Pink Flamingo Cookies

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Of all of the fun cookie designs I’ve made over the past several years, I’ve never made Pink Flamingo Cookies… so I figured it was about time!  =)

Several weeks ago my friend Kim over at The Tomkat Studio posted this fun pink flamingo party inspiration board.  She also shared in the post that she had been gathering flamingo party ideas (and goodies) with the plans of throwing a black, white and pink flamingo birthday party for herself.  But then, she had been busy and under the weather, and was not able to celebrate with a party at all.

I loved the flamingo inspiration board, and thought that it was such a shame that a party lover like Kim hadn’t been able to celebrate her own birthday… so I knew some fun flamingo cookies were in order!

I had such fun with this set!  I tried to keep the cookies as close as possible to the ideas Kim had shared, so I went with a striking pink, white and black color scheme.  Some simple little stripe and dot cookies accented the main pink flamingo cookies.  I added one monogramed “K” for the birthday girl.  =)

Pink Flamingo Cookies - glorioustreats.com

How to make Pink Flamingo Cookies –

1.  Bake up a batch of cookies using my Sugar Cookie Recipe, or a recipe of your choice.

2.  Prepare icing using my Royal Icing Recipe.  For this set you’ll need black, white, bright pink and a small amount of light pink icing.  I use Americolor gel food coloring.

3.  Create a flamingo royal icing transfer (as pictured below).

  • First, I drew the shape I wanted on a piece of paper (using on-line clip art as inspiration).  Then, lay a piece of waxed paper over the drawing and outline then fill in the flamingo shape.
  • I used a thicker icing (and a #1.5 PME tip) to outline the shape, then a thinner (flood) icing (and a #1.5 PME or #2 tip) to fill in the body.  As soon as the body is filled in and smooth, add a white dot for the eye, then a small black dot on top of the white.
  • Allow the flamingo body (as shown below) to dry 1-3 hours before adding the lighter pink wing (as shown on the final cookies).   At this time add the white and black for the flamingo’s beak as well (as shown in the final cookies).  I used a medium consistency icing and #1.5 PME tip (for both the black and white).
  • Allow the transfer (the flamingo) to dry FULLY (8-24 hours).  Once fully dry, carefully peel back the waxed paper from the flamingo.  Gail of One Tough Cookie has a great video on easily removing royal icing transfers from the waxed paper.

How to make Flamingo Cookies - glorioustreats.com

4.  Once you’ve made your flamingo transfers (and while you wait for them to dry), outline and flood the cookies you want to put the flamingos on.  I chose scalloped edged squares.  I outline the cookie in black icing, allowed to dry about an hour, then flooded with white icing.  After another hour or so, I added a two color dotted border (as shown below).  First add one color of dots (in this case I did pink first).  Allow the first color of dots (pink) to dry/set up a bit (30 minutes or more) before adding the second color (black) between the pink dots.

Pretty dotted border (and how to make Flamingo Cookies) - Glorious Treats

5.  Once your flamingo transfers are fully dry and you can remove them from the waxed paper (and the white icing base on the cookies is dry) add a bit of royal icing (as glue) to the back flamingo body and carefully place the flamingo on the prepared cookies.

6.  Add legs to the flamingo.

7.  Once fully dry, package and share with a friend!  =)

Pink Flamingo Cookies - glorioustreats.com

I just have to share one more fun idea…

My younger sister and her husband work with a high school church youth group that has a fun fundraising activity.  The youth accept donations in exchange for requests to “flock” a persons house (so I would order a “flocking” to be sent to someone else’s house).  The “flocking” involves the youth packing up their collection of several dozen classic plastic yard flamingos and late at night going to the requested addresses and quietly leaving the “flock” of flamingos all over the front lawn.  In addition, a note is left on the front door explaining that they’ve been “flocked” and that the youth will return the next day to retrieve the flamingos.

Can you just imagine waking up to a whole “flock” of flamingos on your front lawn?  I think it’s such a funny (and non-destructive) prank!

Happy decorating… and maybe Happy “Flocking”!  =)

30 comments

  1. First of all, these are the cutest pink flamingos EVER.
    Second of all, thank you for the link! I am so flattered!!!

  2. “Flocking” sounds so cute! Transferring the design is smart! I need to try that.

  3. Those are such sweet pretty flamingos and such a nice thought to send a friend some cookies…very thoughtful!

  4. Absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I have an unhealthy obsession with pink flamingos. I had a 5-foot flamingo in my front yard until it fell apart (Midwest winters are hard on yard art). Being “flocked” would totally make my day! I love these cookies. I have been planning a flamingo party for when we find a new house, so I’m off to visit the flamingo party Pinterest board. Thanks for the awesome post!

  6. These are stunning. I love your shade of pink and the black borders, etc. are fabulous.

  7. These cookies are adorable and your tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing your decorating skills and tips.

  8. Super cute! Love the color combo too!

  9. Oh my gosh, these are SO cute! Love the dotted and striped cookies as well, These would be awesome less time-intensive cookies to make with any other cookies to help them go further. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. These cookies remind me of my days growing up in Florida. I bet having the beak overlap the neck makes for a sturdier RI transfer. I have the worse luck with them breaking. What a fun activity flocking would be!

  11. Awesome!! I love pink flamingos and royal icing transfers so these cookies are incredible!!

  12. I have flocked a few people in my day…it really is such a surprise when they wake up! The group I used was so good that dogs never even woke up. I love these cookies and that most patient border is so perfect!!!! Love those pink and black dots.

  13. Wow! I can’t believe you did that with icing! It’s so glossy and intricate – it looks like it came off a printing press! So amazing! : )

  14. Lovely cookies! They’re so cute!
    Do you mind sharing what scalloped square cookie cutter you used for the flamingo cookies?
    Thank you!

  15. Please share how you are able to make the tiny pink and black dots SOOO perfectly — I know you alternated putting them on but what tip #, technique –etc. video would be awesome —
    thanks

    • Thanks Tacha! The key for the dots is the proper consistency icing. If your icing is leaving little peaks when you lift up your tip, then the icing is too thick. And certainly, if the icing is falling off the edge of the cookie it’s too thin. The icing should be thinned to about the consistency of toothpaste, or just a bit thinner. And be sure to let one color of dots dry (or at least set up) before you add the second color.
      Happy decorating!

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  18. Oh my goodness! These are TOO adorable! I need these for my clients! You mentioned the church youth group doing flamingo flockings. That happens to be the business I am in! I have 300+ plastic pink flamingos & other fun yard decor that I rent. Thank you for sharing this perfect flamingo cookie! I am always looking for flamingo treats. :-)

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  21. The flamingos square measure thus pretty. I bear in mind seeing them somewhere in American state too and it stunk to high heaven- i assume b/c of all the shrimp they feed them. they are thus swish too:
    Nice :)
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  22. So awesome! I am new to cookies… Did you finish up the beaks after they were on the cookie or did you do them as a seperarate transfer? Thank you!

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