Transferring your design: template method.

Now that I have my camera, my next big purchase will be a kopykake machine. What is a kopykake you say??? Well it is a machine that projects your image, in our case, on to cookies. This allows the user to pipe accurate lines onto their cookies. Right now they run about $200+, a bit out of my price range right now :(.  I want one so bad. If you’d like more information on them or how to use one Marion over at Sweetopia has a very good post on them. Check it out here.

So for now I am using the Template method.

Supplies:

Cookie, if using an iced background make sure it is 100% dry.

edible marker

index cards or cardstock

original sketch

20 second icing

 

Instructions:

1. Sketch out your final design as you would like it to appear on your cookie. I like to do this on tracing paper but I am sure any kind of paper would work.

2. Darken the outside line so it will be easily identifiable, You want just the silhouette of the design.

3. Place your drawing over a index card. then with a pencil or pen firmly trace around your design. remember just the silhouette for now.

4. When you move the tracing paper you will see the outline pressed into your index card. now you can trace over that indent with a pen or pencil so it will be easier to see. Cut out your shape.

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5. After you do the Silhouette template, stop and refer back to your design. Is there anything else that you want to be 100 % accurate or you are not confident about free handing?? Only the important design elements not everything or you’ll drive yourself nuts!

In this case I really liked the shape of his face and wanted to be accurate. so I repeated the same procedure as above except with just the inner shape of his face.

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6. Now simply place your template on your cookie and trace with your edible marker. (It’s not in the picture but trace your face also)

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Don’t have any edible markers handy? Well then use a needle or pin to scratch into your dried icing.  It is a little harder to see but if you have an unsteady hand or you are worried about your marker lines showing, using the scratching method will leave your tracing lines almost invisible. ( This little guy is a penguin)

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7. Now outline and fill just like normal.

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8. Now stand back and enjoy your beautiful Cookies!

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If you have any good tips or tricks for transferring your designs I would love to hear them! This works well but can be a bit time consuming if you have to do it on many cookies and many different designs. I tried to simply let the edible ink bleed through my tracing paper onto the cookies but no luck 😦

Happy Cookying!

Cheyenne

luster dust, a few tips

So luster dust is magical. It can really add something special to your cookies. It comes in a powder form and you can use it thay way or as a paint. Today im going to be talking about using it as a paint. When you use it in its liquid form it intensifies the result and you get a beautiful sparkly cookie.

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Tools needed:

Luster dust

A small paintbrush (used only for food)

Triple sec

Dry decoratrd cookie

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Let your Decorated cookie dry overnight. Don’t be tempted to paint on your Icing before this, It will have a much more likely chance of degrading when you paint the luster dust on.

2.   So now you are going to mix a small amount of luster dust and a small amount of triple sec. A little liquid goes a long way, add very slowly just until you have a paint consistency. Too much liquid and you will pit your cookies. If you do too much don’t worry. Simply add more dust or wait for some of the alcohol to evaporate.

Liquid causing pitting in icing.

Liquid causing pitting in icing.

3. Using your small food paintbrush, carefully apply to your cookie in the desired area.

4. let it dry, stand back and enjoy your handiwork!

 

TIPS and WARNINGS:

Theoretically any alcohol based liquid would work including extracts like vanilla. However speaking from personal experience I have found triple sec to work the best. I  tried Vodka and ruined a few cookies. The reason we use alcohol is after you have painted your cookie the alcohol evaporates! So don’t worry about your kids eating these cookies 🙂 Also remember liquid and royal icing are mortal enemies. If you use water, 100 % without a doubt your icing will dissolve and mar your cookie.

 

I keep my luster dust in a plastic painter’s pallet because when you are done using the luster dust, all of the liquid will evaporate and you are once again left with dust that can be used over and over again!

 

Color your icing to  a shade close to what you want your end result to be. For the gold effect the icing underneath was a light yellow color. For purple use purple ect.

 

Luster dust isn’t scary, with a little bit of practice you will be addicted. However, for your first time make sure to make extra cookies incase you and your icing are having issues.

Cheyenne

Favorite Cookie of 2012

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It’s time to officially say goodbye to 2012. It has been an amazing year and I have learned so much about my cookie craft. I would have to say that my favorite creation this year has been this little guy. Or should I say big guy, he’s almost 6″ tall!
I ruined a few of these learning how to paint with luster dust 😦 but I have to say the end result was well worth it. Perhaps I’ll post a luster dust tips and tricks.
My main goal this year is to get my website EdiesCookieCouture.com up and running but it’s kind of stressful y’all! Hence this blog. I wanted someplace to come and be able to just have fun and spread the cookie love. I hope this blog will be a sorce of inspiration, and instruction for you. I am sure you will be able to help me out along the way too!
So here’s to you, a new blog, and a new year so full of promise. Welcome to Edie’s Cookie Crumbs Blog.
Cheyenne