you will need:
- cookie dough
- food coloring*
- paint brushes
- light corn syrup
- leaf cutters
- circle cutters
- birdhouse cutter
*Colors used here include Americolor gel pastes in Sky Blue, Egg Yellow, Red Red, Electric Pink, Orange, Black, Leaf Green, Electric Green, Chocolate Brown, and Bright White.
what to do:
Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, roll it out, cut out shapes, and bake the cookies. Let cool.
For the bird houses, roll out fondant and cut out bird house shapes. Adhere to the cookie with frosting or light corn syrup. For the circles, tint fondant light blue, roll out, and adhere to the circles. For the birdhouse roof, cut out a triangle of fondant.
For the birds, tint fondant in yellow, red, and pink. Use the leaf cutters to make the birds and wings. Cut out the beaks. Assemble with light corn syrup and attach to the cookies.
After the fondant has stiffened a bit, paint the designs. Squeeze a few drops of food coloring on a paper plate or on wax paper. Mix in a bit of white food coloring to give it a bit of weight. For the light brown, mix a drop of brown food coloring into white food coloring. Paint your designs and let the cookies fully dry.