I just love these little guys! I had an order for baby shower favors and we chose ducks to go with the story book theme. The first step, of course, it to make a good sugar cookie dough:
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least on hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
I mixed up some icing with confectioners sugar and water. Add a very small amount of water at a time, you will need less than you think to reach your desired thickness. If you've added too much water just mix in more confectioners sugar. I don't have exact measurements, I just eye it. I make it thick enough to outline the cookie to make a border. I will then fill the bordered area with flood icing, which is thinned out (by adding a few drops of water) thicker icing. Be careful not to make it too thin, or it will be harder to control and may not stay within the border. For these cookies I used a squeeze bottle to ice the cookies. I filled the bottle with icing using a funnel.
Begin outlining the cooled cookies working with three or four cookies at a time. With these ducks I did not outline the beak, as I wanted to use orange. Outlining the beak in yellow would just look weird after filling it with orange!
Next, take the flood icing (I used a separate squeeze bottle for the flood icing) and fill in the outlined area of the cookie. I used a toothpick to spread the icing to the edge of the border.
Let the filled in cookies set for a few hours before beginning the next steps. I used the border-thick icing to add wings to the ducks. I added a bit of red gel coloring to the leftover yellow to make a shade of orange, funneled it into a squeeze bottle, and added the beaks. (I took this photo at night so the coloring is off.)
The last step was adding the eyes. I used edible eyes purchased in the baking section at Michaels craft store. My date was a bit hectic, so I didn't place the eyes on before the icing set. So, I had to use icing to "glue" them onto the duck. With a toothpick I spread a generous amount of icing on the back of the eye and placed it onto the cookie.
Adorable! The baby is a girl, so I wrapped the cookies in plastic bags and tied them with pink ribbon. Congratulations to the parents-to-be!!