How to Make Easter Chick Cookies
While I'm in the middle of processing all the pending cookie cutter orders, I wanted to take the time to say a quick "Thank you!" I appreciate all the support of my small business and the incredible amount of patience from everyone. I apologize for it taking over a week to get the orders out. I realized rather quickly the order queue became too long for me to handle as a solo operator. Unfortunately, I needed to shut the store down temporarily to help contain the chaos on my end. I hope to have the shop up and running again sometime next week.
As the cookie cutters are being created in the background, here's the first of a few Easter tutorials for this year's Easter cookie cutter collection. Out of all of the Easter designs, I think these Easter Chick cookies are the easiest to decorate while still packing a huge punch of cuteness.
Easter Chick Cookie Cutter
In the shop, you can find this adorable Easter Chick cookie cutter.
I designed it to have its tiny feet hugging close to its body, which creates an overall sturdy cookie. This chick is great for both Easter and Farm-themed sets, but could also be easily redesigned as various other birds (bluejays, robins, love birds, etc.) for other occasions year-round.
Template for Easter Chick Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all of my Easter cookies, including this Easter Chick cookie design.
You can download the Easter Chick cookie 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 tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
What I love most about these Easter Chick cookies is they don't require a ton of different colors to mix. All you need is a lot of yellow icing, with orange, teal blue, and black icing for accent colors.
For the exact colors I used, check out this post on a bright and cheery Easter color palette.
Begin by outlining and flooding the cookie with egg yellow icing. Avoid the lower "feet" section as shown. Let the icing set and dry before moving on (about 1-2 hours).
Once the yellow base layer is set, add the first layer of details shown below. Add the "toes" sections that don't touch, and the lower beak with orange icing. Add simple, beady eyes with black icing. Let these set.
Next, add the remaining toes and upper beak detail. Outlining around the body, add a wing, and add tufts of head feathers with yellow piping icing using a #1.5 tip. give this icing time to set (about 20 minutes).
To add a bit more color and to break up the yellow of these Easter chick cookies, I decided to add a bow tie accent. First, with a food marker, I drew out the design of the bow tie as a guide.
Next, I filled the top loops with a thin layer of teal blue icing. Let this icing dry.
Then, fill in the side wings of the bow tie. Let that set (about 20 minutes), then add the center knot detail.
Because these are small areas of icing, be sure to run a scribe or toothpick through the icing to prevent craters from forming.
The very last detail is to add the crease lines on the bow tie.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
If you would like to make these Easter Chick cookies as gifts, I recommend the LARGE size cookie cutter.
The LARGE-sized cookies fit well as part of a 2-piece set or as a single gift favor. For 2-cookie gift sets, these 7″ x 4.25″ gift boxes from BRP Boxshop are my go-to boxes. For a single cookie favor, I love these 4″x 4″ all-clear boxes or 4"x 4" sleeve boxes from ClearBags.com.
Smaller size options are available too if you prefer a more petite cookie.
While I continue to finish up existing orders and preparing the next tutorial, I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their March!