I gave Allison some choices for cupcakes and she picked penguins. Aren't they cute? I just love them and they were so easy. I found the idea on the Family Fun website. You can see their link over there. ------> As I've mentioned several times before, I love their magazine and website.
Here is a close up of a little penguin. The recipe said to use dried apricots cut into triangles for the nose and feet. However, I wasn't going to sit there and cut out 72 triangles to have the kids pull them off and say "Yuk, what is this?" So I improvised and colored some icing orange and piped it on with a Wilton #3 tip. I actually liked how they came out better than the apricots. The cookies are the Keebler Grasshopper Cookies. One package will make 24 cupcakes with a few left over. However, when you cut the cookie in half, use a sharp knife and start at the top first and then run the knife down to the bottom. If you put the knife on top and press down, you will not get a clean edge. The eyes are mini M & M's "glued" on with a little white icing. I found the minis at a convenience store and I bought two tubes to get 48 brown ones for the eyes. You could use different colored eyes if you wish and use all the colors but I liked the brown better.
Speaking of Penguins....Whoo Hooo! The Pittsburgh Penguins won game 3 last night of the Stanley Cup Finals! Here's a victory photo "borrowed" from their site. They lost the first two games and won the third. We need to win 3 more out of the next 4 to bring the cup home!