Saturday, August 9, 2014

Puzzle cookies

Puzzle cookie
This week a friend asked me to create some cookies for a 10 years old little boy's birthday. All I knew about the little boy was his favorite color: blue.

I am not making licensed character cookies, a 10 year old is too old for the cute little boy shapes... I wanted to create something cool a big boy would appreciate.

I came up with the idea to create a cookie puzzle. I already had a puzzle piece cookie cutter from The cookie cutter company that I wanted to try.

We all know, that cookies change their shape while we bake them, so I needed to find a solution to this problem.

It's also important to assure, that all the parts have a doable shape - no part too thin.

Its also a good idea to have a big main motif which will help to put the pieces together.

So I started planning:
By outlining the cookie cutter I planned the puzzle grid. I first drew the middle one. Then four others to the four corners, all touching the corners of the middle piece. This is the way I cut the cookie later. So by cutting out 5 puzzle pieces I created a 9 piece puzzle.
Puzzle cookie planning

When I had the puzzle shape I planned the shape of the cookie and the design of the decoration. Then I cut it out to use it as a template to hand cut the cookie.
Puzzle cookie design planning

I baked this big circle from my gingerbread cookie and while it was still warm and soft I turned it up side down (to have nicer cuts at the top side) and cut out the puzzle pieces.
Puzzle cookie cut

When I had all the pieces cut I let them cool completely before decorating.
Puzzle cookie pieces cooling

After cooling the pieces I assembled the puzzle to trace the main motif on the pieces with a scribe tool (or trussing needle whichever you have on hand).
Puzzle cookie design

The last step was the decorating with royal icing.

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  1. I love this whole thing. The perfect puzzle. The colors, the detail. Amazing

  2. I'll bet that boy LOVED this cookie. Thanks for sharing your steps!

    1. He did not received it yet, he lives in Poland, but I hope he will like it. And I hope you will enjoy making a puzzle cookie one day :)

  3. Beautiful. You are truley a talented artist. I love all of your work and i thank you for including instructions for your pieces. I have a nephew who would love a cookie puzzle. I cant wait to try and make one for him!!!

    1. Thank you! I hope you will have fun with that puzzle cookie your nephew will surely love it.


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