Custom Alphabet Cookies

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always dreamed of having my own little family of cookie elves.  They’d spend their days singing happy little cookie tunes while washing dirty icing bowls and making custom cutters to suit my every need.  A girl can dream, but until they show up creative thinking and hand cutting are the best solutions for me.

I usually prefer re-purposing to hand cutting cookies but sometimes it’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to create a completely customized cookie. Especially for designs I might only make once…like single letters in special fonts.

Custom Letter L CookieWhen designing cookies like this I begin by Googling the letter I plan to make.  In this case I literally searched “cursive letter L“, clicked over to images, and picked one I liked. Once I found the perfect style I resized, printed {two since I planned to Kopykake}, and cut a template.

Custom Alphabel Cookie CutterAfter making a template you can definitely laminate it {especially if you like it enough to keep}, but I skip all that and simply cut around it with a paring knife.

Custom Monogram CookieOnce baked they look like this.  The rough edges don’t bother me much, but if you prefer a smoother cut, these easy DIY cookie cutters are a good solution.

Custom Monogram CuttersAlthough I liked the shape of this letter, I wanted the cookie version to be a little more substantial.  So, before decorating I used a Sharpie to thicken it up a little.

How to Make Custom Monogram CookiesI outlined and flooded the cookies and let them dry overnight.  The next day I popped the image into my Kopykake and used 20-second icing to transfer the design.

Cursive Letter L CutterDon’t worry if you’re without a projector, it’s quite easy to draw the shape onto the cookie with a marker and go over it with icing.  If you’re not exactly sure what I mean you can read more thorough explanations here and here.

Custom Letter CookiesI tied everything together with a simple rose detail and pretty cookies in various patterns and prints.

Damask Baby Shower CookiesI found my quatrefoil stencil here and the damask here.  To create the shimmery gray color simply mix moonstone lustre dust with Everclear and apply with an airbrush.  If you don’t have an airbrush, silver Wilton color mist will also work.

Quatrefoil and Damask CookiesIts amazing how simple designs and colors can come together to make a such a dramatic statement.

Pink and Black Baby Shower Cookies Sometimes I’m pretty flexible with a design and sometimes I want a very specific look.  I probably could have used an existing cutter {like a butterfly} for this project but in this case I wanted an exact fit.  It’s times like this that I hand cut.

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