FOR THE LOVE OF AUDREY

Audrey Hepburn. Class, beauty, sophistication and sweetness in equal parts. I firmly believe we should cookie what we love, and since I’ve always been fascinated by her, it was just a matter of time. I would not dare trying to draw from a picture, not even with the help of a mini-projector. But this stencil captured her essence well enough. The whole process is simple, but some small details can have a huge impact on the final product. Read on…

I think her image begs for an oval cookie shape, so that’s what I used. I can visualize a Tiffany blue for the background, but this time I went with gold, using Americolor Gold gel dye in the icing.

The trickiest part of the cookie is air-brushing the stencil. Lighter colors are more forgiving, but black requires a lot of attention or you will have blurred edges.

One important detail to avoid blurred edges is a totally flat icing. If your icing dries with even very subtle waves, it will be pretty much impossible to lay the stencil flat and some parts of it will allow the dye to leak underneath. I made some in black and white, and like that look too.

Another way to get sharper edges is using a screen like this one placing it right on top of the stencil, and air-brushing over it. I have a love-hate relationship with the screen, because it is very hard to judge how much of the dye is reaching the icing, how much is retained in the screen. Particularly with dark colors, it is a tough call. You also have to clean the screen every couple of cookies, and that is a hassle too. So some of my cookies were made with the screen, some without. It turned out that all the ones made with the screen had sharper edges, but were too light and I had to go over the black areas with a pen.

To keep the festive atmosphere in play, I painted the beaded edges gold with Edibleart Decorative Cake Paint. It is the fastest and easiest way to do it. Luster powder + vodka is quite time consuming, as the suspension dries so quickly and it is hard to keep the level of gold constant as you work.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite cookies!
But then again… I am a self-professed Audrey-Cheerleader

8 thoughts on “FOR THE LOVE OF AUDREY

    • sallybr July 15, 2021 / 7:49 am

      and I wish I had started earlier because I totally fell in love with the whole process….

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  1. Virginia Reyes Kramer July 13, 2021 / 2:34 pm

    I am also an Audrey Hepburn fan! These cookies are superb! They are worthy of the elegance that she always exuded. Well done, Sally!! Beautiful cookies! Again, your talent in decorating is so impressive!

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    • sallybr July 15, 2021 / 7:50 am

      thank you so much, Virginia…. I have another celebrity along the lines to try in the future, but might take a while. Some stencils are only available in Europe and they take a while to arrive

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  2. tinikorn July 19, 2021 / 7:05 am

    First, besides being an Audrey fan, I’m a Sally fan!! Your creations are just wonderful!!
    Sally, these Audrey cookies are absolute perfection. I’ve always loved Audrey and our our daughter-in-law is a super fan of hers!! Everything about this beautiful cookie exudes Audrey’s essence not to mention her beauty!! This cookie creation is a wonderful homage to her. Your tedious attention to detail is amazing! You are a true artist!!

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