Wednesday, 27 June 2012

First Tooth Cookies

There are few events in life that will change the way you look forever - I'm not talking about dying or cutting your hair, covering yourself in fake tan or makeup - none of those things are permanent.  Aside from plastic surgery or physically growing taller, the only thing I can really think of that will change the way a person will look forever is when they start to get their teeth.  And that's exactly what has happened to my little boy. 

First Tooth Cookies

It is a momentous event you know.  No longer can I stick my finger in his little mouth and have him chew away on it - if I do that now, I might as well be sticking my finger in a rat trap.  Each time I put my finger in there to have a little feel, it's a gamble as to whether or not it will actually come out intact.  Having a mouth full of baby teeth is like having a mouth full of little razor blades.  They're tools that will come in handy with everyday life, but they can draw blood if you're not careful. 

We've waited 9 long months for these teeth to show up.  And while many babies I knew were really struggling with their teeth, crying out in constant pain and needing dose after dose of baby pain killers, I was quite relieved and pleased to see that Jayden has gone relatively unphased by the whole teething process. 

We noticed the first bottom one appear the day after he turned 9 months.  A week later the second bottom tooth made its appearance.  I thought that was all the teeth we'd see for at least a month - the body needs to recover from these things you know.  But a week later while we were in Italy, I dipped Jayden backwards while playing with him in the sun and to my surprise I saw another new tooth - but this time on the top!  Within the next two weeks, the total number of teeth we'd see in his mouth had grown to six.  His little smile is looking quite different now - it's hard to get used to!

So goodbye toothless gummy smiles - we will never see you again.  Instead let's celebrate with a cookie - a cute little first tooth sugar cookie.  Well, actually let me celebrate with the cookies - Jayden gets some celebratory bread sticks and cheese.  After all, I wouldn't want him to rot his teeth out  ;-)

First Tooth Cookies

First Tooth Sugar Cookies

Equipment:

Tooth Cookie Cutter
White Pearl Lustre Dust
Pink Lustre Dust
Craft Paintbrushes
Edible Black Marker Pen


Sugar Cookie Dough - recipe here
Royal Icing - recipe here, although I used a boxed mix to save time.


1.  Roll out the dough, cut, and bake your cookies according to the directions in my sugar cookie post here.  Let your cookies cool fully before you start decorating them using royal icing.


2.  To decorate, pipe the outline of the tooth in white royal icing that's thick enough to hold it's shape, but not too dry (you should be able to tell if your icing consistency is right if you run a knife through your bowl of icing and it comes back together in about 10 - 15 seconds).


3.  Now it's time to flood your cookies - you can do this in two ways:  fill them immediately after you've piped the outline, or allow the outline to dry for several hours and then fill.  I prefer it when the outline blends in with the rest of the icing, so I flood my cookies immediately after I pipe the outline.  Give the cookie a gentle shake from side to side a few times to help smooth out the icing.  Leave the flooded cookies to dry over night.


4.  Mix approximately 1/4 teaspoon of white lustre dust together with 1.5 teaspoons of vodka, or other clear alcohol in a little dish.  Using a paintbrush of an appropriate size, dip the brush into the white lustre dust mixture and brush over top of the royal icing to give it a pearlised finish.  Let dry for 15 - 30 minutes.


5.  Use an edible black marker to draw on little faces.  Give your teeth some rosy cheeks by dipping a smaller paintbrush in a bit of the dry pink lustre dust.  Gently apply the lustre dust in a small circular motion for the rosy look.


Look at these little pearly whites all lined up in a row!  Don't you just want to sink your teeth into them!?

First Tooth Cookies

And to announce the winner of my Sweet Paris giveaway - the winning comment is........



Congratulations Nicola McCandless!  Please send your mailing details to me at madewithpink@gmail.com, and I'll have a copy of Sweet Paris sent off to you!

5 comments:

Bernice said...

These little cookies are fab. As a dental hygienist, these are ones I shall definately have to try!
Some babies seem to sail through the teething phase so hopefully Jayden will be fine. I found Calpol was always handy to have as a backup for when the molars start to come through. He should be around 18mths to 2 yrs so plenty of time yet. B x

Homemade by Fleur said...

I love these little cookies. They look so friendly. I was pleased to hear that Jayden would be getting a bread stick though. Got to keep his new pearly whites nice and clean. It's a big moment when the first teeth arrive, and as I have recently realised, a big moment when the baby teeth fall out too. X

Laura loves cakes said...

These are so cute...what a good idea...and would be equally as great when a tooth falls out! :-)

Becs @ Lay the table said...

"Here Jayden, watch mummy eat your celebratory cookies" muhahaha!

Belling Baby Mini Oven said...

These are just adorable. We can make these too if baby starts losing his/her baby teeth. Furthermore, personally, this will be a good gift to a dentist friend I know with a wee bundle of joy herself whose birthday is coming right up.

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