Sweet Melody Designs – Cookie Art Collaboration

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These woodland cookies are based on some of my favorite illustrations by Carrie of Sweet Melody Designs. Visit her website to see more of her adorable nursery art and browse through her online shop for prints, pillows, and nursery bedding.sweet-melody1

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

Colors: Wilton Color Right System

  • Light blue = tiny drop of blue
  • Red = red + orange + brown
  • Pink = small amount of red from above mixed with white icing
  • Gray = tiny drop of black
  • Light brown = brown + a touch of black
  • Dark brown = brown
  • Green

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Watch the video below for instructions on how to make these woodland animal cookies!

Thank you Sweet Melody Designs for the inspiration!

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How To Decorate Seashell Cookies

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If you don’t have plans for a beach vacation this summer, bring the beach to you in the form of cookies and icing with these seashell cookies!Seashell-Cookies2

 

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

Colors:

I used a mixture of red and brown from the Wilton Color Right color system to make the pink icing.

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*A note about the gold luster dust I used for this project: As you may know, there are some gold dusts that are meant for consumption and some that are not. Normally, I use gold dusts that are approved for consumption, but this time, I wanted that super shiny gold that only comes from the non-toxic “for decoration only” gold highlighter. So, if you want to use this gold highlighter but aren’t comfortable eating it or serving it to others, you could always use these cookies as a centerpiece on a dessert table. Or, you can use the less shiny but edible gold dust that I usually use, which you can find here and here.

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

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4th of July Cookies!

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The great thing about these 4th of July cookies is that the small gold stars are made using the royal icing transfer method, which means you can make those little guys several weeks in advance. That will save you some time later when you’re ready to bake and decorate the cookies! Make a few extra to keep on hand for another special occasion. July-4th-Cookies1

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

Colors:

Right click on the star template and save it to your computer so that you can print it out.

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Watch the video below for the instructions on to make these 4th of July cookies!

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I’m having a cookie decorating day on July 19th at my cookie studio in Beacon, New York! Click here for more information and to reserve your spot. Hope to see you there!

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Bridal Shower Sweets!

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Over the weekend, my grandmother hosted my bridal shower at her home in New Jersey. In true Jewel Spiegel fashion, it was lovely! Here’s a look at some of my bridal shower sweets (of course I made my own cookie favors!).bridal shower 5

The tiny pink roses on these mini cookies were done using the wet-on-wet technique with flood consistency royal icing. If you’re not familiar with this decorating technique, you can learn more about it in lesson 6 of my Craftsy class. I colored the icing using Wilton’s Color Right system, which comes with 8 squeeze bottles of color and a chart that shows how to achieve the desired shade. bridal shower 2

Once the icing dried, I added a bead border with stiff consistency icing and painted it with a mixture of Antique Gold luster dust from Crystal Colors with a few drops of alcohol. You can read more about making gold royal icing in this blog post.

For the boxes, I used these small tins from Michaels craft store and wrapped them in washi tape that I bought during my trip to Japan! I think these turned out really cute :)

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For the dessert table, I made cupcakes and little cake bites using the chocolate butter cake recipe from The Sweetapolita Bakebook. It is so delicious!

I’d originally planned on only making cupcakes, but the batter made 2 dozen cupcakes with a lot left over, so I poured the rest into a 9″ cake pan and cut the cake layer into tiny squares. The beige plate shown here is the Horchow Square Baroque Platter and it’s my new favorite thing. Bridal-shower-4

I topped them with a swirl of cream cheese frosting and then piped roses in pink buttercream with a tip 101 and green leaves with a tip 352 (recipe below). You can learn how to make piped roses in lesson 4 of my Craftsy class.Bridal-shower-5

My grandma decorated a little table for each guest and they all had a different SweetAmbs cookie printed out and attached to the front with a bouquet of flowers in the center. It was adorable! 

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Even her water glasses are pretty!

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Along with the cupcakes and cake bites, my grandmother served madeleines, a chocolate cake, two strudels, a fruit pie, assorted cookies, cheeses, crackers, dates, and other fruit. It was quite a spread!

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Simple buttercream recipe

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Place the butter into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and until smooth on medium speed. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt and mix slowly until combined. Increase the speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy. Add desired colors.

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Tool Box Cookies For Father’s Day!

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Watch the video below for the tutorial on how to make diamond plate tool box cookies for Father’s Day!Tool-box-cookies1

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

To color the icing, I used black, yellow, and red from the Wilton Color Right system.

Box Measurements:

  • Sides: 4 x 2-1/2″
  • Sides: 2-1/2 x 2-1/2
  • Bottom: 4 x 2-1/2″
  • Top: 2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Top: 2 x 3-3/4″

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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

You can see my original dino footprint cookies that I made last summer for this movie-themed set here.

As you’ll see in the video below, I used SugarVeil® edible lace with the Mesh Mat and painted it with Wilton bronze and green pearl dusts to get the realistic texture of dinosaur skin. Read this post to learn how to make it.

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

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


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How To Use SugarVeil® Icing To Decorate Wedding Cookies

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A few months ago, I was invited to participate in a project with some of my YouTube friends using SugarVeil® icing. Julia M Usher organized the video collaboration and I’m so happy that she asked me to join. You can see all of our SugarVeil® icing tutorials including videos from Haniela, Pink Cake Princess, Montreal Confections, Happy Cakes Bakes, SugarCoder, Krazy Cool Cakes, and Julia M Usher in our YouTube playlist.SugarVeil

I really love the look of this edible lace. You can get the tiniest details out of the Confectionery Mats (available here) and the lace keeps its shape when you fold and bunch it like I did for these decorations. You just need a little bit of water to use as glue to hold the lace onto the cookies.SugarVeil-2

On the first try, the product and I did not get along very well. The lace wasn’t setting up and it was sticking to the mat, or becoming too dry and crumbling as I tried to remove it. But, after reading through the troubleshooting tips on the SugarVeil® website, I had a much better time. If you’re using it for the first time and it doesn’t work out, just keep at it. Once I got the hang of it, peeling the mat away from the lace was one of those oddly satisfying experiences. I loved using this stuff! By the way, when they say to peel the mat away from the lace and not to peel the lace away from the mat, they mean it! 

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SugarVeil® doesn’t have a strong taste. It’s sweet, but not as sweet as royal icing. The texture is sort of like gummy candy, and it dissolves right away when you bite into it.

I shipped some of these to my grandma and she said that some of the decorations that were sitting on top of the cookies had some damage. While you can store the lace so that it stays flexible, it will become brittle if it dries out. So, keep that in mind if you’re going to be shipping cookies that have SugarVeil® decorations on them.

If you’ll be painting your decorations with gold like I did here, be careful to not let the lace sit in the same spot for too long, or else it will stick to your work surface and break apart if you try to pick it up. As soon as you’re finished painting, carefully move the piece to a clean piece of parchment or wax paper to dry for a couple of minutes before you place it onto the cookie.

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

Watch the video to see how I used SugarVeil® to decorate these wedding cookies:

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Roses And Leopard Print With Royal Icing

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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:

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New Cookies For The New Neighbors!

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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.

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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!

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Rainbow Tie Dye Cookies!

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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!).

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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

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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

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