Have you ever seen these? Anatomical Heart cookies? I hadn't until I was asked to make some!
A little baby boy, Aiden, in our community was born with a heart defect last year and he's had to have several surgeries to try and correct the problem. His family actually lives about 3 miles from me which practically makes them next door neighbors when you live as far out in the country as I live.
Anywho... back in January, for one of his surgeries, his mom asked me to make these cookies for his nurses on the pediatric/cardiac floor of the hospital!
She sent me a picture of some she'd seen and I was just amazed that they had been done before. Even more to my surprise, I was able to get a cookie cutter for the shape! I assumed at first that I'd have to hand cut the shapes, but nope... over at CheapCookieCutters.com they sell a "real" heart cookie cutter!
I did the black outlines first and let them dry, then filled in with the red and blue icing. After about an hour, I added some more red to make the raised areas stand out . Then I let them dry overnight. When they were done, I piped on the black details, then I used a tiny paintbrush to paint on the tiny veins/vessels onto the red raised areas with Bright White gel coloring.
These cookies were not nearly as difficult as I imagined they'd be and Leslie told me they were a big hit with the nurses!
Have you ever made a cake or cookies that were body parts or organs? I'd love to hear about it! You can also leave me a comment if you have any questions!