Decorated Elephant Cookies and a Virtual Baby Shower

I bet you didn’t know when you woke up this morning that you’d be attending a baby shower…surprise!

Today we’re celebrating the upcoming birth of the baby boy that I’ve affectionately named Baby Bluebonnet.  He will actually be called Evan {which I’m very partial to being the mom of an Evan myself} and his sweet momma Amber is the native Texan behind Bluebonnets and Brownies.

I “met” Amber way back at the beginning of my blogging journey.  We shared a common heritage, both being Texas gals, and I was instantly drawn to her friendliness, familiar recipes, and the deep connection we each shared with our “Nanny”.  After only a few conversations, I felt like I’d known her for years.

Although Amber has settled in New Jersey {for now} that didn’t stop us from throwing her Texas-size baby shower bash.  I brought cookies of course, inspired by the nursery decor.

Decorated Elephant CookiesI started with this sweet little elephant cutter from Little Fox Factory and a small circle.

Elephant Cookie CutterTo make these cookies you will need:

Begin by outlining and filling the elephant cookies, one at a time.

Decorated Elephant Cookie 1After flooding, quickly drop white dots into the wet green icing.  This is sometimes referred to as wet on wet.  The trick is to work quickly so that the colors flow together to create a smooth, even surface.  Remember not to get too far ahead of yourself.

Decorated Elephant Cookie 2Once the elephants are complete, use 20-second icing to cover the “wheels”.  Let the cookies dry overnight.

Decorated Elephant Cookies 3When the base cookie is dry, use orange 20-second icing to make ears and black icing for eyes.

Decorated Elephant Cookie 4Next use a tiny bit of piping icing to attach the wheels.  Once dry, the cookie should stand.  These make a great addition to cookie platters, but they’re also perfect for place cards and cookie favors.

Decorated Elephant Cookie 5I can’t wait to meet little Evan, Amber, and watch him grow.  Lots of love from home…we miss you!

It’s no secret that my favorite thing about baby showers is the food, so enough about cookies.  Now it’s time to check out what everyone else “brought” to the feast!