I completed two sets (6 dozen) graduation cookies for a friend and a family member. Once they receive them, I'll post photos. I made extra plaque cookies and ran out of decorating time...but I knew I would use them to practice with some of the cool stencils I have acquired as well as some new powdered food coloring I ordered from DesignerStencils.com. The use of those plaque cookies are the subject of this post.
With anything new, you have trial and error. I did watch a youtube video from Designer Stencils which described the many ways to decorate cookies using their stencils and other products...as well as pie crusts, cakes, and chocolates. Unfortunately, I apparently have retention issues! It wasn't until I was trying to figure out what I'd done wrong that I went back and re-watched the video...head smack...well, there it was...my glaring misconception!
So, I think the easiest thing is to post a picture and underneath, I'll describe what I was going for, and what I ended up with! Some mistakes are here and some mistakes are in my husbands tummy.
|A swirls and stars stencil with royal icing|
|A powdered food color, dabbed on dry royal icing|
with a stencil daubing brush on a cookie using a Karen's Cookies Exclusive Cutter
|Large Scalloped Cutter from Karen's Cookies base coated with RI|
and dry powder stenciled with the same "technique" described above
|The same stencil used in picture #1 with a wet technique |
using powdered food color made into a paste with vodka
(or you can use any alcohol based clear extract)
|Another of my new Karen's Cookies plaque cutters - stenciled with|
Crystal Colors Charcoal and Lime.
|My first ever attempt at painting a "scribble rose"|
|Another Martha Stewart stencil with royal icing|
I though this looked familiar when I pulled out the stencil...sure enough, when I was looking back at the graduation cookie pictures, there it was...I had used it on one of those cookies. It works very well because it, again, is adhesive and doesn't have a lot of big space to smooth down. Some dots around the edge and viola!
|The last cookie of the day - Martha Stewart adhesive stencil with|
black royal icing
Thanks for reading along. I hope you try stenciling your cookies. You really don't even have to go to the effort of baking...you can turn over a store bought cookie, pipe and flood the flat bottom, and practice on that after it has dried. For some reason, that would make me happier than practicing on parchment paper. At least my family would get to eat my learning projects!
If you have any comments or constructive suggestions - I would love to hear them...I do moderate comments, so you won't see them immediately. I try to reply to all comments!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!