Pearl Cookies

When I was little, I loved drawing pictures of big fancy dresses with draping fabric, which resembled those worn by Disney princesses like Belle and Cinderella. These pearl cookies are my grown-up, toned down version of those extravagant pieces.
Pearl Cookies3Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
The beige color used to ice these cookies can be achieved by mixing Americolor chocolate brown with a touch of Wilton juniper green (from the garden tone set) to neutralize it. That’s how I usually make any shade of brown, but this time I used Sugarflair dark brown. I love Sugarflair colors, but they’re not as readily available here in the US as Wilton and Americolor.
Start out by icing the cookie with beige flood consistency icing and a round decorating tip number 3. Allow the icing to dry 8-12 hours. You can download a video with full instructions on flooding with royal icing from my tutorial shop.
Make 8 equally spaced dots all the way around the edge of the cookie using an edible ink marker. You can also do this with a scribe tool, but it’s hard to see on this light colored icing.Pearl Cookies (2)
Using medium consistency beige icing and a tip 1, connect the dots with swags. Start out with light pressure and increase the pressure as you move toward the bottom of the swag. Then, decrease the pressure as you come back up and end the swag.Pearl Cookies (3)
Allow the icing to dry about 20 minutes, then pipe another row of swags underneath the first.Pearl Cookies (5)
Pipe another row above the first.Pearl Cookies (7)
Using white stiff consistency icing and a tip 12, pipe a dot in the center of the cookie. Notice that I have a coupler on this bag? That’s because I’m going to use this same stiff consistency icing to pipe smaller pearls around the edge, so I’ll need to switch tips later. Otherwise, I wouldn’t normally use a coupler.Pearl Cookies (9)
Outline the white pearl with tiny dots of brown medium consistency icing with a tip 1.Pearl Cookies (10)
Use that same brown icing to pipe a bead border. When using medium consistency icing to pipe beads, I make sure to keep some distance between them. Otherwise, they could become a blob. Visit my tutorial shop to download a video with full instructions on piping a bead border.Pearl Cookies (11)
Switch the tip on the white stiff consistency icing to a 3 and pipe dots where the swags meet.Pearl Cookies (13)
Let the icing dry about 20 minutes, then use a small brush to paint the white icing with a mixture of white pearl dust and a few drops of alcohol or flavored extract. I prefer to use Bacardi 151. Read my post on painting with pearl dust to learn more about this process.Pearl Cookies (14)
You could use white pearl dust to paint the swags, but I decided to try this ivory pearl dust from NY Cake. It’s a little bit peachy. I think it’s very pretty.Pearl Cookies (15)
 Use bronze pearl dust to paint the details around the center pearl and the bead border.Pearl Cookies (15) a

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I made some blue and gold filigree cookies to go along with this set. I’m in the process of making a step by step tutorial on how to make the filigree design. There will be a template, too! It will be available soon in the tutorial shop.Pearl Cookies2
Click on the images below for more cookie projects:                      Gold-Marbled-Cookies Cookie-box6  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

17 thoughts on “Pearl Cookies

  1. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always helpful to read content from other writers and practice a little something from other sites.

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