Panda Bear Cookies

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed an unfortunate lack of bear face cookie cutters on the market today?  The ones I’ve found are either way too big or way too small.

While I wait for someone to remedy this, I’m limited to using what I have.  While I’ve been known to morph frog cutters into bear faces, this time around I wanted something a little “rounder”.

Panda Face CookieI used simple circle cutters to piece together these panda face cookies.  When it comes to round cutters, I love sets like this one because I always have the size I need.

Panda Bear Cookie CutterTo keep things symmetrical, use the larger round cutter and a food safe marker to mark the curve of the ears before piping.

Panda Bear CookieTo make these cookies you will need:

Begin by outlining the face with a #2 tip.  Use 20-second icing to add a snout.

Panda Bear Cookie 1One the icing has set {give it extra time if you have bleeding issues} use black icing to add jelly bean shaped patches where the eyes will be.  After more drying time, flood the entire face.

Panda Bear Cookie 2Once the cookie is completely dry, add the finishing touches:

  1. Use black 20-second icing for ears
  2. Add a nose
  3. Use a small round tip to pipe eyes

Panda Bear Cookie 3For a more realistic looking panda, you could also drop sugar pearls into the wet black icing.  Although I like both looks, I went for contrast this time around.

To complete the set, I mixed in other fun designs.  For help with the other cookies in this collection, check out the following products and posts:

Chinese New Year CookiesAs always, it amazes me how several different designs can work together to create a beautiful collection of cookies.

Panda Cookie Platter for Chinese New Year_SweetsugarbelleFor more fun ideas, check out the following links:

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  1. 1
    Sandy Hartman says:

    So beautiful. I see you have gotten over your fear of your airbrush! Love the set.

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    These are great! I really need to get more inventive to make cookies with multiple cutters on one cookie – I just have a hard time seeing the final picture. Maybe its better to work backwards? Sketch what you want and figure out how to make the cutters you have fit in this new shape? Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    Jenny says:

    It’s beautiful, your “horse” is perfect. And the water lily is cute. Wish you ll do a class on this set.

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    Christina says:

    The airbrush accents on this set of cookies is amazing… Ok confession time, I got an airbrush and two sets of colors for it a few months ago and haven’t even taken it out of the box. The thing kinda freaks me out to be honest with you. You’ve inspired me to put the time into learning how to use it… But the fear is still there. I’d love an airbrush cookie post :)

  5. 5

    What a great platter! Cute panda – of course – and always love your multi-cutter cookies.

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    Giselle says:

    These are super cute. Love that lilly pad!

    Where do you get all these great cookie ideas?

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    Marlyn says:

    So adorable I love the whole set, the water lily & the oranges are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing my link.

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    Kathia says:

    Ohhh this bear cookies are too cute. They are simple and adorable.

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    Perfect!!! Love the whole collection!! Thanks for the tutorial!! –Katy

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    Maria says:

    I recently found you and have been inspirational. I love baking and want to get into cookie decorating. Love your style. My first attempt to cookie decorating was a semi disaster (my 3 yr old daughter had to help) and a disappointment. I didn’t realize how hard it was. But I won’t give up! Your videos are very helpful as well. Thank you!