You guys. If there was ever a theme I’ve wanted to do but hadn’t found the time to do in the past, it would be woodland animals. I’m happy I was able to squeeze this set in this time around.
Woodland animals is such an awesome theme. I love its earthy, warm color tones, making it perfect for the autumn season. However, I believe it’s a universal theme suitable any time of the year really. Additionally, woodland animals is fitting for any gender. Parents of both boys and girls would love this theme for their kiddo’s baby shower or birthday celebrations. Basically, it’s a theme perfect for everyone.
Out of the five new woodland animal cookie cutters, it was difficult to decide which one I should first focus on for this tutorial. I eventually went with hedgehog cookies, but I hope to revisit the other animals with their own tutorial soon.
Woodland Animal Cookie Cutters
As mentioned above, there are five new animal cookie cutters now available in the shop.
All five animals were designed to be as sturdy as possible, while being adorable as possible. With their compact bodies and reinforced necks, these woodland animals should have less of a chance breaking when shipped and/or handled.
The cookies shown in the images of this post are a size REGULAR.
Hedgehog Cookies and Other Animal Templates
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for all the woodland animal designs shown. In the file you will find a template for the deer, the squirrel, the fox, the owl, and the hedgehog designs.
You can download the woodland animal cookie templates HERE.
If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.
The Decorating Process
For the colors used for these hedgehog cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
Black icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the head and center body should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood the back quills area with dark gray royal icing. Let this icing set up for about 20 minutes.
Once the gray is set, outline and flood the lower body section with white icing. Let this cookie set for about 15 minutes.
Next, fill the head area with flesh-colored icing. Let this base layer dry about 1 to 2 hours.
Once dry to the touch, add the hands and feet, an outline around the head and ear, and the facial details.
Lastly, add the final details of these hedgehog cookies listed in the image below.
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
I love these little hedgehog cookies, but I don’t want to leave out its other woodland buddies.
I really think having them grouped together creates an adorably fun set.