Decorated Love Bird Cookies

You might have noticed by now that I have a long running love affair with bluebirds.  Somehow, I end up making a variation of them every single year.  I’d almost decided to take a break, but when I discovered these adorable illustrations by Cookies With Character, I knew they’d be happening soon.

Lovebird Cookies SweetsugarbelleKrista’s latest artistic venture, Drawn with Character, takes cookie decorating to a whole new level.  Specializing in clip art designed with the cookie decorator in mind, you can purchase a pre-drawn image {often the most time consuming part of cookie decorating} for a small fee.  All you’ve got to do is pipe.

Although the convenience of a ready-to-pipe design is well worth the cost, once a week Krista is offering something even better than that!  This adorable template is actually part of the Friday Freebie collection {we can pretend it’s Friday} offered weekly on her blog.

You can get these “tweeties” by clicking here.Krista BirdsWhat I love most is how versatile the designs are.  I was able to use the same image to produce three different cookies…my “pet” design being lovebirds made with a mustache cutter.

If you don’t own a mustache cutter, you can pick one up here.

To make these cookies you will need:

For uniform cookies use a food-safe marker to draw a piping guideline before you begin.

Love Birds Cookie CutterOutline the cookie as pictured below.

Love Birds Cookies 1Next, flood the cookie in alternating sections.  Give the first section a bit of time to dry before filling the second one to create a dimensional look.

Love Bird Cookies 2While it’s perfectly okay to wing it {pun intended}, I used my Kopykake to project Krista’s design onto the dried base.  I had to adjust it a little as I worked to make sure everything was in the right place, but the decorating process took almost no time at all.

Begin by piping eyes, beaks, and wings with a small tip, such as a #1.5 or #2.  Then, use a star tip to add a sprig of hair on top and that’s all there is to it.

Blue Bird Cookie How-ToHere’s the progression from clip art to cookie, beginning with a butterfly cookie {cutter can be purchased individually found in this set} as the base.

Start with a flooded cookie that is completely dry.  Project and position the image, fill the larger areas in sections with 20-second icing, and pipe the details with a #1.5 tip.  Don’t be afraid to add your own special touches

Alternatively, you can outline and fill if your more comfortable with this technique.

How to Make Bluebird CookiesI think my favorite cookie ended up being the half-version I piped on a round.

Bluebird CookiesI love how the designs compliment one another.  No matter what your decorating style, Krista’s illustrations make putting together a coordinated platters easy and fun.Lovebird CookiesFor more lovebird madness, be sure to check out these links:

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  1. 11

    just WOW! a great design and a great interpretation. Thank you ladies for sharing and inspiring us!

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    Georganne says:

    I love your bluebirds. Every single one of them. And I really, really love how you used Krista’s design in so many different ways!!! You are both so creative and talented!!

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    Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings says:

    Your birdies were one of the first decorated cookies I fell in love with and these versions are just as sweet! LOVE that you used a mustache cutter for the twin birds! :)

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    kelly milder says:

    Thanks for sharing. So cute!!! Love all your designs and I so appreciate your creativity.

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    Paula says:

    You are Absolutely Fantastic!!!
    You made a perfect combination of the design and the butterfly cutter!!!!!!! And the cookie of mustache shape is Awesome!!
    ** Krista’s Designs are Amazing!! Congrats!!
    Big hug !

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    IFeelCook says:

    These lovebird cookies are so beautiful!! And Krista’s templates are really cute :)

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    Paula says:

    Very adorable!

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    Robin says:

    Sugarbelle…tried my hand on these cookies. You will be amused by this story. Made 18 cookies. All was going great….until….I went to do the detail. I decided to use my new kopykake projector for the first time….I am whipping through thinking this is great….when I realized the first 10 cookies I had detailed UPSIDE DOWN …..I can’t quit laughing at myself…. Normally I would be devastated after so many hours of hard work…but there were tons of lessons to be learned in this project. Just glad I caught it when I did.

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    Cry says:

    I love this tutorial I love cookies and birds. I have two parakeets and getting a 3rd one in April. Thank you for the link to the site to where you get your cookie cutters! I can’t wait to make these cookies. They are to cute.

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    Petra says:

    You are amazingly talented, the colours you’ve used are gorgeous – I love your blog and am following :-)


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