Bake sweet nursery rhyme cookies for your next baby shower. Watch as Erica Clark shows how to decorate cookies inspired by "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Hosting a baby shower for a mom-to-be? Consider a whimsical nursery rhyme things foray and impress all your guests with these simple but spectacular cookies. Now, these may look complicated but I assure you, they're not. You don't need to go out and buy especially shaped cookie cutters. You just need round cookie cutters in 3 sizes - mine is about 3 inches, 2 inches and 1 inch. All of the cookies use the same process of royal icing with added [unk] like sprinkles or sugar ice or even chocolate chips. The key to decorating with royal icing is a process known as flooding. You're gonna start with your royal icing in a pastry bag or on a plastic bag with the corners seamed off. You're gonna create a border around the edge of your cookie. The next step is to use royal icing that you [unk] a bit and thinned a bit with water. You can use the tip of the bottle to help spread it to the edges. The border you have from the beginning with the royal icing is what keeps it from dripping down the sides. At this point, you can either add sprinkles into the wet icing so they'll set or you can set them aside and let them dry. It will harden into a nice, smooth finish. For "Hey diddle diddle the cat in the fiddle; the cow jumped over the moon," you're actually gonna make 2 different cookies. The moon is really easy. It's a single sugar cookie that I decorated with 2 different colors of royal icing or stay piped, a yellow moon on and filled it in and then I did a blue background. And then I used these little star shaped sprinkles. I added them right to the wet royal icing before it dried and I used a little blue sprinkle for the man and the moon eye. Now, to make the cow, it's a little more involved but still very easy. Start with one large cookie, one medium cookie and 2 small cookies. The medium cookie gets attached to the top of the large cookie for the cow's head and the two smaller cookies get attached at the bottom for the cow's feet. Everything gets coated in royal icing completely. To make the cow spots, simply use a black food marker and I just drew them on. I did the same with the nose and I added 2 little pink sprinkles for the cow's nostrils. I used sugar, [unk], again, you could just use royal icing and little mini chocolate chips, you don't have to buy these special. And for the cow's horns, I use chocolate chips. Now, grab a glass of milk and enjoy these utterly delicious cookies.