How to Make Shark Cookies
Growing up, there were a handful of movies that instilled an irrational fear in me for years. Stephen King's It made me terrified of clowns. (This fear still lingers to this day.) Child's Play made me hate being alone in a room with any toy doll that could "talk." (Talking dolls aren't cute; they're frightening.) And the Jaws movie made me avoid the deep end of swimming pools in fear of a possible shark attack. My over-active, childhood imagination definitely got the best of me. Don't worry, I'm more normal now.
Hopefully, these shark cookies are far less traumatizing. Plus, who can resist a friendly, single-toothed smile, right?
Shark Cookie Cutters
The shark cookie cutter has a reinforced tail, which folds back and connects onto the body. The surfboard cookie cutter is rather chubby, which basically makes you feel you're getting your money's worth when you eat it. No skinny surfboards here.
Bitten Surfboard Cookies
To add an extra element of shark humor, I cut out a “bite” mark off the side of the surfboards using this brand new specialty edger by Sweet Sugarbelle.
This collection of specialty edger cookie cutters are a new addition to the Sweet Sugarbelle line. You can find this package exclusively this summer at a Michaels Store near you starting June 24th.
The bite edger is the perfect size ratio for this shark cookie set. It would also work great with an "eaten" chocolate chip cookie or apple design, as well.
Template for Shark Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of the shark cookies. As a bonus, I included the wave cookie design, as well.
You can download the shark 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
For this tutorial, I’ll be decorating the LARGE size shark cookies. These cookies are so quick to whip up because they only require just four easy icing colors. I mixed the following icing colors below:
- Gray piping and flood icing. (I used Americolor Stone with a touch of Americolor Ivory.)
- Off-white icing. (I mixed a little amount of the gray icing above with white icing.)
- White medium consistency icing. (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Black piping icing. (I used Americolor Super Black.)
For those without a projector, mark the guideline where the underbelly line should be, as shown. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Begin by filling in the upper body and fins with the gray icing. Let that icing set, then fill in the remaining underbelly sections. Let the cookie dry completely before moving on.
Lastly, add the final line details. Using black icing, add a smile and an eye. Then with the same gray icing, add the outline around the body, gills, and a friendly eyebrow.
Using white medium icing, add a single tooth when the black icing had time to set up a bit.
The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video below.
To accompany these shark cookies, I added a few bitten surfboards that I mentioned up above. Also, I added a few wave cookies as filler. I used a donut cookie cutter (regular size) for the shape of those waves, but any oval cookie cutter would work. That wave design is also included in the template file I provided.
I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start!