Brush Embroidered Lace and Royal Icing Pearls

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If you’ve been following my blog for the last couple of months, you know that I’ve been testing out a few different ideas for wedding cookies. These cookies with brush embroidered lace and royal icing pearls are in the running to be my favors! At the moment, I have big plans to make my own cookies for my wedding. We’ll see how that goes!

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

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Using medium consistency royal icing and a tip 3, fill a sheet of wax paper with small, medium and large beads. My smallest is about 1/8″ and the largest is about 1/4″.  Allow the icing to dry completely, about 8 hours. I let my beads sit overnight to be safe.Pearl-Cookie-How-To1

Once the beads are dry, paint them with a mixture of pearl dust and alcohol. Read this post to learn more about painting with pearl dust. I used white and bronze pearl dust separately and then mixed a little bit of bronze into the white to create a champagne color. The three shades created a nice ombre effect.                                     Pearl-Cookie-How-To2 Pearl-Cookie-How-To3

I found that the scribe tool was the fastest way to remove the beads from the paper. I slid it under each bead and they popped right off. At this point, you can store the beads for up to three months to use later. Keep them in a zip lock bag or tupperware container at room temperature.                                                            Pearl-Cookie-How-To4 Pearl-Cookie-How-To5

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Place a small round cookie cutter on top of a baked cookie and trace the inside with the scribe tool. This will be the guide for piping a ring of icing around the edge. Use light brown flood consistency royal icing with a tip 3 to pipe the ring. Allow the icing to dry completely, at least 4 hours.

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Spread a little bit of the flood consistency icing around the center of the cookie to act as glue. Place the pearls on the wet icing with a pair of tweezers. Pearl-Cookie-How-To9

To make a brush embroidered lace border, pipe a wavy line of stiff consistency icing with a tip 3 on the edge of the brown icing. Use a damp square tip brush to bring the icing toward the center. You can learn more about brush embroidery in my online Craftsy class.Pearl-Cookie-How-To10

Once you’ve gone all the way around the edge, make a second layer of brush embroidered lace.Pearl-Cookie-How-To11

Add another brush embroidered lace border on the inner edge.Pearl-Cookie-How-To12

Pipe a bead border with stiff consistency icing and a tip 3 along the center of the lace border.

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I added some edible wafer paper roses and piped some leaves with stiff consistency icing and a tip 352. Click here to see the tutorial on how to make these roses.

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Watch a video of this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Click on the images below for more cookies!                                            Wedding-dress-cookies Vintage-Wedding-22 Wafer-Paper-Rose3

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Mount Fuji and Sakura Cookies

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One of the most memorable experiences during my trip to Japan last month was seeing Mount Fuji while traveling on the Shinkansen (high speed train) on our way from Tokyo to Kobe. It took my breath away! Never in a million years would I have thought that decorating cookies would allow me the opportunity to see Mount Fuji in person. See photos from my trip here.Mount-Fuji-Cookies

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Here’s what you’ll need to make these Mount Fuji and sakura cookies:

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Watch the video below for instructions on how to decorate the cookies:

Click on the images below for more cookie decorating tutorials!           Bows Cherry-Blossom-Cookie-1Donut-Cookies6

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Wedding Dress Cookies

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With my wedding just under 6 months away, I have so many cookie ideas swirling around in my head! These wedding dress cookies were made with the Gown Cookie Cutter from Karen’s Cookies. Click here to see how I made those wafer paper roses that you see in the corner of this photo.Wedding-dress-cookies

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

Colors:

Watch the video to learn how to decorate these wedding dress cookies:

Click on the images below for more wedding cookies!                          Wafer-Paper-Rose3 cookieflower13D-Hearts5

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Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

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I’m thrilled to have my work featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! I created these cookies with flood consistency royal icing using the wet-on-wet technique with some hand-painted details to go along with the wildflower theme. Look for the magazine next time you’re out, or purchase the Kindle version here on Amazon.

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I snapped a photo of the full set of cookies before shipping them off to NYC.  MSW2015

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April Fools’ Day Breakfast!

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Next to decorating cookies, making dessert look like savory food is one of my favorite things to do, which is why this April Fools’ Day breakfast made entirely of cake, cookies, and frosting was so much fun for me to create! I don’t know why, but this amuses me more than most things. You can see last year’s April Fools’ Day meal here.April-Fools-Day-Breakfast

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

  • Boxed white cake mix (I used Betty Crocker, but you can use your favorite) baked in a 9×5″ loaf pan
  • White frosting (again, Betty Crocker, but any creamy frosting will do)
  • Oatmeal cookies (I used a bagged mix to make my oatmeal cookies)
  • Wilton black sugar sparkles
  • Cocoa powder
  • Corn syrup
  • Yellow and red food coloring
  • Brushes for dusting and applying corn syrup

Watch the video for instructions on how to make this April Fools’ Day breakfast:

Click here to learn how to make an April Fools’ Day Lunch!

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Royal Icing Bows And Hearts!

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Before I left for Japan earlier this month, I wanted to make something cute and delicious to bring to my hosts and class organizers, Yuki of Creative Edibles by Yuki and her partner Keiko of Sugar Sugar. I made these royal icing bows using the transfer method and dusted them with a little bit of pink pearl dust before placing them on the heart cookies. I think they really enjoyed them! You can see photos of my trip by clicking here.Bows

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Watch the video below to learn how to decorate these heart cookies with royal icing bows:

Right-click on the bow template to save it to your computer so that you can print it out. Bow-Template3

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Photos From My Trip To Japan!

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I just returned home after spending nearly two weeks in Japan. My friend Yuki of CEY Japan, her assistants, and her partner Keiko of SugarSugar Japan did an amazing job of organizing everything from my accommodations, transportation, and of course, my classes! I couldn’t have asked for better hosts! Here are some photos from my trip.

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1) Mount Fuji as seen from the Shinkansen (high speed train) between Tokyo and Kobe.

2) A visit to Asakusa on a rainy day. It was beautiful!

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3 & 4) Our gorgeous classroom in Kobe and the restaurant downstairs where we had an amazing eight-course meal. The owner of the restaurant is also an incredibly talented wedding dress and floral designer. You can see her work here.

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5 & 6) Classes in Kobe

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7) Class in Kawasaki

8) My demo cookies from our classes

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9) Cookie designs for lessons 1 through 4. Each class was four hours.

10) Cookie designs from the 8 hour master Course.Japan3Japan2

11) Beautiful cupcakes from my student Yuu of Cupcakes By Yuyu

12) Kawaii sushi rolls from Chocokuma

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13, 14, 15 & 16) The stores in Japan are filled with so many cute and pretty things! I shopped a lot on my days off.

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17) A chandelier inside a store in the Harajuku neighborhood in Tokyo (my favorite place!)

18) This beautiful rose was carved from soap by my student Yuki Manabe. You can see more of her amazing work on her blog.

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19) The wallpaper of the classroom in Kobe. So much cookie inspiration everywhere!

20) One of the cookies we made in the Master Course in Kobe using the wet on wet technique

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21) Sunrise over Tokyo.Japan29

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22) A delicious Japanese meal cooked by my friends in Kobe on my last night in Japan. It was the perfect way to end my trip!Japan33

Thank you so much to everyone for making my visit so enjoyable. I hope to return one day!

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Cherry Blossom Tree Cookies {and my upcoming trip to Japan}

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I made these cherry blossom tree cookies in honor of my upcoming trip to Japan in March. I think it will be too early in the season to actually see the blossoms while I’m there, so these cookies will have to do for now! My friend Yuki of Creative Edibles by Yuki has organized 10 cookie decorating classes that I will teach over the course of two weeks in Kawasaki and Kobe. I’ll return to New York on March 16th. I’ve never been to Japan, but I’ve always wanted to visit, so I’m very happy that Yuki invited me!

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

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Watch the video below for the tutorial on how to decorate these cherry blossom cookies:

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See you when I get back!

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Wedding Cake Cookies With Wafer Paper Roses

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I’ve spent the last few weekends rolling and painting dozens of coffee filters to turn them into roses for my wedding centerpieces (one of many wedding projects inspired by searching Pinterest). You can see photos of this ambitious project on my Instagram feed (I didn’t do it all alone, of course. Thanks to my friend Tara for contributing a few box-fulls!) I applied this same technique to make these edible wafer paper roses. Wafer-Paper-Rose3

I’d never worked with wafer paper before and I discovered that it is not nearly as flexible as coffee filters are. In fact, it is quite brittle! I had to dampen the paper a little bit before rolling to keep the paper from cracking. You’ll see all of that in the video below.

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

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Watch the video below for the tutorial on how to make these wedding cake cookies with edible wafer paper roses:

When you dampen the paper with the water, be careful not to go overboard. If you apply too much water, the paper will start to dissolve and become very sticky (as I learned the hard way)!

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Keep an eye out for more of my DIY wedding projects on Instagram!

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How To Decorate Owl Cookies!

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These brightly colored owl cookies are made from one of the many cookie cutters that I picked up during my last trip to NY Cake in Manhattan. On a side note, I recently found out that this pretty paper doily was designed by my cousin Cullen at Anna Griffen. Pretty neat, right?Owl-Cookies2

Here’s what you’ll need to make these owl cookies:

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Watch the video below for the step-by-step tutorial:

If you’re worried about your colors bleeding into each other when piping with bold shades, read this post for information on how to prevent it from happening (scroll down to the section on troubleshooting tips).

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