Our office had a Kentucky Derby potluck last week, so I thought what better dessert to bring than Kentucky Derby horse-shaped cookies?!
I love cookies and besides eating them, I especially love decorating them! It is so easy to turn a plain cookie into part of the decorations and celebration! With Cookie Icing, Ready-to-Use Icing Tubes and a few other items, I was able to create decorated cookies quickly!
Start with a horse cookie cutter, roll out your favorite sugar cookie recipe, and cut out the horse shapes. Put them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake until slightly golden brown. After cooling them completely on a cooling grid, you are ready to decorate them.
I used White Cookie Icing, heated it slightly in the microwave according to the instructions, and added a little brown icing color. I replaced the cap and shook it until the color was well blended. I then outlined the cookies and filled the shape in with the icing.
After placing a Candy Eyeball on the horse, I can now “see” my horse coming together!
I could have been done, but I wanted to add a little more color and give the cookies more of a Kentucky Derby theme, so I continued on with fondant.
To make the number tags for the horses, start with white fondant and add a little icing color and then knead it in until you achieve the desired color. I used fondant to make the green tags. (Be sure to put the fondant in a baggie with the icing color or wear disposable gloves so you do not stain your hands!) Roll it out using a rolling pin and a little confectioner’s sugar and cut little squares using the cutter/embosser.
For another flavor option, use soft fruity taffy candy for the number tags. Just microwave for a short time to make them pliable and follow the same steps as the fondant. I tried this method on the orange and pink number tags.
Stamp the fondant with Number Cut-Outs™, just slightly as to not cut through the fondant. Roll a little fondant in your hand to make a small piece and then another to form the bridle. Press them into the icing. If it does not adhere to the cookie, just add a little of the cookie icing to the back of the fondant and lightly press it onto the horse.
And they’re off…..