Monday, July 29, 2013

As Cute As A Pug: Dog Cookies

Growing up, I idolized my cousin Shannon. She had long blonde hair and lived in California and was infinitely more cool than I'd ever be. My parents have video of the two of us singing on the back of my grandparents' house in Ohio (I was under 10) and I kept trying to steal the microphone from her. Seriously, I wanted to be just like her.

Today, she is still just as amazing. We had to bond during family gatherings because we were the only girls of all of the grandkids and that bond stills holds today. So while I may not talk to or see her as often as I'd like, she's still just as special to me. 

So what does this have to do with cookies? Well, Shannon loves Pugs. Most dogs, actually, but especially Pugs. Her Facebook page and Pinterest board are loaded with cute pug pictures. I mentioned something casually in passing about sending her pug cookies for her birthday, but that was back in April, and no cookies were sent. Bad cousin. 

Now that it's summer, I figured it would be a great time to send a way-belated birthday surprise. These cookies were actually pretty easy to decorate. The cookie cutter I used was from Cheap Cookie Cutters. I also decided to make chocolate sugar cookies to go with the colors. 
After researching tons of Pug faces (those Facebook and Pinterest photos were helpful!), I determined that I really only needed three colors: dark brown, light brown, and black. I outlined and flooded the areas for the dark icing and let them dry for about an hour.
Then I added the light brown using 20-second icing (icing that is a mix between piping and flood consistency). Sorry for the upside down photo! After these dried for several hours, the last step was adding the details to the face using black piping icing.
I made a smaller few paw prints and dog bones (for us to eat, not dogs!) to go with the cookies.
After looking at all these Pug cookies, I can easily see why Shannon loves them. They are too stinking cute!
I sent Shannon two boxes of cookies, which she should arrive today (in one piece, hopefully!). I hope she enjoys the late Birthday treat!

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