How to Make a Balloon Teddy Bear Cookie Set
Looking for a simple Valentine's Day gift idea? Here's a fun 2-piece cookie set for occasion. This heart-shaped, balloon-flying, teddy bear set is packed full of cuteness and will melt the heart of anyone that would receive it.
Each cookie is relatively easy to decorate. There's not too many details to complete them. However, because I'm a little extra, I decided to add a fondant bow and shadowing on the balloon for a little more flair. Those two aspects can easily be left out if you prefer to keep things as simple as possible.
Balloon Teddy Bear Cookie Cutter Set
Just added to the shop for the upcoming Valentine's Day season is this balloon teddy bear cookie cutter set.
The cookie cutters are available in Regular and Large sizes. However, for this tutorial, I'll be decorating the LARGE size.
For reference, you can see both sizes at the end of this tutorial. My personal preference would be the LARGE size though.
Templates for the Valentine Teddy Bear Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for balloon and the teddy bear cookie designs as a guideline.
You can download these cookie templates HERE.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
For these Balloon Teddy Bear Cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Tan royal icing (I mixed Americolor Gold with Americolor Electric Green and a touch of Chocolate Brown.)
- Light Brown icing (I used the tan color above, but with a little more Chocolate Brown gel.)
- Dark Brown icing (I used Chocolate Brown.)
- Black icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
- White flood (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Light Pink icing (I used just a touch of Americolor Tulip Red with Wilton Pink.)
- Darker Pink icing (I used just a tad more coloring of the pink above.)
Begin by filling on the belly section with tan icing. Then, to prevent possible craters, add squiggles of icing for the ears, arms and legs. Let this icing set up and crust over.
Next, fill in ears, arms and one of the legs. Let this icing set up again.
Finish the base layer by filling in the head and remaining leg sections.
After the head section icing had time to set, add an oval snout over the face, as shown.
Complete the teddy bear cookie by adding eyes, a nose, and drawing on a smile with a food marker.
For the balloon, work quickly by first flooding the light pink area, then immediately adding the white shine accent and the darker pink shadow at the bottom. Shake the cookie to smooth out the icing surface. (The shadow is optional but I think it adds to the illusion its a rubber balloon.)
Fill in the bottom knot the same way. First add the light pink top and then the darker pink bottom.
The last step is to add the white tie band around the balloon knot. You can totally stop here if you'd like.
Or, you can add a little flair with a fondant bow. I used this bow mold from Amazon. I attached a piece of twine to the back of the bow and attached both to the cookie with a little bit of royal icing. (This can be easily popped off before eating.)
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.
Here's the completed 2-piece set. Isn't it the cutest?
For a size reference, pictured below are the Regular (left box) and the Large (right box) sizes side-by-side.
LARGE- This size teddy and balloon set will fit in these “7 3/8″ x 5 1/2” boxes from Paper Mart.
REGULAR- This size teddy and balloon set will in this BRP cookie box (7" x 4 3/8" x 1.25").
To help complete the look, we also added these coordinating printable tags to the shop. There are two options: a longer tag and a smaller 2" round tag. Both are of the balloon and teddy bear image with the phrase "Love is in the Air!"