Assemble The Minions!

So, my sister calls me and reminds me that I said I would make cookies for her son’s birthday. I love that she reminds me. This year, she said the theme was Minions. “The little yellow guys from Despicable Me?” I asked. She said that I could make purple ones, too. Not having seen the second movie, I was a little confused. Purple ones?  Needless to say, I did a lot of research the minute I got off the phone.

Minion CookiesNow, the design. Yes, having feet and arms would have been super cute, but also time consuming. I thought about all the cookie cutters I own and then it hit me… Larry. (Of course, I just had to Google his name “Veggie Tales cucumber”.) I had made these cookies previously for my sister. All I had to do was stretch out the ends of the cookie cutter a little. When I pressed out the cookies, all I had to do was cut them across the middle.

I can’t stress the importance of making royal icing ahead of time. I did mine a couple of days before. The reason is that the colors need time to develop. Also, if you know that you are going to be doing cookies with eyeballs, making icing early will give you time to make icing eyeball transfers. Luckily, I already had color eyeball transfers I had made previously from icing leftovers on another project.

Icing the cookies was fun. The purple minion’s hair and I never seemed to agree. I just chalk it up to everyone having a bad hair day.  I wanted the eyes to match the minions, so I used brown and purple eyeballs. The trim on the goggles I dusted with silver luster dust because I wanted it to stand out. I don’t know if the kids noticed, but I did. Enjoy.

p.s. Maybe, one day I will get around to watching the second movie. It’s pretty sad, considering that we own it.


LEGOS Are Everywhere!

Lego CookiesLegos have infested my house. Luckily, I have not had the honor of stepping on one and having to go to the hospital…yet. My kids love to take the minifigures and swap out heads, hair and bodies. Also, my son loves to play all the Lego games on the Wii. So, it is no surprise that my son wanted a Lego themed birthday party. I asked him if he wanted cookies, cupcakes or a cake. He said that he wanted all of them. I guess I shouldn’t have given him so many options.

Lego TowerI didn’t feel like making a ton of cookies, so I just made one batch of dough. But, when you are cutting out squares and rectangles, the dough goes a long way. I wanted to make Lego heads too. I searched through my cookie cutters, but couldn’t find anything that would work. So, I just made my own. The one thing that I love about icing Lego cookies is that I only have to use one single color. I must say these were super easy.

Lego Female FaceFirst, my plan was to make black icing and pipe features onto the minifigure faces. Then the plan turned into using a paint brush and brushing royal icing on the yellow heads. Finally, after I got out my KopyKake machine and all was said and done.  I wound up using food markers, which worked like a dream. Especially since my daughter wanted a few of the Lego faces to be girls, which means eyelashes and lips.

Lego CakeHe wanted chocolate cake with buttercream icing. I made a single layer round cake and a dozen cupcakes. I iced a crumb coat and then smoothed out the rest. I used brown M&M’s to make the face. It turned out kind of plain, but cute.

So, there you have it. He got all 3 desserts. We ate leftovers for a few days, which no one seemed to mind. After the party, my house has even more Legos. Enjoy.

TMNT…Turtles in a Halfshell…Turtle Power!

I asked my daughter what she wanted for her birthday theme. She quickly answered, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. I asked the usual, “Are you sure?” Really, why do I even bother asking that anymore? Anyway, I did some TMNT party Google searching. I found some cute ideas and used a few. As far as cookies go, I found lots of masked turtle faces. But what do I decide to do? Pizza. I mean turtles like pizza, right? Well, these turtles do anyway.

wm_turtle_pizzaPrior to making my daughter’s TMNT cookies, I made cookies for my sister and had left over red icing. I added a little maroon and voila…pepperoni slices. I made transfers and saved them for my pizza creations. The pizza boxes took longer to make than the cookies themselves. Go figure.

wm_turtles_masksMy daughter was turning 8 and I HAD to incorporate the number 8, at least somewhere. So, I got this crazy-eight idea. I took my number 8 cookie cutter, left the middle circles intact, and made the turtle masks. “8’s” made with a little imagination. (If you look closely, their eye color matches each ninja turtle correctly.)

My daughter loved all the decorations, as she should, since she helped with some of them. Also, she loved all the gifts she received. Especially, the other Lego TMNT set she didn’t already own. Overall, I would have to say the party was a success. Enjoy.



Birthday Veggies

Bob and Larry from Veggie TalesMy sister asked me if i could make her some cookies for her son’s birthday party. She said that she was having a Veggie Tale party and asked if i could make Bob and Larry cookies. I said sure and she was sweet and gave me a weeks notice. I did some research on how Bob and Larry look. The fun thing about making cookies is hoping that you have the cookie cutter or having the imagination to make a cookie cutter turn into something else. So, I did a little of both…sort of. The tomato was really a pumpkin that I squeezed when I cut out the dough. The cucumber, well…I didn’t have anything, so i just made the cookie cutter myself. —My sister was happy and so were all the kids. That’s all that matters! Enjoy.


(Originally posted on July 6, 2012)