Lego Man Cookie

I meant to do this tutorial two weeks ago, but time got away from me.  Luckily, I met a new friend who got me in gear AND helped me to make it easier for others to make Lego man cookies for their own kiddos.

Some of you might remember that I made Lego man cookies for my son’s Valentine’s Day party a few weeks ago.  Not long afterward, I “met” Andrea of Knitty Bitties who was planning on making these for her own son’s birthday and had a few questions.

After I replied, I realized I REALLY overexplained. {Andrea is pretty darn crafty herself}. She already had an idea AND something even better.  She’d  created a template for the project and was more than willing to share =)

If you click on the image above, it will take you to Andrea’s blog, Knitty Bitties where you can check out her Lego party, get this time saving template, and maybe even thank her for doing the difficult part and creating this easy INK SAVING outline=)

Now to learn something. 

I hand cut a LOT of cookies.  Especially if I don’t need enough of them to justify making or buying a cutter.

Templates can be made out of plain paper, manila folders, velum {stencil} paper, cardboard…

You get the idea.  It really doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as it works for you.

However, since I tend to use them more than once, I came up with my own little method of making templates.

They are sturdy, can be washed, and don’t require anything that is not readily available.

Have I mentioned that I live in a pretty rural area?  It’s a long haul to the craft store, so I use what I have.

To begin you will need three things.  Scissors, the printout from Andrea, and a lid from any disposable plastic container.

*It always makes me feel good when I find a way to recycle items from around my house =)*
To get started, place the template on the lid and trace around it with a permanent marker.
Once you have traced your image onto the plastic, cut it out and you are ready to go!
You now have a perfect, re-usable Lego man template!
 PS-DO NOT THROW THE PAPER TEMPLATE AWAY WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED, WE’LL USE IT AGAIN!
To make the cookies, follow these steps:
*When I fill cookies like this, I always fill in sections.  I do the small areas first and let them dry for 30 minutes or more, and then come back and fill the middle.  This keeps the sections from running together. {if you notice in the picture to the right, I didn’t follow my own advice.  We’ll fix that later}
Now here’s where the paper template comes back into play.
Normally, I freehand faces, since I have had a lot of practice, but if you’re a little unsure of yourself, try this little trick.
When the cookie is COMPLETELY dry {I’m talking eight hours or so} draw the face on the template, {use pencil in case you are afraid of goofing} then place  it on the cookie.
I giggled after I saw the next photo because it actually looks quite violent, but it’s a little cookie trick I use from time to time.
Using an push pin, gently poke holes through the paper to mark where you would like to place your piping.
It’s a little hard to see, but the pin marks your cookie, kind of like a dot-to-dot.

Always remember, BE NICE to your cookie!  It is still possible to damage it, even if it’s dry.

Just for example’s sake, I decided to show you the cookie I made using the pushpin trick and the ones I did freehand.

Surprisingly, I actually prefer the freehand ones.  If you were to compare them with “THE Lego Man”, they are technically smiling too much, but that makes me happy.

Also, before I run, I wanted to show you another little trick to fix a common mistake.

Remember before, I mentioned to wait between filling each section?  Well, because I was running out of daylight, I rushed and I got a little overflow.

To some people it’s not a big deal, but this REALLY bugs me, so to fix it, I took my food color marker and I went back over the place where the separation was supposed to be.

It’s that simple.
I hope some of you will try this this weekend.  It might be Lego men, or maybe you have an image you’ve been itching to translate into cookie form.  No matter what you are working on, this plastic template trick is perfect for the job.
Many thanks to Andrea for sharing her Lego man with us, and for also encouraging me work on this.
 Be sure to come back tomorrow for a special guest post from my friend Pam “Cookie Crazie” Sneed, that includes a fun tutorial using another type of cookie icing, the often misunderstood GLAZE.
I hope that y’all made it thorough all this awake and enlightened…if I left something out, just ask.
To learn how to make simple Lego cookies, click HERE.
Good luck and happy decorating!

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  1. 51
    Vero says:

    Hello, I don’t know if this is a silly question… But how do you used the template to shape the Lego man cookies? I am looking to make this for my kids Lego Party :) I have already used the template to make invitations and help make center pieces. But I don’t understand how I can use it to make cookies!

    Thank you!

  2. 52
    cristina says:

    Hi,

    I was looking for your lego head template and found the blog page but all the redirected linked are pointing to incorrect pages.

  3. 53
    Sherri Large says:

    I was thinking the same thing about how to use the template. I think what she did was place the temlate over the dough, and use a knife to cut around it, thus cutting out the face shape. Does anyone know about the “drying” process? I know she said she likes to let her cookies dry out overnight before decorating and then lets the icing dry a few hours on the cookies. Are the cookies left out in open air, or in a container or the fridge?

  4. 54
    Mirna Carlos says:

    Hello,
    I also have the same questions as these ladies do, and also what type of icing was used on these cookies?

    Thank you.:)

    • 54.1
      Maddie says:

      To hand cut cookies you roll out the dough like you would when cutting them with cutters, except you place the template on top and use a small paring knife or Xacto knife to cut around the edges. I try not to drag the knife, but instead make linear cuts and smooth out any jagged edges- it looks nicer when baked! Also, after you flood the cookies with royal icing and are letting them dry, leave them in open air. If I’m drying them overnight I’ll put them on a clean cookie sheet in a cold oven, then wedge a book between the oven door and the light sensor to keep the oven cracked open for ventilation but the light off. Hope that helps! :) (For faster drying you can also put some silica gel packets in the area the cookies are in, but sometimes it will make the icing cave in.)

  5. 55
    Alexis says:

    Having trouble downloading the template. Every link I go to there is an error message or I don’t see the template to download. Help Please! Need for this weekend.

  6. 56
    Adriana says:

    Hi…just wanted to know what cookie dough is used? I would like to use this for my son”s birthday, but baking is not my strong suit. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  7. 57
    Judi says:

    My question is what kind of icing did you use and did you use icing to outline the Lego sugar cookies?

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