Haniela's: Foraging Squirrel Cookie Centerpiece

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Foraging Squirrel Cookie Centerpiece


I love watching squirrels  to play, walk on wires like the best trained gymnasts or jump from one branch to another. I love their expressions when they panic and race to the closest tree to hide. They are fun to watch. Do I need to say more? Here is my latest cookie piece : Foraging Squirrel Cookie Centerpiece (completely edible).

On The Left: cookie tree log, iced and painted.  On The Right: let's eat the cookie.


  • Roll a piece of parchment paper into  a "log" shape. Secure ends with a baker's twine. Set the parchment onto the baking sheet.
  • Depending on how big of a tree log you want, roll out and cut out a cookie dough into rectangles. Collection of roll out cookie doughs.
  • Position cookie rectangle shapes directly on top of the parchment log.Cookie dough should fit snuggly over the parchment, just barely touching the baking sheet.
  • Bake, following the recipe you are using.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for several minutes, then gently lift the cookies off the parchment and transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Bake squirrel cookie and mini acorn cookies.
  • Using stiff Royal Icing, spread icing onto cookie tree logs, using a small angled spatula, create a wood like pattern, just by gently running the tip of the spatula over royal icing. Let dry completely.
  • Ice squirrel and acorn cookies with white icing, or as desired.
  • Paint the tree log cookies : use brown and moss green food coloring, clean painter's brush , water and paper towel.First paint cookies with an even shade of brown. Then add few spots of dark brown and finish with few details in moss green. Let dry completely.
  • Pain the squirrels and acorn cookies as you like.
  • When painting, I find that it helps to have folded paper towel on hand to wipe the excess water. Make sure the  brush is not soaking wet when touching the royal icing. You want the brush to be only very lightly damp.
  • Once cookies are dry, assemble the piece using a thick consistency icing, support pieces with a few pieces of plastic wrap, until icing dries and squirrel and acorn can stand on its own.Let cookies set and then remove support and enjoy the cookies as  table place cards, centerpieces or gifts. Cookies are all edible.

Position cookie  rectangles onto  the parchment paper log.

Baked Tree Log Cookies.




Apply stiff consistency Royal Icing, using small angled spatula.

Create wood texture to mimic wood log.


Paint the Tree Log Cookies.




Painted cookie pieces.

Assemble the Cookie Centerpiece using thick royal icing glue squirrel and acorn to the tree log, support cookies with plastic wrap until "glue" icing dries and cookies can stand on their own. Remove plastic wrap and enjoy the cookies.


I'm linking this post to:
 Tidy Mom's - I'm Lovin' it.
Sweet 2 Eat Baking  - Sugar & Slice Party

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