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 Just last night I mentioned the new Craftsy Class,The Perfect Cupcake and now I have more exciting news about this class!!  

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The Perfect Cupcake Craftsy Class

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Cupcake set

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How to Make a Fondant Bandana Knot

How to Make a Fondant Bandana Knot

I’ve made a lot of cowboy themed cakes and many, many of them have had a bandana knot on them (see the links and pics at the end of this post).  Almost every time I’ve posted one of those cakes, I get asked about making the knot and finally… I took pics!

One quick question… is it bandana or bandanna?  I always write with one “n” but my spell-check keeps trying to correct me!   What do you think?

I looked it up in the Merrium-Webster dictionary and apparently two “n’s” is correct but I did find in the alternate spellings near the bottom that one “n” is okay too.

Ugh… I say it’s one “n” – so that’s what you’re gonna get from me for the rest of this post.  Okay?  Okay!

So here it is… How to Make a Fondant Bandana Knot!  This post is going to be long so I’m going to skip my usual rambling and get straight to it!  Here’s what you’ll need:

And if you want to finish the pattern…

Here’s my cake.  It was thoroughly chilled and ready to go:

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Step 1:  Roll out your fondant (I use The Mat) to the appropriate diameter to cover your cake and lay it over the top!  This also works much easier if you have your cake on a turntable.  My favorite is this Ateco #613 turntable.

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Step 2:   Using your fondant smoothers, smooth down the fondant around the back on either sides of the cake – leaving it loose on the front (or wherever you want the knot).

I couldn’t put my smoothers on the cake while simultaneously taking a picture, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Smoothing Fondant

And here’s the front (with it smoothed all around the sides and back:

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Step 3:  Begin slowly pulling the loose fondant together and gathering it near the bottom, while gently stretching and smoothing it:

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I use my smoothers to pull it in tight… and get it clean!  At this point I realized I really wanted some pics with my hands, so I asked my son to come help me out!

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Step 4:  When it’s like you want it, tear off the excess fondant and smooth it down a bit – that will not be your knot!   ;)

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I used an Xacto knife to take off a little more of the excess…

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Step 5:  Using your Pastry Wheel (or whatever tool you prefer), cut off the excess fondant around the edges of the cake.  I like to cut as close to I can straight up and down (see second pic below) – not angling in at all.  It makes that bottom edge smooth!

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Now here you’re going to have to use your imagination.  I had forgotten that I really wanted a wood grain finish on the cake board so I had to take care of that.  However, I didn’t take pics.  How to Tie a Fondant Bandanna Knot 14

If you’re curious, I basically just rolled out some brown fondant, cut a strip and wrapped it around the cake… gluing it down with sugar glue.

When it was attached, I used a wood grain mat to add texture!   I put the seam directly under the knot because I knew it would be covered up!

Now back to the bandana!!

Step 6:   Roll out some extra fondant… this was probably 6 inches by 8 inches. You won’t really need that much!

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Step 7:   Cut out 3 strips (ignore that there are only 2 below)  - each about an inch wide.  I don’t measure these things and it’s a little different every time, but there’s no need for precision, so it’s all good!    Roll one into a ball – around 1″ diameter!

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I check it against the cake to be sure it’s a good size.  You can add or take away until to get a good size – just know that you’ll be adding more strips on the outside in a minute, so the finished product will be a little bigger than the ball is now!

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Step 8:   Cut two strips of fondant.  Fold one in half length wise and leave the other as-is.  First lay the flat one over the ball, then the folded one over that. Once they’re both lined up, just fold them around and pinch off the excess.  Smooth it down to have a finished knot.  Check out the pics below if I’ve confused you.  I’m sure I have.

The knot

Step 9:   Using a Tear Drop Cutter, cut out two tails for the knot and pinch them together on the rounded ends… (If you don’t have the tear drop cutters, you could easily free-hand this – again, there’s no need for sharp precision!)

Knot tails

Step 10:  Use some sugar glue to attach them to the front of the cake.

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Step 11:  Glue the knot onto the front and you’re done!!

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And the knot is done!!

Finished Fondant Bandana Knot

I didn’t take pictures of finishing it up, but it wasn’t hard at all!  I used nesting Comma Cutters  to do a few different sizes of black and white paisleys.

I glued them on (with sugar glue), then used a black food marker to add the dots!

OH, and I added the black ribbon around the board to cover up the rough edges!

I also used that little curved square cutter to add one more shape… not sure what it’s called but it’s from this Mini Cutter Set.   If you don’t like that, you could add tiny flowers like I did on this recent Cowgirl Horse Cake.   And you could add silver edible pearls for a little bling… see here:

Fondant Bandana

Anywho… I digress!  This is the finished cake:

Cowboy Baby Shower Cake

Do you have any questions about making a fondant bandana knot?  If so, leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer!!

See all of my other cowboy cakes by scrolling through these posts and you can see a few of them here …

Cowboy Bandana Cakes


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Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

These past few weeks have been a blur.  Not that my life isn’t always busy, but truly… I’m so tired of going somewhere all the time.  Other than quick runs to our small town to buy milk or delivery cakes, I’m normally a (quite content) homebody.

But not lately.  Every time I turn around we have to drive the  near 40 miles to one of the three larger towns around here to get vaccinations, to get Christian’s arm checked (again and again),  to do pre-surgery for the other surgery he had, or for dentist appointments.    And I’m sick of it.   Just let me stay home… puleeeeesse.

Last week in the middle of all the insanity, I was craving these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies so I decided to do something CrAzY.  You wanna know what it was?   I baked something that was not for somebody else.   Yep, you heard me.  I baked for ME.  

Okay, so that’s not all that crazy, but it felt really indulgent considering that I feel like I never, ever bake just because I want to.  And especially not something I can eat all by myself.

Stack of Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Yes, you heard me right.  I baked them just. for. me.   Yes,  yes I did.

And they were just what I needed to sooth my tattered emotions.   I have been so exhausted – mentally, emotionally & physically – and I just wanted some comfort food.

Do cookies make you feel better?  They sure make me feel better!   I ate way more than my fair share and I was definitely a little more happy afterwards!   ;)

So why Oatmeal Pecan Cookies?    I’m not sure.  Without a doubt, Chocolate Chip Cookies are my most favorite cookie, but these Oatmeal Pecan Cookies are also at the top of my cookie list and they were just what I needed at the time.

Plate of Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

They’re actually best when they’re right out of the oven – warm and chewy and so full of texture and deliciousness.  But if you can’t eat them all at once (like me … ahem!), then  store them in an airtight container to keep them soft.  Or if you like a crunchy cookie, then by all means leave them out and they’ll get a good crunch to them!

When I first made these a few years ago, I used a recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cookbook (I love me some Pioneer Woman cookbooks!!)  - she calls them Oatmeal Crispies and they are fantastic!!  But the more I made them, the more I changed things.   I tweaked the ingredients only a tiny bit, but mostly I just got lazy and started skipping steps.

In the original recipe, she uses three (or four?) bowls.  She makes the dough, divides it in half, wraps it in wax paper then chills it.  When she’s ready to use it, she slices and bakes them.

Oatmeal Cookies on Pan

Well…. one day when I was craving these, I’ll admit it… I didn’t want to wait.   I didn’t want to mess up any more bowls than absolutely necessary.  I didn’t want to chill and slice.  I didn’t want to use any self restraint.   So I grabbed my favorite cookie scoop, skipped a few steps and baked some cookies!

And you know what… they turned out just fine!   In fact, better than fine… I think I might have liked them better because they were big and soft and chewy.   And fast.  Ha!   When this girl craves a cookie – she wants it now!!

Anywho… so here’s my adapted & printable recipe.    These cookies are absolutely fantastic and I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!!

What food brings you comfort?  

Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 36 (3") cookies

Oatmeal Pecan Cookies


  • Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
  • 3.5 oz shortening (~ 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or... I scraped vanilla seeds from 3 beans)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 cups Quick Oats
  • 3/4 cup Finely Chopped Pecans


Cream together the shortening, butter and sugars until smooth.

Add the eggs while mixing, then the vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix thoroughly. No I don't sift it all together - no, I don't do it in a separate bowl. I just dump it all into my Kitchenaid with a SideSwipe Paddle. It works beautifully!

Last, add the oats and nuts; mix just until incorporated.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can skip the parchment if you want to - but this goes back to me being lazy... no pan to wash! I really like the 3 Tbsp. size scoop.

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly (so they don't fall apart when you pick them up)... but not too much... they are extra delicious warm out of the oven!! They have a tiny crispy edge but they're soft and chewy with loads of texture! Perfection, I tell ya!

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Do you love cookies?  Check out more of my favorite cookie recipes here:

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies Pinterest

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter Crisp Cookies Recipe

Butter Crisp Cookies

Biscoff Cookie Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies WM

Chocolate Cookies with Biscoff Cookie Butter Filling

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