Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jae's Decorated Cookies


Comparison

I just came back from a short but sweet trip to Vegas with a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday.  Two years ago we took a spontaneous trip to Vegas and this year we did the same.. but planned.  On our last trip I had made some chocolate cupcakes for her decorated with buttercream flowers:

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This year, I made her about 2 dozen decorated cookies and regular chocolate cupcakes.


Jae LOVES butterflies so I decided to incorporate it into the cookies.  Inspired by a cupcake I saw online the other day I decorated the cookies using fondant.  Fondant is a sugar dough which is most often used to cover wedding cakes to create a perfect canvas as a foundation for beautifully decorated cakes.

First I baked off sugar cookies with skewers.  I soaked the skewers in hot water for about 20 minutes or so before inserting them into the cookies to bake.

Cookies

After baked and cooled, I colored the fondant black and cut out black circles (rolled out with a rolling pin and cornstarch) with the same round cutters used to cut the cookies.  Take note that the cookie expands a little in the baking process.  Depending on how often the dough is worked the cookie might expand a little or not at all.  Chances are some of the circles of fondant won't always fit perfectly on the cookie.

Cornstarch

I dusted off the excess cornstarch.  Then, I made some royal icing and got a brush (Home Depot has various sized paint brushes for as little as about $1) and dipped it in the icing.

Brush

Then I brushed on the icing.  I made sure not to go too close to the edge because if the fondant doesn't cover all of the cookie then you'll have a messy finished product.

Painting

For the second layer I rolled out white fondant to create a stark contrast of colors.  I had bought these clear stamps at a craft store with different floral and swirly designs.  It's a quick and easy way to create some texture to the fondant without having to spend hours hunch backed trying to pipe a pretty design.

Stamping

Make sure the stamp has some cornstarch on it so it doesn't stick into the fondant.  Repeat throughout the entire piece of fondant.

Stamping 2

Then I took a round cutter that was the next size down from the ones used for the cookie and cut out round pieces.  

Whites

I had mini butterfly cookie cutters so I cut the center out with that.

Butterflies

I put this patterned circle on top of the black circle using a small amount of water to stick them together.  Then I took some of the royal icing and piped in the center of the butterfly my friend's name.  After several hours of drying, I added a shimmery coat (more on this in another entry) to the cookies and viola.. beautiful cookies.  

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I reversed the colors on half of them.

Jae 2

Happy 28th Birthday Jae!  I love you!!
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15 comments:

  1. What pretty lollipops! Wow, I'd love to be so creative and talented!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. That's amazing! Yet again, you inspire me :) Keep it up girl you have an amazing gift!

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  3. You should be an instructor for a baking class at your own Nad's Bakery :D
    Can I have a baking date with you?

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  4. Thanks Billie! All I do is copy other people but thanks anyway!

    Of course Christina! Just tell me when.

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  5. اخي العميل اذا كنت تريد شركة الصفرات لخدمات التنظيف والنظافة بالرياض
    تعد من افضل الشركات المعروفة بمجال الخدمات المنزلية
    شركة الصفرات لديها كل الادوات التي تستخدم في تنظيف المجالس والموكيت والسجاد
    لدينا اجهزة التنظيف بالبخار المستوردة
    شركة الصفرات لتنظيف المجالس
    شركة الصفرات لتنظيف الموكيت
    شركة الصفرات لتنظيف السجاد

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