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.


Anna said...

How you attached top of the bag. Stapler or something?

February 5, 2014 03:51 AM
Aleesha Banks said...

Wow….looking so cute. I would love to eat these whales……………..:) :)

February 7, 2014 12:25 AM
Jessica said...

Wow. Wow. Wow these little whales are divine. Amazing work- you are very talented:)

February 8, 2014 09:47 AM
Cecily said...

I made these as part of my Valentine cookies. They turned out great. Thanks for the great idea.

February 10, 2014 12:05 AM
Melissa said...

I tried making these today. What size tip do you use for the piping. Mine was apparently WAY too big. Plus, I don’t understand how you get the hearts on. Did you place them while the icing was still wet? I tried that and they didn’t go on straight. Do you use tweezers or have really small fingers? How did you ice the small hearts? Flooding?! I am so confused! This is all very new to me. Never tried this before. Thanks!!

February 10, 2014 02:20 AM
Elisha Baba said...


February 14, 2014 10:26 PM
Michelle said...

I am in awe of your creativity! Love the whales and the valentine’s message. Especially nice for those who aren’t loving the hearts and the pinks, reds, etc.

February 27, 2014 12:13 AM
Beth Eastwood said...

These are adorable! I wish I had seen them in time for Valentines day. Instead I made these heart-shaped mini chocolates;

March 3, 2014 11:53 AM
Alise @ The Ranch Kitchen said...

Love, love these whale cookies and thinking they would be so cute for an end of the year beach party for elementary age kiddos. :o)

March 4, 2014 09:57 PM
Samantha melchor said...

You should make videos ! Your candy coating is unbelievably smooth .. No matter what I do or what I add , it’s always still so thick ????

April 3, 2014 05:56 PM
Frankie said...

These cookies are too cute! I have just started my own baking blog and would seriously love it if you checked it out!


April 16, 2014 08:28 PM
Beatrice said...

Soooooo Cute but how long to we cook them in the oven and do we put the frosting before or after we make it

May 19, 2014 06:43 AM
Daniella Trevisan said...

Please can you help me to find mini whale cookie cutters? I checked the links you suggested.. They don’t have it. Thank you so much!!

November 14, 2014 08:42 AM
Colleen Head said...

So cute! If you fill the hearts and put them under a fan they wont sink!! Cookiers call it crater-hate! haha :)

January 5, 2015 05:31 PM
Alicia said...

Genius, ty for sharing this wonderful creation

February 23, 2015 05:53 PM
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