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.
I saw a bunch of these little Santa cutters and decided I absolutely needed one more … you know for next year.
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.
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!
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.
I went light blue for these little guys.
Outline the whale bodies first with royal icing.
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.
…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.
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.
See. Whale cute!
Like whale, whale cute!
Hope they made you smile!
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.