Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Dasher, On Dancer...

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
I'm not a blogger who has Christmas recipes made and posts scheduled in October. Usually, if you see it on the blog, I was stuffing it in my face the day before. ;)

These little reindeer, though, I made back in August. AUGUST! A magazine (!!!) that I really like asked if they could interview me about cookie parties and also if would I create a Christmas cookie for their holiday issue.

I was on Cloud 9. (I'm not sure if Cloud 9 is capitalized, but it seems like a proper noun to me.) Anyhoo...I was on Cloud 9 because not only do I love this magazine, but I love pretty much ALL THE MAGAZINES!!!

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
One of my favorite things about being a flight attendant was that sometimes people would finish a magazine and LEAVE IT IN THE SEAT POCKET!!! Those were the best days ever. (I always make sure to do this now.)  When I get a pedicure, I look forward to flipping the pages of People almost as much as getting pretty toes. In other words, I love glossy pages, quizzes, perfume samples, and tables of content that you can't find until you get past the ads on page 30.

So, December 1st rolled around, and I hightailed it to Barnes and Noble to find my magazine. I spied the magazine...and looked for that table of contents. Hmm...no cookies mentioned.  Let me look in the recipes section. No. Hmm...let me look in the editor's picks section. Nope. OK, now I need to sit on the bench to flip through ALL of the pages.

No cookies. 

I stop by Godiva to eat my feelings, then head home. I did some emailing, and it turns out, they didn't have enough space to include them. I get it, but MAN, soul crusher for a few minutes there.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
You know what, though?  That means I get to share the cookie tutorial here, so...
THERE'S NO CRYING OVER COOKIES ON THE EDITING ROOM FLOOR. 
(Unless they are ACTUALLY on the floor, then you can cry...or dust them off and eat them.)

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
To make these reindeer face cookies, you'll need: 


Divide the royal icing and tint: dark brown, light brown, white, red, green, and black.  Divide the white icing into two bowls. Cover each bowl by pressing a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the icing to prevent crusting.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Spoon the dark brown icing into a piping bag fitted with a #2 tip. Outline the face of the reindeer and pipe the antlers.

Thin the light brown and one bowl of white icing with water, a little at a time, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You’ll look for a ribbon of icing dropped back into the bowl to disappear in a count of one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two.

Cover the thinned icings with a damp dish towel and let sit for a few minutes. Stir gently with a silicone spatula and pour into squeeze bottles.

Working 6-8 cookies at a time, fill in the outline with the light brown icing. Use a toothpick to guide the icing to edges and to pop and large air bubbles that have risen to the surface.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Starting with the first cookie filled, drop dots of the thinned white icing onto the top of the reindeer face (on top of the wet brown icing.)  Let the cookies sit for at least one hour.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Spoon the remaining white icing into a piping bag fitted with a #3 tip.  Pipe eyes onto the reindeer.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Spoon the black icing into a piping bag fitted with a #1 tip. Pipe pupils onto the eyes.  For the girl reindeer, add eyelashes.

Switch the tip on the back icing to a #4 and pipe a nose on the girl reindeer.
reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Repeat for the noses on the boy reindeer using the red icing.

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Thin the green icing as above, but stopping when the ribbon of icing disappears in a count of 20, rather than one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two. Pour this icing into an icing bag fitted with a #2 tip. Add a bow to the girl reindeer, using this icing.

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

reindeer face decorated cookie tutorial
Christmas is next week and I have about a million more cookies I want to make. And, I kinda want to make these little guys again. Could we have another week, please???


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18 comments:

  1. Okay, I don't no beans about magazine publishing, but couldn't they have l et you know beforehand that there wasn't room for your cookies? Gosh, they are so cute and yummy--well, it is their loss and our gain. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  2. Bummer! But I'm glad you could share your tutorial with us. I love those reindeer!

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  3. Such cute cookies! A shame they didn't print the recipe, that's very scum-baggish of them. At least you get to share it here! :D

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  4. Oh Bridget those are ridiculously cute!! I agree with Jennifer, they could've at least let you know since you went to all the trouble of putting it together. Oh well, their loss - our gain!! :D

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  5. Gorgeous cookies - they should have bumped something else from the magazine! :-)

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  6. It is unfathomable to me that thre did not have the courtesy or professionalism to alert you ahead of time.
    You are an artist..and they commissioned work from you.
    I wondered why you weren't naming the magazine..you are showing more class than they had.

    How cute are these?
    I love magazines too..The best part of being in waiting rooms..the only good part.
    Happy Holidays!

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  7. Those couldn't be any cuter!! I'm a magazine lover as well. I have stacks and stacks.... but that's another story all together. No worries love, you'll be gracing ALL the magazines before you know it! xo

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  8. first A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E !! second, why on earth couldn't they let you know? so rude, and their loss.

    I'm totally like you about blogging, when I write about it - there's usually still some in the house.....or we just devoured it all, then I really start craving it while editing pictures lol

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  9. Bridget, those cookies are so cute!
    Perfect for christmas.

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  10. Way to use your experience to bless others. I am sure it was not personal but it was impolite. I always think about brownies when things don't go my way. Why do you ask? Legend has it that brownies were actually a chocolate cake that failed to rise.

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  11. Bridget,
    I love all your decorated cookies. These are so cute. Too bad about the magazine. It's their loss. Have a Merry Christmas.
    Annamaria

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  12. These are so cute! Which grocery store did you get these cookie cutters at?

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  13. That magazine is missing one cute spread, that's for sure!

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  14. These are positively precious - and I'm so glad you get to share your tutorial with us!

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  15. I mean, adorable, right? But what really just took me over the edge here were the little eyelashes. O! M! G! CUTE!

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  16. Cooking images are amazing.This are so cute to see. non veg hotels in erode

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  17. Love the reindeer...and the cutter! I kept trying to figure out what you used to create it. I think 2015 will be your year for a magazine feature story.

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