Who is about ready to wake up, come out from hibernation and explore the world again? Despite what the groundhogs have said, winter doesn’t feel like it’s stopping any time soon. But we are feeling to urge to get out of the den, enjoy some fresh air and maybe cozy up next to a campfire. If you and your baby bear are planning to heed the call of the wild, then make sure you pack enough food to keep grumbly tummies at bay.
Inspire by the great outdoors and created, written and shot by @ally.bakes. Check her out on Instagram to see all her cute cookies creations.
To make these cookies come to life you will need the following supplies:
- Baked Sugar Cookies
- Bear, tree, and campfire
- Royal Icing (recipe here)
- Gel Food Coloring
- Brown, red, orange, yellow, green, black
- Piping bags
- Star tip and coupler
- Scribe tool OR toothpick
To start you will need to bake a batch of sugar cookies and allow them to cool before piping on the icing. Check out our Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing Recipe here.
While you wait for the cookies cool you will want to pre-mix all the royal icing. This saves time in between switching out colors.
The brown and green icing can stay stiff. We want it stiff so we can create some texture. You will need to use the coupler and star-shaped tip for the brown icing.
The red, orange, yellow, and black icing can be mixed to medium consistency.
Bear Cookie Tutorial
Make sure your bear cookies are completely cool before piping any icing on top. Using the brown royal icing with the star tip attached, pipe some icing onto the ears and tail.
Next, continue to pipe all over the body of the bear with the brown icing. This gives the bear a furry texture.
Using the black royal icing, pipe on a cute little face. Simply add two dots for the eyes and a somewhat triangular shape for the nose. Let the icing dry completely.
Campfire Cookie Tutorial
When the campfire cookies are completely cool, use the brown royal icing with the star tip attached and pipe lines onto the cookie where the firewood would be.
For the bottom logs, you’ll want to pipe two lines next to each other since it’s a little thicker in that area. One piped line for the back logs will be sufficient.
Next, we will be using the wet with wet technique. This technique can be used to create a type of marbling effect.
First, we’ll want to use the yellow icing and place it closest to the firewood. Above the yellow, pipe some of the orange onto the cookie. Next, towards the top of the cookie, pipe the red.
There is a limited amount of working time the wet with wet technique. You certainly don’t have to rush to get the design put together, but you don’t want to wait too long since the icing will begin to dry, and eventually you won’t be able to get the right marbling effect.
Once all three of the colors are piped onto the cookie, take your scribe or toothpick and begin dragging out the icing starting from the yellow out towards the red. Then, do the reverse, drag from the red towards the middle in wave-like motions. You can do it multiple times, or just a few, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
Let dry completely.
Tree Cookie Tutorial
When the tree cookies are cool, use the brown icing with the star tip attached, pipe right down the middle of the tree for the stump. You can also add a bit more to the sides of the first tree stump to make a somewhat triangular shape.
Next, you can cut a small hole for a circular opening in the green royal icing. Pipe in a vertical motion some leaves. Stagger some of the lines so that the branches with trees look like they are coming from various parts of the stump.
You can leave some trees sparse or continue to fill in the tree so that it looks full! Let the icing completely dry.
Now your cookies are ready for a campout or anywhere you might want to chomp into a sweet treat.
If it’s a lumberjack theme you’re after then we have some party styling tips for you on our Lumberjack Plaid Party. But, if you’re ready to say “let’s camp” then this Camping Celebration might be your vibe.