Friday, September 5, 2014

Martha by Mail: Sugar Squirrel & Mighty Acorn

With Fall fast approaching, sugar squirrels and acorns abound in the landscape.  These gigantic copper cutters from Martha by Mail capture the adorable images of a fuzzy-tailed squirrel and one of its favorite nuts.  Skillfully made by one of this country's best coppersmiths, the cutters are unique in every which way.  They are such a pleasure to use because they produce such large, beautiful cookies (approximately 8" each); there is plenty of space for every baker's creativity.  If you happen to own a pair of these cutters or know someone that does, take them out of storage and start baking batches of these marvelous cookies for your loved ones (sugar cookies are ideal).  Let the images below, from the Martha by Mail catalog, guide you in decorating the cookies or simply let your artistry take over.  Thank you Martha & the designers of the former Martha by Mail catalog for giving us such beautiful works of art.  Cheers!


To give squirrels a fall fur coat, brush baked cookies with egg white, sprinkle with sugar, let dry, and shake off excess sugar.


A smooth dry royal icing base makes a perfect polished nut.  Dust wet royal icing with sugar to give the acorn cap a rough natural texture.  Just for fun, pipe on a plaid.




The Mighty Acorn


Sugar Squirrel


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Handle Side (Sugar Squirrel)

Cutter Side

Handle Side (Mighty Acorn)

Cutter Side

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