Roses And Leopard Print With Royal Icing

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

I decorated these cookies in roses and leopard print with royal icing after seeing a similar pattern on a shirt the other day. Cookie inspiration is everywhere! The roses were done using the wet-on-wet technique, but rather than mixing up batches of red and green icing, I painted the base layer of icing with food coloring while it was still wet. You can see this process in action in the video below. This is a technique I experimented with when I made these tie dye cookies a couple of weeks ago and again last week on these pastel water color cookies.Leopard-print-resized

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Colors:

  • Red
  • Green = one drop of blue + one drop of yellow (for about 1 cup of icing)
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Turquoise = two drops of blue + one drop of yellow (for about 1 cup of icing)

Watch the video to learn how to make roses and leopard print with royal icing:

Click on the images below for more cookie projects!                            Tie-Dye-Cookies-1  Color-Right1 Marbled-Brush-Embroidered-resizedBanner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it does contain Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a commission. These commissions allow me to continue to create new content for my blog and YouTube channel. Thank you for your support!

New Cookies For The New Neighbors!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Moving is exhausting. 3 months after closing, we finally moved into our new house! Of course, every room is piled high with furniture and boxes, but I’m looking forward to getting unpacked and settled in.

With a new house comes new neighbors, and my neighbors get cookies! The pastel base on these brush embroidered cookies was inspired by Sweetapolita’s watercolor technique from her new book, The Sweetapolita Bake Book.

Marbled-Brush-Embroidered-resized

Rather than applying the colors to dry icing, I applied the colors to white flood consistency icing while it was still wet because I wanted to be able to marble the colors together. This technique is similar to how I made my rainbow tie dye cookies, but with random blotches instead of concentric circles and spirals. I used Wilton Color Right for these cookies, just like I did for the tie dye design, but I added more liquid in order to get pastel shades. Once I applied the edible watercolor to the wet icing with a brush, I swirled them together with a scribe tool.

After allowing the icing to dry completely, I added flowers using the brush embroidery technique with teal stiff consistency icing and a small brush. I just love how these cookies turned out!

Banner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it does contain Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a commission. These commissions allow me to continue to create new content for my blog and YouTube channel. Thank you for your support!

Rainbow Tie Dye Cookies!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

This is a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. At first, I thought that the best way to make rainbow tie dye cookies would be to pipe each color separately. The problem was, however, that I just didn’t want to mix up 6 separate colors and fill all of those bags! So, I decided that I would paint the colors onto the wet icing. This technique worked out much better because the colors came out really vibrant and it had more of a realistic tie dye effect since the colors bled into each other (the only time that I’ve ever actually wanted my colors to bleed!).

Tie-Dye-Cookies-1

Here’s what you’ll need to make these rainbow tie dye cookies:

Colors (I used Wilton Color Right)

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green = one drop of yellow + one drop of blue
  • Blue
  • Purple = one drop of red + one drop of blue

Begin by placing a drop of each color into a paint palette or into 6 separate small dishes. Add a few drops of alcohol or flavored extract to thin the color. Ice a cookie with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 3. While the icing is still wet, use the soft round brush to paint the surface of the icing. You can make a spiral or concentric circles, as you can see in the video at the bottom of this post. Tie-Dye-Cookies-2

Continue to apply the colors the cookie, rinsing the brush in between each color. Tie-Dye-Cookies-3 Tie-Dye-Cookies-4

Tie-Dye-Cookies-5 Tie-Dye-Cookies-6

Once all of the colors are applied, use the scribe tool to drag the icing out toward the edge of the cookie.Tie-Dye-Cookies-8

Allow the icing to dry completely, then add a purple bead border with stiff consistency icing and a tip 3. This step is shown in the video below.Tie-Dye-Cookies-9

Click on the images below for more cookie decorating tutorials!           Rainbow-Cookies3 Owl-Cookies2 Unicorns3

Banner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it does contain Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a commission. These commissions allow me to continue to create new content for my blog and YouTube channel. Thank you for your support!

Rosewater Meringue Cookie Recipe

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

I’ve always been a huge fan of rosewater flavored desserts and meringue cookies are one of my favorite things to make, so putting these together was bound to happen! To make them even better, I covered the bottoms of my meringue cookies in melted white chocolate and then dipped them in chopped pistachios, which helped to balance the sweetness. These cookies are crispy, chewy, crunchy, creamy, and incredibly delicious. Find my rosewater meringue cookie recipe below.Meringue-Cookie-1

Rosewater Meringue Cookie Recipe

  • 4 large egg whites (or about 1/2 cup), room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Food coloring (optional – I used one drop of pink from Wilton’s new Color Right Color System)
  • 16″ or larger decorating bag
  • Open star tip
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips, melted
  • 8 oz pistachios, shelled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • Edible gold leaf (optional)

Meringue-Cookie-5

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 200F
  • Place the egg whites and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl and whip on medium speed until the whites are foamy and light in color, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and salt and whip on high until the meringue holds a soft/medium peak.
  • Add the vanilla and rosewater extract and whip until combined, about 30 more seconds.
  • If you are coloring the meringue, gently fold it in with a rubber spatula.
  • Fit a decorating bag with an open star tip and fill it with the meringue.
  • Pipe the meringue using a swirl motion on sheet trays lined with parchment paper about 2″ apart.
  • Dry the meringues in the oven for about 4 hours or until they are dry and crisp.
  • Once cooled, remove the meringues from the parchment paper

Dipping the meringues

  • Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler on the stove according to the instructions on the package. If you’re using the cardamom, mix it into the melted white chocolate.
  • Dip the meringues into the white chocolate and then immediately into the chopped pistachios.

If you’d like, you can add flakes of edible gold leaf to the tops of the meringues, as I did here. Use a dry brush to remove a small flake of gold from the paper and transfer it to the cookie.

Meringue-Cookie-2

I packaged these meringue cookies up for Mother’s Day in a window box from BRP Box Shop.

Click on the images below for more meringue cookie recipes!

Meringue 1 resized Meringue1 SweetAmbs-Meringue-Cookies2

Emoji Cookies!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Emojis have been one of the most requested cookie designs on my YouTube channel, so I decided to give them a try! I think they turned out pretty cute :)Emoji-Cookies

 —

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Colors:

Watch the video to learn how to make these emoji cookies:

Banner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it does contain Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a commission. These commissions allow me to continue to produce new content for my blog and YouTube channel. Thank you for your support!

Mother’s Day Cookies – Brush Embroidery and Filigree

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

While having dinner with my BFF and her family during a recent trip to Indiana, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful tablecloth. Of course I had to take a photo of it so that I could turn the design into a cookie when I returned to my studio! Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I thought these would be perfect for the occasion.

Color-Right

I made this shade of green using the new Wilton Color Right system. Click here to read more about it.

Color-Right10

Here are the other supplies that you’ll need to make these Mother’s Day Cookies:

Begin by icing the cookies in pale green flood consistency royal icing with a tip 3. Allow the icing to dry completely (about 8 hours). Once the icing is completely dry, cover it in white pearl dust using a soft brush. This will add a little bit of sparkle to the base layer of icing.

Use stiff consistency icing in a lighter shade of green with a tip 3 to pipe a filigree design. There is a video on the filigree technique with a practice template available in my tutorial shop.

Color-Right5

To make brush embroidered flowers, pipe a ruffled line using the same stiff consistency icing that was used to pipe the filigree. Dip the square tip brush into a cup of water, blot the excess on a paper towel, and drag the icing toward the center of the flower. The brush embroidery technique is also available in a video in my tutorial shop.

Color-Right6

Continue to layer the brush embroidered petals until you reach the edge of the cookie. Color-Right7

Repeat the process to make leaves.Color-Right8

Add dots and a bead border around the edge with the same the stiff consistency icing and tip 3.Color-Right9

Allow the decorations to dry for another hour or so before handling the cookies.Color-Right12

Happy Mother’s Day!

Banner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it contains Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a small commission. Thank you for your support!

Wilton Color Right

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being one of the first to try out Color Right, Wilton’s new line of food coloring. The idea behind this system is to help us decorators achieve the same exact icing color every time. It comes with a chart that tells you exactly how many drops of color you need to achieve a specific hue. I haven’t gone so far as to make a color more than once to see if I could replicate it each time,  but I have been able to get some really beautiful shades. You can find the Wilton Color Right system on Amazon.

Color-Right1

Color-Right2

My favorite thing about Color Right is that it’s really easy to get vibrant shades with a few drops of color. The chart calls for 2 cups of icing for each color, but I was only using 1 cup, so I cut the amounts in half. Since I was using only 1 cup of icing, I had to make pastels by using half drops (half drops aren’t recommended, but sometimes I break the rules). To get a half drop, I squeezed the color out onto a spatula and touched the spatula to the icing. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to get some nice soft colors. You do have to be careful though, because the color is very concentrated, so it’s easy to go overboard if you’re not following the chart!

Color-Right-Box

This pastel green is my favorite color of the shades listed in the chart. The photo above shows the formula to achieve this color. 1 drop of blue, 1 drop of yellow, and 1 drop of brown (I did use the full 2 cups of stiff consistency royal icing here just to make sure I got it exactly right). Click here to see the cookies I made using this color.

Color-Right10

Overall, I really enjoyed using the Color Right system and I look forward to trying out more of the colors. I also think it would be fun to come up with new shades using different combinations of drops! I love that they come in squeeze bottles, too. They’re so much easier to use than the jars (although, I don’t foresee myself giving up my Garden Tone Set anytime soon). My only issue with the system is that the chart calls for 2 cups of icing, and sometimes you just don’t need that much of one color. But, if you’re a rule-breaker like me, you can always just use a half drop. 😉

Banner-728x90-resized

While this post is not sponsored, it contains Amazon affiliate links, from which I receive a small commission. Thank you for your support!

Today’s Cookie Decorating Class

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Here’s what we’ll be working on in today’s cookie decorating class at my studio here in Beacon, New York. The lesson will include lots of different royal icing techniques including filigree, wet-on-wet roses, piped roses, brush embroidery, eyelet lace, fondant molding, bead borders, and painting. It’s going to be a busy day!

If you are interested in taking a cookie decorating class, you can check the group class schedule, or contact me to set up a private lesson. I also offer an online class on Craftsy!

Spring-Class-resized

Banner-728x90-resized

New Workshop At SweetAmbs!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Mimi Fix of BakingFix is coming back to my studio in Beacon, New York on May 30th to teach a workshop with me! You can reserve your spot by clicking here.

May-30-poster-resized2

During the first portion of this class, I’ll teach you some of my favorite cookie decorating techniques using royal icing including flooding, brush embroidery and the wet-on-wet technique. In the afternoon, Mimi will give a lecture on how to start a home-based baking business. It will be a fun day! We’ll provide everything you need for class, including lunch and refreshments, so you don’t need to bring anything with you.

Click here for more information and to reserve your spot. This class is not currently being offered online, so we hope to see you there live and in-person!

Simple Wet-On-Wet Flowers With Royal Icing

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

A few weeks ago, my friend Ashley of Sweet Nelsons organized a lovely brunch and cookie exchange for a group of local cookie decorators. It was so nice to see some familiar faces and meet new friends, too. My favorite thing when getting together with other cookiers is to make the connection between a Facebook or Instagram page and a real-live person. That moment when you can say, “oh that’s YOU! I love your work!” is really neat. I’m always amazed at how the internet brings people together.

wet-on-wet-flowers

These are the cookies that I brought for the cookie exchange. I was in the mood to do something really cute and simple. I think I accomplished my goal with these wet-on-wet flowers!

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Colors:

wet-on-wet-flowers1

Since these cookies are made using the wet-on-wet technique, you’ll have to move quickly so that you can finish all of the decorations before the icing starts to crust over.

Begin by flooding a cookie with the green icing and a tip 3.wet-on-wet-flowers2

Immediately pipe dots of blue icing with a tip 1. To make the dots evenly spaced, start with 4 down the center, then pipe 3 on either side, then finish with 2 on the ends. wet-on-wet-flowers3

Pipe 5 dots of pink icing with a tip 1 around each blue dot.

wet-on-wet-flowers4

Add a dot of white icing with a tip 1 in between each flower.

wet-on-wet-flowers4a

You can see a video of this design here on my YouTube channel.

wet-on-wet-flowers-resized2

Ashley put together some fantastic gift bags for us with goodies from BRP box shop, The Cookie Countess, Karen’s Cookies, The Bakers Confectionery, Whisked Away Cookie Cutters, and Truly Mad Plastics. I can’t wait to use all of this fun stuff! Cookie-Brunch

 —Banner-728x90-resized