When thinking of what to give out as favors for my sister’s baby shower, I thought of fabric covered button push pins or magnets, baby bottle sugar cookies, or perhaps jars of yellow and white jelly beans. Instead, I decided to make these 3D baby block cookies. Initially, I was going to make a cookie carriage and a few baby block cookies to decorate the dessert table with, but thought that the guests would really enjoy going home with a 3D baby block cookie that they could enjoy later! They were really well received as favors and were also perfect for being part of the decorations! Below are instructions on how to make them.
For each baby block cookie, you will need 6 square cookies. (If you are throwing a shower with many guests, then you may decide to simply make them for decorating purposes, as it is quite the task to make a large quantity of these!) I made sugar cookies, but you can aslo use gingerbread. Recipe: Sugar Cookie Bunnies (Martha Stewart)
I used a 2 inch sqaure cookie cutter to cut out the squares, but you can always cut the squares out using a simple butter knife.
Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I decorated them with letters to form the word “baby”. I then allowed the icing to dry overnight. Recipe: Royal Icing (Martha Stewart) I used a simple polka dot design for the bottom and a heart for the top of the block. I wanted to keep them as simple as possible since, they were already quite time consuming to make! 🙂
The next morning, I assembled the blocks, one side at a time! As you can see, the royal icing I used is a bit runny. To make things easier, the royal icing for assembling the cookie blocks should be much thicker. You can make the icing thicker by adding extra icing sugar to the royal icing recipe above. Add one heaping tablespoon at a time until the icing is thick. I didn`t worry too much about makeing the sides perfect, as I would be piping icing on each edge of the blocks.
Late in the evening, I piped the icing edges using thickened icing onto the blocks and let them dry for 24 hours. I used the Wilton No.18 Open Star Decorating tip.
Once I was sure they were dry, I packaged them in clear cellophane and stuck the thank you tags on top!
The thank you tags I used are printables from the Sunshine Baby Shower for Pottery Barn Kids by The Tomkat Studio. I simply cut them into a square shape and glued them onto a slightly larger square piece of co-ordinating patterned cardstock that I cut out. The printables are beautiful on their own, but I thought I would add a patterned background just for fun!
Since I knew that most of the party guests were sugar cookie fanatics, I also made giant sized baby cookies to give out as prizes! 15 inches tall and 10 inches wide to be exact.
I had a lot of fun bakind and decorating these adorable blocks and babies!