Smurf Cookies – With and Without a Kopykake

September 26, 2012

I had never been asked to do Smurf cookies before so when my daughter-in-law Jen told me last week that she needed cookies for her sister (who is crazy about these little characters) I was excited to try my hand at them.

With the help of my Kopykake projector, these cookies came together easily.  However, if you don’t have a Kopykate you can still make these cookies and later in the post I show you how.

The cookies were first piped and flooded with white royal icing and left to dry.  Once dry, I used my Kopykake and outlined the projected image with black piping icing.

When the piping was dry, I flooded the different sections using  blue, red, white or yellow, depending on which Smurf I was decorating.

When all flooding was completed, I let the cookies dry again overnight before adding the details for the eyes, mouth, mustaches, etc with a black food colouring pen.

NO KOPYKAKE – NO PROBLEM!

First of all, print off four pictures of the character you want to decorate.  For these fluted round cookies the image I printed was 4 1/2″ high and 4″ wide.  For this tutorial, I’m using Poppa Smurf.  Leave one image intact for decorating reference and cut the three remaining images as shown.

Now, take the image of the Poppa Smurf’s full head, place it on your cookie and trace the outline.

As I’m going to pipe with black icing, I used a black marker.

Now, if you are really good at drawing free hand, you can proceed to fill in the details.  If on the other hand, you are artistically challenged like me, you will use the templates in the following manner.

Placing your template without the Smurf’s hat onto your cookies, mark along the cut edge with an edible marker.

Next, use the template of the Smurf’s moustache and mark along the cut edge onto your cookie.

At this stage I felt confident enough to freehand where the Smurf’s eyes should go.

Your image is complete and your cookie is ready to pipe and flood!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Choc Chip Uru September 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

That’s fantastic my friend I love how you do not necessarily need the projector just a steady hand :D
They turned out fantastic!

Cheers
CCU

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Sharon September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Blue Smurfs!! I love them! Fabulous cookies!!

Note…my son chose his college because of the Smurf Turf :-)

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Love how you showed the alternate method here. The cookies look great Paula! With and without the projector!

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Cheryl (Grandma Coco) September 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Love your cookies, but I have to say I don’t have good memories of that Smurf kid’s show from 30 years ago. All that sing-song-y talk used to drive my husband and I nuts! but the kids just loved it.

Good idea for those of us without projectors. Thanks!

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Jackie @ Just Add Milk September 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Great ideas!!!!! I love your step by step. Can’t wait to try it out on future cookies.

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Jacquee September 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Amazing, Paula!! I LOVE the smurfs – they are up there with Kermit and Snuffaluffagus. :) I don’t have a KopyKake, so all too familiar with your second method, but using fondant. I just love it when you walk us through your process. Thx!

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Melissa@EyesBigger September 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I have a friend who would go crazy for these! And I love your tutorial. Makes is seem like I might even be able to manage it!

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Natalie September 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

These are great! I sure loved the Smurfs back in my school days. :)

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Lora September 27, 2012 at 12:08 am

Wow Paula I have never seen the second method before. What a great tutorial. Thanks!

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Hani September 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

Smurfs are one of my favorites! I love them.

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Mardi (eat. live. travel. write) September 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

Paula could these be any more adorable? I seriously think you need to come down to Toronto and give me a lesson (or twenty!)

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Móna Wise September 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

She needs to come to Ireland too and teach us. Oh – so cute!

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Móna Wise September 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ah … hello?? You are NOT artistically challenged at all. As a matter of fact you are one of the most talented ladies out there! THESE are gorgeous! Paula.. I love your tutorial on how to do these without the KopyKake …. a natural talent you are my dear. Fabulous!

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Margaret September 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Paula, I don’t know how you have the patience to do work like this…. I’d be in tears after doing just one cookie!

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bridget {bake at 350} September 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

These are just *perfect*, Paula! Love the “without a KopyKake” tutorial….I would need that! Character cookies still scare me. ;)

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Sue {munchkin munchies} September 27, 2012 at 10:16 am

You did such a great job on the smurfs! The blue is perfect! I especially appreciate the tutorial on doing them without a KopyKake machine~genius!

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Annamaria September 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

I have thought about Smurfs for ages. I used to love them! Your cookies look perfect. Thanks for the tips on making them without the KopyKake.

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Rita September 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Great little smurfs! Your cookies look like little toys. Every child would love them. Thanks for sharing.

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trish September 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Now, that just downright borders on GENIUS!!! I love the smurfs…I remember when smurfberry crunch was a cereal when I was growing up and I just begged my Mom to buy it. Of course, she would always say no…but one day she came home from the store with it and at the time, it was like winning the lottery….memories!!!

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Karen Tripp/Warning Sugary Goodness September 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

Great tutorial, with and without. I dont have a kopycake projector, still on the fence. Love the design :)

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Kathia September 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Paula, the cookies came out adorable. Great tutorial and thanks for sharing the no Kopykake cookies, very useful for people who do not have the KK.
Have a great weekend.

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Stephanie September 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Thats a very smart way to make the cookies without a copykat!! Never thought of doing it that way before

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Bronnie October 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

These are fabulous!!!!! Thanks for sharing how to create these cookies without a kopykat projector.

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melissa {thebakedequation} October 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

Love this tutorial. So many people don’t have a KK and it is doable without it. I must say though I am so glad I don’t have to cut things out anymore.

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Suzanne October 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Brilliant!!

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The Shaky Baker October 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

Great tutorial! I’ve never thought to break them down that way. Nice!

I usually do royal icing transfers. And I even have a KK. =-)

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Rosie @ Sweetapolita October 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

I love these, Paula! And how awesome that you don’t need a KopyKake to create them (still on my wishlist!). As a young girl of the 80′s, needless to say Smurfs were one of my favourite characters, and now my little girls love them too. I should give these cookies a try and surprise them! xo

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Lora @cakeduchess October 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I used to always watch the Smurfs-these are excellent cookies for Smurf fans like ME:)

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Sarah October 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I don’t have a KopyKake, so that’s the method I use on my cakes too!! Has worked just fine so far!

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Amanda Kelly October 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Great idea! Have used this technique for various crafts but never thought of cookie decorating! These cookies bring back great childhood memories!

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Stuart October 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I love these – takes me back to my childhood. I still have my smurf figures – must dig them out. Thanks you

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