Going Ape Over Decorated Banana Cookies!

I had so much fun coming up with a creative idea for the presentation of family memberships for our local zoo for a give-away. The business who sponsored the give-away asked me to come up with something that would coordinate with such a nifty gift.My project began with this…
…membership certificates in a paper scroll.

banana cookies santa ana zoo
The presentation possibilities were endless but you know me…… ‘cookies must be involved!’

The zoo is known for their monkey exhibit and what is more fun than monkeys?

I found this Curious George-esque fella at Toys R Us.

banana cookies santa ana zoo
So friendly, don’t you think?

And what goes with monkeys? Bananas!

banana cookies santa ana zoo
And what’s better than a few bananas? A bunch of them!

banana cookies santa ana zoo
I wanted the cookies to be more than just yellow crescents so I rubbed on petal powders in orange, brown and green to add some shading giving them more depth.

I drew the stems and tips on the bananas with an Ameri-Color brown edible ink pen.

banana cookies santa ana zoo
‘Ripeness’ was added by dipping a toothbrush into a cocoa mixture and flicking it over the cookie for those little brown specks.

banana cookies santa ana zoo
splatter decorating with icing
I did this only on a few cookies because I didn’t want the bunch to look like they were all destined to become banana bread.

banana cookies santa ana zoo
I couldn’t believe the ribbon I found at Michael’s with adorable monkey faces.
I couldn’t wait to get home a make a bow with accent color ribbon.
Is anyone else like that?

banana cookies santa ana zoo
George is enjoying the late afternoon sun of a day that reached 72 today.
I promise spring will be here, and it’s coming to the mid-west, northeast and south too.
But we’re going to keep it over here for awhile longer. πŸ™‚

banana cookies santa ana zoo
George was finished with a wrap of poofy cellophane, a big beautiful bow and a custom made tag of the sponsoring company’s logo. He also found a new friend and family today.

Next week another lucky winner will be chosen.

I hope the winners’ visits to the zoo are more fun than a barrel full of monkeys!

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  1. OMGOsh…. I LOVE these!!! You have done a fabulous job. XOXO

  2. Wow! You did amazing the cookies are perfect! Lucky winner such a great basket of goodies!

  3. That is absolutely adorable.

  4. That is so cute, those cookies look delicious too πŸ™‚ Great job!

  5. Girl, I wish we were neighbors so I could test out all these goodies:)

    Your amazingly talented! These are fantastic!!

  6. Oh my god this is the greatest. Those bananas are, well, um bananas. To quote Rachel Zoe.

  7. Adorable! Every detail is perfect, from the original Monkey idea to the “ripeness” dots on the banana cookies to the fun ribbon.
    Another job well done P!

  8. This is over the top fabulous!!! You are certainly one of the most creative people I have ever had the pleasure to come across. How lucky are the receipients of these gorgeous baskets!!! xo HHL

  9. YOU ARE AMAZING. That is just the cutest thing I have ever seen! Love it. Xoxo

  10. Your talent is AMAZING! Wow…true genius. They must have been bananas over your banana cookies:)
    Great job and you have a really fun and happy and entertaining blog.
    Please check out mine if you get a minute..


    Its about the building of our new home and my passion for design and lifes pretty things. I think you would like it!

  11. Adorable. Lucky winners!!

  12. Seriously, is Food Network calling yet? You are soooooooo talented, and you’re sooooooo nice; we need that!

  13. ET Mom ~ Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Formerly Frau ~ You’re too kind. I hope they like them too. πŸ™‚

    Thank you Hines-Sight. πŸ™‚

    Denise ~ I’m loving the Martha Stewart vanilla sugar cookie recipe for a change of pace but it is very rich. Thanks for the nice compliment. πŸ™‚

    Flip Flops & Pearls ~ Well, come on over to Coto honey! I’ve got a martini with your name on it. πŸ™‚

    Lisa ~ I love Rachel and thank you. πŸ™‚

    SJN~ Thank you, friend. I still can’t get over that ribbon! It takes so little to amuse me. πŸ™‚

  14. High Heeled Life ~ Wow! You are really too kind. Thank you for a most generous compliment, friend. πŸ™‚

    P101 ~ Thank you! I see pink baby cookies in your future, yes? πŸ™‚

    The Enchanted Home ~ Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I will surely be over to visit. πŸ™‚

    Bronco Mom ~ Happy New Year, friend! Thank you. πŸ™‚

    T and C Mom ~ I did have fun today as one of my banana photos was a featured photo on Martha Stewart’s Doers and Dreamers page. I have no idea how this occurred, could be random for all I know but today I am pretending Martha and I are BFFs. hahaha! Thank you for both the lovely compliments, friend. πŸ™‚

  15. That looks so great!!!

  16. You must get tired of me telling you how amazing you are, but these cookies are absolutely fabulous! =) What a fun batch to make!

  17. Living Well ~ Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Kimmie ~ hahaha. You’re sweet. πŸ™‚

  18. OMG, that is adorable! i love following your blog and seeing all your creative work! way to go! you are going to be an awesome nana someday, i can tell!!! πŸ™‚

  19. Just had to add that I was talking to a friend yesterday who has the cutest little 5 year old boy, George. So she is doing a curious george party for his 5th bday and of course your work of art cookies came to mind so I directed her to your blog/pictures and she FLIPPED OUT. She was sooo inspired. You are indeed one talented cookie…no pun intended……LOL

  20. Mommy Skonovd ~ Hey there! πŸ™‚ Well, can there ever be a better nana than the ones your little one have? I think not. πŸ™‚

    The Enchanted Home ~ I am so glad to hear your friend was inspired. Thanks for coming back to let me know. If her inspiration wears thin with all the other party planning I can make the cookies for her. Have her email me if she is interested. πŸ™‚

  21. Oh my word how cute is this! I am loving the idea and just might have to give it a try!


  22. Your creativity is truly so impressive and the end job looks fabulous! I’m sure the winner enjoyed the presentation just as much as the delicious and adorable products! πŸ™‚ I love your blog just to get inspired .. even if my end job only turns out to be break and bake cookies and a quick icing job!