Decorated Mermaid Cookies

My oldest son is in his school’s production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. this year, and I wanted to make mermaid cookies for the cast party. The problem though, was that all of the mermaid cookie cutters that were commercially available were too skinny. On one hand, I didn’t want to perpetuate body-image culture to middle school kids, but even more practically, they looked like they would be a challenge to decorate.

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After exhausting all the options, I decided to make my own cookie cutter using a kit. It was pretty easy, since the kit includes some easy-to-use tools. It took about ten minutes to make the thing, and I even managed to complete it without cutting off any of my fingers. Have to tell you — I’m pretty proud of that.

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So, now I was ready to make some nice, Rubenesque mermaids, though I didn’t count on the cookies expanding in the oven quite as much as they did. Thank goodness for icing, because in the end, I think they turned out to be pretty cute:

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