St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with St. Paddy’s Day-themed Hello Kitty cookies!
Can’t draw? No problem! We’ve discovered a nifty tool to help you create realistic Hello Kitty cookies, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist.
Here’s an eight-step process you can follow to make some delectable and eye-appealing Hello Kitty cookies for St. Patrick’s Day, as long as you pick up one of the tools we mention below:
Surf the web to find a Hello Kitty image (or several images) that you want to put on your cookies. Look for images that are simple, that will be easy to trace and only have a few places to fill in color. Coloring book images are best because they are already designed to be simple. Try a web search for “hello kitty coloring book” and then go to the image results.
Step 2: Use a Tool to Project Your Hello Kitty Image
Diehard bakers can use the Kopykake Projector, which uses a projector to superimpose your image of choice over your cookie or cake. But, if you’re not ready to drop $150-plus for the KopyKake, how about a less expensive, and more modern, option?
The Camera Lucida app is only $5 and will overlay your Hello Kitty image (or any image for that matter) from the rear camera of your iPhone or iPad onto a cookie or cake. You’ll need something to hold your device over your work area, like a stack of books. Then, with your Hello Kitty image loaded into the app, test out the process with pencil and paper to get the hang of tracing with your hand while looking through the app.
Step 3: Bake the Cookies
Next, bake a batch of your favorite sugar cookies, making sure they are large enough to trace your Hello Kitty image onto later. You can also use other types of cookie recipes – such as gingerbread – as long as they’re the type that roll out flat for a smooth surface.
Bonus Tip: You can also use this process to decorate a cake! So feel free to forward this how-to guide to your BFF when they ask you what kind of cake you want for your birthday.
Step 4: Create the Base Layer of Icing
Once your cookies have cooled, spread a layer of icing over the surface of the cookie as your background color. For St. Patrick’s Day, it should be green, of course. Let the icing cool so that it is firm when you start the next step: tracing.
Step 5: Trace the Hello Kitty Image onto the Cookies
Move the cookies to the place where you have your iPad propped over your work surface. One at a time, place a cookie underneath and use the Camera Lucida app to project your Hello Kitty image onto the cookie. Trace the outline of the drawing in frosting using a piping bag. Allow the frosting to cool and harden before moving on to the next step.
Step 6: Fill in Your Hello Kitty Design
Using a piping bag with a wider tip, or a plastic zip bag with a corner cut off, fill in each section of the design. It’s like a coloring book, only with frosting!
Step 7: Add the Finishing Touches
After the previous layer of frosting has set, put your cookie back under the projected image and trace on the final details like the mouth, nose, eyes, etc.
Step 8: Impress Your Family, Friends and Fellow Hello Kitty Fans
This is the step where you show off your love of Hello Kitty – and St. Paddy’s Day – with your totally awesome cookies. Feel free to take full credit for being a talented artist, or let your friends in on your secret technique.
Either way, you’ll end up savoring some delicious cookies that just taste better because they have Hello Kitty on them! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, fellow Hello Kitty fans! We hope the Hello Kitty designs on your cookies turn out perfectly and that they taste amazing!