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Flamingo Decorated Cookies & An International Giveaway!

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Happy news! How Sweet is That? is sponsoring a giveaway here on Sweetopia, for two $50.00 gift certificates to her online cake, cupcake and cookie decorating store! You can win one or both gift certificates ($100.00) and you also have the chance to win this flamingo cookie cutter! Details on the giveaway are near the bottom of this post.

For the flamingo cookies here, the idea for the flamingo cookie cutter and design came from Mich Turner’s book, Party Cakes. The art teacher at my school drew a similar rendition, which I gave to Sherry of How Sweet is That, who had the shape custom made into a cookie cutter. How sweet is that?! Really. You can find the cutter here, along with a ton of other amazing cookie and cake decorating supplies.

If you’d like to make these too, I’ll share my basic cookie decorating techniques below, along with tips about each individual design such as cookie cutter sources and gel colors used.

For the new cookie decorator, my YouTube videos may be helpful to get you started.

 

Cut-Out Cookie Recipe and Cookie Cutter

I used sugar cookies as the base. You can find the recipe for the dough here. If you’d like to try a different cookie base, other recipes can be found here. The flamingo cookie cutter can be found in How Sweet is That’s store, here.

Royal Icing Recipe for Flooding / Decorating

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.

What You’ll Need for Decorating

For flooding basics, you’ll need:

* The gel colors used are; Americolor gel colors lemon yellow, soft pink mixed with a touch of super red, white and black.

Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing.

Step 1: Using piping tip #2 and white icing, outline the shape of the flamingo. Let the outline dry for about 5-15 minutes. Sometimes I outline and fill in immediately, however, for this cookie, I wanted a distinct looking white outline.

Step 2: Using tip #2 for the following colors, fill in the beak tip with a small amount of black first, the rest of the beak with yellow and then the main body with flamingo pink. I didn’t wait for one color to set before I flooded the next color, as I wanted them to mesh together a bit.

Step 3: Once you’ve let the pink flamingo body set for about 15 minutes, pipe the yellow base for the legs (tip #2). The yellow is intended to be a background color, so you could skip this step if you’d like to pipe the flamingo legs right onto the cookie surface.

Step 4: Let the first layer of icing dry for a few hours, or more, depending on humidity in your area. I have some posts in my tutorial section which deal with how to let icing dry, bleeding icing, humidity etc. if you need more information on that. Using piping tip #1 pipe two stick legs and an eye. Finished! Let your cookies dry and serve or package.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line below in the comment section or on social media. You can find me on FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and YouTube.

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WINNER!

Congrats to comment #152, Miriam Biedermann, I will contact you shortly! Thanks to everyone for entering!

 

PRIZE(S) – CONTEST CLOSED

I’m thrilled today to be able to host a giveaway FOR TWO $50 gift certificates from the online cake, cupcake and cookie decorating store, How Sweet is That! Each winner will also receive the flamingo cookie cutter pictured in this post!

 

DETAILS

  • This contest is International. 
  • The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org.
  • The contest closes at approximately 7pm EST on Sunday, September 13th, 2015. 
  • Leave all your comment entries here, not on Facebook.
  • The gift certificate will be in Canadian dollars.
  • Please read all contest entry details etc. below
  • More gobblydegook details about official giveaway rules can be found here.
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HOW TO ENTER – CONTEST CLOSED

Do one of these options, do two of them, three or all – whichever options you prefer! {Complete all steps to increase your odds of winning}. 

 

1. Just let me know in the comment section at the bottom of this post that you’d like to win.

 

2. Tweet this post and leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done that.

 

3. Share this post on Facebook and leave a separate comment here letting me know you’ve done that.

 

4. Pin this post, tag me in it (here I am on Pinterest), and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done that.

 

5. Share this post on Instagram and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done that. (Your Instagram username can not be private to use this entry because I won’t be able to see if you shared it).

6. Share this giveaway with your friends (via email, Periscope, Google+, whatever you like), letting them know to come back and mention that you shared this with them. If their comment gets picked, you will each win a $50.00 gift certificate and flamingo cookie cutter.

 

HOW THE WINNER(S) GET PICKED:

ONE comment will get picked for the winner, and if it’s a comment with only one person on it, that person will win both gift certificates and one flamingo cookie cutter. If the comment mentions two people, each of those people will win a $50.00 gift certificate and a flamingo cutter each. The more you share, the higher your chances are of winning!

 

Thanks to How Sweet is That? for sponsoring this giveaway!

Good luck!

xo,

Marian

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247 Comments

  1. Liesbeth
    September 10, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
    204

    I’ve no pun for my share on Facebook. Facebook – check

  2. September 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
    205

    Super cute! I already have a flamingo cutter but can definitely use the dough (hahaha) to buy more decorating supplies!

  3. Abby Trahan
    September 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
    206

    Pinned on Pinterest (hope I did that right)

  4. September 11, 2015 at 5:30 am | Permalink
    207

    I adore the flamingo cookie cutter!It would be amazing to win this giveway and show everyone in Portugal some beautiful new flamingo cookies ;)Love your work.

  5. September 11, 2015 at 5:41 am | Permalink
    208

    Just tweeted the giveway!

  6. September 11, 2015 at 5:45 am | Permalink
    209
  7. Alison
    September 11, 2015 at 11:26 am | Permalink
    210

    I love the flamingo cutter! So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Alison
    September 11, 2015 at 11:29 am | Permalink
    211

    Pinned! 🙂

  9. Taysha R
    September 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm | Permalink
    212

    I’d love to win

  10. Linda
    September 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
    213

    I’d love to win this prize and start making some flamingo cookies.

  11. Rebecca
    September 11, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink
    214

    The flamingo cutter is adorable and you’ve decorated it so cute. Reminds me of my home state of Florida!

  12. Leanne Jones
    September 12, 2015 at 7:42 am | Permalink
    215

    I would like to enter the giveaway if i’m not to late 🙂

  13. Krysti Russell
    September 12, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink
    216

    Omgosh love! Wouldbe perfect for alice in Wonderland baby shower tea party

  14. September 12, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink
    217

    I would love to win! Flamingos are my spirit animal.

  15. Ellen Casper
    September 12, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink
    218

    I would love to win!

  16. Ellen Casper
    September 12, 2015 at 8:17 am | Permalink
    219
  17. Danielle
    September 12, 2015 at 8:19 am | Permalink
    220

    I would love to win this!

  18. Ellen Casper
    September 12, 2015 at 8:22 am | Permalink
    221
  19. Ellen Casper
    September 12, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink
    222

    Shared on fb – Ellen Casper

  20. Natalie
    September 12, 2015 at 8:34 am | Permalink
    223

    Yes, I’d love to win!

  21. Natalie
    September 12, 2015 at 8:35 am | Permalink
    224

    I shared on F B.

  22. Jennifer Delaurier
    September 12, 2015 at 8:42 am | Permalink
    225

    I would love to win!

  23. Rachel Tubbs
    September 12, 2015 at 8:56 am | Permalink
    226

    I so love your tutorials, Your blog is what started me cookie decorating!

  24. Liz
    September 12, 2015 at 9:20 am | Permalink
    227

    Love this! Who doesn’t love flamingos!? Thanks for the chance to win! Tweeted & shared on FB!

  25. Becki D.
    September 12, 2015 at 9:26 am | Permalink
    228

    I would love to win this contest!

  26. Isabel Elias
    September 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
    229

    I’d love to win this flamingo cutter! It’ s really cute!

  27. Isabel Elias
    September 12, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
    230

    I’ve just pinned it!

  28. Ronda Panyik
    September 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
    231

    Yes…I would love to win. Love your decorating!

  29. Audrey
    September 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
    232

    Would love to win

  30. Vanessa
    September 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
    233

    OMG!!! These are DARLING! I would LOVE to win. 🙂 I just love seeing all the AMAZING cookies you share. Absolutely adorable and you are so talented. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Vanessa
    September 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
    234

    Pinned

  32. Vanessa
    September 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm | Permalink
    235

    Facebooked

  33. Wendy
    September 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
    236

    Just How Sweet is That flamingo cutter!!! I don’t have a flamingo cutter. It would live very happily with my other bird cutters.

  34. Nancy Kidder
    September 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm | Permalink
    237

    Share on instagram with my sis Elly

  35. Nancy Kidder
    September 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
    238

    Shared via email!

  36. Melanie
    September 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
    239

    I would love to win!

  37. Melanie
    September 12, 2015 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
    240

    Facebook share

  38. Melanie
    September 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
    241

    Emailed

  39. Melanie
    September 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
    242

    Twitter share

  40. Anna
    September 13, 2015 at 6:41 am | Permalink
    243

    I would love to win 🙂

  41. Sally Taylor
    September 13, 2015 at 6:46 am | Permalink
    244

    OMG – We are planning a tropical extravaganza… in 352 days. My daughter loves to think up her next theme ASAP!! This cutter is perfection.

  42. Judy E
    September 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
    245

    I love this cutter!

  43. DBautista
    September 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Permalink
    246

    Hope I win!!!

  44. September 13, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
    247

    I already have the cutter so if I win I’ll donate it for another giveaway 😉

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