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BTS Cookies: Tutorial

How cute are these lil guys?! Anyone here a BTS fan??

I've known about BTS for a few years now and it's amazing to see a korean boy band growing in popularity in other parts of the world outside of Asia. They appeared as guest stars on shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and even performed in Grand Central station, NYC, and are continuously growing in their career.

If you have LINE or even Facebook, you've probably seen these characters as part of their sticker packs. I had only recently found out that these were actually related to the global k-pop icons! There are eight characters in total who represent each of the band members: Tata, Mang, Chimmy, RJ, Koya, Cooky, Shooky, and Van. My favourite character is Cooky! They were so cute, I just had to turn them into cookie form!

What you'll need:

- A sugar cookie/shortbread recipe

- Small piping tips

- Piping bags

- Royal icing

- Cookie cutters (Don't have cookie cutters in the shape of these cartoons? Hack: Print out the cartoons' faces/shapes from Google and cut them out to make an outline)

- Pairing knife (if using cutouts)

- Spatula

- Gel food colouring

- Water

Make the cookie dough according to the instructions of your recipe and chill the dough for at least an hour in the fridge. Roll out the dough to roughly 1/4-inch in thickness, or your preferred thickness. Cut out the cookie shapes with your cookie cutters. If you are using cutouts, I usually lay the cutout onto the dough and use a pairing knife to follow the lines. Transfer the cutouts to a lined baking sheet and let chill in fridge for at least half an hour to prevent them from spreading out of shape in the oven.

Bake the cookies according to the instructions of your recipe and let the cookies cool completely before decorating.

Add desired colours to the royal icing and mix. If it's too dry, add small amounts of water and mix until flooding consistency. Place piping tip into a piping bag and fill with royal icing.

I like to start with piping the base colours first, and plan in my mind which colours I would start with and where I would go from there. For example, I could start with the blue colour as it could be used for both the horse and koala. Then perhaps the purple colour, as it could be used for both, and after that, I would use the pink colour for the bunny after the horse etc. This just helps save time and effort to remake the colours.

I would then wait for the cookies to dry before piping the remaining icing on top (if needed), or overnight before putting the finishing touches to their details to be sure they're dry.

Have fun!

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