When I was in college, I went to the local thrift store to pick up some cookie cutters to make Christmas cookies for my sorority. I found these interesting cookie cutters that had a pattern on the inside to give the cookies detail. At the time I didn't have much success using them to actually imprint the cookies, but it didn't prevent me from buying them whenever I saw them.
Fast forward more than a decade.... and a friend of mine asks me to squeeze her in for some circus cupcakes for her little boy's first birthday. I was already booked, but since she is my best customer, I squeezed her in. I knew I wanted to do some sort of clown, but figured I would just make several cutouts and assemble them into a clown head. However, in my quest to pick up glass containers (in another post), I stopped by one of the thrift stores near my house and stumbled across a clown cookie cutter with the imprint inside. It seemed to be the perfect size for cupcakes and was the perfect price (25 cents).
I rolled the fondant out about 1/8 of an inch thick and stuck the cutter in. Of course, the fondant wasn't thick enough and didn't leave the impression. It dawned on me that I had tried this before and had the same result. In that case I just ended up decorating the fondant cut out by hand. But this past weekend, my brain actually worked... which seems to be happening less and less lately. So here's what I did... I used the cutter to cut out the outline.
I needed them to dry so I could color them... and thankfully the oven light did the trick.
can't believe it took me this long to figure this out!
PS If you find any of these cutters that aren't for Halloween or Christmas... I WANT THEM!