How to Make Cute Airplane Cookies
Continuing on with the Valentine puns from my last post, I made some cookies that I've been dying to make for ages-- airplane cookies. I work with airplanes at my day job, so combining my two worlds is always fun.
These Valentine-themed airplane cookies are the perfect gift for anyone you think is "so fly!" I know, I know. It's a bit corny, but that's sort of expected for Valentine's Day. Right?
Airplane Cookie Cutters
I've been on the lookout for airplane cookie cutters of a plane's front view, but no luck. So I created my own and made them available to you!
My aviation coworkers might cringe at the design inaccuracies of these airplane cookies compare to the real deal, but these were made with cookie decorating in mind. The propellers and wings were integrated within the design, while the overall cookie cutter shape is blunt and stubby. This is to ensure there weren't any frail sections that might easily break off while handling.
Template for the Airplane Cookies
I provided a downloadable template for the design ideas shown below. In the template file, I've included both the side-angled airplane, as well as the front-view biplane.
You can download the airplane cookies template 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 cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
For this tutorial, I'll be showing how to decorate the airplane cookie. However, the biplane cookie is very similar, so the decorating technique shown below can be applied to both designs.
For these airplane cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Blue piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Royal Blue, Sky Blue, and Ivory colors for these cookies, but feel free to you any shade of blue you like.)
- Red piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Super Red.)
- Yellow piping and flood icing (I mixed Americolor Egg Yellow and Lemon Yellow.)
- White medium icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Black medium icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
Using the template as a guide, begin by marking the body section of the airplane with a food-safe marker. If you're using a projector, feel free to skip this step.
With blue icing, outline and fill the body section. Leave this icing to set (about 15 minutes).
Next, with white icing, add a round disk for the center of the propeller engine. Then add the white cockpit windshield.
With red icing, outline and fill the wings and tail surfaces. Leave these areas to fully set and dry (about 1 hour).
With the same blue icing, add the nose cone detail over the white icing. Then, with red icing, outline and fill the round ring area on the propeller engine. Again, leave these areas to fully set and dry (about 1 hour).
With yellow icing, add the propeller blades and the cockpit hood details.
Lastly, add the fine line details and eyes (if desired).
The finished airplane cookie should look something like the one below.
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.
Aren't these cookies just "plane" awesome? To complete the set, I included clouds that I piped on small heart cookies, as well a message cookie with the airplane pun phrase. It's sure to put a smile on anyone's face.