Hello sweet friends!
With Father’s Day just around the corner, I’m ready to share a little toolbox project of the cookie sort with you. Thanks to my husband for designing the toolbox and my friend Niner of Niner Bakes & Blends for putting it into a pretty pdf template I’m sharing with you here.
Before I jump into the tutorial, there are a few important points to know about before beginning the project. First off, it’s important that the cut-out cookie recipe you use as the base for the tool and toolbox hold their shape well. The key to these cookies keeping their shape lies not only in the combination of ingredients (exact measurement in baking is important) and omission of the leavening agent (i.e. baking powder), but in some crucial points in the process. You can find a whole post dedicated to cookies keeping their shape here,
If you’re making these at a time when the humidity in your area is high, having a de-humidifier on in the room you’re working in will help the cookie dry well and prevent icing from bleeding. (You can see mine in the top left of the photo below).
How to Make a Cookie Toolbox
If you’ve ever made a gingerbread house, the process to putting together this cookie toolbox is the same. As with a gingerbread house, the recipe for the base and the icing make a huge difference. You can find the recipes below, as well as a video on how to put a gingerbread house together here. I’ll also share the basics below.
Instead of making the handle edible, I found it easier to use a plastic straw. The dimensions of this one are 23 cm long by 0.8 cm wide.
Make sure to make your gingerbread pieces quite thin. Mine are 0.5 cm, but I’d go even a bit thinner next time.
The FULL TEMPLATE for the TOOLBOX can be found by clicking HERE.
Don’t forget to cut holes in the end pieces for the straw or whatever you decide to use as a toolbox handle.
Royal Icing for the Toolbox
What you’ll need if you’re flooding the toolbox walls:
Step 1: If you’d like to flood the walls of the toolbox, outline with a #3 piping tip. I usually flood or fill in my cookies immediately, but for such a large surface area to flood, I let the outline sit for about 5 minutes and then fill in the middle. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.
When you flood the area around the hole for the handle, make sure the icing doesn’t cover the hole at all. Mine did a little bit and I couldn’t push one end of the straw all the way through. Let your pieces dry for 24 hours.
Step 2: The icing used to glue the toolbox pieces together needs to be quite thick. Here’s a video on how to make royal icing for gingerbread houses (same idea as putting together the toolbox). If you have leftover flood icing and you don’t want to make a new batch of icing specifically to put together the toolbox, add enough icing sugar to the flood icing, mix well, and when the icing stands straight up when you dip and pull a spoon out of it (stiff peak), it’s ready to use.
Tint the icing to adhere the cookie pieces together, a similar shade to the cookie color.
Step 3: Adhere the pieces of the cookie toolbox together. See here for a video on how to put a gingerbread house together and follow the same procedure for the four sides. You’ll need to have the straw (or your handle pieces), inserted during assembly. Let the pieces dry and you’re done!
One thing I noticed; next time I’ll use a microplane rasp zester to file down the edges of a cookie if the edges aren’t fully straight, especially for sides sitting on the bottom piece.
How to Decorate Tool Cookies
What you’ll need:
Step One: Using a #2 tip, outline the tool 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. If you notice a bit of bump between sections on a tool, it means that I’ve outlined and flooded in sections, waiting 5 minutes to let one section set before going on to the next.
Thank you to Oh Sugar Events for the drill design!
Step Three: Using a piping tip #1.5, pipe white lines on the wet icing base for accents. Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.
Step Four: Using a piping tip #1.5, add the finishing line details such as outlines, or dots (on saws, pliers and a small section on the hammer and drill).
I noticed after I photographed the tool cookies, that the yellow wasn’t as bright as I’d like it to be, so I just added a little yellow luster dust to deepen the color.
This Cookie Decorating Schedule free printable may also be helpful for you if you’re new to cookie decorating. Spreading the steps out makes the decorating process easier.
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 Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.
Happy early Father’s Day to all the father’s out there, and Mom, please don’t tell Dad about this post – the toolbox is my gift to him. ;-D