St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and if you love to create and bake then you need to try this DIY Leprechaun cookie tutorial from Linda of Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design. Linda found of a sketch of a leprechaun that her mom had done and she thought it would be fun to turn it into a cookie design! She is sharing her tutorial with us today!
What you need:
- Your favorite sugar cookie recipe
- Food coloring
- Fondant roller
- Corn syrup
- Pearl dust
- Gold disco dust
- Food use only- paint brushes
- Black food writer
- Sharp knife or blade
- Parchment or tracing paper
Here is a photo of my mom’s sketch.
Start out by tracing the original drawing onto parchment paper.
Make an outline around your drawing to determine the size of your cookie. (I actually scaled my copy down a little because I didn’t want a huge cookie. By doing this, I think the drawing started taking on the characteristics of my own drawing style).
Roll out the sugar cookie dough. Using your drawing as a guide, cut out your cookie.
While your cookie is baking, you can cut your drawing apart to use as a template for forming your fondant pieces.
For each color, I used around a 2 inch ball of fondant. I added food coloring a little at a time until I had the color I wanted. I use Duff Goldman brand in white, vanilla, it has a nice flavor and is easy to work with. The fondant comes in a 2 lb container. I buy it at Michaels. You can use any brand of fondant or make your own.
To make the fondant stripes for the rainbow, roll out the colored fondant into long, thin strips. Make sure to apply even pressure while you’re rolling them out so they are uniform in size.
Next, lay your colored strips down, pressing them lightly together, and roll them flat.
Brush your cookie with corn syrup. This will act as your “glue” sticking the fondant pieces to the cookie.
NOTE: Make sure you add the fondant pieces to your cookie in the right order. (I’d recommend setting them up on parchment first. Then once you’re happy with the layout, add them to the cookie). The corn syrup is sticky so it will be difficult to remove the fondant once you’ve laid it down.
For the finishing touches, I added pearl, lustre dust to the cookie because it really makes the fondant pop. I used my large brush to add it to the rainbow and the pot of gold. To add the gold disco dust to the pieces of gold, brush them with a tiny bit of water. Then take your large brush, dip it into the disco dust and shake it out over the wet areas. Shake the excess off. It will stick to only the wet areas. We would love to hear how your cookie came out. Let us know in the comments below!
Credits & Resources
Cookie Tutorial: Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design
Photography by Expressions by Nicole Marie