Disclaimer: This recipe has been sponsored by Wilton as a member of their Sweet Treat Team. However, all opinions are my own.
As part of Wilton’s Sweet Treat Team, I had the opportunity to participate in this year’s blogger cookie swap! I was paired up with another Wilton blogger and asked to create cookies that represented their likes and personality. Now that my cookies have been received by that person, I can finally reveal that my Secret Santa was Carlos from The Man, The Chef, The Dad.
Carlos and his son enjoy TMNT so I set out to create some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies that represent their favorite characters! I used this roll-out sugar cookie recipe and cut out a bunch of circle cookies. I’m not artistically-gifted so I chose to go more simplistic with these cookies by using circle cookies. However, if you wanted to create more detailed cookies, you could buy a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookie cutter.
After the cookies were baked and cooled, I whipped up a batch of royal icing and started coloring it. When you do this, make sure that you cover the royal icing with a damp cloth because it dries out quickly! I had one damp cloth covering the large batch of white icing and then another cloth covering the decorating bags I had filled with colored icing.
I outlined each cookie using stiff consistency icing and then flooded the inside with thin consistency. Although my outlines aren’t perfect, they turned out much better than if I had just slapped some icing on using a spatula. Make sure to let the royal icing dry 8-12 hours or overnight so that it can harden. Once the green layer has hardened, you can move on to decorating the cookies!
Once I had finished decorating the cookies, I packaged them up in clear treat bags and sent them off to Carlos! I hope him and his son love these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies!
- 1 recipe of roll-out sugar cookie dough
- 1 recipe of royal icing
- Round cookie cutter
- Two No. 3 Wilton Decorating Tips to be used for Kelly Green and Black
- Disposable Decorating Bags
- Wilton Icing Colors: Kelly Green, No-Taste Red, Orange, Violet, and Black
- Wilton's candy eyeballs
- After sugar cookies have cooled, prepare royal icing according to recipe on the side of meringue powder can.
- Prepare your icing colors. You'll need about 1 cup of kelly green. You'll need about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of each: no-taste red, violet, orange, and black.
- Take about 1/3 c. of thick kelly green icing and place in a disposable decorating bag with a coupler and tip No. 3. Follow the edge of each cookie and pipe to create an outline/dam.
- After all cookies have been outlined, thin your remaining kelly green icing by adding a little bit of water. Continue to add water, little by little. You have the right consistency when you pull icing up on a spoon and it runs back into itself within 10 seconds.
- With thin kelly green icing, flood the inside of each cookie. Allow to harden for 8-12 hours or overnight.
- Once green icing has completed hardened, you are ready to create their masks. Take about 1/3 of your thick black icing and place in a disposable decorating bag with a coupler and tip No. 3. Outline a black mask on each cookie, as well as a smile. Let dry for 10 minutes.
- With thin icing, flood the inside of each mask - alternate between orange, red, and violet.
- Allow cookies to dry for 3-4 hours before adding candy eyes. Place a small dot of royal icing on the back of each eye and push firmly to adhere.
All icing colors can be tinted at once. Be sure to cover the bowls or decorating bags with a damp cloth at all times to prevent the royal icing from drying out.
Leftover royal icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
Have you ever participated in a cookie swap?
Who do you know that would love these TMNT cookies?