Llove me some llamas

I saw a llama on a kid’s Christmas tshirt.  And somehow, that’s all it takes around here to end up up to your eyeballs in llama cookies.  At first, they were going to be llama Christmas cookies, but as usual, my Christmas was too busy to make all the cookies I wanted to make.

When I posted on Instagram my sketches of llama Christmas cookies unmade, my friend Aime of The Painted Pastry commented that she too had almost made llama cookies!  And I thought that was even more of an amazing coincidence than if we had somehow both managed to make our llama Christmas cookies instead of just wandering around singing fa-la-la-la-llama to our families.

So we got to talking and she convinced me that I (ahem, she) needed official llama cookie cutters, and well, you don’t have to twist my arm too much when it comes to cookie stuff!  I hatched a plot to make my next set of cookies all about llamas (and the even cuter alpaca).  I also called up one of the great cookie cutter printers, Tracy of Whisked Away Cutters  and asked her if she could make me some llama cutters!  Luckily for all of us, she said yes!  And she also very generously sent me two sets of the cutters so I could share one set with you guys!!!  Giveaway info at the end of the post!

Llama Cutter from Whisked Away Cutters

Alpaca Cutter Whisked Away Cutters

Lllama Head Cutter Whisked Away Cutter

I’m really excited about how these turned out!!! Making the sketches was so much fun, and you could really do so many variations.  You could also frankencookie a hump on to the back of the llama to make a camel, or add hats to the Llama faces or you name it!!  Need help with some tips on how to frankencookie (ie put two cutters together to make a new cookie design)? Be sure to check out Lilaloa’s really cool Craftsy class that covers just that!

Here is the set I made to take my new cutters for a spin.  A llama themed baby set for a cookie friend who just had a new baby.  Well, they were to surprise her before the baby was born, but then he came six weeks early and now he wants to eat them all himself. 😉

Llamas, Baby! | The Cookie Architect

 

And here is the additional little girl cookie I made wearing a llama hat. Because, llamas.

Llama Hat | The Cookie Architect

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also made cacti.  Because I was forever seeing cacti in llama stuff online.  But further reflection has me wondering if cacti really are a big feature of their Peruvian habitat.  Oh well, I like the way these turned out!!

 

Cacti Cookies | The Cookie Architect

Check out all of the pictures of my cookie llama and alpaca, and all of my cookie pictures in my cookie gallery.   I had lots of fun trying out different methods of llama fur.  White chocolate sprinkle alpaca was my favorite. And I still want to try a few other techniques, but suffice it to say there are lots of options.

And if you’ve made it this far and you still want a chance to win these llama cutters, just use the Rafflecopter widget below, and also leave a comment on my blog post about what sort of blog posts you want me to write about.  Because I am trying to spend less time on FB, and more time hanging out with my peeps over here.  So if you want to know the latest and greatest, be sure to follow me here too!

Also- bonus question and chance to win- is a question about cookie classes.  I still have a few spots left in my Montreal classes in April at the Kitchen Jukebox, but I’d love to know what topics would be popular for future classes too!!

To enter please click on this link to enter via Rafflecopter, and then come back here to leave your comments.  Comment and Rafflecopter entry are both necessary to win!  Shipping in US and Canada only. Giveaway ends Friday at midnight EST.

Giveaway is over and our lucky winner Beth is getting new llama cutters from me! Thank you to everyone who participated, you’ve given me lots to think about as I work on blog posts and classes!Capture

 

Llama llove | The Cookie Architect

 

65 Comments Add yours

  1. Judy Crabtree says:

    Llove the llamas and the alpaca, too! Blog topics, you ask? Maybe a series study of artists in cookie form. What style, dimension or affect does each artist use to clearly identify themselves and how it can be applied in cookie form.

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  2. Judy Crabtree says:

    Class topics: layering texture and details, tips/tricks for creating perspective

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    1. Judy thank you for these great suggestions! I see that you entered the drawing for your first comment, but you need to also go back to the rafflecopter and check the box on the bonus option to get entered twice! Sorry for the bother!

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      1. Suanne henskey says:

        So darn cute!

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  3. I love the post!! I saw some Christmas llama wrapping paper and immediately thought cookie!! Now I might win a cutter to do them. Thanks–Katy

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  4. I enjoyed your class at Cookie Con so much. I love your texturing abilities and would enjoy a class on that. Your calendar cookie was so unusual…that would make a good class also. –Katy

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  5. twelveelevenbakery says:

    Class and discussion would probably be the same for me. Texture, build up and creating more 3D’ish looking items instead of just flat decorated cookies. Thank you for the chance to win. Love the Llama’s.

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  6. Beth says:

    Hi! I want me some llama cutters! I definitely think you should blog about your travels doing Cookie classes and how the students did! For future classes I definitely think you should do a collaborative class with Love Bug Cookies 😉

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hi Beth! Or should I say LOVE BUG COOKIES???? Of course, and I will. 🙂

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  7. Karen says:

    I love these cookies and have an obsession with all things Peruvian because my boyfriend is Peruvian and brings me little trinkets every time he visits his motherland. Textures would be a good one for future blogs.

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  8. Tammy Samons says:

    Love the Llamas! And the Alpacas. I would love for you to come out to So Cal for a class and you could teach on anything and we would sign up. Maybe a step by step on how to puzzle. But you may already have that. I’ll have to go searching through your blogs. By the way, I love the background on this blog with the orange and turquoise. I totally see cookies.

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  9. twelveelevenbakery says:

    Another thing that would be really helpful, how to prepare for a competition. I’m attempting to go to a competition but I feel totally out of my element. Competition, contests things like that.

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  10. Janice H says:

    I can’t wait for the Montreal classes! Eeek! Still keen to learn about faces, and also about design sensibility… that ability to know that a cookie is underdressed and needs more… but more of what? And how much is too much? That sort of thing. Also, eeek!

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  11. Janice H says:

    And blog topics… hmm. Never thought I’d see llamas, so you’ve got quirky covered. 🙂
    (I’ll have to show these amazing cookies to my friend Elisabeth. Check out her llama ranch south of Ottawa. http://www.llamaranch.ca)
    Blog topics… what about some advice for non-artists and general lousy sketchers for developing remedial drawing skills for cookies? Too broad, maybe?

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  12. erica mezza says:

    I would love to learn more about creating texture on cookies!

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  13. Crissy says:

    Love the Llamas and Alpacas! super cute. Your details/textures are amazing. I also would love to take one of your classes at Love Bug Cookies (because Beth is my teacher!)

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  14. Sarah says:

    Just found you on insta because of these extraordinary llamas (my mom’s favorite animal!). So grateful for a new blog and artist to follow. You’re amazing! I’m still a novice and I’ll read whatever you post, but icing consistency (flooding, 15-second, and detail icing) still gives me a run for my money. Also looking for a tasty buttercream frosting that hardens like royal icing!

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  15. Crissy says:

    Blog Posts: i love photo essay blog posts. they are my fav, pics and directions. 🙂 I love seeing someones ideas come to light. i’m terrible at drawing, but have ideas in my head. i need to work on getting them to paper and then to cookie. 🙂

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  16. Michelle Hickman says:

    I am so glad for these cutters, I would love to see more “unusual cookie” cutters in the future. I love your videos and your artistic style, sometimes we get in the habit of only making cookies for specific holidays or celebrations and I like that a cookie can be for anything.

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  17. amandamaggi says:

    What frosting recipes do you use? Short videos would be great step by step with recipes and tips for high humidity areas

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  18. Lynn Edge says:

    I love the llama cookies! Blog topics I would love to see are how to puzzle cookies and maybe tips on how to work faster. I feel confident in my cookie skills, but I take forever!

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  19. Gladys says:

    Your cookies look beautiful!

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  20. Ana Wohlfahrt says:

    I’m really into adding texture on my cookies. Id love to learn those techniques 🙂

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  21. Oh my gosh! These are the cutest!

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  22. I like blog posts that examine the thought process behind a set of cookies.

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  23. Aunty Cookie says:

    For a technique or class theme, I would love to see a class on creating the intricate puzzle cookies you do. For techniques, I would like to hear more of what you have to say about texturing on cookies. Thanks

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  24. Jamie says:

    I am so obsessed with these!! I have an awesome pair of llama print pajamas that would be fun to wear while making some llama cookies!

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  25. Jamie Harry says:

    I would love to see some lessons on roses – especially wet on wet icing roses!

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    1. As soon as I figure them out, I’ll let you know! Sweetambs is the master of that!

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  26. Nikki K says:

    I could use the llama head cutter to cookiefy my miniature pinscher!!
    (Fingers crossed)

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  27. Donna says:

    Blog topic: Can always use more color help – mixing and how to make a color palette where all the colors relate.

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  28. Donna says:

    Never liked llamas (because of an unfortunate encounter with one who had a bad attitude and a mouthful of spit) but you may have changed my mind. These are cute cookies.
    Blog ideas: Show us what it takes to make a new cookie design, how many prototypes and designs do you work through.

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  29. Sil says:

    Great great great set! And really clever….love the como te llamas…lol!!!! Very creative and original!

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  30. Kristine St Ledger says:

    I’m sure you’ve done it before, but the process of sketching to cookie. Getting ideas from inspirations & simplifying it to cookie form. Very cute cutters & set. Although I’m in Australia, my husband is travelling to USA later this month. So if in the unlikelihood of me winning. I can get the cutters sent to his office. 😏

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  31. Cute cutters & set.
    Probably just the whole process of idea to cookie. I’m not sure if you’ve done it before, but that’s what I love to see. Simplifying designs/concepts to a cookie form.
    PS although I’m in Australia, my husband is visiting his USA office later this month so in the unlikelihood of me winning, he could pick it up for me!
    Thanks, Kristine

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  32. Love your alpaca and llama cookie set…..just stunning!

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  33. Lisel Powell says:

    Love the texture on t these llamas. I’d love to see your process of working thorough idea through execution -where you get inspiration, how you translate it to a cookie, etc

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  34. Andrea says:

    I would love to know how you did all of the textures for the llamas! I’ve been admiring them since you first posted them. A blog post on that would be great. For a class I think your 3D structures would be great to learn about and how you manage to piece things together in your architect ways. Blog post would definitely be appreciated on that too

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  35. Christine says:

    The process of creating a cookie set! That’s what I’d like to read about. Thanks for the giveaway! I LLove those Llamas too!
    ~Chris

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  36. Nicole Lepper says:

    I’m loving these cutters. I have a 14 year old daughter obsessed with llamas! She saw these and said no cake for her birthday just cookies! I have big job ahead of me to create these. Thank you for making such as awesome cutter. As for blog posts I’m new to the blogging scene. I love tutorials on anything cookie related. Keep on keeping on and thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  37. Nicole Lepper says:

    I wish I was able to go to your classes. I am unsure of classes you have already done or do. I have trouble with the metallic colors and achieving great results using different tools to create beautiful cookies!

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  38. Megan says:

    They’re adorable! Llamas have been a huge joke between me and my sister since we were kids. For blogs, maybe what kind of tools you should have to decorate cookies?

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  39. Regina E says:

    Love the llamas, but then I raise llamas and alpacas. BLOG idea: love to see icing recipes and color mixing! Thanks!

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  40. Regina E says:

    Love the llamas!!
    Blog: good icing recipes & color mixing!!

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  41. Angela Hill says:

    Love love love!! I saw a lot of texture comments and I believe that one would be a good one OR one for people who are just starting out and aren’t the best at sketching or drawing 😂 OR OR OR maybe the mixed media cookies? I love it all…and need it all 🙂

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  42. Patti Ondash says:

    Love the llama and alpaca cookiess so much! I am going to visit a nearby alpaca farm this weekend!!! I would love to see more about texturing and 3D cookies. Thanks!

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  43. Dana Bodry-Hurst says:

    As a newbie to the cookie game, I’m both thrilled amazed at the level of artistic expression that comes in these small packages. These llamas thrilled our little bakery and we were trying to figure out the fur technique. Your cookies always make us think. We would love for you to teach a class closer to our area (Bentonville, AR) and much like the other commenters, I’d like to learn more realistic depth and finishing techniques. Thank You!

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  44. Robyn wilson says:

    Llamas in pajamas !!!!!

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  45. Bethany says:

    I am absolutely in love with these llama cutters. I was trying to decide on a topic, but couldn’t pick one! Maybe I just don’t stretch myself enough, but I’m always struggling with creating texture that doesn’t end up too bulky for the designs. Another might be transferring designs or sketch ideas to cookies. I try to freehand, but they never seem to be quite consistent enough. Lastly, the consistency you use for super-thin piping. Too loose, it doesn’t stay thin, too thick, it breaks! (Can you tell I need to work on cookie skills?? Haha)

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  46. Love the new set! Blog on cookie “accessories” to give cookies different looks. Technique–I particularly like your nature cookies (Nantucket, trees, etc), so how to create that natural look.

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  47. Natalie says:

    I would love to see a blog post about shipping awesome cookies. I have family in the military and I sometimes send them plain (not pretty decorated) cookies but I’d love tips for sending the kind you make.

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  48. Natalie says:

    I’d like to see a class about the basics – what types of cookies work for what/best recipes or techniques for baking, how-tos for creating icing and flooding cookies, tool tips, etc

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  49. Hi Natalie! I probably won’t ever do that sort of blog post, because I learned all that from existing blog posts myself! But here is a link to Lilaloa’s blog. Because I use her cookie and icing recipe, and there are a ton of resources here- check it out!
    http://www.lilaloa.com/2013/11/cookie-decorating-quick-start-for.html

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  50. Doshia says:

    i love your llamas! Id love to see some owls! can’t go wrong with woodland animals!!!

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