Simple Horse Face Cookies

Let me let you in on a little secret.  After character cookies one of my most feared cookie shapes is the horse head.  I can handle cutsey cartoon-like designs, but a real deal horse?  Forget about it.

I’ve used my horse head cutter exactly one time {four years ago} and never touched it again.  These days if this girl’s making horse cookies they look like this.

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Start with a star and skull cutter.  Both can be purchased at The Cookie Cutter Company.Horse Face Cookie 1

Piece the dough together as pictured below and bake.  The key to piecing cookies is to make sure that there is a large surface area touching.  This will make them a lot less fragile after baking.

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Once the cookies are cool you are ready to decorate.  To make these cookies you will need:

  • Medium brown piping and flood icing
  • Ivory piping and flood icing
  • Red piping icing
  • Dark brown stiff-ish piping icing {thin down the leftovers to 20-second icing for the ears or use ivory}
  • Black 20-second icing {only a bit}

Begin by outlining the cookie.  You can leave the snout brown to make things easier if you like.

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Once the cookie is outlined, flood each section.  You don’t have to wait very long between sections because the line where they meet will eventually be covered.

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Let the base dry {at least to the touch} then add hair and a harness.  I used a #18 tip for the hair, but you can use any star-type tip.  Also, if you don’t have a #44 tip, an upside-down basket tip will work too.

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Finish up with a few final details.

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If you aren’t up for piecing, bake simple skulls and use a leaf tip {approximately #67-#70} to add ears.  I also use this idea to add leaves to flower cookies.

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Keep in mind that there are other cutters that will also work for this design.  I use a flip-flop from time to time, or a starfish if I’m after floppier ears.

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Horse face cookies work great for many party themes and the kids always love them.  This also works well for zebra cookies.

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If you’re itching make cookies with the real horse head cutter the always fearless Bake at 350 tackled it HERE.  You should also check out my friend Kim’s horse cookies HERE.

I hope everyone’s week is going smoothly.  I am glad Friday is finally here!

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    Jodi says:

    You’re just amazing! What an imagination. I wish I could think outside the box like this with cookie cutter. This is enough to make me try again at decorating cookies, after having a flop at Easter time!

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    beth says:

    What a fantastic idea! Was just looking online for the perfect horse cutter to buy. You’ve saved me some money with your creativity! So cute!

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    Rachel says:

    Thank you so much Callye!! I followed your instructions carefully and they were fabulous as always! I was so thrilled with the horses I made from a flip flop and star cutter!! You have once again helped me become a better cookie decorator and I just love you for it :) Here’s a link to my horses:

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    Lois Milner says:

    Where do you get flood icing? These are so cute.

  5. 25
    Dawn Thomas says:

    This are so cool I’m going to try them for our next horse meeting….

  6. 26
    MPG says:

    this is cool but i’m gonna try and make this for my sis’s sweet sixteen

  7. 27
    Wendy says:

    Hii I think the y are soooo adorable . What typing of icing and do you have a recipe.thanks


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