I am just smitten over these sweet crow cookies. They have a rustic look that will compliment your Thanksgiving spread beautifully.
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I have always loved primitive style decor. It reminds me of all the craft fairs and cute little shops my mom and I have always gone to together. Most of my Thanksgiving decorations are primitive and that’s where I got the inspiration for this set of cookies.
While I loved all the cookies I made for this set, the crow just stands out to me… it’s so adorable!
Here you can watch how I decorated the crow cookies.
These cookies were prepared using my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies.
The cookie cutter I used can be found here. When I decided on crows as one of the cookies for this set, I went looking for a bird cookie cutter. This one jumped out at me and now that I’ve used it, I definitely picked a good one! I can’t wait to use it for other themes.
Here is the recipe for my favorite royal icing. I mixed black and ivory to get the warm gray I used. Just add the color slowly and remember it will darken as it sits and as it dries. Be careful to stop before you get to black. You will also need a very small amount colored black for the eyes and a small amount colored golden yellow for the beak.
The consistency should be somewhere between piping and flood. I use a spray bottle to add my water. It helps to avoid adding too much. You want to be able to outline and flood all with the same icing for these cookies. I know when it’s right when I drizzle the icing back into the bowl and I am able to smooth it out with tapping and shaking of the bowl. It shouldn’t just smooth on its own with no effort.
Here are the tipless bags I used. They are my go-to. The key to using them is to make sure you have the bag lined up with one seam over the other going down the center of the bag when you cut the tip off.
The first thing I did was use an edible marker (in black) to freehand my design on each cookie. I didn’t do a very detailed design and I used the shape of the cookie to guide me. If you don’t feel confident in freehanding the design consistently on all of your cookies you can always use a Kopykake or Pico.
Then, just alternately fill in your sections. Allow each section to dry to the touch before filling in the section next to it.
You can use your oven (set to the lowest temperature it will go and the door cracked open) or a dehydrator for about 10-15 minutes to speed up this process.
I know, brown may not be the color you think of for crows… but I think it gives them a real rustic touch and they still look like crows.
Allow the airbrushing to dry completely.
Finally, add your eyes and beak.
Tada! Primitive crow cookies that are just the cutest!
Happy Decorating, Katie xoxo