Monarch Butterfly Cookies! {Collab with Haniela’s}

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I was inspired to make these monarch butterfly cookies when I came across Haniela’s mesmerizing monarch butterfly cake tutorial on Facebook.

I decided to pipe my monarch butterfly cookies by hand, but Hani’s use of a stencil to decorate her butterfly cake is a wonderful technique, especially if you don’t feel comfortable doing the design freehand.

Hani also created her own set of butterfly cookies using a stencil. Look how beautiful they are! I love the contrast of the chocolate cookie under the vibrant colors. You can see how she made these in her video tutorial here on YouTube.

My monarch butterfly cookies have an orange and yellow edible watercolor wash underneath the black outlines. Get the full supply list and written instructions below:

Supply list:

Instructions:

1) Begin by icing a butterfly cookie with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 3.

2) Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing.

3) Allow the icing to dry completely (it takes about 6-12 hours for the icing to dry. I always let my cookies sit overnight to be on the safe side!).

4) Combine orange and yellow food coloring with a few drops of grain alcohol, vodka, or any flavor extract, such as vanilla, lemon, or almond.

5) Apply the color to the icing with a soft round brush.

6) Pipe the details with black medium consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 1 or 1.5

7) Use a scribe tool to help smooth the icing on the thicker areas.

8) Add white dots with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 1 or 1.5.

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Watercolor Brush Embroidered Cookie Tutorial and Martha Bakes Sweepstakes!

This post is sponsored by Domino® Sugar.

When I think of Martha Stewart, I think of perfection, innovation, and of course, baking! Over a decade ago, I found myself flipping through the pages of Martha Stewart Handmade Cookie Decorating. I’d just graduated from culinary school and was trying to figure out my next move. I had dabbled in cake decorating using buttercream, royal icing, and chocolate, I’d made baked goods for neighbors’ parties, worked at a couple of bakeshops, but I hadn’t yet found my passion. Once I made my first batch of cookies, I was hooked (see one of the first sets of cookies inspired by Martha Stewart from way back when at the bottom of this post along with my first attempt at brush embroidery!). I’ve made thousands of cookies since then, experimenting with new techniques and perfecting old ones.

This set of Watercolor Brush Embroidered is a twist on one of the first techniques I used when I started decorating with royal icing. If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you know that my style has evolved over the years from subdued colors and antique-inspired designs to a brighter color palette and designs inspired by pop culture (rainbow leopard print anyone?). Even though my style has changed, I still take great care in decorating my cookies, just like I did when I made those first cookies inspired by Martha. While perfection is impossible, it doesn’t stop me from striving to achieve it 🙂

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Now, on to the tutorial!

I used Domino® Sugar’s Brown Sugar Cutout Cookie Recipe for this project. I prefer a soft, chewy cookie with the crunchy texture of royal icing, which is why I love this recipe. Domino® Brown Sugar holds the moisture, which helps to give the cookie a chewy texture. I made a few adjustments – I replaced the vanilla extract with vanilla bean paste, added the zest of one large orange, and cut the baking powder down to one teaspoon.

Here are the rest of the supplies you’ll need to make these Watercolor Brush Embroidered Cookies:

  • 3-1/2” Round cookie cutter

  • Flood consistency royal icingfor flooding

  • Stiff consistency royal icing (See my post on Royal Icing for more on icing consistencies)

  • 12″ Decorating Bags

  • Couplers

  • Bag ties

  • Decorating tip 3

  • Decorating tip 2

  • Scribe tool

  • Food coloring: Blue and Pink from the Wilton Color Right Set

  • Large dusting brush from the Wilton 2-piece set
  • Square tip brush from the Wilton 5-piece set

  • Paint palette

  • Grain alcohol, vodka, or extract for painting (Alcohol or flavored extracts are used for painting on royal icing because they evaporate very quickly, which means that the liquid won’t dissolve the icing as you are applying the paint. The stronger the alcohol, the better!)

Watch the video for the decorating instructions:

Head on over to www.marthabakesnyc.com to enter for a chance to win the Martha Bakes Sweepstakes! And if you have your own Martha-inspired sweets, share them on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #imsomartha and @dominosugar!

And before I forget, here are the cookies I made in 2007 along with my first attempt at brush embroidery on a doll cake 🙂 Those little “gems” on the cookies were made with melted sugar and a mold I’d made using a rhinestone. I was just out of culinary school at the time and feeling adventurous 😉

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Rainbow Brush Embroidery Cookies

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Our friends recently celebrated their baby’s 1st birthday, so I thought I’d make some cookies to celebrate 🙂

I love brush embroidery because it’s relatively simple to do, but the result is always impressive. And the colors can be customized for any occasion!

I took these to the next level by using a rainbow palette made with concentrated colors from the Wilton Color Right set. Scroll down for the tutorial and supply list!

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

Watch the video to learn how to make these rainbow brush embroidered cookies!

You can learn more about brush embroidery and other cookie decorating techniques in my online class. Register here!

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Cookie Planets!

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In a recent Instagram Story, I mentioned how much I dislike mixing icing colors. One of the reasons I started painting on royal icing is partially because of the versatility of the medium, but also because I’m pretty lazy when it comes to prepping for a project 😉

And, in a very unscientific study (involving asking my family members to stick their tongues out after eating these cookie planets), I found out that painted icing is less likely to stain your mouth than if the color is mixed into the icing.

This set was iced in white and painted with less than one drop of each color, which is probably why the cookies don’t leave a stain behind. If I had mixed the color into the icing, it would have taken much more food coloring to get the same effect. So, next time you have to make a dark color, try this method!

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

Instructions:

1) Begin by icing a hexagon cookie with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip number 3.

2) Use a scribe tool to evenly distribute the icing.

3) Allow the icing to dry completely.

4) Make a guide by tracing a round cookie cutter with the scribe tool.

5) Paint the outside of the circle with dark blue food coloring mixed with grain alcohol, vodka, or any flavor extract such as vanilla, lemon, or almond.

6) The paint should be darkest around the edges and fade toward the middle. Use any colors you like to create your own planet!

7) Pipe tiny stars around the planet with white flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip number 1.

8) Paint a ring with gold luster dust mixed with grain alcohol, vodka, or any flavor extract such as vanilla, lemon, or almond.

9) Repeat the process using a small star cookie cutter as a guide.

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