Ombre Cookie Tutorial

While creating this ombre cookie, I tried a few different techniques and found that brush embroidery worked best for transitioning through these shades of blue. You can achieve this color by mixing blue with a touch of black.
To make different shades of the same color, I started by making the darkest shade first and mixed it with white icing to lighten it.
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I gave my cookie a crumb coat, which is not something I’d tried before. While I did need a smooth surface on which to apply my brush embroidery, I did not want to flood the cookie and end up with two full layers of icing in the end. Also, the drying time for this thin coat was about 20 minutes in front of a fan, meaning I didn’t have to wait overnight to get started on the decorating.
I used medium consistency icing for the base.
Before the icing dried completely, I marked 1/2″ spaces using a ruler and a scribe (this cookie is 3×3″). A toothpick would also work for this step.
Once the icing is dry to the touch, you can start on the fun part. I have here a container of water, a square tip brush and a paper towel.
Begin by piping a line in a zigzag motion with a tip 2. This is stiff consistency royal icing.
Then, dip your square tip brush in the water, blot the excess on the paper towel and brush the icing inward in short, quick motions. There is a video with full instructions on brush embroidery available in my tutorial shop.
I was able to fit 3 rows of each color per 1/2″ section.
Pipe a bead border that matches the shade of each row with a tip 2. There’s a video in my tutorial shop with full instructions on how to pipe a bead border.
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Piping Without a Kopykake Projector – NYC Cookies

If you’re like me and don’t own a Kopykake projector, you can use this tissue paper method to transfer almost any design onto a cookie.
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Begin by tracing your image onto a piece of tissue paper using an edible ink marker. You can use Google images to find inspiration for your designs. Then, you can either print them out on a piece of paper or draw them yourself.
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Place the tissue paper with the image over a cookie that has been flooded with royal icing and allowed to dry completely (8-12 hours drying time). This cookie was made using my Orange Vanilla Spice recipe, which is available in my tutorial shop. It measures 3×3″.
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With the image placed over the cookie, go over it again with the edible ink marker. Use a little pressure to be sure that the image transfers onto the icing. The ink will bleed through the tissue paper, transferring your image onto the cookie.
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You’ll have a rough outline to follow, like this:
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Outline and fill in the image with a tip 1 and flood consistency royal icing.
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Then, use a scribe tool or a toothpick to evenly distribute the icing and fix the edges.
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Immediately fill in the lower section with flood consistency icing and a tip 1. I used gray for the lower section to give the impression that it is a reflection of the city skyline.
Pipe a border by outlining the edges of the cookie using the black flood consistency icing and tip 1.
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Allow the icing to dry another 6-8 hours before handling the cookie.
 
I also used this tissue paper method to make these art deco cookies.
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Creepy Spider Halloween Cookies!

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These creepy spider Halloween cookies are made using some of the same methods as used in my bee cookie video tutorial, which is available in my tutorial shop.

 

Halloween Cookies

Begin by making a template. Trace the spider bodies onto a piece of paper. Note that I did not trace the entire length of the leg, only the first section. I’ll pipe the rest of the legs onto the cookie later. I am making 6 cookies, but I made lots of extra spiders in case of breakage.
Tape the template onto the back of a sheet tray and cover it in wax paper. Secure it with tape.
The icing I am using for the spider bodies is somewhat thick. It just barely holds a peak. This color is a mixture of Wilton brown with a touch of juniper green.
Pipe the legs first using a tip 1.
Then pipe the smaller section of the body.
Pipe tiny eyes (not actually eyes…chellicerae as I’ve been told).
Wait about 10 minutes before piping the larger section of the body so that the first section has a chance to dry a little. Outline and fill in the rest of the body.
Allow the spiders to dry overnight.
While the spiders are still on the wax paper, dust them with Wilton pearl dust in bronze.
 Remove the tape from the wax paper.
Cut the wax paper around the spiders into square sections.
Carefully peel the spiders off of the wax paper. The legs are very delicate, so you might lose some.
Use an offset spatula to help remove the spiders from the paper.
Prepare to flood the cookies. I am using a light gray with a touch of brown for the base, and a dark gray for the web. This is a 3×3″ square cookie.
Flood your cookie using 15 count royal icing and a tip 3. Pipe the spider web using the same consistency icing and a tip 1 immediately after flooding.
While the icing is still wet, use your offset spatula to place the spider onto the cookie.
Allow the icing to dry overnight.
Using the same icing as you used to make the spider body, pipe the next sections of the legs with a tip 1.
Allow the legs to dry for 20 minutes. Using a mixture of Wilton pearl dust in bronze and alcohol such as vanilla extract or vodka, paint the legs with a small brush. Read my post on how to make gold royal icing for more info on this process. 
Add shading to the body using the bronze paint.
Pipe a bead border to the corners using stiff dark gray icing and a tip 2.
Dust the edges of the cookie using dry bronze pearl dust.
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