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I was so excited to attend a baby shower for a sweet couple that I have know since they started dating. They are so excited for their new baby boy that is due in December, and I attended a Friends themed shower! I had nothing to do with thinking of the theme, that was another friend’s brilliant idea, but I was 100% on board and started planning what cookies I could bring. I am going to share my how-to’s for how I made each of these Friends-themed baby shower cookies, which may be my best yet!
First, I ordered this baby shower set of cookie cutters from Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. I ordered the small set, but there is a larger set, too. I may end up getting the larger set, too, because I am a little obsessed with the footie pajamas, but I didn’t get them this time. Ann Clark’s cutters are really sturdy and easy to work with, so these were great to use! I am going to share the basics of each of the cookies that I made for this set.
“He’s her lobster” boy bib
This lobster bib was so fun to make. The lobster quote from Friends is a classic, so it was easy to decide to include a lobster somewhere in this set.
- I started this cookie with the lobster on a royal icing transfer. There are tons of these available online or on Etsy, but I had the time, so I chose to make my own using free clipart images from shutterstock.
- I used Super Red from the Student Kit from Americolor to get that lobster red color and plain royal icing. I did not pipe the antennae or the legs on the transfers, just the body.
- I used just a little bit of Sky Blue from the Student Kit from Americolor to get a really nice baby blue for my bib, then I piped the center part of the bib on. I added white drops on the wet blue icing to get the polka dots to sink into the icing for a smooth look.
- I outlined the lace edge with white, and added the same baby blue icing on wet icing again for the lace edge.
- I was finally ready to add my cute little lobsters! I piped a little royal icing under my lobsters and stuck them on.
- The final step was the black icing for the antennae and tiny drops for the eyes. I cut my tipless bag to the smallest opening I could for the black. Then I added the red legs and he was done!
I think this is my favorite from this set. Mainly because I am obsessed with the purple rattle color. I have really struggled with my colors since I started decorating, but I felt like with this one I finally nailed it!
- I started with the picture frame royal icing transfer on this one, too. I did these transfers a full day before I even baked the cookies so they would have plenty of time to harden. (I am probably overly cautious on that.) I used a free picture frame image to create my own transfer sheet, but these can be purchased from many sellers on Etsy, if you prefer. This yellow was Lemon Yellow, with a tiny bit of Orange dropped in, both from the Student Kit from Americolor, to get that dark yellow for the frame.
- My next step, after baking the rattles, was mixing that purple that I am obsessed with. I started with the Violet from the Student Kit from Americolor (I love this kit!). The Violet was good, but not Friends-door-good, so I added in 1 drop of Royal Blue and 2 drops of Deep Pink, and poof! It was perfect! I did not expect the Deep Pink to make such a difference, but it brought out so much life in the purple! I am gushing about colors right now, but I really loved this rattle.
- I piped the top and the bottom of the rattle with my purple, leaving a small circle in the bottom open, and left the handle plain while I worked on some other cookies. After about an hour, I came back and added the white handles before letting it all set for about 5 hours.
- Next, I added the ribbon in the same yellow piping that I used for the frame. At the same time, I added the details of the extra piping lines on the royal icing frames. Again- thank goodness I had lots of transfers to make LOTS of mistakes on!
- Finally, I was ready to stick my frames on and add my black dot peephole with a touch of white for the light. I used my scribe to swirl the white into the black for a wet on wet blended look.
Half-eaten Nestlee Toulhouse cookie
This was a fun cookie to make because it was my first attempt at A) inventing my own shape and B) cookies that look like other food (which is really what I want to specialize in) and C) I love the Phoebe’s cookies episode! I’m not going to lie, I’m watching it right now. (S7: E3, if you are wondering– follow up: I forgot this was also the Chandler/ Sauna episode and I am laughing so much I am crying right now. )
- I started with the biscuit cutter, but used the scalloped edge from the baby bib to cut a “bite-shaped” hole off of the edge.
- The colors were so easy for this one. I used Warm Brown for the cookie base and then Chocolate Brown for a few chocolate chips when the base was still wet.
- Finally, after the icing had dried, I went back and added the extra “chips” on top so they would add some dimension.
Baby name logo onesie
I was so lucky that Baby JD has a easy name, because my lettering skills need some work! I managed to handle 2 letters, and with more practice, I will be able to do more the next time. At least I hope…
- This logo onesie had to be black…. and really, really black. I used Super Black from Americolor to get this really dark black and I love how it looks with the other colors.
- After the flood dried, I added the white letters. I definitely pulled up a font on my phone so I could refer to it while I piped these letters. Lettering is something that needs a lottttt of work…
- Finally, I added the dots and the very thin black piping for details. The red and yellow dots were the same colors that I used on the lobsters and picture frames in the royal icing transfers. The blue was a perfect turquoise that I had leftover from a set a few days before, so I was lucky to get to use it again! The black piping on the edge is not that noticeable, but it adds so much to the cookie!
These were all so fun to make, and were a big hit at the shower! I hope to get more opportunities for fun theme cookies like this. Next week, I’ll be working on a chili cookoff set for my school- so that will be fun too! Have a great weekend and if you have any suggestions for how to improve on my lettering, please leave a comment below! -K