Weather has been very cold around here and we are expecting more rain this weekend.
I have been working on a little project and I have been baking so much! last Wednesday I used over 10 pounds of flour!! and what can I say? I am already feeling my pants tight from all the taste tasting I am doing.
Ok, so I am not going to bore you any more and let's make these heart Valentine's cookies.
I made this cookie set for The Cookie Cutter Company.
I wanted to do some elegant cookies and using a cute silicon mold is the best and fastest way to accomplish that.
-Bright white and tulip red Americolor colored royal icing
-Pastry bags and squeeze bottles
-Gold disco dust
-Mini rose silicon mold (sold at many craft stores)
-kopykake (totally optional)
-Small and medium size brush
-Small amount of fondant
These are the little roses that came out from the mold, they were the perfect size for these cookies and turned out so cute.
Silicon molds are available in many styles and give the perfect detail for accent small areas on cookies.
Please keep in mind that these mini roses will dry a little but they are totally safe to eat, or you can just remove them and eat only the cookie ( something that I would do)
To make the roses start by kneading the fondant using a small amount of shortening. I used some white fondant that I had around mixed with tulip red gel to accomplished the pink color in the picture.
-Make small balls of fondant and press them into the mold filling the entire cavity.
-Scrape off the excess fondant with a small spatula, then, press against the edges of the cavity with your finger to make sure all the edges are clean.
-Hold the silicon mold with both hands and press in the center to release the mini roses.
-Place the mini roses on a paper towel
-Mix a little gold disco dust with vodka (I used an old container I had with gold luster dust) and using a small brush apply it to the edges of the petals.
-Set the mini fondant roses aside
WHITE FLUTED COOKIE HEART
-Outline and flood the cookies and let them dry completely.
-Squirt a little amount of the tulip red color on a clean small container and blended with a dab of water.
Using a medium size brush, apply a few strokes here and there on the cookie in no particular order.
Attach the roses to the cookies with a dab of royal icing
RED COOKIE HEART
To make these elegant red heart cookies, follow same instructions as the white heart cookies.
For these cookies, I added a few strokes of gold disco dust mixed with a little vodka.
Attach roses with a dab of royal icing and make a few extra details to accent the cookie. You can make lines, swirls and dots.
Adding a pearl bead border to the cookies adds an instant elegant feel so I went that way along with some scallop borders.
To make the bead border use stiff consistency icing and tip #2 or a bigger tip if you want to have a bigger size of beads.
Squeeze the decorating bag as you lift your hand raising the tip slightly so that the icing gets out
Relax pressure as you draw the tip down and bring the bead to a point. Stop squeezing and pull away the tip.
Start the next bead a little behind the end of the previous bead to form an even chain or leave some spaces in between like I did.
I love this cutter, is pretty big and you have room to either go the traditional way and decorated similar to the “Love” Statue in Love Park in Philadelphia by sculptor Robert Indiana.
In this pictorial you can see that I used my trusty kopykake to outline and flood the letters.
Or you can just do something totally different and do something else.
Here I used some small cookie cutters that I have and using an edible marker, I traced the letters.
Then, I outlined and flooded each letter. After the cookies were dry, I attached the fondant roses with some royal icing.
Are you traditional when decorating your Valentine's Day cookies ? what is your favorite way to use and decorate the Love cutter and the heart cookie cutters?