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silly squirrels

The story of how I met one of my dearest friends (over a decade ago) involves a smushed squirrel and the ensuing grief. I’ll spare you the details, but the squirrel has always had a particular meaning for us both because of this. And this particular friend is also a particularly good gift giver, the sort of gift giver who always finds exactly what is significant and perfect for others. Tucked into her latest gift to me was a little squirrel cookie cutter (find them here). And so I made squirrel cookies.

how to make a squirrel cookie:
1. Make dough according to the recipe. Cut out and bake squirrels. 2. Make icing according to the recipe. Use Americolor soft gel pastes (Chocolate Brown and Super Black) to make light brown and black frosting. 3. Prepare two frosting bags with couplers and decorating tips (one with size “2” and one with size “4”). Fill the bag with size “2” tip with black and fill the size “4” tip with half of your light brown, covering the rest. Tie both closed with rubber bands. 4. Pipe the outline of the squirrel with the black and let set 15 minutes. 5. Fill the tail with the light brown by piping back and forth and immediately coat with white sprinkles. 6. Thin the reserved light brown frosting with a few drops of water until the consistency of thick glue. Fill an empty frosting bag, close with a rubber band, snip 1/8 inch from the tip and pipe to fill the squirrel. Let the frosting run to the edges, encouraging with a toothpick. 7. Let set several hours and pipe the eye with black. 8. If desired, adhere a walnut to his hand with a dab of frosting.
*Find the sprinkles, frosting bags, couplers and tips at the craft store. Find the food coloring online or in specialty stores. Find the squirrel cutter HERE. Click HERE for tips on finding supplies.

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16 Comments

  1. Sue
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    What a great idea to give him a nut! Why didn't I think of that? :)

  2. TESOL certification
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    These squirrels sure are funny! This recipe and idea is great to serve with my nephews and nieces. They adore squirrels as much as I adore chip and dale.

  3. ♥peachkins♥
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    super cute!!!!!!

  4. crustabakes
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    super duper adorable. I love it!

  5. Kelly Massman
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Adorable!

  6. Pink Little Cake
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    How adorable! I wouldn't be able to eat them.

  7. Ali
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    "Squirrel cookie holding a nut."

    Best. Tastespotting. Caption. Ever.

  8. Mima
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha
    Love that squirrel conversation :O)

  9. foodies at home
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    I think these are the greatest cookies I have ever seen! LOVE IT!

  10. Lizzy
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome…I am sure it would be a hit with children

  11. Debbie
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I love you for this…they are so darn cute with the walnuts in their lil paws!

  12. Jelly Shot Test Kitchen
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Love those little guys and their sugary tails!

  13. Fashion Meets Food
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Love these!!! Way too cute!!!

    xo

  14. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    ha ha ha! Love the squirrel chatter! ;)

    How cool that she gave you the cutter and you made her the cookies. Sounds like you have the perfect friendship!

    Love their sparkly tails!

    I'm trying to catch up on blog reading after being consumed with cookies, out-of-town guests and room mom duties at kiddo's school. Don't these people know I have important BLOGS to READ?!?

  15. David
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Very funny lol! Will prep them for my daughters birthday in 5 days time!- a surprise

  16. canvas print
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Haha this is brilliant, love those squirrels!

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