Antique Brooch Inspired Cookies

When I was at CookieCon in Indianapolis last September, I was chatting with the nice folks at the TruColor booth (makers of natural food coloring). I’ve used their food coloring in the past but they had a new product at their booth that caught my eye – Liquid Shine! This was what sparked my idea for these antique brooch inspired cookies. Scroll down for the tutorial and instructions!

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Liquid Shine comes in several different colors. The generous makers of TruColor gave me a sample of the blue shine at CookieCon and as soon as I got home I bought gold, pink, purple, and silver online.

These colors show up best on dark shades of icing. I tried painting the blue on white icing, and it gave it an iridescent effect, which was very cool, but you get that rich blue color when you apply it to black icing. For these cookies, I applied the Liquid Shine to the black icing while it was still wet and swirled it all together with a scribe tool. The full written instructions are at the bottom of this post.

The silver Liquid Shine was almost too silver for me, so I had to tone it down a bit by dusting the border with matte black dust. This helped to enhance the antique look of the cookies.

It is possible to use luster dust for this technique instead of Liquid Shine. If you are using luster dust, you’ll have to mix it with strong alcohol (I prefer Everclear) to create a liquid. Read this post for more information on painting with luster dust.

Here’s the list of supplies that you’ll need for this project. You can find these in my Amazon Store.

Watch the video to see it all come together!


  1. Fill a palette or small dish with Liquid Shine in blue, pink, purple, and gold. If using luster dust, mix it with strong alcohol.
  2. Ice a small oval cookie with black flood consistency royal icing and a decorating tip 2. Leave space around the edge for a border.
  3. Use a scribe tool to help shape the icing.
  4. Dot the surface of the wet icing with the Liquid Shine or luster dust.
  5. Use the scribe tool to swirl the colors. Allow the icing to dry completely (at least 6 hours).
  6. Fill the space around the edge with gray royal icing and a decorating tip 2. The consistency should be between medium and flood.
  7. Use the scribe tool to help shape and smooth the icing.
  8. Allow the icing to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  9. Pipe details with gray medium consistency icing and a decorating tip 1 or 1.5. Allow the icing to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  10. Paint the icing with silver Liquid Shine or edible luster dust mixed with alcohol.
  11. Create an antique look by dusting the silver border with matte black.

When you’re finished using the Liquid Shine, leave it in the palette and allow the alcohol to evaporate. When it’s completely dry, you can brush the dust back into the container, or leave it in the palette and reconstitute it with alcohol when you’re ready to use it again.

Let me know if you try Liquid Shine! Tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me what you make with it.

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8 thoughts on “Antique Brooch Inspired Cookies

  1. I love the fact that these are all natural ingredients. Can they be used in place of gel paste, do they have an after taste or any flavor, are all colors shiny? You added the color in a wet on wet application onto black royal icing.. .so can they be used to color the royal icing? I read that they can be used in an air gun, have you tried that?
    Sorry for so many questions but they are pricey and I want to make sure that it’s a product I will be happy with.
    How would you rate this product?

    Any other info would be appreciated!

    Thank you so much for the unveiling of this product.

  2. These are amazing. I went ahead and tried these. I used Americolor metallic airbrush and it had the same effect. I’ll tag you on Instagram once they are completed. Thank you for your inspiration & talent. Cant wait to show off the final product.

  3. I am in complete awe again… I was just wondering, after watching your enameling tutorial on Crafsty, how do you figure out these techniques? I mean, using the corn syrup thinned with alcohol + the white pearl dust… it’s all so clever…

  4. Thanks Amber, you as always are AMAZING!… Cant seem to find the video link? can you email it to me so I can post it?

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