I took my my boys to a free day at the zoo. (Which I will never do again. It was a madhouse!) I wanted to bring some fun treats and I had 3 cookie cutters that I wanted to try. And yes, you do not find dogs, like my cookie, at the zoo, but I wanted to try it, so I did! You will notice the the faces do not look exactly the same as on the cookies cutters. That is because when I filled the face i could no longer see the imprints of the face. But I looked at them, and, for some I changed a little as i put the faces on.
So I baked shortbread sugar cookies and used these cookies cutters. The cookies got bigger in the oven a bit, but I was able to see the lines still. Lets start with the monkey:
To keep all the sections separate, I had to do one section at a time. More than one section can be done at once if none of the edges touch each other. By the way, I am using royal icing. I made both vanilla and chocolate icing. I started with the top of the head, back arm, and the back leg. After an hour, it was hard enough to move onto other sections. I mixed some of the chocolate with the vanilla that was tinted a light yellow to get the lighter brown color. I then filled the face and front leg. Next I did the front arm. Then the Tail and hands. I then let it all dry overnight. The next morning I used some edible markers to draw the face.
Now the lion:
For this animal, I tinted some of the vanilla royal icing yellow and some orange. I was able to start by outlining and filling the face and back legs. When those were done i did the front legs. After all the yellow was dry enough, I filled the mane with the orange and then let the whole cookie, dry overnight. I used the chocolate royal icing the next morning to make the face.
I filled the head, front leg, and the tail. Next came the ears and the rest of the body. Now to get the spots, as soon as I was done filling the body part, I put a few dots with the brown and light brown icing. It is called wet on wet royal icing technique. I did this same technique for the brown eye. When the cookies was all done, the face was hard enough to pipe a nose. I bet you can guess what I did next, yes, let it dry overnight. And yes, I used the edible markers for the rest: eyes, mouth, and toes.
I made enough for each of my boys to have one of each and they loved them! It was a fun trip. Next time, though, I will go on a different day!