How adorable is this cookie? I won’t sugar coat the pill (I only sugar coat cookies), this one is a labor of love. I cannot imagine making a dozen of them, but it is a cookie that you can include in a set of simpler ones to make it special. The design has Haniela’s name written all over it. You can see the video of her recent live clicking here, and to get all the templates for the decoration you can visit her ko-fi shop here.
To make the cookie base, Haniela used the larger heart of the Wilton 101 cookie cutter set. It is going to be a two day process. First, flood with blue, add the grass and clouds with wet-on-wet Royal icing. Then, once the base is fully set, draw the design (I used a yellow food pen), and flood the carriage part in stages, and pipe the wheels. Once that sets – no need for a long time, maybe a couple of hours, add the final details with thick consistency icing (I used gold color), and a small star tip and a number 3 piping tip. Later those details can be painted in gold.
I also painted the pink carriage with luster powder in Rose Gold just to give it more dimension. I just adore this little cookie!
These cookies were featured in one of my favorite baking cookbooks, Sprinkle Bakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire your Inner Artist. The title says it all. The book if full of incredibly creative ideas, I love it, and highly recommend you get a copy. All things considered, these are not hard to make. Think three colors of Royal icing, black with piping consistency, white and red in flooding consistency. No complicated piping, no wet-on-wet work. What makes these cookies special is the use of fondant pieces to give extra dimension and pizzazz. In the book you’ll find templates to make life easier…
Below, a picture of the book with the template I made to make my cookies…
And a little overview of the process, which is pretty straightforward. I used a Wilton tip 3 to outline in black. And a white pearl for the earring, added right after flooding the white portion.
Once the cookie is fully set – I allowed it to sit overnight – the fondant pieces are rolled, cut, and painted, then glued with a small amount of Royal icing. All details are then added with a black, food safe pen.
You can change the expression by altering the shape of the lips or the way you place the eyes, but I must say I like the aura of introspection, maybe even a bit of sadness, that these cookies portray. Sometimes it is how I feel when I think about the world.