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This is the 8th online lesson I took from Amy… time flies when we are having so much fun, right? This lesson was medium to advanced, and as is often the case with Amy’s designs, lots of different techniques were involved, often several in a single cookie. There were three videos before the online event to make sure we had all the preparation done correctly. Without further ado, here is the full set of my tropical babies!

There were seven cookies made as the main set, and we also had the option of making a few more in the shape of half-hexagon.

Below you can see all the prep work for class made the evening before…

Some pieces are painted fondant, some are Royal icing transfers (like the hibiscus, made in two stages, flower and stamen).

Of all the techniques involved, the one I need to get better at is stenciling with thick royal icing. I have issues keeping the stencil in place (even using the frame to hold it), and making a smooth layer. We did three different cookies, one with a solid color to stencil, and the other two with two-tones (purple and green). I had some issues with each of these three, but in the end they got other decorations on top and I did my best to hide the “boo-boos.”

Let me highlight some of the cookies and list the techniques used for them…

Flood with purple. Two-tone stencil with thick Royal icing. Flower is painted fondant. Leaves are fondant and Royal icing transfer.

Flood with purple with texture (embossed paper). Brush embroidery flower. Leaves are wafer paper and fondant.

Flood with green and diamond dust for shimmer. Royal icing stencil. Hibiscus flower is Royal icing transfer. Leaf is painted fondant.

Flood with solid purple. Royal icing transfer for hibiscus flower and leaf. Maybe my favorite cookie of the set.

I loved this class and the use of very few colors to make all cookies, so that they flow together beautifully. Purple, green and ivory, in different shades and textures. Perfect for a wedding or as a Birthday gift for a special friend. Thank you so much, Amy, you ARE a master teacher!

ONE YEAR AGO: Jeweled Butterflies


  1. StevenHB June 29, 2022 / 2:32 pm

    Out of curiosity, how many hours, all in, did these cookies take to produce?


    • sallybr June 29, 2022 / 3:02 pm

      but to be more precise, I think they could be done in 1 hour 20 min – there was a little extra time to get everybody ready, a bit of chit chat in the beginning, so if you just jump in the decoration right away and work at a good pace, it will be about that, I think


      • StevenHB June 29, 2022 / 3:45 pm

        That includes making, rolling, and baking the cookies; preparing all of the colored icings; and then decorating the cookies? Or did you have things prepared before the class started?

        (I didn’t say this, but they are beautiful as your cookies always are)

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      • sallybr June 29, 2022 / 5:08 pm

        Oh, no – just for the decorating done during class. Cookies were baked two days before. Maybe it takes me one hour to do that? The day before I did all the decorations and royal icing – and iced all the cookies with the basic flooding, smooth or textured. Let’s say one more hour for all that. I tend to work pretty fast, though. so all in all it is a 4 hour thing. More or less.


  2. Maureen July 5, 2022 / 1:21 am

    Wow. Just wow.


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