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Ellie the Elephant Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

When I was approached about contributing an animal shape for Cookie Cutters for Charity, I immediately knew I wanted to do an elephant. My daughter-in-law was using elephants to decorate for our second grandchild arriving in May 2017. I had already planned to make some cute elephant cookies for the baby shower. So this was the perfect chance to come up with a cute shape for both the shower and the charity event. It was a win win for both!

The entire collection of animal cutters from a host of awesome decorators is now available HERE. There are 17 different shapes and a beautiful booklet sharing about each decorator and their contribution. 

100% of the profits from the sale of these cutters goes toward the Helping Hands, Inc ministry in India which teaches underprivileged women some professional baking/decorating skills for a job. What a blessed ministry!

Animal Cookie Cutter Set for Charity

Ellie the Elephant (which is not an original name.....but since my granddaughter is Emmy, it fit) was born.

She's pretty easy to decorate. Just outline and flood the entire shape in the color glaze of your choice. Add a wet-on-wet pattern if desired. Allow it to dry for about 1 hour before adding a second layer for the head, ears, and trunk. (see photos below)

While the second layer is still wet, add two black pearls for her eyes.

And if you are so inclined, add stitch marks and eyebrows with a black edible food color marker.


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Zoo Animals Cookie Collection

A very precious friend asked me to make some zoo animal cookies for her daughter's 2nd birthday. 
She wanted them to be grain-free, so that added a twist to the challenge. 
My Simple Grain-Free Cut Out Cookie recipe worked perfectly for this occasion.

I did a Jungle Buddies cookie series about three years ago. 
It included a hippo, giraffe, lion, elephant, zebra, and monkey with cookie tutorials for each. 
Since that time, Cheap Cookie Cutters has created some of those shapes into cutters.

Here's the brown bear cookie tutorial I put together for this series.

And since the monkey shape was not included with Cheap Cookie Cutters designs, here's how I simplified that shape. Using a snowman head cutter and the curved edge cutter in SugarBelle's Shape Shifters set, cut out the monkey head as shown below.

Outline the monkey head filling in a thicker outline of the ears and the entire upper head with dark brown glaze.

After the glaze has dried for about 30 minutes, fill in the ears and "snout" portion of the monkey with light tan glaze as shown below.

After some dry time, add the eyes, nose, and mouth with white and black glaze. 

Langley loved her animal cookies. Her favorite was the lion........ Rrrrrrr!

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Brown Bear Decorated Cookie (Tutorial)

While making a zoo animals cookie collection for Langley's 2nd birthday, I realized that when I did the Jungle Buddies Cookie Collection  back in 2013, I didn't create a brown bear. Oh my!

So I'm filling in the gap by presenting Mr. Brown Bear cookie to you now. :)

Just like the Panda Bear Cookies I did in the past, 
I used a Mickey Mouse cutter to create the initial shape for the brown bear. 
Of course, Mickey Mouse's ears are a little big for a brown bear......
so I lopped them right off with the edger cutter from SugarBelle's new Shape Shifters set.
(see photo below)

Outline and flood the main circle shape of the bear's face in brown glaze.
(see photo below)

After about 30 minutes of dry time, outline and flood the ears and "snout" of the bear as seen below.

Allow the brown glaze to set for a couple of hours. Add eyes, nose, and mouth with white and black glaze as shown below.


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