Thursday, February 12, 2015

"I'm bananas for you!" Monkey and Banana Cookies

Two of my grandsons absolutely LOVE to eat bananas!  If they were allowed to, they would eat them all day long! They are both definitely bananas about bananas!

In October I watched the boys while their mom and dad were at the hospital waiting for their baby girl to be born.  First thing in the morning when the boys woke up, the three year-old ran to me and asked if he could have a banana, "Of course", I said.  He ran into the kitchen and I followed behind, but when we got to the big, two-tiered banana bowl, it was EMPTY. I was in a bit of a subdued panic, as I looked at Josh's forlorn face, and quickly texted my son. He assured me that the boys could eat an apple and did not HAVE to have a banana. Sure enough, they were fine.  Silly grandma:)
When I saw this banana cookie cutter, I knew it would make the perfect valentine treat to go along with the banana saying.

I cannot tell you how much fun it was for me to decorate the banana cookies.  I tried to achieve the correct shade of yellow for the bananas and think I came pretty close.  For the markings, I painted (gel food coloring) on some brown, and a little bit of green at the top and bottom of each, but it's difficult to see the green in the photos.
I enjoyed it so much, that I think it's safe to say that I am bananas over these bananas!
I hope the grandkids are too!

Banana and Monkey Cookies
Gel food coloring: chocolate brown, golden yellow, gold, electric green, warm chocolate,  super black
Black food marker
#3 Wilton decorating tip
1. Bake monkey shaped sugar cookies; let cool.
2. With tinted chocolate brown royal icing, outline and fill the top half of the monkey's head. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
3. Using the warm chocolate royal icing, outline and fill the bottom part (muzzle?) of the monkey's head. Let dry.
4. Add the ear detail with the chocolate brown.
5. Using the white (untinted) royal icing add the eyes, followed by the black pupils while the white is still wet (place the black dots in a wonky fashion to look crazy/wild, "bananas". :)
6. Let cookies dry completely before adding the facial details with the food marker. 
7. For the girl, use a bit of royal icing to the back of the jumbo heart sprinkles and place on monkey's head to form a bow.
1. Bake banana shaped sugar cookies; let cool.
2. Tint plain (white) royal icing with golden yellow and gold until you achieve the desired banana shade, and outline and fill the entire banana.
3. Let cookies dry completely.
4. Using a small paint brush (reserved for food), paint the brown markings on the bananas with the chocolate brown food gel (have a small bowl of water handy to dilute/and rinse off the brush if needed, and also a paper towel to dab the brush of excess gel/water).
5. With the paint brush and the electric green gel paste, add some green shading to the base of the top stem and just above the bottom, other dark end).
Let dry.

Have fun &
Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. I think you nailed the yellow! What a fun set of Valentine's Cookies for your grandsons! I know they are going to go "wild" for them!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

  2. OMG, those monkeys are too cute! I love their googly eyes and big smiles. The banana cookies are perfect. I eat a banana almost every day, and would happily swap one out for a cookie:)

  3. Gosh..those 'bananas' look so REAL and perfect.

  4. I totally thought those were real bananas until I looked closer!

    1. Haha, thanks for your comment, Michelle. :)

  5. i thought those monkeys were real when i looked at these cookies! dang see how good you are? and i'm sure you could turn those bananas into cookies too!

    (you know i'm just playing with you right? LOL!!! you got me bananas for your bananas. oh and of course monkeys too) ;)

    1. YOU had me fooled, Lisa, with your monkeying around! :) Thanks for commenting!

  6. They are perfect, Sue! I just can't get over how real your bananas are. Thanks, Paulette S.
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    1. Thanks for your comment, Paulette!
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  7. These couldn't be more cute!!!! They're too cute too eat.

  8. Oh my goodness! You just slay me time and time again! I am in love. We did sock monkey pjs this year for Christmas - adult sizes!! Thee would have been hysterical to serve along with!!
    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

    1. Haha, sock monkey pj's sound like so much fun! Thanks for your comment, Jackie!

  9. The bananas look really realistic! I love the way you painted them!

  10. I don't know what I love more this sweet story or the adorable cookies. What a great way to be inspired to make something creative. You are a true artist Sue! Have you ever painted on canvas?

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Rachel! No, I have never painted on canvas...just a cookie canvas, haha! :)