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Tutorial: American Girl Chocolate Chunk Cookies

IMG_2951I just might be addicted to polymer clay. :)

Here’s a quick tutorial for how I created these adorable American Girl chocolate chunk cookies for Bella and Abby’s dolls. The food is scaled for use with any 18″ doll. I’ll have to do another post for the peanut butter blossom cookies. :)

Supplies: polymer clay in beige, white, and dark brown. I used Primo brand purchased from Michael’s. You will also need tinfoil, a baking sheet, chalk pastels, and a small “fluffy” paint brush

Optional tools: Old toothbrush, acrylic roller, pasta maker, razor blade, small fondant circle cutter.

Steps: Before starting the actual cookie, I went ahead and rolled out a small piece of dark brown clay and baked it on a tinfoil lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 275 degrees. The chocolate chunks look better if you add the prebaked chunks to the cookie body before it’s baked.

Once your piece of dark brown clay is baked you can use a scissors or razor blade to cut into thin strips and then into small chunks. I found the scissors worked much better.

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While your brown clay is baking you can start your cookie by mix a little bit of white clay  with beige clay to make the cookie base. You could probably simplify this by just using the beige clay and not mixing in any white.  If you have a pasta machine, it makes quick work of conditioning clay and mixing colors together. I had been searching for a good deal on pasta makers and ran into one at a garage sale this past Saturday for $2.00. I actually had no intentions of  leaving the house that day, but my Mom called me to check out a garage sale she’d seen listed that had primitive dolls for sale. Because she’s a collector, and the sale was just a few blocks away from my house, she called to ask if I’d go scope it out. Lucky for me she called, because I scored the pasta maker I’d been wanting.  It works perfectly and makes things so much easier. If you don’t have a pasta machine you can condition the clay and mix the colors together by kneading it in your hands; using your thumbs to make the clay more workable. I’ve found that the cheaper the clay the harder it is to work with. The Primo brand is one of my favorites and worth the little bit of extra money. I use the Michael’s iPhone App for coupons on all my purchases. They usually have coupons in the Sunday newspaper.

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After rolling out the cookie base color, I used a small circle fondant cutter and cut out my cookies, then pressed lightly around the edges so the center was slightly raised.  If you don’t have a tiny circle cutter, you can roll a small ball of clay in your hand and press down until you get the shape you want. For uniformity, make all your cookie balls before you press them down so your cookies end up roughly the same size. I keep a little bit of corn starch handy to keep the clay from sticking and remove finger prints. It also kind of polishes the clay when you gently rub it against your project surface. Notice the groovy animal print placemats? I picked up a bunch of them at the dollar store to protect my table.

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Then I used a toothbrush and a little ball of tinfoil to create random texture on the cookie.

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Next create even more texture with a craft knife. You could use a toothpick, too. Keep in mind that tools that have been used for polymer clay should not be used again for cooking/eating, so don’t use forks, knifes or other kitchen items that you want to use again for real food. I keep my clay tools in a box and always cover my baking pans with foil.

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This is what it looks like after texturizing. You can see that it needs to have a little bit of color to get that freshly baked look.

 

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I used a golden yellow and orange chalk in the middle of the cookie and a orangish brown around the outer edges. Using a soft “fluffy” brush is much better than using a stuffer straight brush. Gently adding color before baking works much better than after baking.

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Add your previously baked and cut chocolate chunks to your unbaked cookie with a tweezers or needle tool after you’ve colored it to your satisfaction. Bake on a tinfoil lined cookie sheet in a pre heated oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per every 1/4 inch of clay. These cookies are pretty thin, so 15 minutes was enough. Thicker clay pieces require more time in the oven based on thickness.

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So, here’s the finished product. I had to make a nice big chocolate milkshake to go with the cookies. :)  I’ll tell you how I did that in another post. I can’t wait for Bella and Abby to get home from school so they can enjoy the stuff I’ve made. I love being a Mom! <3

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