Here’s a time lapse video of how I made this cookie portrait of Why Don’t We’s album cover.
The process of creating portraits on a cookie is rather time consuming, as I’m sure you can imagine! This one took me about 8 hours (not including making the dough, baking the cookie, mixing the icing, and editing the video). I used Crystal Colors powdered food coloring mixed with alcohol (Read more about painting on royal icing in this post) in Charcoal for the shadows and Snowflake for the highlights. You can find these at Sugarpaste.com. The tiniest details were done with the help of a fine tip Rainbow Dust edible ink marker.
It’s not easy creating this type of cookie, but so satisfying when it’s finished!
I’m getting into the fall holiday spirit with these sugar skull cookies, complete with Sprinkle Pop’s Día De Los Muertos mix! Sign up for their mailing list to get 20% off your first order and shop their full line of fall sprinkle mixes at https://sprinklepop.shop. Hurry, supplies are limited!
Scroll down for the supply list and time lapse video.
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
Decorating tip 3
Decorating tip 2
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
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:
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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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Watch the time lapse video below to see how I made these Bloom-inspired cookies. I used a mixture of food coloring and Everclear to paint the details (read this post for more info on painting on royal icing).