Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota.

I’m not sure I’d ever seen this logo in my life before I needed to “cookie” it:

Pittsburgh Penguins cookies.

And, eek! What a challenge! Several weeks ago, Trisha contacted me to see if I could make some Pittsburgh Penguins cookies for her hubby. You see, the Steelers had been his team, and she wanted to cheer him up from their loss. I looked at the logo, gulped a few times, then steeled myself and said, “I’ll do it.”

Pittsburgh Penguins cookies.

Hockey teams wear long-sleeved shirts, but I didn’t realize my mistake until AFTER baking: my only jersey/shirt was short-sleeved. I modified the look to be as authentic as possible, and I think they turned out okay.

Pittsburgh Penguins cookies.

But the most frightening cookie to work was this guy. There were two logos I could use, and I called them “hard” and “harder”. This one was the “harder” of the two:

Pittsburgh Penguins cookies.

Most of the shapes were hand-cut, including this one, and then I piped the penguin’s design onto the white. While it looked to me as if I (mostly) had his shape correct, I realized my error as I tried to add the golden triangle behind him. I tried to draw it at the points it was to intersect the body, and as such, the triangle didn’t meet at the end. *sigh*

The “hard” logo was another hand-cut shape, but his details were much easier to eyeball. I piped the white edges, and then I waited a while before flooding the black and gold sections. I like the ways these guys turned out. :-)

Pittsburgh Penguins.

And then I had one last attempt to get the “harder” logo right: on a blue button. In reality, the button is a 3″ circle, so I knew that even the finest piping would be too smushed. I used my food color markers instead, and THIS time, I didn’t worry about the triangle intersecting the body, and I just made it to scale behind the penguin. Yay!

But that wasn’t all! Trisha had asked if instead of one dozen Penguins cookies, I could do half-and-half with some Minnesota Twins cookies thrown in, too! And so, I began working on another detailed set. At least this time, I was sure I’d seen the logo before. :-)

Minnesota Twins cookies.

I gotta tell you, though – just having seen the logo sure didn’t make it easy to duplicate! Again, I went with a “hard” version, as well as an easier logo. These were the “hard” cookies:

Minnesota Twins cookies.

And the easier logo, too:

Minnesota Twins cookies.

Lastly, she wanted her hubby’s favorite player made into a jersey. That was the super-easy cookie! :-)

Minnesota Twins cookies.

And, as always, I included her coordinating Thank-You cookie:

Coordinating Thank-You cookie.

I learned from these cookies that I can do more than I think I can, but I can also push myself in a real time-crunch, too. These cookies were ordered and turned out in about 40 hours’ time. It feels nice to have something so intricate under my belt now, and it gives me a bit of confidence facing future projects!

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14 comments on “Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota.

  1. You met the challenge head on and nailed it! You did a great job, I love the cookies.

  2. Heather on said:

    Go Twinkies!! :)

    Love those Minnesota cookies. :P

  3. SweetSugarBelle on said:

    my comment is a HEARTY WOW!!!

  4. Michelle on said:

    Hi,
    Trying to subscribe to your site, pressed the feed button and got an error mesg. twice. I’m hoping you have an email option.
    Thank so much, love your site!
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    • Nicole on said:

      Thanks, Michelle! My web designer is currently moving across country, and I can’t reach her for help on this. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon-ish!

  5. Georganne on said:

    Oh my goodness! These cookies are fantastic! All the details… my head is spinning, just thinking about them!

  6. Paula on said:

    These cookies may have been hard to do Nicole but girl…you knocked them out of the park (and the rink for that matter) Fantastic replication of the logos.

  7. Christina Reed on said:

    Greetings from South Carolina! Your cookies are fantastic! Especially the Pittsburgh Penguins ones!! I’m from Pittsburgh, but my husband and I are currently at Shaw AFS in SC. Seeing these made me smile. My sister, Nicole Herman, lives on Minot AFB. I saw your link on her Facebook page and have been checking out your work since. You are very talented and I look forward to seeing more!

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