Cookie Decorating Dani's Blog: THE JUICE

New Year, New Technique

Happy 2014!
Happy 2014!

In the few days between Christmas and New Years Eve, I had a break from orders and I decided to be spontaneous and try something new. I especially loved the cookie cover story of Bon Appetit magazine this year so much that I went out and bought some supplies to try it myself.

SDB New Year New Technique_Bon-Appetit-December-2013
What a fabulous cookie cover! Bon Appetit December 2013

 

I already had gold and silver luster dusts but wanted to try some color too.
I already had gold and silver luster dusts but wanted to try some color too so I picked up red, pink and blue from the craft store.

I followed my own royal icing recipe and my cookies dried nicely with a good hard sheen as they almost always do (unless it is very humid out).

I also picked up this set of brushed by Duff. Its a great set at for trying this technique!
I also picked up this set of brushes by Duff. Its a great set with flat and round brushes- perfect for trying this technique!

 

I did not have any lemon extract on hand so used a touch of vodka instead. I'm not sure if this effected the intensity of my colors, but the blue. red and pink barely showed up.
I did not have any lemon extract on hand (as mentioned, I was being spontaneous) so after doing some online research, used a touch of vodka instead. (you can not taste it at all) I’m not sure if this affected the intensity of my colors, but the blue. red and pink colors barely showed up. The silver and gold looked great. Not sure if that was branding thing as well. IE: professional baker brand (silver and gold) vs. store bought craft store (red, pink and blue).

 

The gold and silver looked especially great on the black iced fireworks.
The gold and silver looked especially great on the black iced fireworks.

 

I had also added a black NYE hat to a few of my Love Angels at the first layer. When I saw how good the luster dust looked on the black I went back in an added bands to the hats.
I had also added a black NYE hat to a few of my Love Angels at the first layer. When I saw how good the luster dust looked on the black I went back in an added bands to the hats.

 

Then I wrote 2014 into the band using a black food coloring marker.
Then I wrote 2014 into the band using a black food coloring marker.

 

The lister dust dries pretty quickly. After assessing these I decided they needed something more...
The luster dust dries pretty quickly. After assessing these I decided they needed something more…

 

So I added some disco dust glitter! (obvi!)
So I added some disco dust glitter! (obvi!)

 

After adding the heart at brim, I loved the way these hats looked but I did note the luster dust was so much lighter than what was shown on the cover- maybe my royal icing dried too shiny?
After adding the heart at brim, I loved the way these hats looked but I did note the luster dust was so much lighter than what was shown on the cover- maybe my royal icing dried too shiny?

Technically, this isn’t the first time I have tried a watercolor technique on cookies (see our other watercolor cookies here) … but after trying both, I do prefer using the luster dust mix over using food color gels as watercolor. Overall, I love this idea and will experimenting with it a bit more. I love the idea of having many different options for decorating cookies and this one feels particularly artsy and creative.

The Love Angel army drying!
The Love Angel army drying on NYE…

So if your medium is cookies,  and you are feeling artsy, give this technique a try! It’s the perfect activity for a freezing cold day like today… Then you can eat your sweet results! Happy happy New Year! All good things!  Xo Dani

PS. Get the cookie cutters we used in this group here: Love Angel, Firework and Tall Tophat.

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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