Jungle Animals

14 Jan

We got these sets of Wilton Jungle Pals cutters in several months ago.

I’ve been dying to play with them, but we got into the holidays and things got BUSY, so it had to wait till now!  I was looking at my sweet baby girl (who isn’t such a baby anymore, and who is also not always sweet, but most of the time she is….) And noticed that her monkey jammies had little monkey faces on them that were exactly the same shape as the monkey face cookie cutter!


So I had some inspiration, and I had some chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge, (which was also weird because Sweet Sugarbelle posted the same recipe on the SAME day that I made these! Great minds think alike!), so it was meant to be that I should bake up some Jungle Pals!





To decorate these guys, I used my old stand-by Meringue Powder Buttercream. This is the recipe that I’ve been using for 10+ years.  I’ve been experimenting with other icings lately, and some of them are really fun! Cookie Crazie Pam uses a corn syrup icing that I’ve really had fun with, and I’ve revisited royal icing lately. But I always seem to come back to the Meringue Powder Buttercream. I guess we’re old buddies.

To decorate, I outlined with full-strength MPB (that’s short for Meringue Powder Buttercream. But now that I had to explain, I might as well have just written the whole thing and saved myself about 29 words!), and then thinned some down to fill in the sections. Sometimes I use squeeze bottles for filling in with thinned-down buttercream, but this time I just used disposable bags and tips, and that works really well, too. It’s really a matter of personal preference which one you use.

After the base coat dried, I piped on their faces and added some pink petal dust cheeks with a Q-tip. I really wished I had a darker pink, especially for the monkeys. I’m going to have to get some darker pink in my shop! For the girl monkeys and Elephants, I added a jumbo daisy flower with an icing dot for the center. So easy, and I think it added a lot!

These were my favorites from each species:

Do you want to make some Jungle Pals cookies, too? Of course you do! Comment on this post by Sunday (January 16) at midnight Mountain Time, and I’ll pick a winner at random and send you a set of the cutters. Your chances are pretty good of winning, too, because not many people know about this blog yet! 😀 Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win (don’t worry– your email address won’t be visible to the public, but I’ll see it on the back end). Have a happy weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!

106 Responses to “Jungle Animals”

  1. Tara January 14, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    These are super adorable. I’m curious about your icing. I’m just now getting fairly confident with my royal icing…so I’m nervous to venture out. But anything with “buttercream” in the title sounds pretty appealing.

  2. Lisa H. January 14, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Love the animal cookies! And your blog! I hope to make the cupcakes sometime soon too!! Love all the flavors. Thanks for sharing!!! Have a great weekend. Lisa

  3. Lori L January 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Love these animals, what kids wouldn’t? Great job!

  4. Lani January 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I love the animal cookies, but think the monkeys are my favorite!

  5. Missy January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Very cute! Just got my first order from you last week and am having fun playing around with new colors! I’m sure you’ll get another order soon!

  6. Emily January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    My daughter has monkey jammies too! Super cute cookies.

  7. Christine Mulle January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    These cookies are just adorable. I just found your blog and can’t wait to look through your archives. I have always decorated cakes but never bothered with cookies. I am going to have to change my ways!

  8. Rachel Z. January 14, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    So adorable! I’ve always used RI as that was what they taught me with in school. You have inspired me to try out your buttercream recipe!

  9. Sue January 14, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Your cookies are darling! LOVE the little monkey face with the flower:)

  10. Susan January 14, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Congrats on the blog Karen! Certainly worth the wait! Thank you for posting such details and links with your pictures. At a quick glimpse I thought the flowers on the monkey and elephant were fondant or molding chocolate, both I have not had time to play with. I am so excited they are sugar candies that I can order from you! Can’t wait to play with them on Easter designs : )

  11. Kerrin January 14, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Adorable cookies. So glad there’s another cookie blog to read!! Don’t kid jammies give the best inspiration?!

  12. Maggie Mason January 14, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Wow love these cookies! Especially the flower in the “hair” detail!

  13. Hillary Ramos January 14, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Love these!!! I have been reading “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” a lot to my son – how cute would it be to make some monkey and bed cookies together! lol

  14. The Cookie Faerie January 14, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    So much fun!! Will have to give your “MPB” a whirl. With Valentine’s Day coming up, these critters would look cute adorned with jumbo hearts, too! Elephant could have one in its trunk!

  15. Angela January 14, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    These are adorable. BTW I love your buttercream recipe. I found your website from Pam’s blog and it has been a huge help since I am a newbie to cookies.

  16. Stacey January 14, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I love those, safari animals are so fun to create! Ithe girl cookies are so cute! Hope to try those one day!

  17. Jennifer January 14, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I absolutely LOVE your shop & instructions! Decorated sugar cookies are my fav so you have given me the inspiration to step up my designs! The monkey is soooo cute!

  18. Nila Schneider January 14, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Too cute!

  19. linda January 14, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    This is so sweet, I call one of my grandchildren monkey baby, and she loves everything to do with monkeys. How cute is that! Your buttercream icing sounds delicious can you share the recipe? And I’m sure your cite will be on everyones have to have list soon.

  20. Leia Placke January 14, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    I love jungle critters. The only decorating I did in my little girl’s nursery was jungle animals on the walls!

  21. Kristen B January 14, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    You’ve inspired me to get a batch of those cookies going! I’m not sure about icing them yet, but I’ll keep my mind open at this point!! Five little ones running around doesn’t leave much time for the details-at least not yet. Thanks for sharing so much! Love reading your thoughts!!

  22. Ashley January 14, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Those are so adorable! My sister loves monkeys, and I would love to make her some super cute monkey cookies!

  23. Melissa January 14, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I love these and so would my son!

  24. Robyn Frost January 14, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Love, Love, Love your blog and these adorable cookies!!

  25. Stevie January 14, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Your cookies look aewsome! Thank you so much for the chance!!

  26. Anya January 14, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I just found your site for the first time last night, and I am so inspired!! I loves these cookies but the lions are my favorite with their curly manes. Soo so cute! And I can’t wait to try your icing!

  27. Andrea Berman January 14, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Your cookies look great! Inspired by your website and the cookiersrus.com posts, I tried your MPB (my laptop was literally next to my mixer and I watched the video tutorial as I was making the MPB!), but I must have over-mixed because once it dried on the cookie, it would easily break off. I guess I have to try again! These look awesome!

  28. Patti January 14, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    These are so adorable. They’d go perfect with a jungle themed baby shower cake I’m doing soon!!

  29. CathyN January 14, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Too cute! I tried the MPB this past weekend, I really love the taste! However, I thinned the icing some and then piped and flooded with the same strength. Cookies looked good but never set up totally. The next time I’ll pipe with full strength (as per your post) and thin (a little) for flooding. I’m in a high humidity area, this might have had something to do with how soft they were.

  30. Emily January 14, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Soo adorable! I love the sheen that your MPB has on the cookies. I’ll have to try your recipe soon!

  31. Krissy January 14, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    My (mostly) sweet, not a baby anymore 3 year old has those monkey jammies! Her baby sister has a cute pink and grey elephant too. So sweet. I’ve been a customer (and fan) of your shop for a while now. I love your blog too!

  32. Ruth January 14, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    My daughter is an Alabama fan and the elephants are so cute (as are the others!). Looking forward to trying the MPB icing out too! Thanks for all of your tips. I’m beginning to realize that “cookie people” are the sweetest people around!

  33. Alyson January 14, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    These are so cute. I’ve done monkeys before with a circle cutter but it’d be nice to have an actual monkey cutter. And the other two would come in handy too!

  34. Amanda Hutson January 14, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Karen, these are SO cute!!!!! I’m going to have to make some for my granddaughter who LOVES animals! Thanks for sharing these!!!

  35. Emily January 14, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    So cute! I love it when my little girl’s toys/clothes have the same faces she does. ha. I also really like this icing.

  36. Mandi January 14, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Those are TOO CUTE!! 🙂 Love it!

  37. yael January 14, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Karen, they are adorable. Your work is amazing and I love reading about your adventures in the cookie world! Keep on doing what you’re doing!

  38. Dina S January 14, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I’ve seen these cookies popping up all over the place…and yours are just as cute if not cuter! love the heart noses on the monkeys. I already have this set…but haven’t had a reason to make them yet. So if I am, by chance, the winner I’d rather these go to someone who doesn’t already have the cutters. 🙂

  39. Rachel January 14, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I love the monkeys! I think it’s so clever how you noticed that the jammies match the cookie cutter. And the little flower – so cute!

  40. Joan January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I’m going to try the meringue BC this weekend. I finally feel confident to try something other than RI. Love these cutters, I always call my kids “my monkeys” anyway!!!

  41. Diane K January 14, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    These little guys are adorable. What a fun shower or babies birthday treat they would make. Thanks for sharing

  42. Jennifer January 14, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Funny, I ALMOST bought these today! Now I am wishing I had, too cute!!

  43. heleen January 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Your cookies turned out super cute, and I’m going to steal your idea and look for inspiration on my little one’s jammies too :o)

  44. Martha January 14, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I know a little elephant loving girl that would DIE to have something like these for her birthday!

  45. Donna Armstrong January 14, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Oh my goodness, these are so sweet. I’d love to try making these. 🙂

  46. Kara January 14, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    These cookies are sooooo adorable. I love the colors and faces – they’re perfect. I can’t wait to try your meringue powder buttercream frosting! It is always a pleasure to see what types of cookies you come up with, Karen. 🙂 You’re my hero!

  47. Sarah January 14, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Those are so cute! I love your blog and your cookies are beautiful 🙂

  48. Carmie January 14, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    These are too cute.. I’d love to make them for my friend’s upcoming baby shower.

  49. barb January 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    If I win these cutters will it make me more like you? (I hope so) 🙂

  50. Anne January 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love your site and have been a regular customer since I discovered the joys of cookie decorating. Your cookies are adorable!

  51. Natalie Byrd January 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    super, duper cute! I like the monkey, elephant and tiger the best! he he I love them all! Thank you Karen!

  52. Brandy January 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I would love these! They are cute! 🙂

  53. Sara Kapp January 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Love these, Karen! Really adorable little jungle animals.

  54. katherine January 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Great animals! I am trying my hand at some of your Valentine techniques today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  55. Darby dunn January 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Super cute cookies. Really, couldn’t some of your creativity have rubbed off on me when we were roommates? Love the new blog.


  56. Anna January 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Oh my! These are just darling! =) I love them! What are you saying that not so may people know about this blog? =) I’m the fifty second to comment! =) heehee… Great work, as always! =)

  57. Anna January 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I meant “many”…

    What are you saying that not so MANY people know about this blog? =)

  58. Karla T January 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I’m so excited you started a blog!!! You’re animals look wonderful! I really like the flower on the elephants. I can’t wait to make some too!

  59. Ronee January 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I’m in love with these cookies! I’m interes trying your icing recipe and techniques. I use ri for outlining and a glaze for flooding. Very cute! Thank you for sharing!

  60. Wendy T. January 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I love these cookies. I’m going to try your MPB recipe. I like to try out new recipes. I usually use the corn syrup icing. I have never seen these cutters. I would love to have them. Thanks for the giveaway chance to win.

  61. Dana January 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    YUMmmmm! As Karen’s BFF, #2 fan (#1 goes to her husband, Mike!), and lucky taste-tester, I must rave about these cookies. They are even more adorable in person and they taste amazing! The thing I love about her cookies is that they are ALWAYS delicious – taste is never sacrificed for design. (That goes for anything else she makes as well). Karen’s quality is tops, she’s super generous in sharing her talent and recipes AND she couldn’t be a more sweet or genuine person. What you see is truly what you get!

  62. Tatyana January 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Your cookies are adorable. I would like to try to make them too. Thank you for great giveaway.

    • Margarita Fuentes January 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      I have also some little monkeys (3 total) around the house but still have space for some friend because the cookies are totally cute.

  63. Jenny January 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Karen you amaze me. I’m so happy you have a blog now that I can get inspiration from. Keep the posts coming!

  64. Dottie January 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Supre cute!

  65. Debbie Painter January 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    These are so cute! My grandson would love these!! Glad I found your blog!!

  66. Tiffany Redwine January 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    They are way cool! I just finished playing with your MBC recipe…so good!

  67. Heather A January 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I love them! Super Cute. I can’t wait to try the choc chip dough recipe too.

  68. Theresa S. January 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    So cute! 🙂


  69. GarEli January 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Hola Karen:
    Adoro tu Blog, tienes cosas fantásticas y todos tus tutoriales son GENIALES, y wooow tu tienda tiene todo lo que a los amantes de las galletas nos gusta.
    Estas galletas son muy lindas, realmente me gustaría hacerlas.

  70. Rebecca January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    super cute!!!!!=)

  71. Elena January 14, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Hello, Karen, I’m Elena,a customer from Spain. Congratulations for the blog! I can say that you and Mike are really very kind, I’ll continue making orders because your service is really very good. Thank you. Of course, I like the blog and all the ideas you offer us.

  72. Ruki Innis January 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    These are so adorable!! My kids and I LOVE baking and decorating, but I have never seen anything like these before… thanks for sharing Xo

  73. BeatUpRoadSign January 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    So adorable!

  74. Christie Block January 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m so in love with these! I’ve had a couple people ask me for jungle animals, but I don’t have many.
    *pick me! pick me!

  75. Lisa M. January 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I love these cookies…They are adorable…I’ve been a fan of your site for a while now…Love your customer service and your new blog…

  76. Jamie S. January 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    These cookies are so stinkin’ cute! And I can’t wait to try the meringue powder buttercream. Thanks for some inspiration!

  77. marsha January 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    These are great. I have these cutters but have not had a reason to make them. You’ve given me lots of inspiration:)

  78. Beth January 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    These are gorgeous Karen! I love the pink cheeks on the elephants. I love your site and I’m so glad to see you have a blog. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  79. Phyllis January 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    The jungle animals are so cute!

  80. Phyllis Palmer January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    VERY cute and thanks for the discussion on the decorating frostings..

  81. Jennifer Delaurier January 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    So sweet! I love these cutters, thanks for sharing your cookies!

  82. Kelly January 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    These are very cute Karen!

  83. Kimberly Crabtree January 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I’ve been a customer of Karen’s Cookies for some time….what a joy it was to find your blog!
    I’ve looked at these precious jungle pal cutters for some time…even have them sitting in my shopping cart along with your must have cookie scrapers.
    Adorable giveaway! Hoping it’s my lucky day! 🙂

  84. Wendy Scarbrough January 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Way to go Karen!!! They are AMAZING!!! I have yet to try something so complicated but I am willing! I will actually be baking several test recipes this weekend. Love the craft!


  85. mamaneedshercoffee January 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    I almost bought these exact cutters today, but decided to wait. I hope I win. Yours turned out so cute!

  86. Meg Roggero January 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I am just beginning to learn to make/decorate cookies and you are truly inspiring me! You make it look so easy! I LOVE these cookies and I want to try to make them! Thank you for sharing recipes and ideas!

  87. Georganne January 15, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Oh — the little girl monkeys are just ADORABLE! I love them. Thank goodness I now have a little girl that I can someday make girl monkey cookies for!

  88. Rose January 15, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    CUTE! I have seen your recipe of icing for years and never tried it because my picture of it was like using regular buttercream. NOW I SEE that it works like regular flooding icing. I will FOR SURE try it.

  89. Brenda January 15, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I love your website, I always have a wish list going…just in case my family is not sure as to what to get me! Love those little baby animals. they are so precious and your decorating skills are amazing.

  90. Brenda January 15, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    oh, I forgot to tell you… I love your tutorial on filling the piping bags with plastic wrap. That was such great advice… no more messy me!!!

  91. Kristin Frank January 15, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I love how you did the sweet swirls on the lion’s mane. I think that’s a technique that lends itself to a lot of cute cookies, so I’m going to start practicing. Perhaps I’ll win…:)

  92. Kami Jensen January 15, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    How adorable!! Never thought to decorate chocolate chip cookies like that. I really want to taste one!

  93. Lorna Putman January 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Karen, So happy you have a blog. I love looking at your creations. Also thanks for the tutorials. They are so very helpful.

  94. Barbara January 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Love the blog Keren. and the cookies are so adorable!!

  95. Ansa January 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for replying back so quick. Im going to try the MBF tomorrow!
    I hope it comes out.
    Your cookies are ADORABLE. My daughter (23 yr old) would LOVE the elephants.

  96. Dee January 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I love these cookies. I think my grandson would love them, too. I and new to cookie decorating and tried your MPB icing today for the first time. I LOVE IT!!! I think this will be my “go to” icing. Thank you for sharing the receipe. I am happy to see you have a blog and look forward to more exciting cookies.

  97. Alicia January 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Those cookies are so adorable! I want to make some for my three little monkeys.

  98. Donna January 22, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    How Creative !! Love ’em!

  99. Ashley January 25, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    My 2-year old daughter has the same monkey PJs! I have looked at those a thousand times thinking they would make a great decorated cookie. It’s funny how almost everything I see turns into a cookie idea in my head. I am completely obsessed (in a good way)and I really appreciate your time and effort to post wonderful ideas and tips on your blog. I placed my first order from your site and can’t wait to get to work…and shop again!
    Thank you, thank you!!

  100. Krissy January 28, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    You should post the picture of your favorite monkey, elephant and lion on your store website as an example of how to use those cutters. I never thought I wanted those cutters until I saw your adorable cookies! So, even though I didn’t win the giveaway, I bought the cutters from you. I can’t wait to use them today!

    • Karen February 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Krissy! Great idea! I’ll definitely get some pictures over there. Have fun with your cutters! I really enjoyed making these guys!

  101. Annie Tan March 23, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Wow! Very beautiful cookie. Do you have any idea how to decorate an orchid flower cookie? Here is the cookie stamp which I bought two weeks ago. I am going to make some stunning cookies for my mum.

    orchid cookie stamp

  102. Janelle January 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    These are so stinking cute!!! My daughters would love them!! Where do you find the cookie cutters at?? Love them!!

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  104. Yngrid Henriquez June 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Those cookies are fantastic looking, and I just can imagine the taste of them😋 would love to make so many of them for my doughter’s baby shower next month..

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