Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are cool with young kids again because of the recent movie. I received a request to make these cookies for my cousin son's fourth birthday. I had made a similar set of Ninja Turtles earlier this year, so I wasn't too worried about making these.
I don't own a ninja turtle cookie cutter. There are numerous places online to get one theses days. I found an image online I liked and used it. The template I used was from here. I sized the image in Photoshop and printed it out. I cut out the images and used that to hand-cut the cookies.
I outlined the cookies with black piping icing. Once dry, I flooded the area with green. I allowed that to dry for 24 hours. Then I took a food coloring marker and drew in the mask. I piped the outline with black and then filled it in with the one of the four mask colors. While the mask icing was still wet, I used black icing to create the line details on side of the mask around the eyes.
Starting with a black outline and allowing that to dry, I then filled the eyes with white icing. I could have done the whole eye wet-on-wet technique, but I did not want to risk bleeding. I allowed the first layer of white to dry, then piped the black pupil. For the white catch-light, I did use wet-on-wet because the white could not bleed. The final touch was to pipe the mouth and add a red tongue.
I made a plaque cookie to say Happy Birthday. I used this cookie cutter. I drew in the turtle shell with a food coloring marker. I followed my drawing with black icing. Then I filled in a few non-touching sections at a time with brown icing, allowing them to dry before filling in more. Then I filled in the two green sections and piped the words on.
I hope Michael has a great birthday!