How to Make Flying Pig Cookies
These flying pig cookies are probably my favorite out of this season's new Valentine's Day collection.
Not only are these piggies easy to decorate (they only require a few decorating steps), I like what they represent. A flying pig usually signifies doing the impossible, or overcoming all odds. That really resonates with me.
Also, the imagery of a flying pig is just so darn adorable. With their pudgy bodies and wings, these flying pig cookies have a cute cupid or cherub quality to them. Because of that, I think these flying pigs make the perfect gift for Valentine's Day.
Flying Pig Cookie Cutter
Just added to the shop is this new flying pig cookie cutter.
This cookie cutter comes in two different sizes. However, for this tutorial, I’ll be decorating the REGULAR-sized flying pig cookie.
Template for the Flying Pig Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the new Valentine's Day cookie cutter designs, including this flying pig cookie.
Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.
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 the colors used for these flying pig cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Light Pink royal icing (I used just a touch of Americolor Tulip Red.)
- Darker Pink icing (I mixed the light pink above with Wilton Rose.)
- Black piping icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Blue icing (I mixed equal parts Americolor Teal and Sky Blue.)
For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the wings should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood the body area with light pink royal icing. Let this icing set up for about 15 minutes.
Then outline and flood the wing area with white icing. Let this base layer of icing dry for about one hour.
After the icing had time to set, add the snout detail with the darker pink icing. Quickly add the nostrils with the lighter pink icing while the snout is still wet. Also, outline the wings as shown with blue icing.
Then, lastly, add the body outlines with darker pink icing. Add the black eye and you're done!
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
To accompany these flying pig cookies for Valentine's Day, I added a "Hogs & Kisses" message on a chunky heart cookie. This heart is a LARGE size.
For packaging ideas, here's what I used for the picture above:
For the REGULAR sized pig cookie (which is 3.5" in size), the 4"x4" gift box would be perfect. (shown above)
For the LARGE sized pig cookie (which is 4" in size), these 5"x5" boxes would most likely be ideal. (not shown)