FLORAL NEEDLEPOINT COOKIE

Yesterday I shared with you a few needlepoint cookies that rely on a grid made using a silicone mold. Today, as promised, I show you a needlepoint production made – as I like to call it – without anesthesia. I was quite scared to go for it, but so glad I faced the challenge. Mine is far from perfect, but it still had me smiling the whole day…

The cookie is very large, about 5 inches square. For this type of work, it is easier to do a larger design. Once the cookie is baked and cooled, you draw an oval using a cookie cutter and pipe a grid with Royal icing. I used a PME 00 tip. The composite photo below shows the steps. It is easy to get discouraged because the grid has imperfections compared to the one Tunde demonstrated, but once the design goes in, those imperfections will not be evident.

This is truly a labor of love. I am not sure anybody would be willing to pay the amount of money this cookie would deserve. It takes a long time to pipe, and demands a lot of attention. It would be great as centerpiece for a Mother’s Day get together, or to offer as a gift to a very special person. You’ll need 6 colors for the flower: three shades of pink – I used Dusty Rose – and three shades of green. But you can get by with a very small amount of each, as only small dots are needed.

Tunde painted the frame and details with a copper luster powder, but I decided to leave mine white. I definitely want to make this again in the near future, while I have the whole technique fresh in my mind. This was a great tutorial, she uploads the video and you can play anytime, stop it, rewind, forward, work at your own pace. I was absolutely thrilled with my needlepoint babies!

IS IT A CUPCAKE? IS IT A FERN?

IT’S A COOKIE CUTTER FLIP!

I love when a cookie cutter is used with new designs in mind, and this recent version from Haniela is one of my favorites. So elegant in its simplicity, and very effective. She demonstrates it in great detail here, starting at 2 min and 20 sec. If you have a cupcake cookie cutter, you are all set! In the same video she shows how to make a very cute Santa Claus, also with the same cutter. She is the Queen of Cookie Cutter Flips!

For these gingerbread cookies, you’ll only need four colors of Royal icing: white, black, cream and green. For the ferns, black stems and twines, make sure to have icing in piping consistency.

The twine decorations are simply small red dots painted with a food pen after the lines are fully set. Amazing how little details can elevate a design!

Piping ferns is a skill that comes in handy for countless cookie designs. It is quite forgiving, since you can add new layers in stages. A few red sprinkles (or royal icing dots) complement this look quite well.

FOR THE LOVE OF WATERMELONS

I am married to a watermelon-addict. When I saw that Marlyn created a trilogy of watermelon-based sugar cookies, I knew I was going to make them all. And so I did. Not in the same day, mind you… but taking the scenic route, which is the best route, always. Each cookie brought a little new thing to try. I cannot pick a favorite, love them all. Thank you, Marlyn! So here they are, in order of increasing complexity.

WATERMELON POPSICLE

A simple cookie shape, made more interesting when playing the role of a watermelon. New trick learned in this cookie? Using the air-brush to add some pizzazz to the basic color. The air-brush works on the wet icing, no need to wait for it to crust, in fact it is best used this way to get the desired effect.

WATERMELON ICE CREAM CONE

From this cookie the main lesson learned was piping the cone. Super nice technique that can be used in many designs… think baskets for instance!

Next time I might reduce the amount of icing in the piped swirls over the cone, maybe make a single layer of swirls instead of two, or piping a flattish layer then adding sprinkles on top. Who knows, maybe there are watermelon-shaped sprinkles out there?…

WATERMELON SUNDAES

This time I switched things around and went with a Chocolate-Mint Sugar Cookie base. For this design, the techniques incorporated are related with air-brushing: making a shield (I used regular paper) and cutting two stencils (like described in the previous post).

The shield (top left) is used to airbrush the edges of the glass. Then two different stencils come to play, one to make the light pink base, and the other to intensify the pink color.

All these designs were demonstrated in a single video tutorial by Marlyn, from Montreal Confections, in her Patreon page, where you also have access to a printout for the templates. You need to be a supporter to have access to this series. If you are passionate about cookie decorating, I believe that becoming a supporter is a great move. Nothing beats getting detailed instructions from a pro in a format that allows you to ask questions and get feedback.

Cookie cutters are from Ann Clark collection, available on amazon.com.