Every year my childrens’ school puts together luncheons for the teachers during teacher appreciation week, and I am more than happy to send in some sweet treats for the event! I think it’s the least I can do to show the staff how grateful I am for them. I have been blessed when it comes to my kids’ teachers… they have all been amazing. Not only do I love my kids’ teachers, but my mom was a teacher, my sister is a teacher, and I have some really good friends who are teachers. I will always have a special place in my heart for teachers.
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Designing My Cookies
This year I drew inspiration for my cookie design from my inchworm cookie cutter. It is a part of the Animal Pals cookie cutter set by Wilton. There are some really cut cutters in this set that I find myself using often, but this was the first time I used this particular one.
In this post, I will walk you through the steps I took to create the cute little green guy. It was easy to make but so adorable! If you are a beginner at cookie decorating, give this one a try!
I created this video that will show you the sped up process.
Planning The Layout
Here you can see my blank canvas… The inchworm cookie ready for icing. It was baked using my favorite shape holding sugar cookie recipe you can find here. I had to take care in the layout of his sections. Because the worm is inching along (curved) I couldn’t just do a row of oval segments. I planned out in my mind that some of the segments would have to be “pinched” at the bottom where the worm was curving. This is where you can use an edible marker and draw out your shapes if it helps you plan. I use this set, but any brand will do as long as its edible. Yellow is a good color to do this with here because it won’t bleed into your icing when you pipe over your layout.
Ready To Pipe
Now that I know what I want to pipe and where, I am ready to go. This cookie is going to be accomplished by pipping every other segment, letting it dry, and then fill in the in-between segments. So, the first step is to flood in everyother segment on the blank cookie making sure you do not start with his head. My icing is a consistency between outline and flood. This allows me to not outline the segments before I fill them, but also not have the icing run off the sides of the cookie. As you can see in the second picture below, I just use my scribe to smooth and fill the section out.
Your Next Set Of Segments
The first set of segments has dried so it’s safe to move on to the next set. Start with the tail and work your way to his head. Before you do this, though, I suggest you mix up a small amount of pink icing in the same consistency as your green. This will be for his rosy cheeks. Since you will be using a wet on wet technique for this, it’s a good idea to have it ready.
Just follow the same technique while piping your second set of segments that you used on your first set. Flood and smooth…
Now it’s time to use the pink icing I had you mix up earlier. You are going to use a wet on wet technique here. If you are a cookie rookie and have never heard of that before… it’s exactly how it sounds. You are going to pipe your pink icing onto your green icing while the green icing is still wet. Just two little drops wherever you want his rosy cheeks to be. Easy Peasy!
Put On A Happy Face
Now, this is where my FAVORITE food marker in all the world comes into play! It has such a fine felt tip. I have never found such a precise edible marker before this baby. You can find it here. Trust me… you need this marker!
Just have some fun with it and draw your face on your inchworm, BUT make sure he is completely dry before you do this!
There you go! So cute, right? The perfect little accompaniment for a tray of teacher cookies, or even back to school/end of school gifts for your kiddos. In a future post, I will show you how I made the matching apple cookies shown below. Make sure to subscribe to my emails so you don’t miss out.