Project Description


In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, it is Irish Week here at Not Your Momma’s Cookie! Ireland is near and dear to my (and my husband’s) heart. We went to Ireland for a two week vacation last year and it was magical. Not Lucky Charms, pot of gold, magical – but really and truly magical. Like this:

Or this:

Ahhh. I miss it. Such a phenomenal place.

So, I’ll be focusing on Irish treats this week (and probably sharing more Ireland pictures…and maybe even a video? Depends on how brave I am). Starting with this little guy!

Everybody knows that Guinness and Ireland go hand-in-hand. And this toucan is one of Guinness’ mascots:

There was even a jingle: “Toucans in their nests agree/Guinness is good for you/Try some today and see/What one or toucan do.” Awesome.

Here is how you make him:

  • Cardboard template (created using a picture of an old advertisement)
  • Cookies cut with said template
  • Black icing (outline and flood)
  • White icing (flood)
  • Grey icing (flood)
  • Beige icing (flood)
  • Dark brown icing (stiff flood)
  • Orangy yellow icing (stiff flood)
  • Orangy red icing (stiff flood)
  • Blue icing (flood)
  • Greenish yellow icing (flood)
  • Black food writer
  • Pastry bags, couplers, #1 and #2 tips

Using an old advertisement, I cut out the graphic and traced it onto cardboard to create a template.

I used the cardboard template to cut out the cookie by hand with a paring knife (you could use an exacto knife if you wanted, but a paring knife worked fine for me). Make sure your dough is pretty cold; it makes the cutting easier!

Once the cookies are cut, baked, and cooled – it’s time to get crackin’!

Since this was a bit of a complicated design, I used my food writer to freehand some of the interior lines.

This helped me tremendously! See my cookies got a little burnt? Oops! They’re still cute.

I outlined the cookie in black with a #1 tip. Here is a close up of the eye detail – a tricky area:

Then I started adding the colors. First the orangy red, orangy yellow, and black:

I also added a tiny bit of gray on the wing and a bit of the orangy red on the black chest (swirled around).

I let him dry overnight before adding the white details (eye and chest):

Now, he definitely needs some Guinness doesn’t he?

First the Guinness, and then that all-important foam:

Add in the fun blue and green details:

Give him an eye once the white is dry and call it a day!

So cute. I tried to look up his name, but it appears that he doesn’t have one…what a shame! I would name him…Desmond. Definitely Desmond. What about you?