Martha by Mail ~ Owl & Bat Cookie Cutters
Now that Halloween is right around the corner, let's scare up some wonderful cookies in these adorable shapes. The American-made solid copper cutters were part of the Martha by Mail catalog beginning in the late 90s. Designed for Halloween, these large (almost 8" in size) creatures provide bakers with a large canvas on which to decorate. If you're lucky enough to own a set of these collector's items, make several spooky cookies for special trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. There happen to be a few little ghouls and goblins in my family who would enjoy having a few of these this Halloween, so I'm going to start baking very soon.
A photo from the Martha by Mail catalog. The bat is covered in black royal icing & is flocked with ink black sanding sugar. Simple white dots make up the eyes. The sugar cookie owl is given a coffee-colored head, small tufted ears, two giant round eyes & a quadrilateral beak. Dark chocolate wings are flooded with icing and white dots are piped around their perimeter. With a toothpick, the dots are dragged & given the appearance of bleeding hearts. Truly unique.
The back side of the cutters have large handles with appropriate names for each creature. If your cutters need a bit of polishing (these do!), follow my directions.
Catalog # KMB 006
Belfry the Bat
This image from Martha Stewart Living shows an array of chocolate & gingerbread flavored bats decorated with royal icing. Eerie, spooky & positively delicious.
These wise feathered friends are keeping each other company high atop a branch. With their giant eyes they can see everything down below. As the picture suggests, the owls can be as whimsical and interpretive as you want them to be.