Scarecrow Cookies

I think I’ve whined and complained about mentioned it before, but in West Texas we don’t have a true fall.  As soon as the leaves begin to turn and a chill enters the air, a huge gust of wind comes along and blows the leaves {and everything else that isn’t nailed down} away.

If it’s autumn I want, I pretty much have to make it myself.  So, I do.Scarecrow Face CookiesI love that these cookies can be made with several different cutters.  I used a couple of snowmen I snagged on Ebay, my favorite Wilton ice cream cutter, and a skull.  Even if you don’t have these exact shapes you’ve probably got something that will work.

Scarecrow Head Cookie CutterTo make these cookies you will need:

  • Tan piping and flood icing
  • Ivory piping and flood icing
  • Dark brown piping icing
  • Red piping icing
  • Stiff gold piping icing
  • Black piping icing
  • Red/pink lustre dust
  • Orange 20-second icing

*This is a ton of colors, but since I was making several different cookies I was able to use them on other designs as well.

Begin by outlining and flooding the hat as pictured below.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 1I decided to stencil a basketweave texture onto the hat but there are several ways to create a similar look.   If you missed my post on stenciling with magnets, click here.  If you’re not comfortable with stenciling at all, try swirling thicker icing like I did here.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 2Next, outline and flood the face.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 3The face will need to be completely dry before moving on, so add the hatband and sunflower details while you wait.  They can be piped directly onto the cookie, or made ahead of time and attached with icing.  For more information on piping royal icing sunflowers, click here.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 4When the face is completely dry it’s time to move on to the final details.  First use lustre dust and a Q-tip for rosy cheeks.  To achieve this color  I mixed red Wilton pearl dust with autumn blaze.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 5Next pipe the eyes and mouth.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 6Finish with a  triangular nose and straw hair.  I used a #16 star tip.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 7I love how four completely different cutters can produce equally adorable scarecrow cookies.

Scarecrow Face Cookie 8Like I said, I didn’t mind mixing so many colors since there were other cookies involved.

Autumn Cookie PlatterFor more fun products, tips, and autumn-themed cookie designs, check out the links below:

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  1. 21

    Now these are something to crow about – my favorites of favorite scarecrows!!

  2. 22
    Caitlin says:

    Ok. These are darling! Amazing as usual.

  3. 23
    Georganne says:

    I normally think scarecrows and kind of creepy and just a little bit terrifying. But these guys are stinking ADORABLE!!!! I love that squished face. So so so cute!!! You have the best ideas!

  4. 24
    Georganne says:

    And those tiny little black crows?! LOVE!!!

  5. 25

    These have to be one of the cutest cookies I have ever seen!

  6. 26
    NikkiK says:

    I think your 2011 scarecrow cookies are just as cute but I’m in loooove with the little blackbirds. Ugh, I want one. Right now.

    By the way, I blame you for my cookie cutter obsession. It’s your fault because I see other cookies in obvious cutters. Yes, you’re the cause of me constantly combing sites for new cutters. Now there’s that whole cookie cutter buy/sell/trade Facebook site that lures me in to feed my addiction too. I’m not hating on you, just pointing out a fact. Without you, I wouldn’t even decorate cookies. What am I trying to say? Thank you Callye! Thank you for turning me on to a great hobby.

  7. 27
    Paula says:

    Adorable!!! Love the hat.

  8. 28
    Chris says:

    I’m in love with the him! I had to share the love with my best friend. Thanks for the inspiration. Does your brain ever hurt? :). You are fabulous.


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