DIWALI-INSPIRED GINGERBREAD COOKIES

When I look outside and it’s all covered in snow, I miss the colors of Spring. In this batch of cookies, I brought vivid colors to play together. Inspiration came from my friend and former graduate student Aritri. I think she would have loved them. She was The Queen of Color.

To make these cookies, I used a paisley-shape cutter, and flooded with purple or turquoise. Let that set for a few hours, then made small batches of several colors of Royal icing, piping consistency.

Once that is done, it’s all a matter of letting the patterns freely form…

The candy corn is a nice shape to play with also… The cookies below were designed to minimize the amount of icing. This first cookie was sprayed with PME pearl luster, and the set below painted with TruColor Blue Turquoise.

I hope you like these cookies, I really loved making them…

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FOR THE LOVE OF SNOWFLAKES

Snowflakes are one of the coolest cookies to decorate, plus you can find cutters with so many different shapes, the possibilities for fun are endless. Today I share several ideas, some with barely any icing, so that everyone can be pleased. Some got inspiration from Marlyn (Montreal Confections), some from Tunde (Tunde’s Creations), but most were my own. Let’s start this party!

I love this shade of blue, which I made mixing Royal blue with a hint of black. Flood, let it dry for a few hours, then draw designs with white icing in piping consistency. I used a PME 1.5 tip. The color combination and design of two of the cookies were straight from Marlyn’s tutorials.

Of course, some might prefer snowflakes to be white, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it…

For the top and bottom cookies below, I sprinkled some sanding sugar after piping the design. It gives the cookie a different look, and if you mess up those lines, sanding sugar is the perfect cosmetic surgery for it!

White can also be coupled with different colors. Depending on the colors you choose the effect can be subtle or dramatic… your cookie, your choice…

I could not resist including some star shapes with snowflake-inspired decorations, and a flower got in the mix too. I have no logical explanation for that one.


Below, one of my favorite sets… I loved the combination of golden with brown…

Now for those who prefer less icing, you can skip the flooding and simply add designs with piping consistency…

The subtle shine in some is obtained with a light spray of PME pearl luster, but of course that is optional, the cookies look fine without it.

Another way to decorate with little icing is painting the surface of the cookie in different colors. You can use regular gel dye diluted with water or vodka, or you can use a product I absolutely love, called TRUECOLOR (found at etsy.com).

Here is a little step-by-step with a Truecolor turquoise shine… Pretty much any repeating pattern will look ok in the end, just go with the flow… Inspiration for the turquoise sets came straight from Tunde’s Creations.

One of my favorites is a base of Truecolor Red Shine…

I hope you enjoyed this little sampling of snowflake cookies, and found some inspiration for your upcoming cookie adventures…