Thursday, May 15, 2014

Maraca Cookies Tutorial

Here is another quick tutorial from my Cinco de Mayo cookies. The cutter I used for this is actually a bunny cutter that I got at Hobby Lobby before Easter, just in case you were wondering.
1. Using 15 second flood consistency icing in Warm Brown and a tip #1.5, pipe the first handle and shape with a scribe tool or toothpick. I just did these free-hand, but you could make a template if you want them to be perfectly even each time.

2. Repeat step 1 for the second handle and let dry for at least 30 minutes.

3. Using a scribe tool, etch the shape of the first maraca head on the right, then etch as much of the other head as you can on the left side. If you would like to do a design, then etch that now.

4. Fill in the left maraca with Leaf Green 15 second flood consistency icing using a tip #1 and then shape with the scribe tool. 

5. If you are doing more than one color like I did then immediately fill in the next colors using 15 second icing on that side while the icing is still wet so they blend together.

6. Fill in the last color, shape with the tool. For the red tops I used Americolor Super Red (how did I ever live without this color?). Let this side dry for at least 30 minutes. 

7-9. Repeat steps 4-6 with the maraca on the right side. Allow to dry at least 6 hours. You can absolutely stop here and serve these as is... or you could shade them with petal dust and food coloring as I did to give them more dimension. 

10. Using Wilton Brown Color Dust and a small brush, shade the left maraca up to the line where the two meet. 

11. Shade the left side of each handle.

12. Using a fine paintbrush, chocolate brown airbrush color (or if you don't have that then use the same warm brown gel from earlier mixed with some extract), paint the edges of shadows that would be darkest parts; like where the maracas meet each other, the left sides of the handles and underneath the maraca tops. I like using the Amerimist airbrush colors (my wonderful hubby got me this set as a very generous gift, the little sweetie-poo!) for any type of painting on sugar, just because it's less mess, not as time consuming since it takes out the mixing step, dries quickly and I don't have to worry about mixing in too much extract and having the color be too sheer. 

Well, if you have managed to get this far without devouring them all yourself (I'm not here to judge), then they are all done and ready for your fiesta!! Of course if you have any questions or comments, just leave them below. Enjoy and happy baking!

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