Hey guys! It's me -- Georganne from LilaLoa! I know you didn't think they would let me back again, but the truth is...I snuck in the side door when they weren't looking, and then made some cookies.
You know how they say that you can learn a lot about a woman by the type of cookies she makes? WHAT?! You don't know that? Seriously, do they even teach stuff besides algebra and science in schools anymore? What happened to good ol' fashioned urban legends and "Current Events Friday" where you get to clip out the article from the gossip page and bring it to school and talk about it instead of learning real history? Hypothetically, of course.
My point is that if you look at the summer-type cookies I make, you will learn something-- and it won't be the square root of the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle. You will learn that apparently I am dehydrated. I just looked back at every single summery cookie I have EVER made -- and they are all water based. Beach cookies, sailboat cookies, seashell cookies....water, water, water. And these are no exception.
My child calls them "Under-water Animals." It’s basically the same things as calling them Under the Sea Creatures, but it doesn't make you think about The Prom, or the 80's. Apparently, there was some kind of decade rule where every prom in the 80's had to be an Enchantment Under The Sea theme with a balloon arch, and a punch bowl. Not that I would know. I mean...I'm just saying, you know, from all of my 80's movie researching days...it just seemed like there was a lot of....you know what? Let's just make some cookies.
Let's make these cookies, shall we? You can get all these cutters here
The octopus is my favorite. Let's start with him.
1. This guy has 8 legs. That's a lot. Don't let things get complicated though. Using a thick black icing, pipe the head first and then starting from the left and working to the right, outline every other leg.
2. Come back and fill in the missing legs. If you're not sure where the leg should go, just make a squiggly line. That seemed to work well for me. Then pipe a curved line at the end of each leg. Let the outline dry for a couple of hours.
3. You are going to be filling in some small spaces here. You need to either use a thin (10 second count or less) icing or a fan/dehydrator. I used both because well… I am slightly neurotic. Flood the face and the top portion of each leg with the bright yellow. Use a toothpick to guide the icing into any cramped little corner that it is desperately trying to stay away from. Then fill in the ends of each leg with a lighter yellow icing. Let dry overnight.
4. Using a small drop of icing, attach pre-made eyeballs (Or make your own.) With pink icing, make some adorable little cheeks. As a finishing touch -- with stiff black icing or a food color marker -- add a happy little smile and some stitch lines around the outside of the head and the top of each leg.
Could there BE a cuter under-water animal than this crab? My instincts say, "no" but maybe that's just what he wants us to think.
1. Bake yourself a crab shaped cookie. You can eat one of them if you want to. I won't tell.
2. Using thick black icing, outline the entire cookie. I left gaps for the eyes, but I don't think it makes a difference in the end product, and outlining the whole cookie is WAY easier on the brain. Let the outline dry for an hour or 60 minutes -- whichever comes first.
3. Flood the middle of the cookie with a 15 count red icing. Let that dry overnight.
4. Put a drop of red icing on the back of a pre-made eyeball and squish them down at the top of that cute little crab's face. Add some pink little cheek circles. With stiff black icing or a food color marker, add a smile and some stitch lines around the edges.
I think it is no coincidence that this "Under the Sea" themed cookie cutter is product number 1987. Clearly, it was a savvy move by marketers to capitalize on the internet searches for "Under the Sea" prom cookies from 1987. Excuse me while I go do a little search of my own...
It would appear after an extensive (37 seconds at least) search...they did not in fact have cookies at prom in 1987. What a letdown.
1. Outline the fins on the seahorse first, using stiff black icing.
2. Starting in the middle of the tail, pipe a swirl pattern outwards and then up the right edge of the cookie. If you could find it in your heart to make a couple of your swirls a little wonky like mine, I would really appreciate the show of solidarity on this one. Let your outline dry for at least an hour.
3. With flood consistency dark purpley-pink icing, fill in the body area and then use light purpley-pink icing to flood the fins and stomach area of the seahorse. Let that dry overnight.
4. Put a drop of that purpley-pink icing on the back of some pre-made eyeballs and attach them right next to each other at the top of the head. I suppose you could only put one on there if you wanted to conserve eyeballs or if you just felt it looked better with one, but I'm going to tell you right now that...umm, I used two. Add some pink cheeks. With stiff black icing or a food color marker, add stitches around the edges of the cookie. Look really close at the tail part though..don't go all the way to the middle with both sides. It just looks busy. End your outside line of stitches at the beginning of the swirl. Now that I've complicated that beyond belief... let's move on.
Do you want to know what my favorite part about this fish is? He has an eyebrow…. AN EYEBROW. He is a fish with an eyebrow. He does not, however, have an umbrella. That would just be silly.
1. Using thick black icing, outline the body. Add some fins on top and bottom, and a squiggly shaped tail. Let dry for an hour or so.
2. Flood the body with light blue 15 count icing. Flood the fins and tail with a darker blue icing and let dry for 3-4 hours.
3. Using thick black icing, draw another fin on top of the body. (How many fins does one fish NEED?) Let that dry for another hour.
4. Fill in the fin with dark blue icing, and add some lips with the same color. (He's got LIPS too? This is one crazy fish.) Put a drop of blue icing on the back of a pre-made eyeball and attach it to his face. Using pink icing, make a little cheek somewhere below the eyeball. Using stiff black icing or a food color marker, give him an eyebrow and add some stitches along the edge of the body.
Feel free to make some of these cookies and share them on The Cookie Cutter Company's Facebook page. (Do it! Simon says.) Also, you can come visit me at LilaLoa any time you want to! We can talk about cookies, or weird fish with cheeks and eyebrows. It's your choice, really.