When autumn rolls around, I get so excited to make pumpkin cookies! Sometimes I like scary, sometimes cute. This year was a cute year.
To make the yellow pumpkins, you will be using a wet-on-wet technique, which just means you pipe a second layer of icing while the first layer is still wet. I started by using a food color pen to draw guide lines (figure 1). For me, it is much easier to work quickly doing wet-on-wet if I have a guide.
Next, I used my flood icing (mine was about 10 count) to outline then fill the center section. I used my boo boo stick to shape the icing and pop any bubbles, then using my white, while the yellow was still wet, I dropped in my dots. I then did the same thing for each of the sides (figure 2). If you had runnier flood icing, and worked very quickly, you could do all three sections yellow before dropping in your dots, but it takes the stress out of it for me to do one section at a time. That way I can take my time to make sure my dots are just so. 🙂
Allow the dots sections to dry for a few minutes (I put mine in front of a tabletop fan to help things along), then fill in your yellow sections (figure 3).
If you’re uncomfortable tempting fate, you could allow your cookie to dry completely at this point before piping your stem and vines. I was impatient, so I only let mine dry for about 10 minutes in front of the fan before I piped the stem and vines (figure 4). If you are like me, just make sure to not touch your icing tip to the cookie when you do the vines, but allow the icing to drop down from just above the cookie as you pipe. I used a thicker consistency icing, about 20 count, to do my piping. I wanted definition with my stem, so I piped every other line, gave those a minute to set up, then piped in the spaces.
For the orange pumpkins, I did the sections just like the yellow, minus the polka dots. I let my pumpkins dry for about 20 minutes, then used my airbrush to give definition by spraying orange along the section lines and around the edges. Once the pumpkins were dry, and this time I allowed them to dry completely, I used a white food pen to make stitch marks. Since you can’t buy a white food pen, I used Anita’s fantastic technique for making white food pens. Finally, I piped in the stems and vines.
Happy pumpkin season! 🙂