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Smiling Shark Cookie

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The arrival each year of KF’s birthday, means Shark Week is just around the corner. I was super excited to make him a different version of a shark cookie this year for his birthday. This version is a sillier version than the shark cookies we have done in the past (see past versions here and here) since when I saw the cookie cutter, I could not resist adding a big shark smile!

I’m happy to share the how-to here with all you shark lovers…

SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_Coppergifts shark cutters
I was super excited when Beth, my “Fairy Cookiemother” pointed out they offer 2 versions of shark cookie cutters at CopperGifts. The above version if the one I have made for the past few years. Get the open mouth shark here and the closed mouth (or smiling) shark here.
SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_blank baked cookie
Bake your cookie sharks- I always let my cookies bake until the edges are a bit golden.
If you aren't comfortable freestyling this one, you can use a light colored food doodler to mark the lines of the mouth and belly. Use a light colored doodler- yellow is the best option.
If you aren’t comfortable freestyling this one, you can use a light colored food doodler to mark the lines of the mouth and belly. Use a light colored doodler- yellow is the best option.
Using your thin tip Sweet Dani B icing bottle, outline and fill the guidelines for the white.
Using your thin tip Sweet Dani B icing bottle, outline and fill the guidelines for the white.
SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_outline grey
While the white icing is still wet, outline and fill the shark with grey royal icing.
SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_toothpick to even out
Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles, and smooth the white icing into the grey at edges if needed.
I experimented with two different sized eyes. KF pointed out that the smaller eye is more realistic but thought the big eye was cuter. Let your sharks dry overnight.
I experimented with two different sized eyes. KF pointed out that the smaller eye is more realistic but thought the big eye was cuter. Let your sharks dry overnight.
SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_Outline shark mouth
Using a black Americolor Food Pen, and a steady hand, draw the mouth outline where the grey and white meet.
SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_draw in triangle teeth
Draw in the triangle teeth. Let the food doodler pen “ink” dry for at least an hour.

Cue the music…

SDB Smiling Shark Cookie_finals drying
Here they are! Have you ever seen sharks with such sparkling personalities?

For even more detail here’s our How-To-Ice Video on the Smiling Shark!

I packaged these cookies in a clear top box and added a large, bold tag… I used a rope style twine to close the box for a more rustic look.

This is just one of the very famous quotes from JAWS. KF said it was his favorite birthday card yet!
This is just one of the very famous quotes from JAWS. KF said it was his favorite birthday card yet!

While I geared this shark cookie box to be a more adult, the smiling shark cookie would be especially cute for a boy’s birthday party. They are also perfect for munching on during Shark Week or while watching the re-run of Sharknado! Get baking then tune in… more Shark Week cookie and craft fun to follow this week! Stay tuned!  Xo Dani

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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  • Dani, you never cease to amaze me. I love the post & the smiling sharks and the JAWS quote… So creative and fun. Happy Birthday, KF!