Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cute Handcraft Cookies

I can't believe that I can make these cute little cookies too!  Fong loves to cook and bake, but never good with making kawaii things.  Somehow, I lacked the patience.  About 6 months back, I bought a cookies book by 小本。  She is the writer and popular blogger creating these cute little cookies.  

These cookies are not just cute-looking, they are tasty too.  Store them in air-tight container and they remain crispy for at least one week (could be kept longer, but we finished them all!).  

For all the cookie designs in her book, you will start with a basic dough recipe.  The recipe will yield around 20 to 25 cookies, depending on how thinly you slice the cookie dough.

Basic dough (makes about 270g dough)
(a) 70g butter (soften at room temperature) + 50g icing sugar
(b) 1/2 beaten egg (25g) + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(c) 130g plain flour + 10g milk powder + 1/2 tsp baking powder (sift together)

1) Cream (a) together till pale white.
2) Slowly add in beaten egg, beat well and add in vanilla extract.
3) Add in (c) and just mix well to incorporate into a dough.  Do not over mix.  
4) Cover the dough with cling wrap and keep in fridge for an hour.

Once you have the basic dough ready and chilled, the rest will be Play-dough time!  

Lady Bug Cookies

Divide the basic dough into:
60g plain dough + black food colouring (or use food charcoal powder) = black dough
90g plain dough + red food colouring = red dough
Remaining plain dough (about 100g to 120g)

Method of rolling:
1) Divide black dough into 2 blocks: 10g and 50g.  Roll the 15g dough into a thin sheet, measuring 2cm x 15cm.  Roll the 50g dough into a log, 15cm long.  Keep chill in fridge.

2) Divide red dough equally into 2 blocks, i.e. 45g each.  Roll each dough into a log, 15cm long.  Keep in fridge.

3) Roll the plain dough into a sheet, measuring 14cm x 15cm.  Keep in fridge.

At this stage, you have:
(a) black dough sheet, 2cm x 15cm
(b) black dough log, 15cm long
(c) red dough log, 15 cm long (2 pieces)
(d) plain dough sheet, 14cm x 15cm

4) Remove the red and black dough pieces from the fridge. 
  - Sandwich the black dough sheet between the  red dough logs.  
  - Stack the other black dough log on top to form the shape of a lady bug (see picture above).  Cover with cling wrap, gently roll the dough together to form a round tube.  Keep in fridge to firm up slightly (I place in freezer for 5 minutes).

5) Wrap step (4) with plain dough sheet from step (3).  Cover with cling wrap and chill again in fridge to firm up.  Slice the dough into 0.5cm thickness disc and place on baking tray.

6) Dot the cookies with egg yolk solution* for the spots on the lady bug and add the antenna on the head.  Bake the cookies in preheated oven of 180C for 15 to 20 minutes.  

7) Cool the cookies on baking rack completely before storing in air-tight containers.

* beaten egg yolk + food charcoal powder (or 1 to 2 drops of black food colouring)

Similar method is used for making the brown bear cookies.

Brown Bear Cookies

Divide the basic dough into:
* 130g plain dough + 1 tsp cocoa powder (or coffee paste) = brown dough
* Remaining plain dough of 120g to 140g

Divide the brown dough into 100g (face), 2 x 15g pieces (ears)
Divide the plain dough into 20g (mouth) and remaining dough for wrap around.

1) Start with rolling the 20g plain dough into 15cm long. Keep chill in fridge.
2) Roll the brown dough 100g into a sheet, 10cm x 15cm.
3) Wrap (1) in brown dough sheet.  Cover and keep in fridge.
4) Roll the 2 x 15 pieces brown dough into two thin logs, 15 cm long.  Stick them on step (3) as the ears.  Keep in fridge to firm up before next step.
5) Roll the remaining plain dough into a sheet, 14cm x 15cm.
6) Wrap (4) in plain dough sheet.  Keep in fridge to firm up before slicing into 0.5cm thick disc.
7) Add the eyes, nose and mouth using eye yolk solution.  Bake in preheated oven of 180C for about 15 to 20 minutes.


  1. Omg! You are awesome! I love these type of cute animal cookies but then i am lost when come to assemble those dough :)

    1. Assembling is quite easy, but can be time consuming (in and out of fridge). plus our hot weather means having to work quickly before the dough soften.

  2. Sooo cute! You bought the book online?

  3. Sooooo cute!!! Can't bear to eat if I made these.
    I should try it when free to surprise adults n kids :)

    1. Yes, you should try these cookies. My girls brought some to school to share with her friends, and they were all curious how I made the cookies with bear and lady bug. I told them is magic ;)

  4. The brown bear cookies are so cute!

    1. Thanks, Christine. I like both design, especially the crawly lady bugs.

  5. love the bear cookies! I've tried baking cookies with just a heart shape inside and already they took me so much time. Can't imagine how long you took with these!

    1. Oh yes, they took me so long to complete cos need to weigh, roll to specific measurement, in and out of fridge. But once they are freshly baked from oven, so so happy that I finally made it!

  6. 我也喜欢这个饼干,也觉得相当好吃:)

    1. 就知道鲸鱼一定会喜欢这些kawaii 的食物。

  7. 如果你有竹碳粉和红麹粉更好, 无须添加色素。

  8. Hi Fong! These cookies are really cute! Perfect for kids parties!

  9. So cute! I hope you don't mind me sharing this lovely post on my Facebook! =)

  10. Se ven muy hermosas y ricas una tentación ,felicitaciones por el gran trabajo,abrazos y abrazos.

  11. I tried the bear ones today but failed.. I think my dough was not chilled enough ;( the bear faces all came out funny and my cookies were also baked way too long.. But I will try again.. any tips for me to do better the next time?:)

    1. Yes, the dough needs to be really chilled, else it would become very sticky and like you said, have funny bear faces. I kept popping the dough back to the fridge after each step to keep it chilled. Try it again and I'm sure you will have better results next time!


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