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Balloon Animal Cookies

serving time12 cookies


  • Cookies

  • 1½ stick of butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2½ cups flour

  • Royal icing

  • 1 2lbs bag of confectioner sugar

  • 1 egg white (pasteurised)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 drop pink food gel

  • 1 drop orange food gel

  • 1 drop red food gel

  • 1 drop green food gel


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in colour and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.

  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.

  3. Unwrap your dough. Place a large piece of baking paper and place the dough on top. Place another large piece of baking paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll out to about 1cm thick.

  4. Use a large knife to cut out 1.5cm thick strips of cookie dough. For each balloon animal you’ll need five 4cm strips of cookie dough, one 5cm strip and one 2cm long piece.

  5. To round out the corner use the end of a small piping tip to cut out the rounded corners on each end of each shape. Use your finger to round it out a little more. Assemble your cookie balloon animals on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 10 minutes or until golden in colour. Note: if your cookies didn’t stick together when they baked and the legs or heads came away from the rest of the cookie, use a little but of royal icing to stick everything back together once they’ve cooled down.

  6. To make the royal icing, place the egg white, powdered sugar and vanilla into a large mixing bowl and mix on low speed until well combined. It should resemble the consistency of thin paint. Thick enough to hold it’s shape and thin enough to be smooth.

  7. Split the mixture into 5 mixing bowls. Leave one white and colour the other four.

  8. Add each one into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton #2 piping tip. Pipe the coloured royal icing on each cookie. Then pipe the shine lines using the white royal icing on top. Allow to dry overnight before serving.

Balloon Animal Cookies




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