It's been a while that I made stained glass cookies and I decided to make some for Easter. I will also teach the technique this weekend at Sweet Wise.
I tried this technique for the first time last year. I wanted to find a method to make my cookie shiny like the real glass and I've found it. My corn syrup mixture dries perfectly and looks like glass.
I also tried it with golden outlines on this Mother's Day cookie.
And now, I wanted to make some cross cookies. These are the original cookies of this cross cutter.
I wanted to make these cookies in real Easter colors. I had the feeling, that the light pastel colors we use and see everywhere are not the real, traditional colors. So I did some research. I have found a nice and simple summary of the Easter colors in Christianity at about.com:
What Easter colors symbolize in Christianity:
Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ and the blood of martyrs. [Crimson and Scarlet are associated with theology, the Church, and the Bible.]
Purple is the color of royalty (Jesus, King of Kings) and also the color of suffering.
Black represents darkness and sin and mourning.
White is purity and angels and resurrection.
Gold is a color of celebration and symbolizes the presence of God and richness (wealth, prosperity, or heavenly riches).
And here are my cross cookies in real Easter colors:
I really liked how beautifully the gold dust dissolved in this corn syrup mixture and covered the surface.
I also wanted to try this mixture on bare cookie, without flooding the cookie first and I really like the look:
I've had a tough last week, so I decided to do something nice for myself (and my kids). Some relax-cookies.
I baked Lila Loa's chocolate cookie recipe that I wanted to try forever and never got to do it. It is wonderful! Then I made a little green icing and made it a little thinner than my favorite piping consistency. I did this to make sure that I don't even think about making perfect, intricate designs.
Then I started to doodle. Drew the lines without thinking about them, let the lines and curves come out of the bag as they wanted. Oh, it felt soooooo good!
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker
The little girl of my friend had an accident and broke her arm. This is her first serious injury so I decided to send her some cookies to cheer her up. I used a cute little flower cutter and a plaque cutter from Cookie Cutter Kingdom. I wanted to keep it simple, so just flooded all cookies and added some yellow flood icing to the middle of the flower. Then I doodled a different pattern on each cookie. Here is the video:
"Paint your own" cookies are really popular in cookie world. They first appeared in Montreal Confection's blog in fall 2013, then everybody started making them.
I have two little girls who LOVE to paint and color. And I never made a paint your own cookie before. You know why? Because royal icing will melt if you use too much water and I was afraid the black outline would make other colors a mess. And one of my girls is a perfectionist and she could not deal with a disaster like this.
I was looking for a way to create a coloring cookie that can handle more water and decided to try fondant. I don't use fondant for cookies, because I don't like the flavor and the texture of it, but we can make exceptions for a good cause, right?
Then I asked my friends at Cookie Cutter Kingdom to print me the set I designed for this experiment and they did a wonderful job.
Let's see, how it works:
For this project I needed a whole different set of tools, than I am used to:
I work on a silicone pastry mat.
I brush corn starch to the work surface so the fondant doesn't stick.
Rub a little Crisco to my hand so the fondant doesn't stick to my hand.
I use my home made fondant (you know me, I like to make everything from scratch, but you can buy some at the grocery store).