Tuesday, January 28, 2014

These cookies are whale cute!

Whale Cookies

Oh my gosh… I love how these cookies turned out. I’ve been wanting to make little whales for about a month now. It started with a cookie cutter that I bought on clearance after Christmas.

Santa Cookie Cutter

I saw a bunch of these little Santa cutters and decided I absolutely needed one more … you know for next year.

Whale Cookie Cutter

But, when I grabbed it, I must have picked it up sideways because I totally forgot all about Santa. I think I was imprinted or something. This was now my new whale cookie cutter and I haven’t been able to get making them out of my head. So, I decided to turn them into a super sweet packaged treat for Valentine’s Day.

And, also because I like to play.

Cookie Dough

Okay … here we go. It all starts with the cookie dough. And I love using this recipe from my friend Bridget at Bake at 350. It’s always a dream to use. No sticky dough. And if you need cookie decorating help, her book is awesome!

Whale Cutouts

Now my Santa/Whale cookie cutter wasn’t completely perfect. When turned sideways, I needed to cut off part of that little hump from the hat and move it to the right so it would be closer to where the whale’s spout should be for decorating. Not a must, but I thought it made a difference.

Royal Icing

I went light blue for these little guys.

Piping Whales

Outline the whale bodies first with royal icing.

Whale Decorating

Then fill them in with flood icing consistency and let dry. When all dry, you can define the fins with more of the outline icing.
Then, since my whales were blue, I used white icing for the steam from the whale’s spout.


But that’s not all. These whales have a lot of heart.


… and they needed to be decorated in pink royal icing of course.

Whale Cookies

…And topped off with sweet pink heart sprinkles for their mouths, too. Then you just need a black edible ink pen for their eyes and smiles. That makes these cookies pretty easy to decorate. They are basically one color cookies which is right up my alley

P.S. This is the first time I haven’t complained about my piping. I think I’m getting a little better each time I try decorated cookies. But my hearts sunk a bit. I need to work on that.

So that’s the cookie overview. But, that’s not all.

Whale You Be Mine

I made custom treat bags to so they’d be extra sweet. The bags I used are 3.75″ X 6″ and I just trimmed off some of the top. The tags are just folded over and attached on top of the bag.

I also made a downloadable pdf for the whale and treat bag tags so you can make them, too.

Oh, and I went ahead and fixed the whale shape if you want to use it as a template to cut out your cookies.

Or … here’s a cutter I found online that looks similar. And the heart cutters were similar to the one in this mini set.

Whale Cookie Valentines

See. Whale cute!

Whale Cookie Valentine Treats

Like whale, whale cute!

Whale Cookie Valentines

Hope they made you smile!

Whale Cookies

And hope you have a whale good day!

P.S. This version is included in the pdf also, so you can give them away any time of the year.


Emily said...

Do you have your recipe for the royal icing for piping/flooding? Thanks! These are so so cute!

January 28, 2014 02:56 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Just adorable! Love them :)

January 28, 2014 03:05 AM
decorateacake said...

ooo… they look’s so cute!!! I will one! :D

January 28, 2014 03:06 AM
Aya said...


Do you have a good icing recipe?

January 28, 2014 03:27 AM
Izzy said...

They are so cute and what a lovely idea to use a santa cookie cutter!

January 28, 2014 04:12 AM
mindy1 said...

OMG sooo cute :D

January 28, 2014 05:20 AM
Poppy said...

fabulous cookies and a wonderful use of Father Christmas!

January 28, 2014 06:01 AM
Janet said...

Definitely brought a smile to my face. Way too cute!!

January 28, 2014 06:29 AM
Debbie said...

How adorable, so cute!

January 28, 2014 06:38 AM
themainemrs. said...

These are so stinkin’ cute!

January 28, 2014 06:58 AM
annheidel said...

These are absolutely darling!!

January 28, 2014 07:12 AM
Nuna said...

Totally awesome. Love the spout

January 28, 2014 07:20 AM
Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...


January 28, 2014 07:23 AM
Ilona said...

Wow this is so cute!!

January 28, 2014 07:24 AM
Anne's Scribbles and Doodles said...

This is super cute! You even managed to add some humor with those tags and cookie bags. I wish I could pipe as good as you. I need more practice practice practice!

January 28, 2014 07:26 AM
amy horrocks said...

These cookies are amazing! very creative!!!

January 28, 2014 07:49 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Pitter patter goes my heart – I LOVE these Angie!! Thank you for the creative cutter idea, these sweet whales, and the printable! xo

January 28, 2014 07:56 AM
Cookbook Queen said...

I am COMPLETELY in love with these — and this color combo is ADORABLE!!

January 28, 2014 08:14 AM
Leialoha said...

I just bust out in the biggest smile, these are so cute! And I think I might actually try to make these because they seem to be so simple! I just love your creativity, I have about as much as a shoe, but I can copy! Thanks for the PDF that will help a lot!

January 28, 2014 08:42 AM
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures said...

These are so cute! Your piping skills are amazing!

January 28, 2014 08:43 AM
Orla said...

Angie, I have the same cutter and I always think ‘Oh no why can’t I use this during the year?” And now I can! Yaaaaays! Plus, these whales are adorable!! What a great post! Thanks for sharing, you are my baking inspiration! Always fun and lighthearted! :)

January 28, 2014 09:11 AM
Peggy said...

Adorable! They will certainly make a “big splash” on Valentine’s Day!

January 28, 2014 09:20 AM
Monica said...

These are amazing! I would never be able to tell these came from santa cookie cutters. You’re genius!

January 28, 2014 09:21 AM
Susan said...

How very creative and absolutely adorable :D

January 28, 2014 09:21 AM
Linda said...

Too cute!!!

January 28, 2014 09:25 AM
Noelle said...

These are adorable! And it looks like a good recipe for cookie cutters, which I’m always trying to find!

January 28, 2014 09:33 AM
Sarah S. said...

OMG! I am going home to look through my cookie cutters. These are SO cute! Fingers crossed!

January 28, 2014 09:38 AM
Lindsay said...

These are so cute I might die.

January 28, 2014 09:49 AM
Hava said...

So cute! Love them. Nice to see from what you did them.

January 28, 2014 09:50 AM
jenny Flake said...

Angie are you kidding me?! Seriously you need to open your own bakery. Not kidding girl! You are so amazing! Miss you!!

January 28, 2014 10:08 AM
Jo said...

Oh my goodness!! So incredibly cute! I doubt I’d be able to eat one. Well, maybe just for a few seconds. ;) Because they look delicious, too.

January 28, 2014 10:25 AM
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff said...

Angie, You are whaley creative and whaley talented … absolutely adorable!

January 28, 2014 10:26 AM
Sanam @ Bake Me Style said...

This is definitely the cutest thing I have ever seen. Love this idea. Thank you!


January 28, 2014 10:26 AM
Vianey Campos said...

OMG!!, I never imagine how so cute could be a whale, these cookies looks amazing!!

Cupcakes AMOR-diditas

January 28, 2014 10:27 AM
Tem said...

So cute! Great job

January 28, 2014 10:28 AM
Ilana said...

These are absolutely adorable!

January 28, 2014 10:29 AM
Tereza said...

These are absolutely perfect for any babyshower as well. Gender neutral, adorable and simply elegant!


January 28, 2014 10:42 AM
Cindy B said...

These are beyond cute!! I have been pinning tons of these type of royal icing sugar cookies but am afraid to try my hand at them. I’ve done royal icing flowers for cakes and those get rock hard. Does the icing on these get that hard?

January 28, 2014 10:45 AM
Monica said...

These are so perfect. What a genius idea to use that Santa cutter. Thanks for making all these beautiful things – just looking at them here makes my day a little sweeter. : )

January 28, 2014 10:52 AM
Katie B. said...

Love! Those are super cute. :)

January 28, 2014 11:16 AM
natasha said...

so cute!!

January 28, 2014 11:40 AM
Tara said...

Wow – beyond adorable…

January 28, 2014 11:46 AM
Serene@ House of Yumm said...

Oh my gosh!!!! How adorable!! What a great idea! Love them :)

January 28, 2014 12:32 PM
vetmed said...

Too cute- I am always looking for something to give instead of a card. Thanks!!

January 28, 2014 01:29 PM
Coco in the Kitchen said...

These are just SO cute, I can’t stand it!
I’m going to get a whale cookie cutter just to make them this w/end w the kids!

BTW It’s not too late to enter for the foodie gift box giveaway from Maille UK. Just leave a comment on my Maille Salmon post!

January 28, 2014 01:32 PM
Kat said...

Absolutely adorable!
And a really great idea for Valentines Day. I will try to make them for my boyfriend.
Thanks for sharing!

January 28, 2014 01:45 PM
Sonya said...

These are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ADORABLE!!! You really brought a smile to my face with this cuties!! You are so talented!

January 28, 2014 01:58 PM
Katrina @ WVS said...

Uhhh…these are the best. I love the little heart smiles!

January 28, 2014 02:05 PM
Miranda said...

I love these! They are so cute! Great idea.

January 28, 2014 02:37 PM
Meg B said...

Could you be any cuter or more creative?!?!? Love!!

January 28, 2014 02:45 PM
abbie said...

I think I just died of cuteness… goodbye world.

January 28, 2014 02:48 PM
S said...

I really like the idea for valentines day. I am starting up a blog myself and yours is a great example. I think that i will try and make the cookies. Can’t wait for your next idea.

January 28, 2014 03:15 PM
Melinda Ke said...

Those whales are adorable, what a cute idea for a valentine. You got creative using a santa cookie cutter to make the whales…I like the way you think! :)

January 28, 2014 04:06 PM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Let’s see… is it possible to leave a comment on these without using the word “cute”? Nope, I don’t think so!! These are SUPER CUTE!!!

January 28, 2014 05:00 PM
Kaylee said...

These are adorable!!! I love them! Great tutorial!

January 28, 2014 07:23 PM
Sweet Tooth Studio said...

Whale loves these!

January 28, 2014 08:00 PM
Hatsuho said...

SO darling! You are too creative!

January 28, 2014 08:03 PM
Mannie said...

These are absolutely adorable. You have such creative genes. Who would’ve thought to use a Santa for a whale.

January 28, 2014 08:57 PM
Jen @ Jen Spends said...

I think I just died of cute.

January 28, 2014 09:24 PM
Ashley M | www.ourfulltable.com said...

These really couldn’t be any cuter!

January 28, 2014 11:38 PM
Brenda Liz Laureano-Geer said...

You are so creatived. They are so beautiful.

January 28, 2014 11:52 PM
Debbie-Party Patisserie said...

I just love these cookies and I love the way you see things!
You always amaze!

January 29, 2014 12:23 AM
Lillian | Sweets by Sillianah said...

These are so ridiculously cute, I can’t stand it! I love that you also included treat tags that we can also use anytime and not just for V-day!

January 29, 2014 01:14 AM
Hazel said...

These are adorable! How do you make those tag things for the packaging? Can’t wait to try these and give them out :)

January 29, 2014 05:09 AM
erin said...

So cute! How do you attach the tag to the bag? I don’t see staples. Do you glue them?

January 29, 2014 07:44 AM
Lola said...

Oh my gosh…those are just the cutest! Great vision!

January 29, 2014 09:39 AM
Kimiko said...

These are so cute! You made them so approachable I definitely might have to try them!

January 29, 2014 10:14 AM
Annie P. said...

Holy crap I just died from cute overload.

January 29, 2014 11:41 AM
Louise said...

They’re ridiculously cute!

January 29, 2014 03:53 PM
Maryanne said...

those are adorable.. when I first saw them I thought you went to Sur la Table cause they have so many cute cookie cutters (on sale too!)
for some reason I’m thinking you’re around Atlanta, hope you’re doing okay!

January 29, 2014 07:10 PM
Rose Angel said...

This is the cutest ever!

January 29, 2014 11:29 PM
Pammie said...

OMG Why are these the cutest thing ever?!?!

January 30, 2014 01:41 AM
ceej said...

Whale too cute! Thanks for sharing this. You’re awesome as always, bakerella :)

January 30, 2014 08:42 AM
Joan said...

Brilliant! Great thinking “outside the box” – and too cute. Thanks for sharing!

January 30, 2014 10:23 AM
Jany said...

They are just too adorable!

January 30, 2014 11:09 AM
kylene said...

oh my goodness! those are so cute!
well done :) way to repurpose something!

January 30, 2014 03:53 PM
anne said...

the use of the santa cookie cutter reminds me how Carvel can turn their fudgie the whale ice cream cake into any shape to suit the occasion! adorable cookies!

January 30, 2014 04:32 PM
Bonnie said...

You make the cutest baking products I have ever seen but these are, by far, my most favorite. Whales are at the top of my favorite list as far as animals go so that’s probably why. These are ridiculously adorable!!! You make me want to head home & back right now.

January 30, 2014 04:49 PM
Charlton said...

I just found my cookie cutter just like the one you used! I knew I had one but I couldn’t remember where it was. I found it in my girls’ playdough stuff! I can’t wait to try and make these cookies, now!

January 31, 2014 10:06 AM
Sheyla said...

Oh my goodness these are adorable!! Thank you for sharing your creativity, I admire you a great deal!

January 31, 2014 12:25 PM
martina said...

You are a genius!

January 31, 2014 01:03 PM
Anonymous said...


January 31, 2014 01:22 PM
ginny said...

Oh my goodness! I whaley love them.

January 31, 2014 05:43 PM
Beckie said...

Such a clever way to use the cutter. So cute!

January 31, 2014 05:57 PM
Sinead said...

These could not be any cuter! I love that blue colour and the little pink hearts in the corner of their smiles is such a perfect touch. Love, love, love!

January 31, 2014 06:26 PM
Shadow said...

Awww, these are absolutely precious! One of your best creations, I think. And such a nifty use for a Christmas cookie cutter. :)

January 31, 2014 07:54 PM
Alana said...

So freaking cute!!!

January 31, 2014 11:02 PM
Samantha Brown said...

These are just too cute! You are truly talented!!

Sam xx

January 31, 2014 11:38 PM
Brittany said...

Are you kidding?!?!?! These are soooooo cute!!

February 1, 2014 12:42 AM
Joy said...

I love these! Super cute.

February 1, 2014 07:41 AM
Ada ~ More Food, Please said...

These look so cute, and delicious too! Definitely perfect for a treat bag :)

February 1, 2014 02:56 PM
beautopiaxoxo said...

OMG! These are so so cute! :D

February 1, 2014 08:18 PM
Lesley said...

The cuteness you come up with never ceases to amaze me. Definitely made me smile! :)

February 1, 2014 11:56 PM
Sue {Munchkin Munchies} said...

I am so excited; I bought the exact same cutter on clearance too! Now I can’t wait to make some whale-y cute cookies for my munchkins! THANK YOU!

February 2, 2014 12:32 AM
Leslie Gagne said...

Thanks for the wonderful sugar cookie recipe. It was great and your little whales were so cute!

February 2, 2014 02:38 PM
Katie said...

Um, you are a genius. These are perfect! <3

February 2, 2014 03:16 PM
Susan said...

THIS IS SO ADORABLE! As much as I wished I was good at decorating cookies, I would definitely mess this up right away.

I’m in love with how cute these cookies look!

Susan | SusanLoves…

February 2, 2014 09:23 PM
Louise said...


February 3, 2014 11:07 AM
nikki said...

Now I know why I don’t have a speck of creativity. You literally have it all. So adorable.

February 3, 2014 08:10 PM
Lexi said...

Whale cute :)! Do you have your recipe for the royal icing for piping/flooding?

February 4, 2014 08:56 AM
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