Since so many people on Facebook have been asking me how I make the Cat in the Hat cookies, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to create a new blog post and try to redeem myself (Really, it just doesn't all fit on Facebook. HA!).
Okay, so one of the most frequently asked questions is, where do I get my cutters? Well, I don't have any Dr. Seuss cutters. :(
I have to make a template out of an image I like. You can print the image to size, cut it, trace the outline onto a piece of vellum, or a plastic butter lid you don't need, etc. Once you trace it, you then cut THAT image, and you're ready to rock and roll. I always save the original paper image though, so I can look at it for details!
This is the image I used for my template:
Hopefully, you don't have a large order of cookies to do, because hand-cutting these bad boys out of cookie dough takes FOREVER! :)
Once they're baked and cooled, I start piping the outline in black royal icing. If you're using Wilton tips, use a #2 to pipe the outline. I think #3 just looks too thick on these. Wanna know a secret? You can always use a black food marker to outline the image on the cookie before you pipe it. This trick works GREAT if you don't have a Kopykake. I kinda learned that one from Sugarbelle. If you're going to do this, you might want to get a few black food markers. Drawing on a rough cookie surface will ruin your tip, and you need the good markers for detail! ;)
Now here's the piping I did using a Wilton #2. Let it dry for awhile before you try to flood it!
I always flood one color at a time.
So here's Cat and Thing after flooding. They're finally ready for faces! Yay!
I always add the hat and hair detail first, and save the faces for last. This is where the GOOD fine point food markers come in handy (NOT the one you used to draw on the blank cookie).
And here's Things 1 and 2:
And there you have it! They're really pretty easy to do, they just take patience to let each part dry completely. PLEASE let your flood icing dry for several hours, or even overnight. Your marker will poke right through if you don't, leaving you to say some choice words, and forcing you to eat your mistakes. Darn those mistakes! ;)