Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Patriotic Pool Party - Star TUTORIAL

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

So, I know, I've been gone FOR-EV-VER!  My computer broke...for good this time.  Bye-Bye hand-me-down Dell laptop.  I would get a new one and get straight back to work but you know...there's a mourning period.  I've been moping about my house for a month, wearing black, crying at random moments, scaring my family with my mood swings.....but never mind my personal computer moved on to a better place, namely the bottom shelf of my book case.  I find comfort in knowing that it will make an excellent makeshift coloring table for Sophie....  *sigh*

Anyway, I stole borrowed my husbands laptop while he was sleeping with permission to do this very special tutorial.

My friend Sweet Sugar Belle issued me a challenge.  What could I (and some very talented decorators) do with a star cutter....a boring old star cutter.

This is what I came up with.

I was in a pool mood.  I had just gone swimming.....I had also eaten too much ice cream at said pool.  Don't judge.  I'm in mourning, remember??

Anyway, I thought I would do a simple festive tutorial for the fourth.

Here's what your going to need:
-a star cutter (with which you should cut and bake a star shaped cookie)
-a small round cutter
-red icing (pipe and flood)
-white icing (pipe and flood)
-blue icing (flood)
-an edible food marker
-a star royal icing transfer.

Ok let me tell you real quick how to make a star royal icing transfer.  And I'll have to just tell you because like a fool, I forgot to take pics of that.....mourning.....

First you want to print off or draw a picture of a star the size you want to use (in this case, a star that fits just inside your circle).  Place said drawing under parchment paper.  Tape the paper down to it doesn't curl or slide.  Now, just trace pipe and fill.  Let it dry, and it should slide right off the paper.  Simple.  Done.

Now back to the cookie.  First take your star cookie and your round cutter.  Draw a circle on your cookie with your edible marker.  I used an Americolor marker in red....because it's what I blindly grabbed out of my drawer.

Pipe and fill.

Then, while it's wet, pipe on your partriotic white stripes.  You can use a toothpick to clean up the center.  Or if your incredibly lazy like me, leave 'em.

Let it dry a little (or don't, ya know....whatev).  Then fill it with blue.

While the blue is still wet, add your star.  It should sink right down into your icing.

And your done!

Just in case I can't procure another computer before the 4th, Happy Independence Day!!

While your in the festive mood make sure you check out these other perfectly patriotic posts from a plethora of perfect pipers...

.....Go check out my friend's sweet stars


  1. Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie
  2. Patriotic Lace Cookies , My Little Bakery
  3. Independence Day Parade Cookies, Jill FCS
  4. Old Fashioned 4th of July, Vicki’s Sweet Treats
  5. Light up the Fourth Cookies, The Partiologist
  6. Declaration of Independence Cookie, Vanilla Bean Baker
  7. Badge of Liberty Cookies, Lila Loa
  8. Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers, Bake at 350
  9. 4th of July Firecracker Cookies, Klickitat Street
  10. Star Cut-out Cookies, Glorious Treats
  11. Cookie "Pledge", Lizy B Bakes
  12. Star-Shaped Krispie Treats, Cookies and Cups
  13. Easy Star Cupcake Toppers, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
  14. Rustic 4th of July Galletes, Haniela's
  15. Patriotic Cookie Wreath, Sweetopia
  16. Patriotic River Rafter, Ali-Bee's Bake Shop
  17. Funny Fox Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker
  18. Quilted Cookie Stars, Cookie Crazie
  19. Gimme Your John Hancock Stars, Life's a Batch
  20. Patriotic Cookie Stir Sticks, The Cookie Artisan
  21. Patriotic Floral Stars, SweetSugarBelle
And thank my friend Sugar Belle for putting this awesome project together.  :)


Anonymous said...

These cutest collection of 4th of July cookies. Your little river rafter has me smiling...a lot! Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration. ~ Paula @VanillaBeanBake

Unknown said...

Oh how I've missed your creations. You always blow me away. So unique....and fun.....and perfectly executed.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get a new computer! We can't stand it without you giving us regular doses of your talent. PLEASE!

These stars are so cute. I'm especially found of that cute little girl swimming in the pool with her inflatable. Adorable.

Miss you! (please, please please come out of mourning and embrace a new laptop, K?)

Cindy~Cookie Cheers said...

You have a great imagination!
Super nice set.
Are you decorating on the 'back' of the cookie?

Unknown said...

Love that little girl in the floatie! That's my favorite spot to be in the summer!

and....I'm pretty sure I just read an article about how all calories consumed while IN the pool...totally don't count!!!!

That's my story, I'm stickin' to it...

The Partiologist said...

I want to come to this pool party! Such cute cookies!

the decorated cookie said...

So genius AND made me chuckle. The things clever, creative cookie decorators can do with a star!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

You are SO good! These are totally precious!

Glory said...

These are so sweet!! They just make me smile!! I want to be that little girl floating down a cookie river! =)

Janiece said...

I have missed you so much! I wondered how I had "Lost" you!.
I totally understand the morning of a computer, but I am glad you are back.
CUTE stars.
You always are inspiring!

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

Oh these are so fun! Great job! My son is a lifeguard this summer and that little girl on the floatie is so adorable. I wish I had that kind of talent to make something like that! Fantastic job! I hope you get your computer issue taken care of soon. My printer died yesterday completely kaput died. I hate spending money on boring things like that. All I could think was "just imagine how many cookie cutters I could have bought instead of a boring printer!" Good luck and thanks for sharing your beautiful cookie post!

Unknown said...

I love your creative take on the start cookies, you always surprise me with new ideas. Beautiful set!

SweetSugarBelle said...

I love you. The End.

Nadia said...

I love your cookies! So cute!

SimplySweetsbyHoneybee{Melissa} said...

Oh my goodness these cookies rock! I sure hope your mourning period ends soon. You've been missed. You are such an inspiration.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

These are amazing and everyone did such a nice job! I hope you'll add these to my Patriotic Project Parade. I would love to see them there.

Jennifer said...

Yay! I have been having Ali-Bee withdrawls! These are so cute! That pool girl is ADORABLE!!! Have a great 4th!

Linda L said...

Welcome back! Love these cookies!

Linda L said...

Welcome back! Love these cookies!


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