Have fun making these sweet Bumble Bee Cookies using candy melts and modeling chocolate (candy clay). These Decorated Nutter Butter Cookies could not be any cuter with their bright yellow and black striped bodies, sweet expressive candy eyes, and angelic white wings.
Bumble Bee Cookies
Have I thanked you lately for being a loyal reader here at Hungry Happenings? I thank you, in my mind, every night before I go to bed. I am so blessed. My life as a food blogger is pretty amazing. I am incredibly grateful to all of you who read my posts and support me in this endeavor. I’m always so excited to hear that you have been inspired by one of my food crafts and that you have recreated one of my treats to share with family and friends.
When I create something like these adorably cute Nutter Butter Bumble Bee Cookies I become giddy at the thought of sharing them with you. I imagine them making you smile and that makes me smile too.
I wish you could all live in my neighborhood so I could share my sweet treats with you, but blogging about them is the next best thing. I can imagine you making these little Bumble Bee Cookies for an Earth Day celebration, a birthday party, or even for a spelling bee.
If you did lived next door or down the street I would happily share these bee cookies with you. They were so fun to make using Nutter Butter Cookies dipped in yellow Candy Melts and decorated with modeling chocolate, candy eyes, and white candy melt wings.
To make these yourself, you’ll start by dipping a Nutter Butter Cookie into yellow candy melts. If you’ve never worked with Candy Melts before, be sure to check out my Chocolate Making Tips page for melting instructions.
TIPS FOR DIPPING NUTTER BUTTERS to make BUMBLE BEE COOKIES:
- set the cookie in a bowl of melted yellow candy melts
- submerge it in the candy melts
- use a dipping fork or a kitchen fork to lift the cookie out of the candy melts
- tap the handle of the fork on the side of the bowl a few times and allow the excess candy to drip off the cookie
- if needed, scrape any big drips of candy melts off by running the cookie along the edge of the bowl
- set the dipped cookie on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
- freeze the dipped cookie for 3-4 minutes until hardened (any longer and the candy might crack)
NOTE – Dip a few cookies then get them in the freezer. If you allow the candy coating to harden at room temperature your candy may develop white spots or streaks. The quicker the candy hardens the better, so freezing works best.
After you dip your Nutter Butter Cookies you’ll want to add the black stripes, antennae, smiles, eyes, and wings.
When I was designing these Bumble Bee Cookies I wanted the bee’s black stripes to be uniform so I used a clay extruder to create thin ribbons of the modeling chocolate. I also used it to make the thin ropes for the antennae and mouths. You can find clay extruders at craft stores in the clay aisle. I have four of them and use them with modeling chocolate all the time to easily make ribbons, hair, and ropes.
To make black modeling chocolate you can start with modeling chocolate made with dark chocolate or with candy clay made using Black Candy Melts. Both will need to be colored with some black food coloring to get a nice vibrant black. See tips for coloring modeling chocolate on my Chocolate Making Tips Page/Modeling Chocolate Recipe.
How to use the Clay Extruder to make the Modeling Chocolate decorations for the Bumble Bee Cookies:
- choose the disc you want to use and insert it into the screw cap on the clay extruder (for the stripes choose a rectangle opening for the antennae and mouth use a small hole)
- roll the modeling chocolate into a long tube
- insert it into the clay extruder
- insert the plunger
- press the plunger and extrude the modeling chocolate
- cut off strips and lay across the cookie to create the stripes
- attach the stripes using clear piping gel (you can use yellow candy melts, but the piping gel is a bit neater)
- create a small smile and two antenna for each bee
- attach the smile using clear piping gel and the antenna using yellow candy melts
You’ll also need to shape a small stinger for each bee using the modeling chocolate.
If you have not ever used or made modeling chocolate, also known as candy clay or chocolate clay, you can find the recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips Page/Modeling Chocolate Recipe. It’s a simple 2-ingredient recipe that makes a clay that is similar to fondant but it tastes like chocolate.
I love working with it so much that I wrote a book called, Candy Clay Creations, that’s available on Amazon.
Next you’ll want to attach two candy eyes. I used Jumbo Eyes because I thought they looked so cute, but you can use any size candy eyes. The last step will be to pipe some wings using white candy melts.
Watch the video below to see how to make and decorate these Bumble Bee Cookies…
You can find the supplies needed to make these Bumble Bee Nutter Butter Cookies on amazon (commission earned for sales).
- 12 ounces Yellow Candy Melts, melted
- 8 Nutter Butter Cookies
- 4 ounces black modeling chocolate (candy clay)
- clear piping gel
- 16 jumbo candy eyes
- 6 ounces Bright White Candy Melts
- Dip Nutter Butter Cookies in Yellow Candy Melts and set them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Freeze for 3-4 minutes until hardened.
- Fit a clay extruder with a ribbon disc (small rectangle whole).
- Insert black modeling chocolate in the clay extruder and press out ribbons of the candy clay.
- Brush clear piping gel in a thin line over the upper middle part of the cookie and lay a strip of black modeling chocolate over top.
- Cut off the excess modeling chocolate.
- Repeat creating four black, curved stripes across each cookie.
- Pinch off small pieces of black modeling chocolate and roll into a cone.
- Attach along the bottom edge of the cookie to create the bee's stinger.
- Press more black modeling chocolate through the clay extruder fitted with a round hole disc.
- Cut tiny pieces of the modeling chocolate to create a smile then create two antennae.
- Attach the smile using clear piping gel.
- Attach the antennae using yellow candy melts.
- Attach two candy eyes using yellow candy melts.
- Pipe two wings and set a cookie on top.
- Allow the wings and antennae to harden before moving the cookies.
Have fun making these Nutter Butter Bumble Bee Cookies. If you make them and share them online be sure to link back to this blog post, mention Hungry Happenings, and use #hungryhappenings.