The wait is over! After posting the Sno Cone cookies (where I made my own cookie cutter), I decided to show you how simple cookie cutters are to make. I needed something for Memorial Day and along with the S'mores Bars, I decided to make Hot Dog Cookies. After searching through my arsenal of cutters, no hot dog cutter was to be found. Hmm, time to make another cutter.
Today you're in for a double whammy, not only am I showing you how to make your own cookie cutter, I'm showing you how to decorate your cookies to look just like Hot Dogs! Perfect to take to your next picnic.
Hot Dog Cookies!
I am totally in love with how they turned out, they look like they just came off the grill, right?
Now you can have a hot dog for lunch and dessert.
I'll start by showing you how to make your own hot dog cookie cutter.
The first thing you need to do, is draw the hot dog on a piece of paper.
Hot Dog Template HERE.
This is the cookie cutter kit I've had for years, link below.
It comes with bendable metal strips.
A small square board with a screw, holding the pieces to help bend the metal.
I always start my cutter where it will be easy to connect the two pieces.
Gently curve the metal around the small ring to form the top bun.
Then make a more rounded corner for the side of the bun.
Using the same size ring, make the end of the hot dog.
Continue laying the metal on your hot dog template for the shape.
Next, I put the pointed piece on the board to make more of a sharp corner than round.
Back to the small ring, curve the metal for the bottom of the bun.
Continue bending the metal until you have the complete shape.
Cut the remaining piece of metal, leaving enough to seal the ends.
The kit comes with adhesive, I wrapped scotch tape around the metal so there would not be any open edges for the dough to get stuck in.
Now you're ready to cut and bake your cookies!
Start with white royal icing.
Add a few drops of ivory food coloring until you have a nice light tan color.
Pipe an edge across the top of the cookie for the bun.
Fill in with the tan icing.
After you fill the top of the bun, fill the bottom of the bun.
Now it's time to do a little toasting.
I made the tan bun to look toasted by using my airbrush.
Mix 3 drops yellow and 1 drop brown airbrush color.
Spray on paper towel before spraying on cookie, if you want a darker toasted bun, add more brown.
Immediately after spraying, hold the cookie over a paper plate and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. (You could always use sprinkles if you don't want to use sesame seeds.)
Now it's time to add the hot dog.
For the hot dog color, mix 4 drops chocolate brown with 1 - 2 drops red and 2 drops terra cotta.
Pipe a border for the hot dog.
Make sure you don't touch the bun when making your hot dog border.
This way it will give your hot dog a three dimensional look.
Fill in the hot dot border with icing.
Now it's time to fire up the grill.
After the hot dog has completely dried, add grill marks with a black edible marker.
Mix a small batch of buttercream or royal icing with Wilton buttercup yellow to get the mustard color.
Hot Dogs...not just for dinner!