like Mark's too!

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  10. I love the vintage graphics and puns too! Very cute, Bridget. Your husband is a clever one:)

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  11. These are the cutest things I have EVER seen! OMG. I wish I could make them look as good as you did. I won't even try!

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