The press has since been just sitting a drawer and I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to incorporate it somehow in a cookie design.
And that's how these double-decker bird cookies came about. The design is simple which I like and why I decided to leave the area around the bird plain. To me, the cookies give off a summery beach vibe with seagull like bird and the sand-colored icing on the main cookie. I used the smallest touch of three colorings to make it — yellow, brown and blue.
|Roll the cookie dough into 1.5 inch balls and pat into even-sized rounds large enough for the bird cookie press.|
|Center the press on the round and press just enough to leave the design marked in the dough. Don't press all the way through the dough.|
|It will look like this. Don't worry about mistakes because you can re-roll the dough and start over as much as you need to.|
|Also cut out the same number of larger base cookies. I used a large plaque-shaped cutter.|
|Bake the cookies and let them cool.|
|Outline and flood the base cookies with royal icing using a #2 pastry tip.|
|Use a blue edible ink marker to highlight the lines on the bird's wings and tail.|
|Also use the pen to outline the bird.|
|Add a thin coat of white color to the bird using thinned royal icing and a square tip paint brush.|
|Adhere the bird cookie to the base cookie using a few drops of stiff royal icing.|
|Lastly, outline the base cookie using a #2 tip and a complimentary color of piping consistency royal icing. Click here for more detailed information about royal icing consistencies.|