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Elephant Baby Shower Cookies

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Elephant Baby Shower Cookies for Two Peas & Their Pod

Elephant Cookies
Congratulations to Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod who are expecting their very own sweet pea very soon!

It's a very exciting time for these two talented bloggers, and thoughtful Marla {Family Fresh Cooking} and Lisa {With Style and Grace} wanted to make it extra special with a surprise virtual baby shower! They organized a host of wonderful food bloggers (see list below), to come together and surpise Maria and Josh with on-line sweets, savouries and crafts, in honor of the soon-to-be-here baby boy.

Surprise!

Maria and Josh, hope you like these cookies I made for you and your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. I'm so happy for you both and send you well wishes and hugs.

With this virtual shower may you and your new baby feel the warm welcome that is being expressed by all of us in celebration of his arrival.

Virtual Baby Shower for Two Peas & Their Pod

Drinks

Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade

Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch

Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda

Heather's Dish – Mixed Fruit Punch

She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies

 

Appetizers/Savory Bites

With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn

Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata

Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit

Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta

 

Dessert

Dorie Greenspan – French Lemon Cream Tart

TidyMom – Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls

i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake

Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova

Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies

Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies

Mountain Mama Cooks – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Sweetapolita – Little Pea Sugar Cookie Pops

Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods

RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies

RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms

Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets

Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

 

Crafts

Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards

Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

 

If you'd like to make the decorated elephant cookies, here's how to make them:

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Welcome Baby Printables

Designed by the lovely Kim at The TomKat Studio, these ones are available for free. You can find them here. A big thanks to Kim for making them; they're so adorable and I can't wait to see the collection she creates around them!

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Sugar Cookie Dough

You can find the recipe for the dough here. The cookie cutter can be found here.

One tip for cutting out the elephant shapes; dip the cutter in flour first so that the dough slides out better, especially with a slim shape like the elephant trunk. I use a silicon pastry brush to dust off the excess flour.

 

Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

 

Decorating Steps

What you'll need:

  • Piping Tip #2
  • Piping Bag
  • Couplers
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Fondant and heart punch cutter (*Optional – Heart can be piped with icing)
  • Gel paste colors

 

Step One:

Outline the elephant shape with royal icing. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.

Step Two:

With the same icing, flood, or fill in your shape.

Step Three:

Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.

Step Four:

Add the ear by outlining and filling in right away.

Step Five:

Add a small black dot of icing for the eye. Let the ear and eye dry for a minimum of 6-12 hours.

Step Six:

Roll out your white fondant to about 2mm thick, and punch out a heart shape.

Step Seven:

Adhere fondant heart to ear with a dab of icing.

Done!

Sweet thanks to Niner of We Choose Organic for editing and re-sizing my photos; she did an awesome job with them, as the lighting was pretty bad (an on-going struggle for me with food photography… still learning!).

And if you haven't had the pleasure of viewing the delicious food and recipes the 'Two Peas' make, head on over and enjoy. You'll be there for quite a while!

Have fun!

xo,

Marian

 

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160 Comments

  1. marian
    December 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
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    Hi @ Rilee: I like to roll mine between parchment paper, and used to use perfection strips (can be found on amazon), to make sure my dough was perfectly even. I just wing it now (even though my dough isn’t always a perfect thickness all the way through). Hope that helps!

  2. Kerri
    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
    103

    Hello got here from Pinterest!
    How do you manage to keep your cookie shape? I followed your link to the cookie dough recipe but hers were round. I find that once you use a cookie cutter, the sharp shape you started with turns flat after baking- turning what the cookie shape is into a guessing game.

  3. January 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
    104

    Hi @ Kerri: Besides taking the baking soda out, here is the post which explains tricks to help cookies keep their shape; http://sweetopia.net/2011/04/top-8-tips-on-preventing-cookies-from-spreading/

  4. March 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
    105

    I am wanting to create cookies for a party. Considering the drying time for icing how far in advance could/should I make the cookies and then ice them before the event. I want to allow enough time for icing to dry but am worried that the cookies will dry out. Do you refrigerate yours? Thanks for any help. Please email me if you do reply thanks so much! Elizabeth

  5. Heidi
    March 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink
    106

    I have tried various cookie recipes and am still trying to find a recipe that is flavorful and moist. Do you have any suggestions for keeping cookies soft, yet sturdy enough to decorate? I have tried adding extra egg yolks and even corn starch. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and I love your site!

  6. March 24, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink
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  7. March 24, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink
    108

    Hi @ Heidi: My sugar cookie recipe is sturdier than my shortbread recipe. Perhaps try it but take out 1/2 a cup of butter. Also, if you bake them a little longer, they’ll be a little crispier on the outside.
    Hope that helps!

  8. Vicky
    April 6, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink
    109

    Hello how can I find the elephant cookie cutter?? I can’t find this in Greece.Please help me I need them for my baby’s christening in May.
    P.s. great job great instructions!!
    Thank you

  9. Patti Ransom
    April 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
    110

    Hi Marian,

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful information. I followed your link to order the elephant cutter and saw the is was reversed. Did you use it upside down?

    Thank you ~ Patti

  10. April 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
    111

    HI @ Vicky: The link is in the post above for you. xo

    You got it, @ Patti Ransom! Have fun decorating!

  11. Alisha
    April 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
    112

    Your icing looks absolutely perfect, do you have the recipe on your site ? I can’t wait to try this recipe for my moms birthday!

  12. marian
    April 22, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink
    113

    HI @ Alisha: Absolutely, if you click on the recipe section at the top of the site you’ll find the royal icing recipe there.

  13. Alisha
    April 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
    114

    yes I saw that after i re read it :) thx for getting back to me so quick!!

  14. Rocio pichardo
    May 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink
    115

    I just wanted to know, where to get the bags to put the cookies in?

  15. marian
    May 29, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink
    116

    HI @ Rocio pichardo: There’s a link to the bags in this post here: http://sweetopia.net/2009/06/baby-shower-cookies/

  16. Carla Granda
    May 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
    117

    I would like to have these cookies.. Where can i purchase them?

  17. Carla Granda
    May 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
    118

    I would like to purchase these cookies…. ??

  18. marian
    May 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
    119

    @ Carla Granda: I’m sorry, I don’t do orders, but there is a directory of people who do cookie orders here:
    http://sweetopia.net/cookie-decorator-directory/

  19. Danielle
    June 18, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink
    120

    Is there a time frame that the cookies can chill in between making the dough/cutting the dough/baking the dough? Will it be detrimental to the final product if I chill overnight?

    • marian
      June 23, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink
      121

      Chilling them overnight is fine, Danielle. Just keep them covered in parchment or saran wrap.

  20. Corinne
    July 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink
    122

    I just love these elephants!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.
    My son loves Elephants so I might make him these cookies for his birthday!

  21. Rocio pichardo
    August 8, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink
    123

    Hi, what color would you sa
    y are the elephant cookies? Thank

  22. October 28, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink
    124

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem
    on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

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  23. Jennifer R.
    January 23, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink
    125

    Love these!! What brand of baking sheets do you use to make your cookies? Thanks :)

  24. April 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
    126

    These are adorable! These are some of the first cookies I saw on Pinterest that inspired me to want to decorate cookies myself.

  25. Michelle Foster
    April 24, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink
    127

    I was going to make these cookies today, but saw there were a few concerns about the amount of butter used. I just wanted to make sure it’s 2 1/2 cups (5 sticks of butter)…1/2 cup for each stick. Thanks in advance! Michelle Foster

  26. July 24, 2014 at 2:29 am | Permalink
    128

    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem
    on my end or if it’s the blog. http://www.lesgraphistesdulibournais.fr Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

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