Butterfly Cookies (and how to create a bokeh effect with royal icing!)

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When I was decorating these butterfly cookies, my main focus was to use royal icing to experiment with bokeh effect (if you’re not familiar with bokeh, you can see some examples here). I studied a few images and zeroed in on the features that I thought would capture the overall feel of a bokeh background. butterfly-cookies

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

Colors: All of the icing colors were made using the Wilton Color Right color system 

  • Teal = blue + yellow
  • Purple = teal + pink

To create a bokeh effect on your cookies, you’ll need 4 shades of teal (or any color you want to use for the background) plus white flood consistency icing. Each of these bags is fitted with a Wilton tip 3. bokeh-bags-reszied

Begin by flooding a square cookie with the darkest shade of royal icing. bokeh-1-resized

While the icing is still wet, pipe dots using icing that is one shade lighter. Overlap some of the dots.bokeh-2-resized

Use one shade lighter to fill in the areas where the circles overlap.  bokeh-3-resized

Continue piping layers of dots with the lighter shades of teal icing. Use the white icing to fill in the areas where the lightest circles overlap. Allow the icing to dry completely (I usually allow my icing to dry overnight, but 8 hours should be enough).bokeh-3-resized

To complete the bokeh effect, use a soft brush to create circles of light blue pearl dust.bokeh-4-resized

Trace a butterfly cookie cutter with the scribe tool so that you scratch the outline into the icing. Fill it in with purple flood consistency icing and a tip 2.bokeh-5-resized

Pipe a staggered bead border with white stiff consistency icing and a tip 3.bokeh-6-resized

Dust the edges of the butterfly with the same blue pearl dust that was used earlier.bokeh-7-resized

Watch the video below to see the whole decorating process in action from start to finish:

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Mermaid Tail Cookies!

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These mermaid tail cookies were inspired by a technique that I used to create a set of dinosaur cookies a few weeks ago. This time, I used the brush embroidery technique to create the scales rather than using SugarVeil® as I did on the dino cookies, but the SugarVeil® Mesh Mat would work really well here, too. The pearlescent finish is achieved by applying a combination of colorful pearl dusts.

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Dinosaur Cookies!

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Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time! It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since my dad took me to see it when it first opened in 1993. I’ve probably watched it about 20 times since then! So, as you can imagine, I’m very excited for the premiere of Jurassic World next weekend. So excited, in fact, that I made these dinosaur cookies to celebrate! Dinosaur-Cookies3

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