Nothing says "party" like a bunch of balloons! Catherine of @birdandbiscuit shows us the basics of dressing up these simple and sweet cookies. Customize them for any event with colors and designs of your choice.
I have a feeling that the standard balloon cutter will be my new go-to when it comes to last minute celebratory cookies! Between the size and shape, I don’t think I’ve ever decorated a batch so quickly, and been so delighted by the sweet end result!
I kept my design simple, but you could easily add fun details like polka-dots, stripes or lettering to personalize for the occasion. These cookies were for a birthday, but I already plan to use this cutter again for an upcoming gender reveal shower – how cute would a bunch of baby blue balloons be?
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Sugar cookie dough (CookieCutterKingdom recipe here)
-Royal icing in orange, pink, fuschia, white (CookieCutterKingdom recipe here)
-Decorating tips: 1 and 2
Roll, cut, and bake your cookie dough. Try freezing the rolled dough for about an hour before cutting and also dipping your cutter in flour to ensure a sharp edge.
I decorated my balloons in three phases: the oval, the triangle, and the string. To keep them from melting into one another, I recommend you wait a couple of hours between icing the sections that touch – if you set your cookies in front of a fan while drying, not only will it help cut the drying time, your royal icing will actually finish with a nice sheen (perfect for shiny balloons!)
Use your #2 tip and whatever coloured royal icing you like to pipe the oval shape, and then flood it with the same colour icing. I used small amounts of AmeriColor’s watermelon, peach and fuschia.
Once you’ve got the main oval shape of your balloon, you’ll want to use your #1 tip to pipe a small triangle. Again, flood it with the same colour icing.
I didn’t add any colour to the icing for my strings, although I did debate using black. Use your #1 tip to draw a wavy line from the corner where your oval and triangle connect. Once I had attached the string to all of my balloons, I went back and added a small dot, to show that the string was tied around the balloons end.