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how to draw your family on cookies

Hmmm… I’m not sure, but these could very well fall in the same category as “creepy clown.” Alas. Perhaps a good gift for mom? I’ll let you be the judge.
You can choose any surface you like, such as larger cookies topped with flooded royal icing (that have dried overnight). For tips on flooding cookies, CLICK HERE and follow step one. I made our family portraits on bite-size round cookies topped with fondant. I simply purchased store-bought fondant, rolled it out, cut out circles with the same 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter, dabbed some frosting on the cookie and topped with fondant. For tips on finding supplies to do such a thing, CLICK HERE.

To draw on the cookies, I used Americolor Gourmet Writers. The skin tones available in edible markers are, ahem, limited. Americolor comes with a caucasian “flesh” tone, the light pink marker. They only have on shade of brown, but you can vary the tone by sketching lightly or more heavily. I’m not sure how my head ended up so much bigger than my husband’s or daughter’s. Especially my daughter. For a 2-year old, she has a huge head.


some basic tips to drawing cartoon portraits:

The basic portrait is simple: a round head, two ears centered on either side, the eyes are close together, slightly higher than the exact center of the circle, the wisp of a nose is in the center, and smiley is impossibly large. Draw and fill with the colors (personalize skin tone and hair color) in this order: An assortment of hair styles:
Draw mustaches, beards, and glasses last, on top of the finished drawing.

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16 Comments

  1. Sarah-Lyn
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant!

  2. Baking Momma
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Those are such a cute idea. My family would love how cute these look.

  3. Ashley
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    So cute! I love it!

  4. maria elena
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    ingeniosas y divertidas!!

  5. maria elena
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    ingeniosas y divertidas!!

  6. maria elena
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    ingeniosas y divertidas!!

  7. maria elena
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    ingeniosas y divertidas!!

  8. Brisbane Baker
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    So cute!

    I think my mum would be a bit creeped out if I gave that to her, but I still love the idea! :)

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

  9. Sue Sparks
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    No these are not like creepy clowns; they're darling! Love it! What a great idea!

  10. morgana
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    THANK YOU. Great article, I'm gonna print it and keep it in mind. You way to draw everyone faces worth it.

    Best regards,
    Morgana.

  11. TracyLH
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    What a fun, personalized idea! Love it!

  12. Erin
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Not like the creepy clowns at all, thank god. :) Kinda cartoony, I like that! It's a good excuse to bite my husbands head off and medicate myself with sugar all at once.

  13. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Darling! I've seen family tree cupcakes before, but I like these MUCH better! This would be so fun for a reunion!

  14. cookies and cups
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    love these!
    i made a dozen round cookies and flooded them white to do some drawing on them…none made it! The scavengers in my house ate 12 plain white cookies before I knew what was happening. SO MAD!! :)

  15. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, cookies and cups, too funny! Or sad? What to do when those with whom you share a house are too hungry to allow creativity to flow. Sigh.

  16. Rachel@oneprettything.com
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Aww! I love this idea. They are so, so cute! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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